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Come along to our fortnightly photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.
Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a casual photo walk with other local photographers. No formal lectures, just a chance to meet-up, share ideas and receive feedback!
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Saturday the 26th of January 2019
Landscape Photography - Dawn Shoot on River Itchen at 7.15am
Landscape photography is possibly one of the most popular genres, so we’ll be looking at how you can improve your shots and help your photos stand out from the crowd. We’ll be focusing on composition, panoramas, equipment tips and settings to use. Photo walk along the Itchen River as the sun rises and the mist starts to lift.
£14pp     only 3 places left
We have a different photo theme each fortnight and the two hour sessions take place in different outdoor locations across Southampton and Hampshire. Great opportunity to try something new with the guidance of a professional photographer, and come away with some new shots for your portfolio or album.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

What’s involved? Each session starts with an introduction to the fortnight’s theme, and the photography instructor will chat about the camera settings and techniques to use. You’ll then have time to take lots of photos, with the instructor present to answer any questions. You’ll receive feedback and have a chance to chat with everyone to share tips and ideas. We’re a social bunch!

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

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Saturday the 26th of January 2019
Landscape Photography - Dawn Shoot on River Itchen at 7.15am
Landscape photography is possibly one of the most popular genres, so we’ll be looking at how you can improve your shots and help your photos stand out from the crowd. We’ll be focusing on composition, panoramas, equipment tips and settings to use. Photo walk along the Itchen River as the sun rises and the mist starts to lift.
£14pp     only 3 places left
Saturday the 9th of February 2019
Atmospheric Night Photography - Southampton Old Walls at 5pm
Photography is all about playing with light, but for this session we're taking things a little darker. We'll be exploring dark and moody black&white photography, as we wind our way through the Old Walls and creating some hauntingly atmospheric shots with street lights and light painting. Great chance to nail those night photography skills! * Tripod required * - Hosted by Simon Garratt -
£14pp     only 4 places left
Saturday the 23rd of February 2019
Using Aperture and Bokeh in Photography - Ocean Village at 4.30pm
Aperture is a tool for controlling the depth of field in an image, and choosing what areas are placed in focus. We’ll be exploring how to use aperture creatively, as well as playing with bokeh. This session will take us through sunset to dark so that we can practice in different lighting conditions. * Tripod required * - Hosted by Simon Garratt -
£14pp     7 places left
Saturday the 9th of March 2019
Architectural Photography - Winchester Cathedral at 9.30am
Architectural photography can be a great way of exploring and documenting a city, whether it’s your home or on holiday. We’ll be looking at ways to take some impressive shots and the camera settings to use whilst exploring the incredible Winchester Cathedral and surrounds. - Hosted by Simon Garratt -
£12pp     12 places left
Saturday the 23rd of March 2019
Using Light and Shadow in Photography - Netley Abbey Ruins at 10am
Harsh light and the contrast between light and shadow can provide some interesting photo opportunities, as well as some challenges! We’ll be looking at how you can use your camera’s settings to nail the exposure. Netley Abbey ruins is a great place to put these skills into practice, with its array of buildings and structures dating from the 1200s. - Hosted by Simon Garratt -
£14pp     12 places left
Saturday the 20th of April 2019
Photographing Water - Winchester City Centre at 9am
Water can provide some amazing photo opportunities, and has been a source of inspiration for many great photographers. In this session we'll have a photo walk and will be looking at a range of camera settings to use when photographing water, from freezing action to long exposures. A tripod and ND filters would be beneficial (but not essential) for this session. - Hosted by Simon Garratt -
£14pp     11 places left
Refund Policy: Full refunds given with 5 days notice. Dates can be changed with 3 days notice.
4.7/5 from 66 reviews
It was fantastic!
5/5 by Svetlana Karaliyska
Really enjoyed and encouraged me to go but although met at entrance it was to big an event location to really get to know everyone and look forward to future meets
4/5 by Linda priestley
It was really good to arrange something so ‘casual’. We could go around in small groups and benefit from group prices! The great weather was a bonus!
5/5 by Mike Porter
As a social event this was excellent. Good venue, good company, chat and banter Great. Well done Victoria for organising it.
5/5 by John Poytress
It was so lovely to be out with my camera, to roam about taking pictures rather than 'fitting in' taking pictures! Had a lovely day
5/5 by Jean Pragnell
I did enjoyed today’s social event. Great time. Group split quite quickly but great new people to meet.
4/5 by Michal Kalinowski

4/5 by Bev Edwards
I enjoyed it. Simon and Victoria gave very helpful suggestions to correct my bad habits in framing out intrusive objects. It stretched me into a set story tale rather than just my “here is our trip to xyz”. Looking at my photos I am not sure I got the story even started but some photos pleased me. I will be back! Thank you.
5/5 by David Nutton

5/5 by Isfahan
Very helpful, informative and friendly.
5/5 by Christine Gladwell
It was lovely having someone to give tips and set little challenges especially when sometimes you feel that there is not much in regards colour and contrast on a dull day.
5/5 by Sarah Lumber
It was interesting and varied. I do like the challenges, even though I get sidetracked occasionally. I also seem to manage to learn more about my camera each time. Thank you.
5/5 by Christopher Waterman
Was an amazing range of skills to work on over the space of two hours. Really interesting and engaging session.
5/5 by Peter Boyce
Amazing event. Its always fun to work with Simon and Victoria. They are experienced , knowledgeable and very kind.
5/5 by Kirti
It was fantastic. Thank you very much Simon and Victoria!
5/5 by Svetlana Karaliyska
The Durdle event was fantastic, exhausting, well bought through and engaging. A small group due to the weather 5e day before but this made it more personal with the small group. Brilliant event and will def book another one
5/5 by Chris

5/5 by Svetlana Karaliyska
very well presented and helpful.
5/5 by Paul Saban
I learnt so much today Victoria was so patient, explained how to achieve each task and helped me with the settings on my camera. It was a brilliant session this morning. Thank you
5/5 by Jean Pragnell
I enjoyed the event and found it very informative. Street photography is a not a genre with which I am comfortable and it was reassuring to be doing it as part of a group. Excellent guidance from Simon. Good relaxed atmosphere.
5/5 by Brian Pain

5/5 by John Poytress
It was very informative and a great location. Gave me lots of ideas and helped me learn some new things.
5/5 by Faye Lane
Second time at this event at Brambridge and I still learned something new! Simon is a very good tutor and very easy to approach. Would highly recommend these meetings to anyone who has an interest in photography. Can't wait for the next one!
5/5 by Mic bridge
I had a wonderful informative morning walk lovely company
5/5 by Hales
Very good. Have been busy all afternoon looking through the photos from the morning. Very knowledgable. Thank you
5/5 by Richard Webb
I really enjoyed the event overall. Nice to meet some like-minded folk and got great advice from Simon with regards my composition techniques
4/5 by Ian Haslam
Thank you! It was fantastic!
5/5 by Svetlana
Great briefing on location and what we could expect regarding weather conditions. Useful explanation of histogram basics, something I previously had not understood. Good support and tips
5/5 by John poytress
As per usual, just great. I enjoy the challenges, and appreciate the guidance and advice. Like the fact that the other participants are always friendly and ready to mix. Not clicky.
5/5 by Chris Waterman

5/5 by Cameron
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