Training: Press to Print

Do you wish you could take a picture worthy of hanging on your wall? Well this is the course for you. Your skill level doesn't matter as long as you have a decent camera (compact, hybrid or SLR) and the willingness to learn. If you have an idea of the type of picture you want, I can work with you to achieve it. If you are looking for some inspiration, I can help with that too.

This full day programme will see us on location in the morning capturing images until you have that perfect shot. It could be a coastal location such a Portland Bill; an inland location like Corfe Castle, or any number of Dorset locations. After lunch we head inside to work on the pictures on your computer. We process the files, enhance them and create a ready for print finished file. This will then be uploaded to my professional printer and an A2 (59.4cm x 42cm) sized print will be delivered to you in a couple of days ready for you to frame and hang up.

I teach in a relaxed, friendly style and the idea is to take your photography to the next level and give you the confidence to create pictures for your own use and as presents for friends and family.

All you need to join a course is a camera and enthusiasm.

What to bring

  • Appropriate clothing and shoes to walk in
  • Camera and associated equipment
  • Laptop (optional)

Cost

This special one-to-one or small group photographic course costs £285 for a full day (group discounts available). For further details please contact photo@gavinparsons.co.uk

Accommodation

If you require accommodation we can reccommend several places from budget to luxurious.

Booking

Before you book please contact photo@gavinparsons.co.uk to arrange a suitable date or make arrangements for a gift voucher (if buying as a present). Because this is a one-to-one course, dates can be selected to suit you.

Training: Stitch and Stack

You see some stunning landscape photographs these days. Have you ever wondered how the photographers capture the amazing large fields of view, the front to back sharpness and the exceptional colours? Do you struggle to emulate what you see on 500px, Flickr and Instagram? Don't worry, I can help because this course shares the secrets of the pros who know how to achieve images that seem to defy the rules of photography.

Using a combination of photography and software enhancement, I show you how to achieve results that will make viewers say "Wow, how much?" when they see your work.

This course is so much more than achieving the right composition, focus point, and f/stop. It's about visualising a picture in your head, using long exposures to create 'treacle water', focus-stacking, multiple image stitching and subtle enhancements to lift your photography out of the ordinary and into the realms of extraordinary.

This course is for you if you know the difference between an f/stop and a shutter speed. It is an advanced course combining picture taking and computer work. You will not learn the basics of composition or how to control light. It's not a place to finally get to grips with Lightroom or Photoshop. This is the next step up the ladder; a course where you will learn to produce stunning front to back sharp images made of multiple images captured in camera and stacked and stitched in Photoshop.

This is an intensive one day course that starts early in the morning to make use of the light. Once the techniques have been demonstrated we head indoors for several hours of computer work and then head out again in the late afternoon to capture more images in the evening light.

The aim of this course is to build an image in Photoshop not create one. There is no heavy manipulation involved. Most of the work is done in camera which makes this course ideal for Landscape photographers.

What to bring

  • Appropriate clothing and shoes to walk in
  • Camera and lenses
  • ND, polarising and graduated filters
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Laptop (optional)

Cost

This special one to one or small group course costs £385 for a full day (group discounts available). For further details please contact photo@gavinparsons.co.uk.

Accommodation

If you require accommodation we can reccommend several places from budget to luxurious.

Booking

Before you book please contact photo@gavinparsons.co.uk. to arrange a suitable date or make arrangements for a gift voucher (if buying as a present). Because this is a one-to-one course, dates can be selected to suit you.