On the Edge of Exmoor – 4 day photography workshop
Dates: 12th – 15th May 2023
Price: £895 – Deposit £150 balance due 6 weeks before workshop. If the workshop has to be cancelled due to Covid I will do my best to reschedule a date that suits all participants. However if this is not possible you would be entitled to a full refund.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Max Group Size: 6
3 nights B&B at the beautiful Porlock Weir Hotel which sits in a fabulous location overlooking the beach and the attractive harbour. All rooms have their own ensuite – there are no shared rooms or facilities.
4 days photography tuition
Loan of filter kits if required
Some transport between locations.
Transport to Somerset
Meals aside from breakfast
A fantastic opportunity to explore a beautiful and diverse area of the West Country, where the North Somerset coastline meets the rugged wilds of Exmoor National Park; one of Englands smallest National Parks. Steeped in history and characterised by some fascinating geology this coastline is a mix of stunning landscapes perfect for photography.
Having spent 14 years living in Somerset this is a coastline that I know well and one that is at its most beautiful in the spring.
During our stay we will be based at the Porlock Weir Hotel overlooking the picturesque historic harbour. The hotel offers an atmosphere of ‘peaceful nurture’, perfect for relaxing after a day out with the camera.
During our stay we will be visiting a variety of locations including:
Kilve Beach, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and famed as the Jurassic Coast of the Bristol Channel. The beach is a mix of limestone and shingle with interesting rock formations sweeping the shoreline. It is well know for its fossils and ammonites are common.
Holford Woods, a fantastic area of mix native woodland which contains some beautiful areas of beech which are at their most vibrant in spring. There are also some quirky sisal oaks giving us a diverse area for photography.
Porlock Weir, a picturesque location with fantastic views and plenty of history. With its attractive harbour, multicoloured pebble beach and salt marsh there is plenty to explore and all on the doorstep for sunrise.
Watersmeet, an iconic location where the East Lyn river and Hoar Oak Water meet in a dramatic river gorge surrounded by woodland. The area, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, includes several waterfalls and an extensive area of ancient oak woodland. In spring it is a lush vibrant place perfect for photographing the drama of the river and the tranquility of the forest.
Valley of the Rocks, a stunning location perfect for sunset and with sweeping views along the North Devon Coast. The area is renowned for its geology, its breathtaking vistas and also for its feral goats which wander around the rock faces.
The photography side of the workshop will be accompanied by some time with the computer looking at post processing using Lightroom and Photoshop. We will cover workflow and how to get the best from your images as well as looking at some more advanced techniques including panoramas, bracketing and focus stacking. I am keen to promote a relaxed and informal atmosphere on my workshops and there will be plenty of time for group discussion and image review.
The format of each day will vary depending on the weather and locations but we aim to take in a sunrise followed by breakfast in the hotel. We will then spend the day shooting and will return after sunset. Dinner in the evening will be on location in a pub except for the first night where dinner will be at the hotel followed by a sunset shoot in Porlock.
We will meet at the hotel at 2pm on Friday 12th and the workshop will finish at midday on Monday 15th.
This workshop is suitable for all no matter what level you are at photographically or what camera you use. The aim is to get to know a beautiful location with a group of like minded individuals. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants with two tutors allowing plenty of individual attention for all. We will cover a range of photographic techniques and will be taking in some diverse locations giving a stimulating few days whatever your ability.
What to bring
You will need your camera, a selection of lenses preferably a wide angle and a telephoto, a tripod, memory cards and space batteries. If you have filters please bring them. If you don’t you are welcome to borrow some for the weekend. It will also be advantageous to bring a lap top if you have one. This will allow you to take advantage of some post processing tuition.
You will also need some good outdoor clothing, a waterproof coat and some walking boots and wellies for some of the beach work.
If you would like a more detailed itinerary or have any questions please email me for more information.
If you are interested in attending this workshop you can pre register by emailing me your details (name and email address) Deposits will be collected in September.