Landscape Challenge Photography Workshop

14 July 2018

09:00 - 17:30

Peak District
Ilam Hall
United Kingdom

Tel:01225 325 733

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Non RPS Member£120.00 
RPS Member£90.00 
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This workshop, run by Paul Hill MBE, Nick Lockett MA, and Maria Falconer FRPS will appeal to those who have gone beyond the beginners stage and want a chance to immerse themselves in photography, be challenged, and explore landscape photography from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view

Illam Hall is a Gothic mansion set in 84 acres of beautiful parkland on the banks of the River Manifold, in the Peak District National Park on the Derbyshire / Staffordshire border. 

After a short introduction session on the local area, you will be given challenges to be undertaken into the countryside around Ilam, which includes one of Lord Byron favourite beauty spots Dovedale. There is also spectacular hilly open country on the doorstep of Ilam Hall in the shadow of the magnificent Thorpe Cloud, or parkland and woods next to the unique River Manifold in the Hall grounds. The three tutors will be there to help and guide you during the day. 

With three vastly experienced tutors it will be possible to will cover a wide range of topics, including developing personal photographic projects that lead to a meaningful body of work, how to improve your digital capture to publishing your photography online and in books. At the end of the day there will be an open feedback session in the seminar room where the group will look at each other's selection of images made during the day. Bring your work-in-progress portfolio along for a one-to-one feedback review session with one of the tutors.

Groups will be no more than five people per tutor.

Please come equipped with sturdy boots or shoes, wet weather gear and a day bag to carry lunches, cameras etc. Walking will be on easy terrain but with plenty of stops to make pictures. Participants should bring a digital SLR with a blank memory card – or of course you can shoot on film / medium format / large format. Bring your laptop, if you have one, to edit your images at the end of the day before the feedback session. Remember to bring your portfolio if you would like a one-to-one feedback review session with one of the tutors.

Although you can bring your own food, there will be coffee, tea, and biscuits available in the workshop venues. Despite the rural locations of the workshops, there are cafes and pubs nearby.

Paul is visiting professor of photography at De Montfort University, Leicester and the University of Derby. After a career in journalism, Paul Hill became a full-time lecturer in photography at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in 1974 where he was later appointed head of the trend-setting Creative Photography course. In the seventies he also set up, with his late wife, Angela, The Photographers. Place  the UK first residential photography workshop at their Peak District home.  He has exhibited regularly since 1970 throughout the British Isles, Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia and is co- author (with Thomas J. Cooper) Dialogue with Photography (1979/2005), Approaching Photography (1982/2004) White Peak Dark Peak(1990), and Corridor of Uncertainty (2010). He was the first chairman of the RPS Contemporary Group and the Contemporary Distinctions Panel. In 1994 he was awarded an MBE by The Queen for services to photography and last year received the RPS Education Award.

Nick lectures in photography, video and digital imaging at De Montfort University, and also works as a busy freelance editorial photographer. He is a very experienced photography teacher and workshop leader. Much of his personal landscape photography is concerned with ancient sites and trackways near his home in the Peak District. He works digitally, but also has a passion for large format photography, often making pictures at night. For twenty years he was Chief Photographer and Head of Pictures for Carlton Television in London, producing still images and picture publicity on TV programmes such as  Inspector Morse, Spitting Images Pop Idol. His work has been widely published in books and magazines, and has been exhibited in the UK and abroad

A Fellow of the RPS, Maria is a professional photographer and teacher who has exhibited at the Arles Photo Festival in France, FORMAT Festival in Derby, The Edinburgh International Arts Festival, and in New Jersey, Macow, and Limerick. She also does promotional work for many dance, and other clients, including: Scottish Dance Theatre, Scottish Ballet, Thomson Holidays, Dance Base (Scotland National Centre for Dance), Deda, HP, The Red Consultancy, Derby Theatre, Teenage Cancer Trust, Elsevier Publishing, Company Chameleon, Les Ballets and Trockadero de Monte Carlo.  Her photographs have been published in The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, and The Scotsman, Digital Camera and the RPS Journal, amongst others.  She has taught on workshops in France and all over Britain, and is a visiting lecturer at De Montfort and Nottingham Trent universities.

Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected. If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.

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