If you would like to take more interesting photographs, rather than just snaps, then this is the course for you. Ideal for couples and groups with mixed photo knowledge and experience, everyone can benefit with no prior knowledge required or assumed. This gentle day begins with an illustrated talk on composition with examples and discussion, over biscuits and tea/coffee.
We then head out on a photo walk whatever the weather so make sure you dress sensibly. Enjoy a home made lunch of fresh soup and warm bread then review your shots with the group and go home with a framed print to be proud of.
This course can be a stand alone day and assumes no previous knowledge. Any camera at all can be used, even your camera phone. No equipment snobbery here! If you are unsure as to if your camera is suitable or have any questions please do email Laura, the course tutor and she can advise.
An ideal add on to any of our other courses, if you first came to visit in the summer and fancy a winter shoot, or you are just missing the studio and the biscuits. Escape for the day and see how different the same walk can be depending on the weather, the light, even your mood.
As the course includes nurturing small-group tuition and a nutritious lunch, all you need to bring on the day is your camera.
If your preferred dates are not available and you can round up two friends please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate you on a bespoke course. To buy a gift voucher for a photography course click here.
The Early Bird catches the worm, and if you arrive before the course starts at 10am you are welcome to join us for tea / coffee and home made biscuits, still warm from the oven. There is no additional charge for our ticket holders.
Learn about how small changes in your approach to taking photographs will have a big effect in your final images in Laura's jargon free presentation.
Head out on a photo walk with Laura whatever the weather, you'll be given some starting point photography prompts and possible subjects of interest will be pointed out en route. Laura is on hand to give as much guidance as you need or want. Small groups ensure plenty of tutor time.
Lunch is homemade soup and home made bread. Delicious and Nutritious!
A group image review over tea and biscuits. Choose your favourite image to be printed and taken home in a frame. It's great to see how a group can follow the same route and yet capture such different images - Laura has been running photography walks for four years from the studio, and each final image is totally unique, just like the course participants themselves.
Images From The Course
Hi, I'm Laura and I run the Photography Courses Here at Shore Cottage Studio.
I love to experiment with my own photography and am equally happy using a digital camera or lurking in the darkroom developing negatives and prints. One of the best things that I like about photography is the ability to show people something they can't see for themselves - you may have walked this route many times, but have you ever noticed this?
I love working from Shore Cottage Studio as the landscape and weather are always changing - the light can be totally different from one moment to the next and as a photographer that makes it interesting. (It is also the reason why all my photography courses begin in the studio where we have much more controllable light and objects to photograph) I have walked a similar photo walk route on my photography courses over the years and I can hand on heart say that no person has ever taken a shot the same as another, and that's the best bit - everyone has their own eyes and ideas.
I am a former forensic scientist and university lecturer and I love to teach. Starting Shore Cottage Studio has allowed me to get those wonderful teaching 'penny-drop' moments with people who want to learn, and are having a great time doing it, knowing there are no grades or exams to worry about.
I sometimes think that photographers talk a different language, full of jargon and numbers, and I work hard to explain concepts in a practical and easy to digest way and spend plenty of time going over key concepts to ensure no one is left behind and floundering. I work with a maximum of six course participants at a time so I can ensure everyone gets the attention they need. Having said that, I will work with a larger group if you all know each other well and don't mind a bit of chatter amongst yourselves whilst I get round the group.
If you are looking for easy to understand teaching and fast improvement in the pictures you take, with no camera snobbery and plenty of tea breaks, then this is the place to be!
"Laura demonstrates great skill in delivering the material in a way that makes it easy to understand and uses various techniques to help things stick in your mind."
"Laura’s teaching style made everything so simple to understand."
"Laura, you have skilfully demystified the digital camera and have shown me how to make the most of the scary buttons and dials that I never really touched."
"Laura was fantastic, always checking we were OK and happy and really went at fantastic pace."
"The tuition from Laura was excellent - always sensitive to our personal needs and helping us to go beyond our comfort zone."
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Who Is This Course For?
- I love taking pictures but sometimes I feel my photos aren't as beautiful as the things I'm trying to capture.
- I'm not artistic or creative but I am keen to learn about what makes a successful photograph.
- I want a relaxed setting and friendly teaching, I need a gentle introduction.
Who Is This Course Not For?
- I have already studied visual communication and photographic composition.
- I already have my own clear photographic style and I am not interested in learning new concepts.
- I would prefer a formal classroom style with exams and to work toward a certificate or qualification.
"No better place to unwind and unlock the potential of your creativity through the lens of your camera. Laura's great wealth of experience and talent come through in her style of teaching, just by looking slightly differently at the world around you can help you create outstanding pictures. Along with homemade food and good company Shore Cottage Studio was a perfect experience."
"Having already done a Stitched Seascape' course there, I spent Friday in the company of Laura, Patrick and my neglected camera - couldn't have used my time better! Laura's knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement made the day for me. The little touches such as coffee, home-made biscuits, soup and bread, as well as the general welcome from everyone at Shore Cottage, are what set this place apart from anywhere else I can think of. I would 100% recommend a course there to anyone who wants to take time out to relax, learn and enjoy. Thank you!"
"What an incredible place! The setting couldn't of been more perfect. Right on the beach with beautiful surroundings. In the morning, we learnt the theory of everything and got our heads around composition, then went out and practiced. Laura was fantastic, always checking we were OK and happy and really went at fantastic pace. Food was incredible with morning cookies, amazing sat down lunch and afternoon tea and biscuits. The course was like a home from home rather than a classroom. Perfect studio to let the creativity flow and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thank you so much! 100% recommend."