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Landscape Photography Workshop Corfe Castle (17-03-24)

This is an awesome event at one of the South's most iconic locations. Don't miss this amazing Sunrise Workshop.

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Landscape Photography Workshop Corfe Castle (17-03-24)
Landscape Photography Workshop Corfe Castle (17-03-24)

Time & Location

17 Mar 2024, 05:00 – 08:00 GMT

Meet in the National Trust Car Park, East St, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DR, UK

About The Event

Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck peninsula in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.

Join acclaimed photographer Andy Hornby for an unforgettable and immersive photography workshop set against the breathtaking backdrop of Corfe Castle at sunrise. Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of this historic landmark as you embark on a photographic journey unlike any other.

During this exclusive workshop, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from a true master of the craft. Andy Hornby's expertise and passion for photography are renowned, and he is eager to share his knowledge and techniques with participants of all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner seeking to hone your skills or an experienced photographer looking to refine your craft, this workshop promises to inspire and elevate your work to new heights.

As the sun bathes Corfe Castle in a warm golden light, you'll have the privilege of capturing this iconic landmark in all its glory. Under Andy's expert guidance, you'll delve into a variety of photographic techniques that will transform your images into works of art.

The workshop will encompass a range of techniques, including long exposure photography, which allows you to capture the ethereal movement of time in a single frame. Andy will guide you through the process of selecting the optimal exposure times and controlling light to achieve stunning effects, such as streaking clouds, adding an element of dynamism and depth to your images.

Additionally, you'll explore the art of panorama photography, where you'll learn how to capture expansive vistas and create breathtaking panoramic images that showcase the grandeur of the castle and its surroundings. Andy will share his insights on composition, stitching techniques, and post-processing, enabling you to create seamless and visually striking panoramas.

But the workshop doesn't stop there. Andy will also provide a comprehensive overview of basic exposure methods, ensuring that you have a solid foundation in understanding and controlling the exposure triangle – aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You'll gain practical knowledge on achieving the desired balance between light, shadow, and detail in your images, giving you greater control over your creative vision.

Throughout the workshop, Andy will foster an environment of learning and creativity, offering personalized guidance and constructive feedback to help you refine your skills and develop your unique photographic style. You'll have the opportunity to engage in group discussions, share insights with fellow participants, and participate in interactive exercises designed to enhance your understanding and mastery of the techniques.

With the guidance of Andy Hornby, you'll not only capture stunning images of Corfe Castle but also embark on a transformative photographic journey that will stay with you for a lifetime. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from a true expert in an idyllic setting. Secure your spot today and elevate your photography to new heights under the golden sunrise glow of Corfe Castle.

Join us in the NT Car Park ( to then make the walk up to the infamous gate at the top of the adjacent hill - to look back on the castle at sunrise. This is not a trip for anyone that isn't fit enough to climb a very steep hill. We will be getting there when it is dark, so this will make the treck even more dangerous for anyone will walking difficulties. You are responsible for your own health and safety, so be warned that the walk from the car park to the hillside, is not easy. We will stay in the area for some time and work on many different aspects of photography, form a few locations. 

What's included;

  • A tour around the area of the hillsides near to Corfe Castle - the main shoot will be from the "gate" at the top of the main hill to the west of the castle. And any other location that suits.
  • The workshop will cover Landscape Settings, Introduction to HDRs (Bracketing), Introduction to Filters, introduction to Long Exposures, introduction to Panoramas, introduction to Time-Lapses and anything else the participants want to discuss.
  • Tuition and guidance provided throughout the event, on both a one to one and group basis, to maximise your potential.
  • You leave with full understanding of the settings used and have the ability to replicate the same elsewhere (including editing techniques).

Essential Gear;

  • Camera and lenses - doesn't matter what you have. I can work with most camera manufacturers (I use Canon and Sony - So I will know more about them). If you have a wide angle lens, that would be beneficial.
  • Tripod - Definitely essential. most landscape images will require long exposure, You'll need something to stand it on to leave running.
  • Filters - If you have any, bring them. If it's not dark enough and you want a long exposure, Bring an ND.

Not so essential gear;

  • Off camera shutter release - this is beneficial (essential if you have to go over 30 sec exposure) as it is getting dark, you will need to up your shutter time.

Anything else is a bonus.

Parking is reletively cheap in the NT car park and up to 4 hours. There is some (unauthorised) roadside parking nearby, but this will be at your own risk as I think the area is covered by parking wardens. The nearest station is Wareham.

Due to the time sensive nature of this workshop (i.e. sunrise), if you are late to the car park, we will have to leave you behind and you will need to find your own way up the hillside. We leave the car park at 5:10 for a 6:03 sunrise. 

We will be walking about a lot, and it may get cold, so wear appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.

Food and drink will not be provided, unfortunately. So please bring provisions and/or money to buy food and drink, throughout the day.


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