Our workshops are our chance to get away and make images with other members and really immerse ourselves in all things photography. Imagine one of those photography holidays you see advertised, and then imagine one where you know all of the other participants. Here are ones we've organised so far.
This 3 day street and architecture workshop, organised by Clare Acford and Neil Phillips saw 12 members explore some of the photographic opportunities of Liverpool. We stayed at a convenient Premier Inn and visited the waterfront area as well as many of the iconic locations on offer; we even had a trip to New Brighton. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the chance to relax into their photography and make images. Clare and Neil were on hand throughout to give instruction, ideas and support and to make sure nobody got lost! We also had a game of 'pass the camera' in the evenings to enable everyone to see what everyone else had been photographing.
Another Clare and Neil production, this time we stayed in a large hotel in Beaumaris and were joined by 13 other members. Angelsey has such a lot to offer the photographer, from stunning beaches, to small towns with long names and even a very photogenic quarry. This was an opportunity to teach landscape photography techniques and train the members in the art of early starts. Some got the idea, others just felt the need to stay in bed a little longer. The stand out moment was the sight of the APG contingent lining up to capture an image of the single tree on the shore at Llyn Padarn near Llanberis. At least everyone was successful!
For this workshop we rented two large houses, near a pub (of course), in the North Norfolk village of Thornham. It gave us the chance to get up for dawn shoots which only required us to walk a short distance to a very photogenic location nearby. It was an ideal location for the members to set up and try to make a good composition. Neil was on hand, as always, to provide guidance and suggest a few composition tweeks. As for all of our workshops, we try to limit the amount of time we spend travelling between sites, so maximising the time spent photographing. In the time we were there we also visited: Holkham Park, Blakeney, Wells-next-the-Sea and the cliffs at Hunstanton.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all workshops are on hold until further notice, but as soon as restrictions are relaxed in 2021 we will be advertising our next outings here. We had planned to hold workshops in Dorset, Bristol and the Lake District in 2020, so hopefully these can be rescheduled at some point in 2021.
Clare Acford and Neil Phillips have managed our workshops so far, but other members will be involved going forward. They will announce details of the forthcoming the workshops and circulate details to those members attending.