Photography Courses Birmingham
Midland Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham
For photography courses Birmingham mac is an impressive new arts venue for the Midlands, located next to the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Opened recently in May 2010, it had 30,000 visitors in it’s first weekend.The building provides a great open space with fantastic natural light, with free parking, a huge park and a good cafe! With it’s focus on visual arts, it’s a fine venue to contribute some of your own.
We meet at the cafe at 10am for coffee, then head out into Cannon Hill Park to take pictures which we review back in the cafe. Looking at your own and other people’s interpretations of the same subjects is a great way to learn and to improve your style. We finish back at mac at about 4:30pm
For photography courses Birmingham may not be an obvious location, Cannon Hill Park has walkways and cycle routes alongside the River Rea. The conservation area within the park includes a 5 acre woodland. There is also a wildflower meadow, which is sown each year with cornfield annuals such as field poppy, cornflower and corn marigold, providing visitors to the park with a spectacle, which is very rare in a city. Wardens have documented: 54 species of birds ; 12 species of mammal (including 3 bats!); 2 amphibians; and lots of insects: 15 butterfly species; 46 species of moth; 6 galls; 2 Bugs; 14 Bees; 3 Wasps; 13 Beetles; 2 Dragonflies; 1 Damselfly; 20 Hoverflies; 69 flowering plants; 35 tree and shrubs; and 8 fungi. The parks newest resident has just been spotted in the park. It is a small brown deer that was seen by a local resident (Helen) who was walking her dog. She watched it for 5 or so minutes while it was grazing in the area of former prefab housing, adjacent to the health centre on Dad’s Lane. Given the description it is likely to be Muntjac Deer. These are surprisingly common around the city, and all though not native, they do not cause a lot of damage. The probably species involved, Reeves Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi), was introduced into the UK in Woburn Safari Park in 1926. It is now found everywhere. They are surprising confiding species and not too concerned by humans. Keep your eyes peeled!
“Had a fantastic time on my @PhotoMadeSimple course today. Feeling very inspired!”Emily, mac 2012, via twitter5/5 stars
- “I would like to say a big thank you for the patience and nice tips you showed us. After that, I must admit I transferred the “photo bug” to my boyfriend. He is now also into photography, which is great, he no longer complains that I am always taking photos, as he is getting worse than me ”
Mara, Birmingham MAC 2011