Intermediate to advanced photo skills
My friend has a beautiful B&B in Arles in the south of France which we will be taking over at the end of August. It’s an amazing town in the South of France and home of the famous photography festival (35 world class exhibits in amazing locations, warehouses to roman buildings). Summer here is total photo-lovers paradise.
I held my first photo retreat last year and it was amazing. Arles is an incredible city in the south of France – home to the world famous photography festival and also where Van Gogh painted his famous works, so you will know that the light there is sublime.
This is for you if you want to immerse yourself in getting to grips and really developing your technical and creative skills. Although we will be doing lots of shooting, I am offering more advanced teachings on technique.
To me the true magic happens in photography when you have a good understanding of your camera and you are deeply inspired. When something in the pit of your stomach feels tingly with excitement. Anything is possible when you are deeply excited.
Also what we’ll be incorporating into this workshop is visiting the plentiful photo exhibitions which are dotted all over the city in really cool ventures, which makes it great because you’ve got so much inspiration coming in from both the location, the other photographers in the group plus all of these photography shows. The whole place is literally photography-soaked.
We’ll be taking over my friend’s spacious and arty B&B. We’ll have the place to ourselves, and it will be partly self-catering.
This is going to be different then my city workshops as this is more of a retreat geared towards more intermediate and advanced aspects of photography. If you are serious about learning the craft this will be great opportunity to spend some extended time learning my deeper knowledge, things that can’t happen on a workshop of different skill levels.
Arles itself is a truly inspiring place, a maze of tiny picturesque streets edged by a river and dotted by Roman architecture that is bathed in subdued light at dawn and golden light at sunset. No wonder Van Gogh realized here some of its major works – some of which will be on display at the local Van Gogh Foundation as part of a major exhibition featuring over 30 works by the master and taking place at this time. See here. And the world-famous photo festival offers a dazzling panorama of contemporary photography.
The place where you’d be staying should also provide food for the mind and the eye. Although it is located right in to the historical district, Mia Casa guesthouse is a haven of peace whose décor pays tribute to Van Gogh; it also happens to be a photographer’s home. An intimate and inspiring setting and the perfect place to exchange about one’s work, and photography and art in general. And should you really wish to clear your mind, the sea is just about 25 miles away, within the Camargue natural reserve, and readily accessible by public transport.
We will have the B&B to ourselves, so there will be lots of opportunities for both my teaching, sharing our skills and having a great fun time.
I will be looking to include sessions on things like the following – but it will totally depend on the participants and I will be tailoring it to the group.
- In depth one to one sessions
- Night shooting at high ISO without a tripod – test the limits of your kit, discover what a fast lens as good at and make some amazing images while learning
- Portrait lighting on location with studio strobe – how to mix flash with ambient light to create stunning portraits – a model or two will be provided for you to shoot
- In depth examination of light and its qualities- do you really “see” light”. find out if you do with this training session
- The Colour of emotion – presentation on the use of colour in photography
- Advanced Lightroom – retouching and catalog workshop
- Portrait and landscape retouching – Using photoshop and lightroom to make your images look professionally retouched.
- Studying contrast ratios and how to expose from them (or in spite of them!)
- Basic daylight exposures – Learning to shoot WITHOUT a light meter
- Shooting the stunning town of Arles
- Group image reviews
- Advanced composition skills
There are 35 photo exhibits there. Plenty of photo- inspired experiences. It’ll be a total photo immersion experience.
- Kitchen facilities within or close to the room
- Self-catering except for breakfast
- Delicious continental breakfast
- Sharing in large twin rooms
- Private bathrooms
- In a shared room: £967 in shared, very spacious room with own bed
- In a private room: £1,087 for a private room.
- With a partner: If you have a non-participating partner who wants to stay with you the total fee will be £1,197, which includes their daily breakfast, the welcome dinner and farewell lunch.
Workshop start time / ending time
- The workshop will start at 10 am on 21st August with an introduction and light lunch.
- The workshop will end at 5pm on Friday 25th
Lonely Planet says….Roman treasures, sultry stone squares and a festive atmosphere that crescendos during bullfights makes Arles a seductive stepping stone into the Camargue. And if its colourful sun-baked houses evoke a sense of déjà vu, it’s because you’ve seen them already on a Van Gogh canvas.
Arles’ Saturday market is one of the best in Europe. Read more here.