Learn how to explore and capture the magic of the summer colours in the garden at West Dean. Hone your skills of taking traditional garden vistas, close ups of the alliums, irises, roses, peonies and other blooms and experiment with creating abstract images. Spend time looking at the effects different colours have upon each other and how it can impact on your photographs.
This course is designed for those who love colour and gardens and wish to gain a greater understanding and confidence on how to compose abstract and realistic garden pictures. You will learn to observe how the lighting at different times of day can alter the colours, texture and definition of plants and structures which in turn will influence the composition of your images.
Depending on the weather, there should be time to talk about and share knowledge about the different cameras and equipment. Time will also be allocated to a group discussion on images which have inspired you to take up photography. There will be an illustrated talk on the first day.
You can expect to work through a series of projects to produce vibrant compositions through to monotone images. Time will be devoted to how to get your photography right in camera, rather than enhancing it with post image manipulation, and is suitable for those with a DSLR or advanced compact camera. Most of the time will be spent taking pictures, trying out different styles of photography and approaches through a series of projects. Be prepared for one early morning session, before breakfast. Areas covered include:
•Ways in which lighting can enhance the colours and texture
•The advantages of overcast days
•Making the most of the rain
There will be ample time to download and edit your pictures. At the end of each day there will be a review of a selection of everyone’s favourite images and a constructive critique.
Please come prepared for a lot of walking on this course while carrying your camera equipment.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jacqui Hurst has been an editorial photographer since the mid 80's working with publishers and magazines, illustrating art, craft and gardening books and features. She is a member of the GMG and the NUJ. Recent books featuring her work are: 'Textile Landscapes' and 'Pat Albeck: Queen of the Tea Towel'. Jacqui started teaching at West Dean twenty years ago and found that she loved sharing her expertise and knowledge. She runs workshops in the UK and Europe.
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