What will I learn?
To see photographically this ground-breaking workshop uses a mnemonic: A – Attraction B – Background C – Composition D – Depth of field E – Exposure F – Focus G – Gently press the shutter.
- Discover an excellent blueprint for photographic advancement.
- Understand and use the ABC of camerawork method of seeing.
- Acquire significant feedback on each of the days’ shoots with individual reviews.
Andy will help you discover how to see photographically through the ABC of CameraWork Method. You will have opportunities to pre-visualise your pictures artistically and technically before you press the shutter release.
Before the Workshop
The Workshop Manual
As a signed-up participant of my workshops you are offered one free copy of the ABC of CameraWork Manual. The ABC Manual will be sent to you shortly after you sign up for the workshop.
The purpose of reading the manual before the workshop is to familiarise yourself with the ideas to be put into practice. The tutorials and skill embedding exercises are based on the manual.
It is also highly recommended that you use the manual as a point of reference to enhance your photographic seeing ability. It must be said that the aim of the workshop is not to cover every aspect of how to see photographically discussed in the manual.
Artistic Awareness Survey
Each workshop participant will have their own reasons for signing up and aspects of photography they wish to learn or improve. The Artistic Awareness Survey will help you work out what you do and do not know. Follow this link to find your skills gaps.
Individual Seeing Photographically Workshop Objectives
It will be good for you to think about what insights the Artistic Awareness Survey reveals to you and what you want to get from the workshop. Each participant will need to enhance different aspect of seeing, so have a plan that best suits your needs. You will get far more out of the workshop if you have objectives to be achieved.
Warm Up Exercise
Before the workshop think about the role of the photographer and share it with the group. Try to hone your thoughts into three bullet points.
1 The LGE Programme Introduction
Learn > Grow > Express (LGE) is a three-part learning programme. Working with the three modules, you will gradually add skills and practices to your photography, with emphasis on the word gradually.
The LGE Programme will heighten your sense of achievement by developing your ability to take and make individual photographs.
Participants are encouraged to use the LGE programme as a means to a designated outcome. For example you may wish to create an exhibition, a book, or apply for a distinction.
On the how to see photographically workshop we will be setting objectives and reviewing your results based around:
2.1 Picture Templates
A series of articles has been written to provide ways of thinking about the themes noted above.
3 Example Photos
Hover over each picture to enlarge them – see variations of Attraction, Background, Composition, and Templates
4 Picture Taking
The base for the how to see photographically workshop is located in the Alpujarras part of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about a two hour drive east from Malaga along the Trans-Mediterranean Highway. This starting point gives a very wide variety of picture taking opportunities. The location for the workshop is a bonus not the reason for going there.
Show > Do > Review
As an example, you will have the opportunity to take the following picture types: landscape, seascape, industrial, portraiture, dance, night and street photography . This workshop is not dedicated just to landscapes.
The preparation work you did before the workshop will help you decide what aspects of the ABC of camerawork you want to work on. Andy will offer suggestions about suitable subject matter and compositions to start you off. You will be deciding your practice objectives and whether you have reached them or not after constructive feedback.
5 Participant Picture Reviews
As a vital part of the learning and growing process Andy will give you feedback on your pictures as you take them. Andy may suggest alternative ways to see photographically to ensure you fully understand how to get the effect you’re trying to achieve.
All of us see pictures differently and we can learn from each other by sharing the pictures we have taken. We all see things in our own way and passing around cameras is a good method to pick up the vision and style of others.
It is important to say that this is not a competition and you are on the workshop to learn and update skills. Saying that, it will not all be work, we will have lots of fun along the way.
“Composition is the art of leaving things out”
Andy Beel FRPS
You will have the opportunity to take pictures like these
Testimonial from a previous participant of the “How To See Photographically” Workshop
“The workshop in Spain was structured so that based on guidelines, we set our own agenda each day and discussed the day’s work in the evening and the immediate feedback provided an opportunity to build on what I had learnt. This was my first experience of a workshop in the style and found it excellent working in this way. Thank you, Andy.”
Fay Rogers LRPS
The How To See Photographically Workshop at a glance
Dates and Times
The 5 night / 6 day workshop starts at midday 5 November 2017 after leaving Malaga Airport and finishes at 18.00 on 10 November. Please try to ensure your flight arrives in Malaga before noon.
We will be staying at the Hotel Puerta Nazari on the western edge of Orgiva in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The hotel is about a two hour drive east along the trans-Mediterranean highway. Our hotel has a 4.6 out of 5 rating from the 34 reviews on Google Maps.
This hotel has been our base for every trip we have run to the Sierra Nevada. Other guests and previous workshop participants appreciate the warmth of the welcome. The hotel is a short walk from the town centre with all the amenities you could wish for. The area is home to many British expats.
You will be driven by Paul or Fiona in a large comfortable vehicle. Both are Paul and Fi are British and live and work in the Alpujarras running Bootlace Holidays a walking holiday business. When a translator is needed they will be on hand to provide the necessary words.
Included in the cost
- A free one-day Introduction Workshop – Worth £99, preferably taken before the event
- A free copy of the workshop manual worth £25
- Transfers from and to Malaga Airport
- Hotel accommodation including breakfast
- Transport while on the workshop in a comfortable vehicle
- An English driver and interpreter
- Expert guidance to photography locations
- Professional suggestions for composition, exposure and lens choices
- A picture forum to share your pictures with the group – please see the FAQ
- Daily individual or group reviews
- On-going email support
Excluded from the cost
Transport to the Workshop, Parking, Entrance fees, Meals and Refreshments
What to bring
- Memory cards
- Mobile phone
- Notebook, pen
- Wet weather gear
- Walking boots
The temperature varies greatly depending on the time of year, time of day, altitude and layered clothing will give you the best option.
Once you become a client, part of the package is unlimited email support. If you have a question, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
The exact time and location for us to meet will be included in the joining instructions which will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the event.
Travel information will be sent to you shortly after you make the booking.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information please go to our frequently asked questions page
Free 1 Day Introduction Workshop
Included in the cost of the workshop is the 1-day Introduction Workshop in Bristol’s historic harbour or Georgian Bath. The purpose of the workshop is to briefly introduce the LGE Programme (LGE) and to make you ready to gain the most of your time in Spain. On the 1-day workshop, we will gently introduce you to the ABC method of photographic seeing.
1-day introduction workshop – 21 October 2017 – Georgian Bath
To make the most of your investment in this workshop, why not book a 121 tuition session to help with your post-processing workflow.
Is this Seeing Photographically Workshop for me?
Do you want to make your best, even better?
If you are looking for a workshop that expands how you think and see photographically then you will be at home here. This far reaching workshop will help you unravel instantly made viewfinder decisions. This new-found knowledge will transform every aspect of how you take and make photographs.
This workshop must be one of the most photographically rewarding to have been developed. The scope of the workshop includes:
- Unusual locations
- Structured tutorials and demonstrations
- Constructive reviews
- Small group
- Individual tuition
- Suitable for both colour and mono photographers