A taste of Kenwoods History re Emmancipation of Slaves: Lord Mansfield & Dido Belle- major film to be released June 13th http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ3VUbfJWD0
SUNNY FORECAST PREDICTED !! For Photographers late Spring is a wonderful time to visit Kenwood , a Neo Classical Villa overlooking London, described by Robert Adam as the " most romantic home in London" especially now, when the landscaped gardens are in full bloom. A superb setting for photographers to use & learn more about manual exposure techniques; center weighted & spot metering in changing natural light.
What others have said about this Photographers Tour
" Kenwood House is a hidden gem! I discovered a new function on the DSLR! Thank you xxx" Mary
" Jude was really good at guiding us both with technical stuff and historical stuff! " Rose
Our guided tour is specifically designed for photographers , combining the history of the house, architecture & anecdotes about those who built it & lived there, the stories of the paintings , the painted & painters of the world class Old Master collection , from Rembrant to Vermeer .
From a photographers perspective we will have time to compose images in the natural light of the house, as well as getting familiar with the manual capabilities of our cameras in challenging & varied circumstances. You will be surprised at what your cameras are capable of.
The event is open to ALL LEVELS of photographic experience:
Although this is not a tuition workshop per se I will be on hand to give help & attention so that we all have a fantastic day that is both informative & instructional !! :)
With a little practice & time, observing how the light & shadow fall & manipulating the shutter speed & the iso you will be able to create beautiful & atmospheric photographs, that retain
the depth of field sometimes lost with flash photography which often has the effect of lighting your subject on the front only, compressing the depth.
A major movie about niece , Dido Belle who was mixed race & raised as his daughter as an aristocrat at Kenwood is set to be released in June. The house & grounds provides photographers a truly magical setting to combine low light non flash photography & dramatic opportunities for landscape & macro photography in the beautifully tendered grounds that stretch out across " Constables "London.
WE MEET AT 10.15 AM AT THE PILLARS WHICH ARE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE GROUNDS & NEXT TO THE CAR PARK AT KENWOOD.
NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY OR TRIPODS ARE ALLOWED IN THE HOUSE
A trailer clip from Belle to be released shortly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ3VUbfJWD0
Whilst learning, improving or practicing our low light photography we will discover room by room an unbelievable array of masterpieces - hanging in this spectacularly grand setting; including Rembrandt's self portrait, Vermeer's girl playing the guitar & be awed by the beauty of architect Robert Adam's library that provides a perfect opportunity for those with fish eye or wide angle lens.
In the house: The newest cameras have very high iso parameters & can cope with very low light conditions with little " noise " graininess - loss of detail.. older cameras or less complex models will have lower parameters, but each provides an opportunity to learn to extract light & shadow at the optimum level for your camera to create dramatic images. We will be practicing control to find the best trade-offs, without too much noise or camera shake.
Following our session, there's a great coffee & cake in the Brew House in the grounds or the fabulous Foodie Festival in the grounds sounds like great fun ( ticket prices for this part http://foodies.seetickets.com/event/foodies-festival-kenwood-house/kenwood-house/747243
GETTING TO KENWOOD: Good transport by train, then 210 bus or by car.
All the following bus routes stop at Kenwood. The nearest bus stop is Compton Avenue/ Kenwood House 210 from Finsbury Park (Towards Brent Cross) 210 Archway (Towards Brent Cross) 210 Golders Green (Towards Finsbury Park) 603 Swiss Cottage (Towards Muswell Hill)
Road Access; There is unrestricted parking areas near The House inHampstead Lane, NW3 -as well as a small parking area for 50 cars in the Car Park which is a Pay and display car park. Prices: Up to 2 hrs £2.50 Up to 4 hrs £4.00
Overground Train Access: Gospel Oak or Hampstead Heath then the 210 bus
Tube: Archway ( Northern Line or Finsbury Park ( Picadilly Line ) then 210 bus to Kenwood House which is very regular .