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Stourhead Autumn Colours caught DSLR Photography Course

Posted in Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire on October 20th, 2013 by Phil – Comments Off

The Autumn colours Stourhead are so famous that Radio 4′s Today programme is going to be broadcast from there shortly.  Fall colours on the radio!  Fall colours sounds like the kind of naff American phrase used by disgraced Radio 1 DJ’s, but Shakespeare used the word fall to describe Autumn, so we’re going to run with it.

These pictures come from our beginners DSLR course, taken by a great varied group who were kind and support of each other’s efforts. Chris, Neil, Gill, Dominic, Deryck and Martin took this lot:

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Yesterday’s photography course at Stourhead had a great time despite changeable weather – blue skies and black skies within half an hour.  Oh well, you can always hide in the grotto.  The grotto picture here is a 30 second exposure taken by Chris using the timer and balancing the camera on Phil’s (thin) wallet!

As always at Stourhead you need to avoid the standard vistas while keeping the elements that make Stourhead unique. I think this group did particularly well, despite the weather!  There was a remarkable variety of equipment too, from ancient 20D to 5D mk2, to G1 to D40X – but it’s as we always say, it’s in the eye not the equipment!  For autumn colours Stourhead has to be a top destination.


Neil came all the way from Kent to see the autumn colours Stourhead – it’s well worth it.  Certainly one of the top National Trust gardens in the country and only just off the A303.  It’s a curious little world.




Creative photography course at Stourhead

Posted in Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire on June 3rd, 2012 by Phil – Comments Off

We had a great day at Stourhead last Saturday, not to mention the weather, which was unbelievably hot! It was a lovely, friendly group of seven students, who were all really keen to be pushed out of their comfort zones. Good job, because Rachel does it anyway! We always find it amusing when our students are out there photographing little yellow ducks, spoons and jars of Marmite at beautiful National Trust properties. The looks they get from passers-by are priceless!
As usual, everyone chose a ‘word’ at random, and then went off for an hour to come up with a set of photographs which are connected together, and shot with the job in mind, rather than the usual dis-connected hundreds of disappointing pictures. It’s so interesting to see what people come up with, and the incredibly diverse interpretations. Although this exercise can feel a little daunting at first, people always say how much they enjoy the photographing with a job/purpose in mind. In fact, it’s liberating, and instills confidence. A trickier task in the hour-long afternoon shoot is to create a spooky photo in-camera, using exposure compensation/white balance/ focus etc etc. Who needs Photoshop?!

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Getting in there with a wide angle lens at Stourhead

Posted in Photography Course Students, Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire on March 16th, 2012 by Phil – Comments Off

One of the lovely things about a proper wide angle lens is that you can get close to a big object and still get it all in.  This is the rustic cottage, caught by one of our students with a 10-24mm Tamron lens on a photography course at Stourhead.

Landscape photography course at Stourhead

Posted in Stourhead Garden, Wiltshire, Uncategorized on February 6th, 2012 by Phil – Comments Off

Well, it was too windy on 21st January to let us into the gardens….they had to be closed due to high winds! That’s a first for us! Our merry band of intrepid photographers weren’t to be put off! Photography Made Simple students seem to be made of sterner stuff, and off they went with a theme to explore the bits which weren’t closed. The first job was to go out without their camera’s and come back with a ‘plan’….a new way of working for them, but which resulted in some wonderful, well thought-out and planned shots. Given that this was a Landscape photography course (and Stourhead is a perfect location for landscapes), and even though scuppered by the wind, everyone still managed to go home with several photo’s that they were happy enough to blow up and put on their walls! (Rachel’s guarantee).