How To Get The Best From a Wide-angle Lens – A one-day photography workshop



Wed 12 October 2022 

Tue 28 Mar 2023

Wed 08 Nov 2023

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, South Wales NP4 9XP


  • Learn to master your wide-angle lenses
  • Participant picture reviews
  • Only 4 participants allowing for your individual guidance
  • Fitness level 1 of 3
  • Wide variety of Industrial photo shoot locations
  • On-going email support after the workshop
  • Excellent value for money


A wide-angle lens
Page Contents 
  1. What will I learn
  2. The workshop at a glance
  3. The workshop is in 4 parts
  4. Take pictures like these
  5. Participants pictures
  6. Is this workshop for me?

“The day itself was very interesting and although I thought I knew a fair bit about my 10-20mm Sigma lens, the Big Pit adventure pulled out some new ideas and composition perspectives and the end results after editing, I am very pleased with.”

Michael I’Anson, Norwich, Norfolk.

1 – What will I learn on the how to get the best from a wide-angle lens Workshop?

The aim of the working with a wide-angle lens is not necessarily to get more in the picture frame but to heighten the sense of drama of the picture.  By necessity this will mean being in close proximity to the subject matter for you to be truly effective. Working with an extreme wide-angle lens is not for the faint hearted, to be successful you have to be confident. That is what this one-day hands-on photography workshop is all about, raising your confidence in a safe learning zone.

2 – The workshop at a glance
Dates and Times

Starting at 10 am, the workshops conclude at 16.00

Included in the cost
  • Wide-angle lens tutorial
  • Individual picture reviews
  • Guidance to photography locations
  • Suggestions on composition, exposure and lens choice

Excluded from the cost

Transport to the workshop, parking, meals and refreshments

a wide-angle lens
Frequently Asked Questions

Please go to our frequently asked questions page for more information.  

Additional Benefits

You may be interested in booking a session of 121 Post-processing Tuition to enable you to get the most from the Introduction to Seeing Photographically Workshop. Below – Before and after post-processing in Lightroom

On-going email support

Once you become a client, part of the package is unlimited on-going email support. So if you have a question, please email me

Joining Instructions

Joining Instructions will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the event. Included will be the exact time and location for us to meet up.


The parking and entrance fee to the Big Pit Museum is parking £3 and entrance is free.

3 – The Workshop is in four parts

1 Tutorial
  • Choice of lenses
  • Suitable Subjects
  • Weather conditions
  • Fill the foreground – JCB
  • Depth of field – shallow
  • Depth of field – extended
  • Deliberate Distortion
  • High View point
  • Low view point
  • Lines
  • Skies
  • Increasing a sense of depth

3  Picture Reviews throughout the day

You will be encouraged in an informal way to share your vision and style with other participants by showing and telling others what you see and how you went about capturing the envisaged shot.

2  Shooting at The Big Pit Museum

This is the award-winning national coal mining museum that still retains many features of its former life as a coal mine. Standing high on the heather-clad moors of Blaenafon, the tunnels and buildings that once echoed to the sound of the miners, still evoke their industrial heritage. The Big Pit is a great location for all those who love industrial photography and want get more from their wide-angle lenses.

 “Just to say thanks for the wide-angle course over the weekend. It was just what the doctor ordered and I learned more than I had hoped”.
Dave Straker – Abergavenny
4  Review and Feedback

At the end of the day we will convene just for a few minutes to review the main points about how to get the best out of a wide-angle lens.

4 – You will have an opportunity to take pictures like these
5 – Participants Pictures 

Pictures by Dave Straker, Chris Gillard and David Calvert.

“Many thanks for the day in Wales, I found it most informative and you managed it in a very relaxed way which gave the best opportunity for learning, asking questions and getting some informative shots.”

David Calvert – Tetbury Glos
Before and after mono post-processing
6 – Is the wide-angle lens workshop for me?

A wide-angle lens workshop is about learning, growing and expressing yourself with greater clarity as a photographer. We will be using tutorials, picture taking sessions and feedback to review your learning and owning the topics presented. If you are looking for a small group where you can gain positive feedback on the pictures you have taken during the workshop, this is the workshop for you.

The wide-angle lens workshop I attended at the ‘Big Pit’ was a great lesson in the use of this lens. “If you think you are close, get even closer”, Andy kept saying and it made the world of difference. I would also recommend that anyone contemplating attending one of Andy’s workshops,
it is worth reading his book, ‘The ABC of Camera Work Manual: How to see Photographically’, beforehand.
Thanks, Andy – will definitely look to attend one of your other workshops in the future.”
Michael I’Anson, Norwich, Norfolk.

Making your best, even better

Andy Beel FRPS