Introduction to Photography

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Let's break free from auto mode and unlock your creative potential! Our Introduction to Photography workshop, nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, is your perfect gateway to mastering professional photography and understanding your camera inside and out. Dive into the essentials and start capturing stunning shots right from the start! Our hands-on, step-by-step teaching approach makes learning informative, engaging, and easy to grasp.

What You'll Learn

  • Camera Settings: Understand and optimize your camera's potential.
  • Shooting in Full Manual Mode: Take full control of your shots.
  • Shutter Speed: Master motion and light with precision.
  • Aperture: Play with depth and focus to create stunning effects.
  • ISO: Adjust sensitivity for perfect lighting.
  • Exposure Triangle: Balance shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for perfect exposure.
  • Use of Lenses: Explore the world through different lenses.
  • RAW versus JPEG: Choose the right format for your needs.
  • Types of Lighting: Harness natural and artificial light.
  • White Balance: Achieve true-to-life colors.
  • Composition: Frame your shots like a pro.

Workshop Details

  • Date: 22nd June
  • Time: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Location: Batsford Arboretum, Cotswolds
  • Price: £125 per person

Ready to Book?

Secure your spot by leaving us a message with your preferred date. We also offer personalized 1:1 training sessions with half-day and full-day options.

Requirements

Bring your DSLR camera and any lenses you own.

Join us and turn your photography dreams into reality with expert guidance from a seasoned Cotswold photographer. Whether you're a local or visiting this picturesque region, our workshop is designed to help you achieve professional photography skills amidst the stunning backdrop of the Cotswolds.

Post Production Workshop using Lightroom and Photoshop

RAW

Edited

Elevate your photography to the next level with our dynamic Editing Workshop, designed for both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts. Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, this workshop is perfect for those looking to add the final WOW factor to their photos. Tackling Lightroom and Photoshop might seem daunting, but with our expert guidance, you'll transform your images into stunning works of art.

What You'll Learn

Lightroom

  • Lightroom Interface: Navigate with ease.
  • Importing Files: Seamlessly bring in your photos.
  • Tools and Sliders: Master the essentials.
  • Using Masks: Refine your edits with masks and other lighting tools
  • Creating Presets: Save your unique styles.
  • Working Lightroom and Photoshop Together: Integrate seamlessly between the two programs.
  • Exporting Files: Perfect your final output.
  • Watermarking: Protect your work and show off your brand
  • RAW vs. JPEG: Choose the best format for your needs.

Photoshop

  • Photoshop Interface, Tools, and Palettes: Get comfortable with the layout.
  • Layers: Build complex edits.
  • Color Adjustment: Enhance hues and tones.
  • Sharpening: Bring out the details.
  • Retouching: Perfect every pixel.
  • Image Resizing and Resolution: Prepare for any platform.
  • Printing: Ensure flawless prints.
  • File Formats (Saving Files): Understand your options.

Hands-On Practice

Work alongside Alastair, a renowned Cotswold photographer, as you practice editing images. You'll gain a deep understanding of each tool and technique, creating professional-quality photos perfect for your portfolio.

Ready to Transform Your Photos?

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your editing skills in a professional and inspiring environment. Drop us a message to book your space and take the first step towards creating breathtaking images.

Workshop Details

  • Location: Our Studio, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2HQ, in the beautiful Cotswolds.
  • Dates and Prices:
    • One-on-One Session: £150 per person for 4 hour session (please contact us to arrange).

Requirements

  • Laptop with Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom: Bring your own device for a hands-on experience.

Cotswold Landscape Photography

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Explore the Cotswolds with Our Professional Landscape Photography Workshop

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, we invite you to join our immersive landscape photography workshop. With so many stunning landmarks and breathtaking scenery, the Cotswolds provide the perfect backdrop for honing your photography skills. Whether you're a budding enthusiast or an experienced photographer, this workshop is designed to help you get the most out of your camera and accessories.

Popular Locations:

  • Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Broadway Tower
  • Batsford Arboretum
  • Lower Slaughter

Course Content:

  • Shooting in Full Manual Mode: Gain full control over your camera settings to capture the perfect shot.
  • Essential Equipment: Learn about the must-have gear for landscape photography.
  • Using Filters: Enhance your images with various types of filters.
  • Long Exposures: Create stunning effects with long exposure techniques.
  • Shooting Panoramics: Capture wide, sweeping vistas with panoramic shots.
  • Shooting HDR Images: Master high dynamic range photography for detailed and balanced images.
  • Composition: Discover the art of composing visually striking photographs.
  • Working with Hard and Soft Light: Understand how different lighting conditions affect your shots.
  • Golden Hour: Make the most of the magical lighting just after sunrise and before sunset.

Requirements

  • DSLR Camera: Ensure you have a camera capable of manual settings.
  • Tripod: Stability is key for sharp images, especially in low light.
  • Filters: Bring along any ND, polarizing, or other filters you have.
  • Shutter Release Cable: Useful for minimizing camera shake during long exposures.
  • Suitable Clothing: Be prepared for the outdoors with weather-appropriate clothing.

Dates and Pricing

For information on upcoming workshop dates and pricing, please contact us. We offer both group sessions and one-on-one training to suit your learning preferences.

Join us in the Cotswolds and elevate your landscape photography to a professional level. Whether you're capturing the serene beauty of Lower Slaughter or the majestic views from Broadway Tower, our expert guidance will make it easy to learn and perfect your skills.

Contact us today to reserve your spot and start your journey towards becoming a professional Cotswold photographer!

Studio Lighting Workshops

Join our comprehensive studio lighting workshop at Alastair Currill Photography in Bourton-on-the-Water, designed for both beginners and keen photographers. This hands-on workshop covers all the ins and outs of lighting a model subject, working closely with local models to help build your portfolio.

Workshop Highlights

  • Various Lighting Setups: Learn to create stunning beauty, art-nude, and fashion images.
  • Lighting Techniques: Explore different lighting modifiers, positioning, and shadow techniques.
  • Model Collaboration: Gain experience working with models to perfect your shots.
  • Advanced Techniques: Master headshots, clam-shell lighting, 4-light beauty setups, and more.

Course Content

  • Different lighting modifiers, positions, and shadows
  • Working with a model
  • Headshots
  • Clam-shell lighting
  • 4-light beauty setup
  • Lighting positioning
  • Posing techniques
  • Bodyscapes
  • Split lighting
  • Gel lighting
  • White on white
  • Black on black
  • Color backdrops

Workshop Details

  • Location: Alastair Currill Photography Studio, GL54 2HQ, Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Amenities: Onsite parking, light lunch, and soft drinks provided (please inform us of any dietary needs).

Dates and Prices

  • One-to-One (includes model fee):
    • 3-hour workshop: £295
    • 8-hour (full day) workshop: £495

To book your spot and enhance your photography skills, please send us a message. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge and portfolio in a supportive and professional environment.

Wildlife Photography Workshops

Cotswold Falconry Centre - Outdoor Owl Photography Experience

With this workshop you have a close up experience with a variety of owls, in various scenery such as trees, fence posts and grassland. You will get to experience a public flight display while you are there, followed by a tour around the Falconry Centre. You will have the opportunity to photograph other birds of prey during the time. Entry fee to the Falconry Centre is included in the price. 

You will need to bring your own camera, zoom lens & wear suitable outside clothing. 

Date: Saturday  29th March, 10:00am- 1:00pm.

Cost: £75 per person (group booking)   Please send us a message to book your slot

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