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Exploring Suffolk spring gardens with your camera at Flatford Mill

Exploring Suffolk spring gardens with your camera at Flatford Mill

Duration: 4 days

Price: £395

Contact: Field Studies Council, Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt
Suffolk
CO7 6UL
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Friday 10th April 2020

About the Course

This three day course, over the Easter weekend, is ideal for those who love spending time in gardens and enjoys photography. We will immerse ourselves amongst the new spring shoots and flowers at Flatford Mill, Columbine Hall, Place for Plants and one other local garden. Most of the time will be spent taking pictures from vistas through to close ups while acquiring new skills about how to get the most from our cameras. Learning how to quickly adjust the ISO, master manual focusing and more, plus observing how the quality of the light, weather and time of day influences our pictures. The emphasis of the weekend is about composition and taking well-composted pictures rather than relying on post image manipulation. It is suitable for those who have an advance compact or digital SLR camera.

Time will be spent honing your techniques to take stunning vistas and details of spring gardens. We will work through a series of projects designed to develop the ‘seeing eye’, to compose stronger images. Plus use different modes: program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual to develop a greater understanding of how your camera works and how to get the most from it.

During the course you will gain a greater control over your camera, understand and know when to use exposure compensation and adjust the ISO. Practice and grasp how to use manual focus. Master the challenges of taking pictures into the sun. We will consider the pros and cons of using filters and the advantages of using a tripod. You will gain a greater awareness of how the available light influences and enhances your images when photographing gardens. At the end of each day we will download our pictures and have a group review of everyone’s favourite images.

Be prepared for one early morning photography session to capture the early morning dew.

Course tutor: Jacqui Hurst
Jacqui Hurst is a professional photographer and teacher who very much enjoys helping people make the most of their digital cameras.

What to Bring
Please ensure that your camera is in good working order, you have fully charged battery and a spare if possible.
A picture from a book, magazine or website that you find inspirational and are willing to share with the group
Your camera manual – often very useful
Blank memory cards
Battery charger
USB memory stick for storing images from a PC
If you have a laptop or tablet bring it along.
Notebook, pen and/or pencil
Large bin bag
Suntan lotion
Water bottle
A small rucksack/bag to carry your camera and lunch
Waterproofs – just in case it rains.

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What's included in the price?

Expert tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance



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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Residential
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly

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