posts tagged ‘workshop’

Ross Hoddinott Wildlife Photography Course

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011


Last weekend bangwallop ran a two day, wildlife photography course with Ross Hoddinott. Despite difficult weather conditions, the course was a great success and everyone achieved some fantastic and varied images.

The course began on saturday, starting with photographing around Haytor on Dartmoor. Thick mist in the morning meant that big views were unavailable, but instead there was plenty of opportunity for close-up shots of bluebells. After lunch we headed to a local farm to meet up with a falconer. This great location gave everyone a chance to get some incredible shots of a barn owl and kestral in what looked like completely natural settings.

We had time for one more location on Dartmoor, to get some atmospheric views, before rain forced us back to salcombe and into the pub for dinner.

We opted for an early night as the weather had still not improved, but looked better for the morning.

5 am at snapes point overlooking salcombe, and with a strong wind, the clouds soon cleared to reveal blue sky and warm sunshine. not quite classic sunrise conditions, but a great view over the estuary.

We returned to bangwallop for breakfast, and a chance to download images and have a look through the shots from saturday, before heading out again - this time across the water to East Portlemouth. the cliff path up through the woods behind Mill Bay gave Ross a good opportunity to demonstrate some of the techniques he uses for macro photography.

The course finished at the end of the afternoon with a slideshow and critique of everyones shots from the weekend. The results were excellent and everyone came away with a great mix of landscape, wildlife and macro images.

We have had some brilliant feedback from the course participents,

“Hi B W
Just a quick thanks to you all - not just Ross and Jack - for the fantastic course at the weekend. I felt I came away with my photography invigorated, with new camera skills and the use of digital techniques. After many years of picture taking it was nice to have my horizons expanded. Ross and Jack were very patient as well as being knowledgeable, professional and thorough. I even got to like “Macs” (being a PC person).  In the “back room” the food and organisation were perfect. I hope all goes really well for you down there, and will try to drop in in the summer on our sailing trip. Thanks again” Jamie Pride

a selection of shots from the course can viewed in the gallery below

Dream Wedding Photography

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

the-dream-weddingLorna’s new book ‘Dream Wedding Photography’ has been out in the shops for a few months now and has been receiving great reviews.

Amid the overwhelming number of wedding photography books out there, this one really is fantastic… Amateur Photographer Magazine

offers a wealth of practical and technical advice… Sunday Express

Although aimed at photographers, ‘Dream Wedding Photography’ has found a wider audience with couples finding the book incredibly useful for planning their own weddings;

Me and my Fiancé stumbled upon this book while looking for ideas for our own wedding.
we found that as well as the stunning pictures, it was well written and gave a really interesting insight into how a wedding works, from what to expect in the planning process, booking venues, through to buying a wedding album!

Signed copies of Dream Wedding Photography are available from bangwallop, or order a copy from amazon.

Portrait Photography Course

Friday, January 29th, 2010

_mg_4878We held another highly successful Portrait Photography Course on Saturday 23rd January at bangwallop studios. The course was designed around learning how to work with a model and the challenges of directing your subject to achieve the best results.

The group were given expert instruction on composition, lighting, expression and other basic tricks and pointers to make their portrait photography come alive!

Our morning session involved a group shoot on the beach with our beautiful model Kate, giving the students an opportunity to work one to one and also more reportage style shots. Quick trip back on the ferry for a well deserved lunch and then the guys got to grips with ’styling’ the model for the afternoon session in the studio, they all seemed to grasp their inner fashionista pretty quickly and had Kate accessorised and ready in no time. We ran through some basic studio flash lighting techniques and then each student got an opportunity to work with Kate to produce some fantastic studio based images. A quick instruction on Adobe Lightroom and critique and we were done! Phew!

They guys all got to select their favourite image from the day which was printed for them to take away. Here are a selection of the students images, let me know what you think, I think they did really well!

launch of the bangwallop school

Monday, February 9th, 2009

bangwallop launched it’s school with a three day landscape workshop run by Joe Cornish.

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