Star Trails at Lower Slaughter

Another blog post from Lower Slaughter, this time at night!Our star trails workshop are very last minute due to needing the perfect night sky conditions, On Thrusday we headed out with Thomas who had a voucher with us for the workshop. We nearly had a full moon that lit up the Old Mill for us and we captured some stunning star trails as seem below. The workshop covers

Shooting in Full Manual Mode (Overview)
Equipment Needed
Lighting Conditions
Long Exposures
Light Painting
Photoshop light stacking 

Editing workflow.
Equipment Needed
Outdoor clothing
DSLR or Mirrorless Camera (If you have a spare battery please bring full charged)
Shutter release cable (remote also fine to use)
Laptop with Photoshop installed
Wide angle lens (less than 35mm if unsure please ask)

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1:1 Workshop with Judy Dean at Lower Slaughter

New year and a new hobby, We were joined by Judy dean for a 2 day 1:1 workshop at Lower Slaughter. The workshops were our Introduction to Photography and Lightroom and Photography Workshop. Judy already had some knowledge of using her camera but quickly learnt some new tricks and modes from us. 

At Lower Slaughter there are many features to the village that can be used for explaining techniques and theory to our students such as the church, the old mill and of course the river. Below are some of the images captured from us and some behind the scenes photos

The two courses were covering 

Introduction to Photography

  • Camera Settings 
  • Shooting in Full Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Exposure Triangle
  • Use of Lenses
  • RAW versus JPEG
  • Types of Lighting
  • White Balance
  • Composition

Lightroom and Photography Workshop


  • Lightroom Interface
  • Importing Files
  • Tools and Sliders 
  • Exporting Files
  • Watermarking 
  • RAW vs. JPEG


  • Photoshop Interface, Tools and Palettes
  • Layers
  • Colour Adjustment
  • Sharpening 
  • Retouching
  • Colour RGB to CMYK
  • Image Resizing and Resolution
  • Printing
  • File Formats (saving files)

We also required some very kind words from Judy following our workshops together. If you would like to join us a photography workshop please go to our website or available courses and dates. We hope Judy will attend another one of our workshops in the near future. Thank you for coming

“I spent 2 days with Alastair last week, learning how to use my camera in fully Manual mode, and how to use Photoshop. 2 days tailored to my particular requirements. Alastair is a charming, friendly and extremely helpful teacher - repeating things until you understand etc. I am hoping to take more courses later on!”

We back at Lower Slaughter on the 7th March for an afternoon of landscape photography which £50pp 3:30-6:30pm. The workshop will be covering

Shooting in Full Manual Mode (Overview)
Equipment Needed
ND Filters
Long Exposures with Moving Water
Interior Photography Lower Slaughter Church
Golden Hour
Macro Elements within a Landscapes

Equipment need
DSLR Camera
Shutter Release Cable (not essential)
ND Filters
Suitable Outdoor Clothing

Night Photography Workshop in Bourton-on-the-Water

On the 4th January we decided to make the most of the Christmas in the River before it disappears for another year. We had a sold out workshop covering cameras basics before exploring long exposures and night photography. 

Here below are a few images of the Christmas Tree in River from 2019

Thank you to everyone for attending it was great seeing new and familiar faces joining us. See you all on the next one.

Our next workshop is a landscape photography course at Broadway Tower on the 1st February 2020. 

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