What we're about

The page has been revamped in January 2019 and now reflects the intention to provide both photowalks and landscape training.

What does this mean? As well as the usual photowalks, it will provide in the field, hands on, photographic training in landscapes and seascapes for small groups of people. Focussing (sic!) on the key elements which do improve your photography.

Yep, no wire wool, no light painting, no swivelling phosphorescent dragons on sticks. And no 'get off of auto' either - it wont improve your photography, it really wont.

It really doesn't matter what camera you have (nor, for that matter, which phone you use). Some wise old sage once said that landscapes are all about being at the right place at the right time. Throw in some knowledge and ability - which can be learned - and your photographs will improve.

With group size between six and eight people, and sessions of the order of three hours or so long, there will be a mix of short general instruction, lots of practice, one to one help and encouragement, lots more practice and a group review. Locations will be chosen according to suitability, and set at the right time of day for light and tide.

It will be no surprise that most mentoring will be based around framing, lens choice, choice of light and most important of all composition, the be-all and end-all of landscape and seascape photography.

And if you need more convincing, have a look here http://www.andypix.co.uk

See you there, Andy :)

Upcoming events (2)

LongER exposures at Sandy Point

Hayling Island Beach

£20.00

============== Ive now closed this event - its a very complex and tricky event so need to limit numbers. Also there is some preinformation which needs to be sent out way before time. So to avoid playing catchup all the time, its now closed and will not open again. Sorry! ================ This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not so formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up at a local hostelry to relax and show off any soopah pix you may have captured! More details below :) Most of you will be thinking long exposures of thirty seconds or so. Well, if so you are a third the way there; there are three or four shutter speeds which influence the look and feel of your images. Indeed long exposures with fluffy white seas is one of them. But there are others ....... Sandy Point is the ideal location for this type of photography, if the weather is or has been right you will get the opportunity to practice all four types of exposure. It has all the geographical features you need to use different exposure durations to their full effect. If the weather is kind that is. And if its not we will still be able to explore three of them and understand the fourth. To join this session you dont have to have ND filters, but you will definitely find yourself at a disadvantage if you dont. Which in turn really means that you need a dslr so that you can use filters. Which ones do you need? I use two ND filters, and they cover all eventualities. They are namely a six stop and a ten stop filter. I use square NDs but circular ones are almost as good, and have the advantage of being relatively cheap. The only trouble is that the quality tends to be very hit and miss. SO - Sandy Point at Hayling Island is a great place for such photography, and we will meet up in at the entrance to a lane which runs to the beach. Park up in Southwood Road near the junction of it and Bosmere Road. A postcode of PO11 9PZ will get you around 100 metres short of the junction. The entrance to the beach is opposite Bosmere Road. Meet there for a start time of 17.45 Low water is at 18.52, which means we have time for a briefing about the application of filters before setting off with a challenge/exercise along those lines. I'll then catch each of you up during the evening to guide, give tips and help you before we all settle down to put into practice what we have learned both prior to and at sunset at 20.08 We'll meet up at 20.45 at Lily Bar (postcode PO11 9RD) for a relaxed drink, a social chat and to show off your images. Bring your camera with your images in it to review what you have learned during the day with your peers, its also an opportunity to ask more about filters, or indeed anything else photographic :) Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Who is this for? Its really for those with DSLRs and who own or have just acquired one or two ND filters. It will be useful if these are new to you and you wish to find out how to use them. The session will also be of use to you if you are familiar with NDs but wish to understand the finer secrets they can unlock. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring warmer clothes than you think necessary - at the coast its often cooler and even a moderate wind will chill you ..... and bring wellies!!! Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! Andy :)

Leading Lines in the New Forest - Smugglers Hill

Smugglers road

£15.00

Degree of difficulty - 3 (easy) This is an on location mentoring session. Its designed to be fun and not as formal as that sounds ...... for up to six people, the day starts with a challenge, followed by 1:1 mentoring and ending up the day watching (and photographing) the sunset. More details below :) The session is all about looking for, finding and using leading lines in your photography One of the places leading lines are commonly found are simple pathways. All apart from the folklore which surrounds Smugglers Hill, it has some of those lovely, ridged-with-recent-rain pathways as well as normal pathways (you know, the ones you can walk on ...) leading through short grassland and land stuffed with ferns. One of those pathways is particularly photogenic (I've made it the header photo - messed about with a bit cos of meetup constraints .... ), so we will make the walk from the Car Park to that pathway and back. The walk is around 2km in length and there is a steepish hill to walk up before we walk along its ridge. There are no postcodes (well there is, BH24 3DB but its a huge area ...) so; Meet at Smugglers Road. Thats what the Car Park is called. If you google map Smugglers Road it will take you to the right Car Park. If thats not how you work, directions are the only way to go - follow the A31 west out to the Picket Post junction. Turn south off the A31 for 2km until you come across a triangle of a junction. Turn right here, now travelling west for 1km and the car park is on your right. Make sure you have my number to hand -[masked] Sunset is at 20.20, so we will meet at 18.00. That should give us time to wander around finding leading lines to incorporate into your images to arrive at the photogenic pathway around 20.00. At or around that time we will retrace our steps back to the car park Just about the only reason to cancel the event is if there is a reasonable chance of rain. I will get a very good idea two-three days ahead of the event and cancel, if appropriate, at that point. If I cancel I will offer refunds :) Who is this for? As its about one of the basics of composition its for anyone who wishes to improve their photography. It does not matter at all what camera or mobile camera you have, not what settings you choose to use. My phone number in case you get lost (it happens!) is[masked]. Bring a torch and wear Walking Boots or Walking Shoes. Bring an extra layer of clothing, it can get colder towards sunset Any other questions, fire away in the comments section! :)

Past events (313)

West Wittering photowalk

West Wittering Beach

£6.00

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