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If you fancy a fun day out at Breezy Knees gardens near York photographing flowers, statues, water features and unique viewpoints and vistas, whilst learning new skills with your camera, then this workshop is for you.

The photographic workshop will be tailored to beginners and enthusiasts. We will look at the rules of composition (and how to break them!). You will learn about correct exposure, how to blur the background to make your flower and statue portraits “pop” plus how to shoot in tricky lighting conditions such as bright sunlight or low light levels. We will also look at how to use our shutter speed to freeze and blur moving water, to give your images drama.

Val specialises in teaching in a fun, jargon-free practical way. Val has been awarded the internationally respected Distinction Licentiate of the Royal Photography Society (LRPS) which recognises a high standard of both technical and creative skills in photography.

Information:

Price: £99 (no VAT). Payment in full is due at the time of booking.

NB Price does not include the cost of entry toBreezy Knees Gardens.

Group Size: Small. Maximum 4 people. NB 1:1 sessions are also available on request.

Location: Breezy Knees gardens, Common Lane, Warthill, North Yorkshire, YO19 5XS.

Facilities: There is a cafe and toilets plus parking facilities.

Equipment: Please bring your digital camera, a charged battery (plus a spare battery if you have one), memory card and cash for lunch. Wear suitable clothing and footwear.

Dates: Contact Val on 07968 558795 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of available dates for group and 1:1 sessions.

 

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    "Val is an amazing photography tutor and has succeeded in teaching me where others have failed. She has a flexible and adaptable approach to lessons, which suits me perfectly, and we have a giggle to boot! Her patient and thoughtful nature has really helped me progress, with her picking projects that suit my objectives as well as challenge my skills. I am very much looking forward to continuing my photography journey with her. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Val is the best photography tutor I have had the pleasure of being taught by and I would highly recommend her!

    - Mayu Amin"

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    "Does exactly what it says on the tin! Highly enjoyable and commended. I now know what it means to come off Auto!"

    - Roger Taylor attending a Level 1 Photography Workshop

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    "A very useful and informative day. Demystified moving off Auto. I feel a lot more confident in getting creative with my camera. The practical exercises and manual playing cards were really useful".

    - Alastair How

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    "Val broke down the basics into a language all could understand, and she gave plenty of chance for practical moments to cement the theory. Her workshop made me feel very confident to remove the “auto” button".

    - E Womersley

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    "A really thorough grounding on how to use my camera on manual settings, thanks. I now feel confident to practice myself. It was brilliant to have things simplified and explained in great detail. Good to have practicals to put things together". 

    - Sally How

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    "Very clear guidance to understanding the 3 elements of the exposure triangle, with lots of opportunities for practice. The quiz and manual playing cards were great".

    - G Fisher

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    "Done in a really good structure which made bringing things together easier. I enjoyed the practical exercises".

    - Rosie Hester

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    "Thoroughly enjoyed the course and can now understand the basics of using a camera not on Auto Mode."

    - A Swift

  • "I had a photo session with Valerie for some new images of myself for my website and various media publications. Valerie had a natural instinct for the style and quality of the photographs needed for my business and took time and patience to get the right setting and positions. The images captured me naturally but with a professional focus and I am delighted with them." -Jacquie Cole Bakewell Travel
  • "We came into contact with Val when we wanted to organise a family photograph for our 40th wedding anniversary. Val was wonderful to work with, she made sure everyone looked great, was very good with the grandkids, we had a lot of fun, and you can really see that come through in the end results" -Nora Thrush
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my photo shoot with Valerie . Her sense of humour and attention to detail resulted in the perfect images for my fashion blog and social media accounts . They not only captured the clothes , but also something of my personality - in my experience a rare feat. I could not be more pleased"

    - Katherine M

Covid19 message response

Message from Valerie Mather

"The safety and well-being of all my workshop participants have and always will be my priority. Due to the UK government lockdown restrictions of non-essential movement of people I have postponed all 1-day workshops and 1:1 sessions up to the end of May 2020. I am reviewing future workshop information on a daily basis and will update it here when necessary and in accordance with government policy.

Please be assured that if you have paid a deposit or full payment for a workshop or a 1:1 session during this period you will not lose it. Your payment will be 100% credited towards a future workshop or 1:1 session booked to start before 30th May 2021."

Book with confidence

If you would like to be a part of any of the workshops or you are interested in 1:1 sessions from June 2020 below please get in touch at any time to make a booking. Please be assured that your deposit will be safe and if the workshop has to be postponed due to government restrictions over Covid-19 you will not lose your money. It may simply be transferred to a future workshop of your choice to start before 30th May 2021, so please book with confidence to secure your place.

Please stay safe!

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