As the long, dark nights give way to the light and we head into British Summertime we feel less resistant to getting out of our nice warm beds in the morning to go for a walk with the dog or to take some nice outdoor photos. There is something really special about dawn in Glastonbury which is hard to put into words and witnessing the spectacle for yourself is one thing - capturing it in a compelling photograph to cherish for years to come is another. That's what this workshop will help you to achieve. Depending on group physical fitness levels or sometimes weather conditions (it can get wet and muddy at any time of year) we will take in various locations around Glastonbury ensuring that the iconic Tor features in the scene somewhere - so that you have proof that you've been here if nothing else! Just bring your camera gear and your enthusiasm and I will do the rest.


Workshop Structure

Topics to be covered during the dawn workshop will include but not be limited to:

  • Planning and preparations prior to going out for a dawn photo shoot
  • Good working practices when shooting (to avoid disappointment later)
  • Optimising exposure settings to suit the creative intent (scenic shots, silhouettes, close-ups, panoramas)
  • Basic photo editing to develop the final images (optional add-on)


Experience Level - PLEASE READ!

This workshop is not recommended for entry-level photographers. There is a lot of information to absorb in a relatively short period of time including camera settings and shooting strategies to adopt to achieve the best results. The sun waits for no-one! If you are unfamiliar with manually changing such things as ISO, shutter speed, aperture or exposure metering method then you will not benefit much from attending. My individually tailored 1-2-1 sessions for beginners are a better means of getting to grips with photographic terminology and they also allow me to dedicate more time to you which would have to be split with other participants on these workshops too. Please bear this in mind before booking a place.


Equipment You Will Need

  • A DSLR, Bridge or Compact camera with full manual control capability
  • A tripod is useful but don't worry if you haven't got one - you can borrow one of mine
  • A remote control shutter release (optional)
  • Sturdy, waterproof footwear is recommended since we will be working in landscape locations
  • Also if we have to dodge a few showers, some sort of waterproof covering for your camera might be advisable unless it is already weather sealed.


Outline Itinerary

(This may be subject to change due to weather conditions on the day)

  • Meet up at the gallery on High Street, Glastonbury (where refreshments will be provided)
  • Make way to workshop location - some walking will be required (refer to guidance on clothing, above)
  • Practical workshop session (duration 1hr)
  • Return to town centre / gallery / drop-off point as required

(optional element)

  • If you choose the review, critique and photo editing add-on (which extends the workshop to 2 hours) we will also review and post-process some images and see what the final results are really like!
  • Followed by closing Q&A and wrap-up


Weather Contingency

Obviously an outdoor pursuit is weather dependent so some minor disruption can be allowed for and workshops will only be postponed / cancelled in extreme circumstances. Please refer to terms and conditions when making a booking.


How To Book

Follow the link below and then choose the date on which you would like to attend a workshop from those listed. Enter your details, click on 'SUBMIT' to confirm your place and then you will be taken to the payment screen to secure your booking.


Dawn Workshop 2018