SPIRIT OF THE SEA
Groups of no more than 4.
Based in Anglesey the stunning and varied coastline will enable us to develop a variety of skills and to become more creative in capturing and expressing the sea in all it's moods.
This workshop is aimed at intermediate photographers. I will therefore assume you have a good grasp of the following:-
The use of variable apertures and how they affect
Depth of Field
how to move your focusing point and 'lock' it in position &
where you should focus to attain maximum dof
exposure control - including 'exposing to the right' and use of your histogram
basic compositional guidelines such as the 'rule of thirds' and the use of 'leading lines'
a basic understanding of the use of graduated neutral density filters (although we will refine this during this workshop).
an undestanding of minimum shutter speeds when hand holding
the creative use of white balance - preferably in camera
basic post processing skills in either photoshop or lightroom - i.e. levels, curves, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpening, & some
'differential post processing work' on different areas of the picture in whatever way you find most 'comfortable.'
(If you have any doubts that you have 'mastered' any of the above, you really would be better to do one of my 'ordinary' workshops first.)
To really be able to further develop your creativity and be able to create more atmospheric seascapes, you need to master a further set of skills. By doing this, you will then be able to cultivate your own photographic style and start to produce more inspirational work.
So, throughout the course of this workshop we will look at the following:-
The use of ND graduated filters - not simply in a 'straight' way but how to use them to produce more of a 'glow' to your photographs
long exposures - including the use of the Lee 'Big Stopper' (10 stop neutral density filter).
in camera multiple exposures - please check whether your camera can do this - and try to get a bit familiar with how it does it before the course
fast shutter speeds to really freeze the effect of waves and seaspray
creating a 'soft' focus effect in camera (whilst ensuring the picture still looks sharp!)
really capturing the light in and on the water
use of 'detail shots' to supplement your seascape portfolio
intentional camera movement
creative use of in camera white balance to supplement the mood of seascapes
further work around composition and 'seeing'
developing your own 'style'
further post processing work e.g. layer masks, multiple exposures, & some Nik software
light - how to find it and use it effectively
how to find your own locations - we can run a short project around this (preferably if it rains) where I set you all a little 'task' centred around this.
Start times will vary with the seasons but you can expect a full day - with a break for a meal - including the golden hour and sunset.
The itinerary will need to be flexible to make the most of the British weather and the tides, however it is likely to include the following:
Meet at The Pier House coffee shop on the seafront in Beaumaris - time to be notified approx 10 days prior to the workhop
30 – 45 mins chatting – what do participants want from the day, what are their current skill levels etc.
Photographic time around Beaumaris and Penmon
A break to eat a packed lunch, or
In high summer there will be a late afternoon break to enable participants to have a hot meal.
Further photographic time probably around Rhosneigr/Llanddwyn or other locations on the west coast, to capitalise on the sunset.
In the spring, winter and autumn, participants will be able to get a hot meal after the sunset shoot.
Perhaps some ‘photoshop’ time dependent on the weather.
Tuition throughout the day - Cheryl's focus is you and your photography, consequently she takes few shots herself other than to demonstrate.
A critique of 3 of your photos by e mail after the shoot
Cheryl's 'crib sheets' - notes about everything we will cover during the day - emailed to you after the shoot
Follow up by e mail as needed.
Accomodation if you stay for overnight, meals, transport to and from Anglesey.
Cheryl can transport up to three people during the workshop, so some car sharing may be needed.
NB book your accommodation in plenty of time – Anglesey is very popular
I would recommend that you stay in Beaumaris as this will be convenient for meeting up in the morning. Cheryl has an arrangement with the Bulkeley Hotel a Grade II listed building on the seafront of £87.50 for dinner, bed and breakfast - simply tell them you are booking a workshop with me and cite the deal.
Otherwise, Churchbank, Victoria Cottage and Cleifiog B&B's are all very good, or there is plenty of other accommodation available - try these websites
www.visitwales.co.uk or www.discoveranglesey.com, or www.angleseyaccommodation.co.uk
One Day- £125
All bookings require a minimum £50 deposit.
The balance is then due 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the workshop.
Payment of the full amount is needed if you book less than 4 weeks prior to the workshop
July 3 - sold out
Aug 28 - sold out
Nov 17 - 3 places left (this is a joint Photo Impressionism & Spirit of the Sea workshop)
THERE ARE ALSO SOME PLACES AVAILABLE ON MY NEW LEVEL 2 WORKSHOPS - 'PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSONISM'
Contact Cheryl [email protected]
or Tel: 07837014534