I am making a return to photograph the coastline where it all began nearly 15 years ago, the North Cornwall Coast. Coming from Devon, I have always been at home with rugged coastal compositions and to me Cornwall represents an extension of that thinking. From tin mines to lighthouses, seastacks to intimate coves, the drama of this marvellous stretch of unspoiled coast contains some of the most wonderful coastal scenery in England.
We will base ourselves at the Great Western hotel in Newquay, putting ourselves right at the heart of the action. Your room will have a guaranteed coastal view and this puts us close to local amenities. We are in easy drive of some fabulous locations - Wheal Coates, Bedruthan Steps, Trevose Head Lighthouse, The Rumps and St Nectans Glen and I hope we will see some drama and great light. Should the weather become unsettled, the photography gets even better. Storms, wind and rain create all manner of opportunities for spectacular imagery.
To keep this a cost effective workshop, I will not be hiring a minibus. You will need your own car, but both Carla and myself are happy to take participants in our own vehicles and other participants have already said they are happy to car share, which means there will be no issue.
At the Great Western Hotel at 11am on Friday 2nd March 2018
You need to be capable of walking for sustained periods, along footpaths and up moderate inclines. There will be no strenuous activity but it is advised that you take walks before the trips so you can cope with three days of photography.
Yes, we will be making the most of the times of good light, but we will be active at any time of day, as coastal conditions like cloudbursts can be utterly spectacular. If you are too exhausted and would prefer to sleep in, that is perfectly fine.
Hopefully we will get some incredible images, but group safety is absolutely paramount. Both Carla and I are very experienced at judging conditions and safety so rest assured. We will not be shooting in driving rain, but all other conditions could yield some amazing opportunities.
Waterproofs are an absolute essential, walking boots, warm layers, coats, hat, gloves.
An array of focal lengths will always benefit the Cornish photographer. A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities.The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered.
A decent tripod is necessary. If you only have a very light carbon fibre travel tripod, then I would suggest borrowing / purchasing another as the wind can easily blow lightweight gear over.
Although not essential, its a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
I make a point of tutoring all my clients on digital photography to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and an Adobe Influencer and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£495 / Deposit of £100.00