8:45 Meet up with your group and sessions leader in the car park
for a short briefing.
9:00 Move to the first location of the morning where we will
usually have the grounds to ourselves. We will start to take images here.
Although we are working with a small group, we see the tuition as an individual
process and your session leader will discuss with you what you want to learn
and also review your images and suggest improvements. We will also suggest
possible strategies and approaches to the location.
09:45 Move to our second location of the day. Here we will
continue to take images, practice new compositions and experiment with
different camera settings. We will also suggest possible strategies and
approaches to the location.
10:45 Our final location of the morning will allow you to further
develop your skills and get further feedback and advice to get the most out of
11:45 Return to the car park. For morning sessions, your ticket
will allow you access to the garden all day, so feel free to grab a drink and
some food at the café or restaurant before heading back out in to the garden if
you wish to.
What to bring:
A camera: It seems obvious but bring a camera along. It doesn’t
have to be a Digital SLR camera, although that will give you greater control
over your images. A compact camera with a manual setting is also a good option.
Whilst not as flexible, even a phone camera can produce great images. We will
work with you and whatever you have.
A tripod: This is particularly useful in low light conditions and
will allow you to experiment with a range of different exposures.
A fully charged battery: Cold weather can increase the battery use
so fully charged batteries are a must. Spare batteries are also a good idea.
It’s surprising how many shots you can get through, even on a half day course.
Appropriate clothing and footwear: We will run the course no
matter the weather conditions so appropriate outdoor clothing is required. Check
the weather and dress accordingly. The great British weather can also leave
gardens quite wet at points in the year so comfortable walking boots or
wellingtons may be a good idea.
Sundries: You could, but don’t have to, bring spare memory cards,
additional lenses, lens cleaning kit, a drink, mobile phone and the instruction
manual for your camera.