Introductory workshops

Take control of your camera by learning how to take it off automatic mode or aperture/shutter priority and using it in manual. There is an emphasis on low-light photography in places where you can't use a flash or tripod, such as museum galleries, but you'll learn skills you can take elsewhere.

 

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Photo walks

For intermediate and advanced photographers who would like to learn more about mastering low-light photography when you can't use a tripod or flash and work on composition skills. Museum-based and Egyptian-themed, but learning skills you can take elsewhere.

 

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One-to-one tutorials

Suitable for photographers of any level who would like to learn more about photography, with a particular emphasis on low-light photography. Tutorials are practical and done out-and-about in museums galleries with an Egyptian theme, but you'll learn skills you can use elsewhere.

 

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Digital cameras these days are awesome. And I mean it. There's so much they can do. Manufacturers are continually pushing the boundaries with what their cameras can manage.

However, for those of us who like to visit museums, the common mixture of low ambient light and bright spotlights can make it hard for cameras to decide the best settings to use. If you want to get the best out of your camera when you visit a museum (or anywhere with low light or extremes of light), you need to use it on manual settings. You decide what settings are best for that moment.

Cameras can be intimidating with their numerous menus, dials and buttons. Particularly as most of us are used to the cameras on our mobile phone where we literally open the camera app, line the shot up and press the button. But, you don't actually need many of these settings on your camera to come home from the museum with great photos.

And that's where my photography workshops come in.

My workshops are about helping you get the most out of your camera in low-light, whether you're someone who wants to stop feeling mystified about cameras and their settings, or you're a competent photographer who wants to nail down your low-light photography skills.

Although my workshops and photo walks are held in Egyptian galleries in museums, you'll learn skills you can take to other places where you have to deal with low light or extremes of light, such as art galleries, churches and cathedrals, stately homes, or even on your holiday to Egypt.

Prices are per person; discounts may be available for group bookings. Please email me at julia@retrograde.photography for more information.

 

Current photography workshops

Take control of your camera in low-light (Garstang Museum of Archaeology, Liverpool)

£40 per person for a two-hour session, up to ten people

Suitable for new photographers and those who use their cameras on automatic mode or shutter/aperture priority.

The workshop will include practical sessions in the museum gallery and the opportunity to photograph some artefacts not held in display cases.

  • a bit about how cameras work to help you understand why they can struggle in low light
  • how to set your camera up before you go into a museum gallery or other low-light environment
  • what the three main exposure controls (ISO, shutter speed and aperture) are, how to use them and how to choose the best settings for low light

  • a camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or mirrorless/compact-system camera)
  • your camera's instruction manual if you're not sure how to change the settings on it (if you don't have a manual, they can usually be downloaded from the internet. If you have problems getting your hands on a manual, please let me know beforehand)

These workshops will be held in the teaching room at the Garstang Museum at the University of Liverpool. I'll be booking dates in sometime in September, once the museum has the department's timetable and we know when the room will be free for me to book. To register interest, or to enquire about group bookings, please email me at julia@retrograde.photography or follow me on Eventbrite.

Photography walks (Egyptian galleries in museums around Merseyside)

Prices depend on the length of the walk. Groups of around five people

Suitable for those who already have an understanding of manual settings (even if you don't use them regularly).

  • starting off with a cuppa (included in the price), we'll go over how to work out the best settings to use on your camera in low light
  • touring around the gallery, we'll pick out interesting objects to photograph and talk about settings and composition

  • a camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or mirrorless/compact-system camera) or a high-end compact camera (you must be able to control things like shutter speed, aperture, ISO and file formats)
  •  for those with interchangeable lenses, bring as many or as few lenses as you like. I like to play around with different focal lengths, so if you don't have a zoom lens, you might want to bring along more than one lens

To enquire about group bookings, please email me at julia@retrograde.photography.

 

Upcoming dates:

  • Saturday, 6 October 2018: Egyptian-themed low-light photo walk at the World Museum, Liverpool
  • Saturday, 10 November 2018: Egyptian-themed low-light photo walk at the World Museum, Liverpool
  • Saturday, 8 December 2018: Egyptian-themed low-light photo walk at the World Museum, Liverpool

 

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One-to-one practical tutorials

£80 for a two-hour session for one person (couples/pairs accommodated, but there will be a surcharge)

Suitable for all levels – the sessions are tailored to your ability.

When you book, I'll send you a survey to complete online so I can plan the session.

Also included is a post-session photo critique. You can send me the photos you took during the session and we can talk about any problems you've had, where you've done well and how you should move forward with your photography. Further individual tutorials can be booked at a discounted rate.

Sessions start with a cuppa first (included in the price) to go over a few settings before heading into the gallery for the practical session.

For beginner photographers, we will:

  • talk a bit about how cameras work to help you understand why they can struggle in low light
  • look at how to set your camera up before you go into a museum gallery or other low-light environment
  • cover what the three main exposure controls (ISO, shutter speed and aperture) are, how to use them and how to choose the best settings for low light

For non-beginners, we will:

  • talk about how to work out the best settings to use on your camera in low light
  • spend time in the gallery working on those settings and thinking about composition, camera angles and artistic use of depth-of-field

However, as these sessions are tailored, please let me know if there's anything you want to concentrate on in particular (be it an aspect of photography or an aspect of Egyptian history or culture).

  • a camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or mirrorless/compact-system camera)
  • bring as many or as few lenses as you like. I like to play around with different focal lengths, so if you don't have a zoom, you might want to bring along more than one lens

We can choose the venue together. I'm based in Liverpool, so work around museums within easy travelling distance.

As these are tailored, one-to-one sessions, please email me at julia@retrograde.photography to book and we'll arrange a date. If you would like to book a session for someone as a surprise gift, please let me know when you email.

Testimonials

 

Upcoming workshops

  • Macro photography and focus stacking
  • Take control of your camera in low light (online version)
  • Photos walks at the Garstang for more advanced photographers to include some object photography
  • Getting the best out of your mobile phone in museum galleries
  • Processing your images

 

To be kept up-to-date with the development of workshops and courses, please drop me a line at julia@retrograde.photography and say hi. I'd love to hear from you.

If you'd like to do a bit more reading first, have a look at my 'Focus on photography' blog posts.