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 Class – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm £30
Photo Walk Practical – 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm £45
Both sessions booked together £65 – Save £10
Price includes entrance to the Arboretum
17th Apr Exposure
25th Apr Composition
15th May Macro
5th Jun Abstract
20th Jun Exposure
11th Jul Composition
18th Jul Macro
8th Aug Abstract
4th Sep Exposure
26th Sep Composition
9th Oct Macro
23rd Oct Abstract
Further dates/classes will be added shortly
Price includes entrance to Arboretum and all tuition
Workshop dates subject to minimum number of participants (4)
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.
All bookings must be made in advance through Alan Ranger Photography website - www.alanranger.com/batsford or a ticket purchased in advance from the Arboretum ticket desk.
Bookings are confirmed within 24hrs & joining instructions will be emailed out 4-7 days prior to event date.
Optional post workshop image review and feedback on your images
Maximum group size 10 attendees.
Abstract – The use of colour, lines, patterns, shapes and form or contrast to present subjects or parts of a subject in a way that we don’t necessarily recognise the subject content at first glance. I.E macro or simply close up would not constitute abstract in this context.
Learn the 5 essentials for good abstract photography
1. Composition & Simplicity
2. Shape & Form
3. Colour & Contrast
4. Texture & Flow
5. Focus & Detail
10:15 - Meet at at the Arboretum Ticket Desk
10:30 - Photography Theory Class in Batsford Education Centre
12:30 - Lunch Break
13:15 - Practical workshop around Arboretum
15:15 - Event Finish
Theory class with supporting notes.
Photo Walk is where you can practise the settings and composition around the arboretum with Alan.
Image review and feedback throughout the workshop.
The arboretum has a great cafe and facilities for lunch, alternatively, bring your own packed lunch.
A full listing of Batsford Arboretum Photography Workshops can be found here
Fitness Level Required - Very Easy
This trip is rated as very easy, meaning there is practically no walking involved to get to the location and the terrain is easy to navigate
Experience Level - Beginner
The class and workshop are suitable for any level, including beginners. Ideally you will understand exposure, aperture and be shooting in Aperture Priority or Manual Exposure mode.
All participants receive 1-2-1 tuition and support on practical workshops so that tutoring can be tailored to the individuals needs and experience.
Equipment for this workshop
What to bring:
Your camera, fully charged battery and spare battery if you have one.
Remote Release Cable to take shots without touching the camera.
Any lenses are suitable but if you have a macro and and or zoom then bring those as it gives you a better chance to work on close-ups
Tripod (preferable) I can hire you one for the session at the cost of £10 but let me know in advance if you want one.
A polarising filter is useful for removing glare and reflections but not essential
Sensible footwear – it can sometimes be muddy and sticky underfoot so walking boots or trainers with good grip are recommended.
A large sandwich bag and an elastic band to wrap around your camera and lens if we have light rain
A kneeling mat or dustbin liner to put on the ground if you want to kneel or crouch down for ground level shots
Water, snacks or whatever you need for the event duration
Raincoats or equivalent – we might catch a shower!
Notebook/Paper and pen for note taking in the theory session
If you have any specific questions regarding equipment please contact me directly or take a look at my recommended products page.
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
The classes will enable any beginner or person wanting to Get Off Automatic Mode and improve their techniques and understanding of
Exposure, Composition, Macro and Abstract photography. - Each topic a separate class/date
The 2hr class will focus on one topic taught in the morning inside Batsford Education Centre. (2hrs is a good duration for theory and suits most people)
The afternoon walk is ideal for turning the theory learnt in the class into practical experience with Alan on-hand to guide you and answer any questions that arise.