Photography Workshops and Classes at Batsford Arboretum
Join Alan Ranger, an internationally acclaimed and award winning professional photographer and qualified photography tutor at Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire.
The photography courses and workshops are aimed to teach you how to operate your digital camera, work off the automatic modes and start using more creative settings and improve your eye for taking a great shots.
If you prefer to book by phone with a debit/credit card - please phone 0781 701 7994
Check out each TAB for full details and booking.
There are a range of photography tuition events at Batsford Arboretum to choose from;
Autumn Workshop Dates
Half-Day morning workshops are 8am to 11.30 am
Half-Day afternoon workshops are 12:30pm to 4:00pm
One Day workshops are 8am to 4:00pm
Date From To Duration Event Name
Tue-22-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Wed-23-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Thu-24-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Fri-25-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Sat-26-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Sun-27-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Mon-28-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Tue-29-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Wed-30-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Thu-31-Oct 08:00 16:00 3.5hr or 7hr Autumn Workshops
Terms for all workshops & classes
Price includes entrance to Arboretum, where applicable and all tuition
Workshop/class dates subject to minimum number of participants
In the event of insufficient bookings or bad weather, alternative dates will be offered.
Participants are responsible for attending with appropriate footwear and are responsible for their own equipment.
Under 16's welcome but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Bookings are confirmed within 24hrs & joining instructions will be emailed out 4-7 days prior to event date.
Maximum group size 6 attendees for Autumn Photography Workshops.
Please read my terms and conditions as all bookings made are bound by them.
Essentials for all photography workshops
Suitable for any camera (Compact, Bridge and DSLR)
Suitable for any level - complete beginner to advanced photographers
Receive 1-2-1 tuition and support throughout the workshop
Hands-on practical advice on camera settings and composition of images
No specialist equipment required
A brief introduction for 20-30 min and a lesson on basic camera settings, techniques and the things to look for
A 3hr guided walk around the best seasonal part of Batsford Arboretum to make images with Alan's support and input.
Alan will guide you on;
Exposure & Colour Settings
Composition and Framing
Abstract, Close-Up, Macro, Vista and any type of shot you want to create.
Image review and feedback throughout the workshop.
If you book a full 1-day workshop then we will break around midday and have a 30-60 min lunch break before continuing in a different part of the Arboretum in the afternoon.
The Arboretum has a great cafe and facilities but you can also bring your own packed lunch if preferred.
Fitness level Required - Easy
This trip is rated as easy, meaning that most people with average health/fitness can comfortably deal with the short walks and occasional steps or gradients involved and be comfortable on their feet for the duration of the workshop event.
Equipment for this workshop
You will be provided with a complete list of suggested equipment upon booking. The following is a summary of recommended items but it's not all essential:
Any type of camera
Tripod ( I have some for hire (£20 for day or £10 for half-day) if you don't own one yet) but let me know in advance so I know how many to bring. Alternately this is my recommended tripod for beginners at c£150
No specialist lenses required we can make use of whatever you have. Any lens or lenses covering wide-angle (15-24mm) to mid and long telephoto (24-200mm) plus a macro lens is ideal to cover all opportunities.
Remote cable release, useful but not essential as you can use cameras self-timer
A circular polariser filter is useful for removing highlights, wet surfaces and reflections but not essential (remember to order the diameter size that fits your main lens)
NDs and Grads are not really required for the type of photography we do, but if you want to bring them I’m happy to assist with their use
A kneeling mat or dustbin liner is useful when doing low down shots
A large polythene bag (sandwich bag) is useful for wrapping around the camera/lens if light rain
A micro cloth for absorbing any drizzle/rain from equipment
Waterproof shoes or boots and warm clothing - hat, scarf and gloves if the weather forecast is below 12 degrees.
Flask of tea/coffee and snacks to keep you energised