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Beginners Photography Weekend
Mazzard Farm, based in the heart of East Devon and just 15 minutes away from the coast, is very excited to offer a two day (three nights) photography weekend led by local professional landscape photographer, Gary Holpin. The course is specifically aimed at beginners and intermediate photographers who want to gain the skills to progress and enjoy their photography, and move from snaps to photographic works of art. Next (2022) course dates are 23/24 April (2 spaces remaining), 14/15 May and 1/2 October. All inclusive fee (course, accommodation on b&b basis plus diner on arrival) is £349 p.p. or £199 for non-residential participants. Please contact us for any possible future dates or talk to Gary direct if you are interested in 1:1 tutoring
We meet for dinner (included in the weekend fee) to get to know each other and so that Gary can better understand what you want to get out of the weekend.
After breakfast at Mazzard Farm, we’ll spend some time looking at some of the basics of your camera, light and composition, before visiting a great landscape location to try out your new skills. Locations may vary but could include the regency splendour of Sidmouth, the traditional fishing village charm of Beer, or the rugged beauty of Dartmoor. After our trip, we will return to Mazzard Farm to review our best photos from the day and consolidate our learning from the day.
Again after breakfast we’ll spend some time looking at some new landscape techniques, such as how to use filters and long exposures to produce artistic shots of moving water, trees or clouds, and how to blend multiple exposures to cope with situations such as sunrise and sunset when your camera simply cannot capture the true beauty of the scene. Afterwards we will visit another great landscape location where you can practice your personally chosen project for the day, such as experimenting with composition or trying some long exposures. We will end the day discussing the photos taken over the weekend and exploring how post-processing can turn great photos into photographic works of art.
These weekends are for those that have a new camera and are not sure how to use it to its potential, or those that are simply new to landscape photography or are wanting to increase their skills and knowledge. The tuition is always in small groups (up to six people), so that Gary can spend plenty of time with each photographer and allow for different skill levels.
You’ll need to bring along your own camera with manual control capabilities (a DSLR, mirrorless or high-end compact camera), walking boots, waterproofs, clothing suitable for the season, drink and snacks for a day on the coast, a notepad and pen to take notes, and a suitable bag to protect your kit if it rains. If you have a tripod, additional lenses or filters it would be useful to bring these too.
Gary is a local professional landscape photographers, with more than ten years of experience. He has a passion for Devon, and capturing its natural beauty with his camera. He specialises in vibrant coastal scenes - from bustling seaside towns, to remote coves and windswept clifftops and prides himself on capturing the essence of our beautiful Devon coast and countryside. More about Gary on website