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Southwold Sunrise Workshop

Join me for a sunrise at the iconic Southwold Pier for a morning of Landscape Photography, finishing up at one other location along the Suffolk coastline, and allow me show you how to get the most out of your photography and your camera.

Here are the things you can expect to learn from the workshop: • You will understand the relationship between the exposure controls and the effects they have on the image apart from exposure. • How to use Aperture, Shutter and ISO to control exposure with the help of the Exposure Meter and Histogram. • How to make the best use of the cameras’ metering systems. • How to setup your camera for optimum image creation, taking the guesswork out of all those complicated settings. • You will learn about Lens Choice and how different focal lengths can be used effectively in the environment. • You will learn about Depth-of-Field and how to set the camera up to Focus effectively. • You will be introduced Neutral Density Filters, when and how to use them. • You will learn about Long Exposure Photography. • You will gain an appreciation of the fundamentals of image composition.

Images from my Southwold Sunrise Photographic Workshops


Max participants - 6

Southwold and nearby Suffolk Coast, starting at Southwold Pier.

Workshop Duration
Usually 5 - 6 hours.

You will need to get yourself to and from the locations, although any vehicle sharing is encouraged.

Food and drink are not included in the workshop price, so please bring any food and drink you may need.

Workshop Requirements
This workshop is suitable for all abilities including complete beginners.

You will need

A camera with preferably a wide angle or standard lens. A tripod is also a must (I have a few available to borrow if needed) along with any Filters you may own (I have a few Lee100 Kits to borrow if needed) and a remote release if you have one. 

Warm clothing and suitable footwear, such as walking boots and/or Wellies.

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About this Workshop

This workshop begins just before the sun rises and ends shortly after lunchtime.  An advantage of an early morning workshop, is just how quiet and peaceful the seafront will be. Naturally, the start time of the workshop will be timed to make the most of the golden hour around the sunrise, and the date will be selected for the most of optimum tide. A brief meet & greet will allow us to get to know each other and for me to see what photographic gear you have brought with you.  We will then proceed taking pictures around the pier as the sun rises over the horizon. As well as the pier, there are other key locations to take in and photograph, such as the Lighthouse and the colourful beach huts.  Again, the dates for these workshops are selected to make sure the huts have been lifted to the seaward side of the sea wall. Once we have completed all our photography at Southwold, we will move southwards along the coast, taking in one of the following, Walberswick, Sizewell or Aldeburgh. I use a very laid back teaching style, (there won't be any exam question, I promise!), and being a small group, I am able to ensure I spend as much time with all attendees, to help them get the most from their camera and equipment. You will learn all about reading and setting exposure, composition & framing, as well as how to get the most from the camera settings, such as achieving the best focus and Depth of Field for a scene.  If you haven't yet mastered Fully Manual control of your camera, I am sure you will be adept at it by the end of the workshop.   Following the workshop, you will be given access to some freebies for you to download and keep, including my; "Landscape Photography Essentials", which will help solidify the new skills you have learnt. I look forward to seeing you there :)

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