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Portmeirion photography course pictures

Posted in Portmeirion, North Wales, Uncategorized on October 20th, 2011 by Phil – Comments Off

We love going to Portmeirion so much we will go there for very small financial reward.  We’re happy just to get to drive through the mountains, enjoy the ambience and eat the ice cream!

Portmeirion Photography Course

Posted in Portmeirion, North Wales on June 20th, 2011 by Phil – Comments Off

We love going to Portmeirion so much we have been known to go there for very few customers, just to have a day out!

We had two groups at Portmeirion – a Creative Group and a DSLR group – here’s a few pics from the former:

Panorama from Portmeirion photography course

Posted in Portmeirion, North Wales on April 29th, 2010 by Phil – Comments Off

Christine spent two days “in the village” – a day with Phil doing landscape photography followed by a day with Rachel covering creative photography. (This does not mean we could not be creative on the landscape day, obviously!)

This is a panorama stitched from 8 pictures taken on the sands by Christine. The pictures were taken in portrait orientation to minimise the distortion of the wide angle lens.

The trick here is to choose the most important part of the image, and make sure it’s exposed correctly (using Av in this case, but it could have been M, P or even an automatic mode like landscape or sports). Then set the camera to M, and use the settings from that first image. This will prevent the sky mysteriously changing mid-panorama. Some cameras (especially Canon) have auto-panorama settings, but these lock the settings on the first image. Often this is the most or least exposed image rather than the average from the centre.

Also, be aware that auto white balance, ISO or anything else may change during the panorama.

However, if there’s not much change across the image, auto stitch works fine – young James took this one at Chatsworth:

Portmeirion photography course in the snow

Posted in Portmeirion, North Wales on February 1st, 2010 by Phil – Comments Off

Portmeirion is perhaps our favourite place to teach photography – the only problem is that it is hard to take bad pictures there!

Here’s Rach working with Verity:

Here’s Phil messing about with depth of field and graffiti:

Verity’s lovely shot of the sand and sky, slightly inverted:

Des’s shot of a door and mountains, slightly cropped:

Portmeirion has got to be one of the best places in the world to look at the scenery, drink hot chocolate and learn photography.