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Keeping it friendly - Keeping it fun!

This meetup is for anyone interested in photography. All abilities are welcome and the emphasis will be on sharing our knowledge in a fun and relaxed way, learning as we explore London and beyond.
It makes no difference whether you have the latest expensive camera gear or a camera phone, come along and we'll find plenty of interesting things to photograph.

Our events will take us to some of the most iconic locations where you can find that โ€œpostcard" (or Instagram)ย shot but we will be looking for more than that, your professional guide will encourage you to use your imagination and get creative with your photography. If you are new to photography you will have the opportunity to understand the subject better and improve your picture taking.

Keep an eye out for our special "Photography Experience Days" where we'll be collecting up to 7 lucky photographers from a central London location, transporting them to a unique event, and instructing on how to great shots, including using our own professional gear!ย Just bring a blank SD card!ย Our Experience Days are not only amazing photographic opportunities but are also difficult to get to - hence we provide the transport!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.

Dion Hitchcock
https://uk-photo-tours.com/

Upcoming events (4+)

Last 2 places! - Loxwood Joust! (Sunday 14th August)

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ยฃ50.00

Dear Lords, Ladies, and photographic squires!

Loxwood Joust, the U.K.'s most spectacular mediaeval festival, is back on again this year and we're going to practice some dramatic action photography!

This amazing extravaganza is held in the picturesque woodlands of West Sussex and features full-contact jousting, along with other daring displays of weaponry, including archery, muskets, and cannon fire as armoured knights and their retainers prepare to meet in great numbers for the melee on the thunderous battlefield, granting us many photographic opportunities.

You will also be able to "wander the Living History Village, situated in the Mediaeval Meadow, where inhabitants live and work exactly as they would have in the middle ages. Peruse their traditional wares in the Mediaeval Marketplace, where traders and hawkers vie for your attention and wandering minstrels, dance troupes, and a court jester entertains the crowds throughout the day." So a number of interesting and unusual portrait possibilities are available.

Almost 50 re-enactment groups take part in Loxwood Joust each year so it is on a scale unlike other mediaeval events.

Our previous photographic scouts scoured Loxwood for the best photographic opportunities and have devised battle tactics to enable you to capture some amazing shots!

Please note: There will be a maximum of 7 participants (plus photo guide) so get in early! The Loxwood Joust event ends around[masked] pm, so we expect to leave the event soon after and arrive back in central London around 7 pm.

๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ:
โ€ข Telephoto lenses eg[masked]mm,[masked]mm,[masked]mm, etc (recommended if you have but we'll have multiple telephoto setups for you to borrow โ€“ just bring a blank SD card).
โ€ข Walkaround zoom (or kit) lens eg 18-55mm, 24-70mm (for environmental portraits and wide battlefield shots)
โ€ข Monopods are permitted but likely not required unless bringing a heavy telephoto lens (we recommend handholding the camera). No tripods, please.

๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐:
Travel to and from central London (from Starbucks, Unit 1A Euston Tower, NW1 3DP), in our comfortable 8 seat vehicle, including photographic magazines to learn from and inspire en route
Entry ticket for Loxwood Joust
Photographic tuition at event
Camera and telephoto lens setups available to borrow
Battery charging facilities if required (just bring your USB or wall plug charger)

๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐:
Food and drink
Anything not otherwise stated as included.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Hat, sunscreen, etc. It is England after all, so bring a light waterproof jacket/umbrella just in case and wear appropriate footwear for walking.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐žโœ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ:
We'll meet at Starbucks Coffee, Unit 1A Euston Tower Podium, Regents Place, London NW1 3DP, at 8.15 am and we'll talk about what to expect on the day and to go through previous photos of the event and discuss settings, composition, etc.
We'll be leaving Starbucks at 8.30 am.

Please make sure you check TFL to arrive at the meeting point on time as we will have to leave exactly at 8.30 am sharp. Unfortunately, due to having to purchase the tickets, refunds will unable to be given if you are late, hence our meeting time is a full 15 minutes before our departure. Please be sure you can attend before RSVPing yes, as refunds can only be given if your place is taken by another participant.

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so RSVP numbers such as myself +3 means 3 members from the other groups attending.

Last 3 places! - Vintage Airshow!

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ยฃ65.00

๐‰๐จ๐ข๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐๐จ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ง๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ก๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐กโœ๐ฌ ๐‚๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐งโœ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ-๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ.

Enjoy the unmistakable roar of the Spitfire's Rolls Royce Merlin engine along with other favourite aircraft, and if the weather is kind the skilled pilots will do their magnificent best in the ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐„๐๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ข๐š๐ง ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ!

The extensive collection also contains some of the only airworthy examples of genuine combat aircraft from WW1 and WW2, along with the graceful lines of multiple world aviation speed record holders from the 1930's. It is a rare display unlike any other in the world.

The Old Warden airfield is unique in having an L-shaped airfield, allowing the aircraft to bank close to the spectators and to pass at the perfect angle for practicing our panning technique.

We'll have ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐š ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐จ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฐ if required to help you get some great shots! 1 x Canon & 2 x Nikon setups.

๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐:

  • Entry to the airshow
  • Return travel from central London (from Starbucks, Unit 1A Euston Tower, NW1 3DP), in our comfortable 8 seater vehicle.
  • Photographic Tuition at the event (focussing on shutter speed and panning to blur background and propellers but keep plane sharp)
  • Camera and telephoto lens setups to borrow (just bring a blank SD card)
  • Battery charging facilities if required (just bring your USB or wall plug charger)

๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐:

  • Food and drink (hot drinks and food are available on site but feel free to bring your own picnic)

๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž: Please check and dress for the weather. Hat, sunscreen, etc.

๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ:

  • Tripod optional - we'll have a tripod and gimbal setup.
  • Lens choice - telephoto lenses (ideally 200mm+ full frame equivalent)
  • We'll have 3 setups to use: 1 x[masked]mm (Nikon F), 1 x[masked]mm (Canon EF),[masked]mm + 1.4x extender [masked]mm equivalent - Nikon),[masked]mm (Canon EF & Nikon F), Sony E adapter.
  • Wide-angle/mid-range lenses for stationary (flight-line) aircraft or vintage vehicle.

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐žโœ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ž๐ญ:
Starbucks Coffee, Unit 1A Euston Tower Podium, Regents Place, London NW1 3DP, at 10.00am and leave for the venue to get a good space. We'll have plenty of time at the venue to talk about what to expect on the day and look through previous photos of the event, discuss settings, composition, etc. The flying display starts at 2pm and will ends around 5pm. We expect to return to London around 7pm.

๐…๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐š๐ญ
https://www.uk-photo-tours.com/vintage-airshow-photography-workshop/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dion
https://www.uk-photo-tours.com

Whirling Wader Spectacular! (5 day birding tour) Register you interest.

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ยฃ5.00

Journey to the highlight of the UKโ€™s birding calendar!

Join us on this amazing tour one of the most stunning wildlife experiences in the UK, as between 80,[masked],000 birds take flight and fly overhead in the Whirling Wader Spectacular at RSPB Snettisham!

We'll be in place at The Wash in Snettisham and have four opportunities to view one of the most incredible wildlife events in the UK! We'll watch in anticipation as the waders, mainly Oystercatchers and Knots, retreat from the rapidly advancing spring tide. When the tide advances far enough and the wading birds no longer have enough space to stand, they take off in their thousands and fly overhead to the safety of the lagoons behind in the RSPB sanctuary.

As we hear the roar of thousands of wings beating as one, we'll photograph the unique shapes of their murmurations as they decide where to land.

We'll experiment with shutter speed, as the flocks fly by and sway to and fro on the mudflats, giving you an array of unique images for your portfolio.

๐…๐ข๐ญ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ: Easy to Moderate
This tour involves walking of 30-60 minutes along paths/trails and requires occasional short steep steps or inclines. A person of average fitness level should have little difficulty.

๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ:

  • Telephoto lens โ€“ preferably 300mm+, eg[masked]mm,[masked]mm,[masked]mm (we have some options available to share)
  • Wide angle lens โ€“ 16-35mm, 10-24mm, 14-24mm (for landscapes)
  • Walk around/kit lens โ€“ 18-55mm, 24-70mm,[masked]mm (less used)
  • Donโ€™t have a telephoto lens? Weโ€™ll have 3 telephoto setups available to borrow/share (please let us know at the time of booking)
  • We also have 3 branded teleconverters/extenders available Canon (1.4x) & Nikon (1.4x + 2.0x)
  • Monopod or tripod & gimbal if using a lens thatโ€™s heavy for you.
  • Tripod (for landscape opportunities or if using gimbal)
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery Charger (we have charging facilities on our vehicle)
  • Extra memory cards (please bring a blank spare SD card to use our setups)
  • Rain protector for camera + lens
  • ND Filters โ€“ optional/recommended for sunrises/sunsets or any long exposures during the day โ€“ we have multiple sets of Kase ND filters available to borrow
  • Shutter trigger for landscapes (wired trigger recommended)
  • Full head-to-toe wet weather gear โ€“ it is England, after all! Or a hat and sunscreen if great weather!

A full packing list will be provided prior to the tour.

๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐:

  • Professional photo guide & tuition.
  • Return transportation from central London in our comfortable 8 seat vehicle (5 passengers plus luggage).
  • Accommodation โ€“ Cottage style with own private rooms. Shared facilities. There may be supplements for Premium rooms (if available).
  • Kase filter kits to borrow if required
  • Battery charging facilities in the vehicle

๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐:

  • Personal & travel insurance
  • Food & drink
  • Travel to starting point or from the endpoint of the tour.
  • Anything not specified as โ€œIncludedโ€

๐๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ž: ยฃ895 (includes own room)

Note: The ยฃ5 price is to gauge interest before we confirm accommodation, which will then be counted towards your balance payment for the tour.

https://www.uk-photo-tours.com/whirling-wader-spectacular

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dion.
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Lake District Workshop - 7 days / 6 nights (incl transport & accomm)

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ยฃ50.00

ยฃ50 early bird discount if booked by end of August!

Guaranteed departure.

Join us on this magical ๐Ÿ•-๐๐š๐ฒ/๐Ÿ”-๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ tour to explore the picturesque Lake District in colourful autumn with a small group (maximum of 5 participants only) guided by a professional photographer, and ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง!

As a bonus - as if the amazing scenery isn't enough! - the best filter company in the business, Kase filters, is kindly sponsoring our workshop & will be providing multiple sets of their Pro filters just for us - so you can get the most out of this amazing workshop!

๐’๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ:
๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ โ€“ Journey to The Lakes
Weโ€™ll collect you from central London & begin the journey to our lovely accommodation in central Keswick.

We'll aim to check in, freshen up, then if time permitting head to our first sunset opportunity at the spectacular Castlerigg Stone Circle.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ โ€“ Ullswater
Weโ€™ll begin our first morning with sunrise at the iconic Duke of Portland boathouse looking down Ullswater towards the distant fells. From there weโ€™ll pay a visit to Hallin Fell with a gorgeous view down two valleys, with Beda Fell in all its autumnal glory dividing them. During the day we will visit the powerful Aira Force, the most famous of the Lakesโ€™ waterfalls, falling 70ft below a slate bridge into a rock pool & surrounded by Victorian landscaping.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ‘ โ€“ Derwent Water
Crow Park will start our day for sunrise looking down Derwent Water with Borrowdale Valley and the surrounding Fells beyond. Nearby is Isthmus Bay where you will find the remains of some concrete jetties looking towards the Cumbrian Mountains. Other options for later in the day are Ashness Jetty or Tewet Tarn.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ’ โ€“ Buttermere
This morning we will head for Buttermere and once again put those Kase ND filters to work capturing the famous lone tree with tranquil views across the lake, followed by a short journey up the lake where we will have views of Char Hut and the autumn colours on the mosaic slopes of Haystacks. Later in the day, we will explore the Southern shore of Crummock Water with several composition options of rocks or trees to choose from.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ“ โ€“ Great Langdale
Weโ€™ll start the day at the River Brathay near Elterwater hoping for a touch of mist at sunrise with a couplet of oak trees and a small copse reflecting in the calm water. Later we will head down the Great Langdale Valley towards Side Pike & Blea Tarn both of which have gorgeous views of the Langdale Pikes.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ” - Lowther Castle
Our last full day will see Phil take us to another great attraction in the morning and our afternoon will be visiting Lowther Castle or a similar attraction.

๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ ๐Ÿ• โ€“ Return Journey
For our final day in the stunning Lake District, we will begin with a visit to Tewet Tarn, or even Castlerigg Stone Circle for sunrise with views towards Blencathra and Skiddaw fells. We'll then say goodbye to Keswick & journey back to London with full memory cards and many happy memories.

๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ฌ:
โ€ข Return transport from London, & within the Lake District.
โ€ข Kase filter sets available to use!
โ€ข Professional photo guide & tuition
โ€ข Accommodation - An entire beautiful house! (self-catering - restaurants, pubs, a 5 min walk away)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFOPMVFMRpU&feature=youtu.be

1 x own room with en-suite (ยฃ150 supplement) - available
1 x own room with en-suite (ยฃ150 supplement) - available
1 x own room with en-suite (ยฃ150 supplement) - available
1 x own room with en-suite (ยฃ150 supplement) - available
1 x Twin (one person in room only)

๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐: Food & drink. Personal/travel insurance. Any items not stated as included.

๐๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ž: ยฃ1095 pp (ยฃ50 deposit, balance to be paid within 7 days via Bank Transfer to secure place)

Further details, including photos of locations and full T&Cs are available at https://www.uk-photo-tours.com/lake-district-photo-tour/

We hope to see you there!
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