Artist Sophie Berger

Artist Sophie Berger

During this one-to-one, full-day course, you will have the opportunity photograph two Dartmoor artisans in their workshops.

This is a chance to experiment with new techniques and styles, without the pressure of being on a 'real-life' shoot. All our artisans are very patient and obliging and will help you achieve your perfect image. 

Subject to their availability, you may choose which artisans to photograph. Choices include: Greg Abel, a blacksmith who works in an atmospheric Victorian forge; Sharif Adams, a wood-turner whose workshop is an ancient threshing barn; and Stuart Coote, a traditional upholster who repairs antique furniture in Georgian stables.

For further details, please contact course tutor Suzy.  

Prior knowledge
A basic understanding of how your camera works and photo editing software such as Lightroom would be helpful, but not essential.

You will learn how to:

  • Research and plan a shoot
  • Use natural light to create mood
  • Decide when flash is needed and how to use it in subtle way
  • Overcome challenging lighting situations
  • Help your subject feel comfortable in front of the camera
  • Pose your subject in a natural way
  • Compose a shot for the most dramatic effect
  • Create a narrative
  • Use props to add interest and context
  • Make your photos ‘pop’ by careful retouching

Please bring with you:

  • Your camera
  • Spare camera batteries and memory cards
  • Lighting equipment, if you have it
  • A laptop with image editing software, card reader, charger and relevant cables
  • A tripod
  • A notepad and pen

9am – Classroom session
10am – Photograph your first artisan
12.30pm – Lunch
1.30pm – Photograph your second artisan
3.30pm – Image processing, retouching and critique
5pm – Course ends

£260 including lunch.


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