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. 

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Photography Workshops and classes at Batsford Arboretum. Enjoy the colour and expert photographic guidance.

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Booking

There are a range of photography tuition events at Batsford Arboretum to choose from;

Click on the TAB in the page to select specific events and booking.

Summary

  • One-off topic class in the Education Centre followed by a practical photo walk around the arboretum

  • Beginners Photography Course - four consecutive Wednesday mornings for 2.5hrs in the Education Centre

  • Beginners Lightroom Course - four consecutive Wednesday mornings for 2.5hrs in the Education Centre

  • Over 30 Dates - Free Camera Surgery/Photography Advice Drop-in and talk to Alan in the Education Centre

  • 20 Autumn Photography Workshops to choose from from 22nd-31st Oct 2019

  • Remember to check any special offers currently running before checking out to get the discount code

For details of each class, workshop and course and the specific content, equipment and level please visit the Batsford Photography Events Listing and click on the View Event link.

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.

  • Maximum group size 10 attendees for Photography Classes & Courses.

  • Minimum of 3 bookings for event to proceed. Alternative dates or events offered if cancelled

  • Please read my terms and conditions as all bookings made are bound by them.

Classes and Walks

Batsford Photography Classes and Walks - £99

Photography Theory Followed By Practical Workshops

Take a morning theory class to learn about camera, settings, composition and technique.  Follow on after lunch with a practical workshop and photo walk to put theory into practice with Alan's help around the Arboretum.

Photography Classes – Suitable for any level with a bridge or DSLR camera. Taught in the Batsford Education Centre.  Theory class with supporting notes.

The Photowalk is a practical session where you can practise the settings and composition around Batsford Arboretum with Alan.

Each two hour class will cover a different topic and help you to get to grips with those settings and skills to improve; 

Exposure

Learn how to use Manual Exposure - Aperture/Shutter/ISO

Date From To Duration Event Name

  • Tue-08-Oct 09:30 13:30 4hrs Exposure Class-Walk

Composition

Learn how to Design and Frame your subjects with more intention

Date From To Duration Event Name

  • Tue-24-Sep 09:30 13:30 4hrs Composition Class-Walk

Macro

Learn how to frame and achieve the appropriate DoF & detail you want from close-ups

Date From To Duration Event Name

  • Tue-10-Sep 09:30 13:30 4hrs Macro Class-Walk

Photography Workshop Content

  • The classes will enable any beginner and photographer wanting to Get Off Automatic Mode and improve their techniques and understanding of Exposure, Composition and Macro photography. Each 2hr theory class will focus on one topic.

  • Each class is followed after lunch with a guided walk around the best seasonal part of Batsford Arboretum to make images with Alan's support and input and turn theory into practise.

  • Image review and feedback throughout the workshop.

  • The Arboretum has a great cafe and facilities for lunch, alternatively, bring your own packed lunch.

Booking

  • Select the Class Topic and date from the dropdown and purchase using a debit or credit card.

  • Price includes entrance to the Arboretum

Equipment for this class

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

  • Spare battery

  • Camera Manual

  • Any Lens (A Macro or Zoom lens for the Macro class)

  • Tripod - Essential for Macro Class, optional for other classes

Autumn Workshops

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

  • 1 Day - Enjoy double the time for half the price

  • Exclusive access prior to public opening hours for morning workshops

    • 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

    • Max 6 Participants per workshop

Autumn Workshop Dates

Date From To Duration Event Name

  • Tue-22-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Wed-23-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Thu-24-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Fri-25-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Sat-26-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Sun-27-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Mon-28-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Tue-29-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Wed-30-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

  • Thu-31-Oct 08:00 16:00 4hr or 8hr Autumn Workshops

Workshop Content

  • A brief introduction for 20-30 min and 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;

    • Camera Settings

    • 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

  • Spare battery

  • 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 weather forecast is below 12 degrees.

  • Flask of tea/coffee and snacks to keep you energised

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Location

Location

Batsford Arboretum is a 55-acre arboretum and botanical garden near Batsford in Gloucestershire, about 1½ miles north-west of Moreton-in-Marsh.  GL56 9AD