Not just another tour com­pany!


Digital SLR Photography - - Photography Holiday & Courses 2018 -

Land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Ch­eryl Hamer pro­vides an in­sight into her work­shops

T HERE IS NO BET TER rec­om­men­da­tion than cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, and Ch­eryl gets con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent feed­back for her pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops and tours. For ex­am­ple Neil said: “I’ve just had the two most amaz­ing days of my pho­tog­ra­phy life, so thank you … The post- course notes are also su­perb ref­er­ence aids”. He­len said: “you teach more and ex­plain bet­ter” ( than a fa­mous work­shop com­pany).

So, what can Ch­eryl of­fer you? Well, she runs a reg­u­lar pro­gramme of one- day work­shops ei­ther in An­gle­sey or Snow­do­nia, all at the value- for- money price of £ 99, and you are guar­an­teed a small group ex­pe­ri­ence of no more than four peo­ple. These work­shops are at two lev­els: be­gin­ner/ im­prover, or in­ter­me­di­ate, so you can be sure to be work­ing along­side peo­ple of a sim­i­lar skill level.

What does this mean? An ‘ ab­so­lute be­gin­ner’ will prob­a­bly have been us­ing the au­to­matic set­tings on their cam­era , such as the land­scape or por­trait modes, whereas an ‘ im­prover’ may have been us­ing a set­ting like aper­ture- pri­or­ity or even man­ual, but not feel they are re­ally com­pletely get­ting the best from these set­tings.

On these work­shops you will learn how to shoot in aper­turepri­or­ity or man­ual mode and how to con­trol aper­ture and depth- of- field ( how much of the pic­ture is sharp and in fo­cus); how and where to fo­cus in a pic­ture; how to utilise White Bal­ance to re­ally get creative and how to suc­cess­fully con­trol ex­po­sure. You will also gain an un­der­stand­ing of the es­sen­tials of com­po­si­tion, the use of grad­u­ated Neu­tral Den­sity fil­ters and long ex­po­sure fil­ters ( these are avail­able to bor­row), and an un­der­stand­ing of min­i­mum shut­ter speeds when hand­hold­ing. There may also be the op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice some post- pro­cess­ing, al­though Ch­eryl also runs sep­a­rate ses­sions on this. No more crash­ing dis­ap­point­ment when you get your pic­tures onto your com­puter and feel that you just haven’t done the place jus­tice!

A sound un­der­stand­ing of these ba­sic tech­niques are cru­cial so that you are then able to move on and be­come more creative with your pho­tog­ra­phy, which is what Ch­eryl con­cen­trates on in her Level 2 in­ter­me­di­ate work­shops. These fo­cus on a range of dif­fer­ent tech­niques, such as more creative use of fil­ters, long ex­po­sures, in­ten­tional cam­era move­ment, soft fo­cus ef­fects and in- cam­era mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure. Ch­eryl will also help you to con­sider more ad­vanced com­po­si­tion and how to de­velop your own style. Ch­eryl is very skilled at en­abling you to be­come more

creative, as ev­i­denced by Mike who said: “I would just like to say thank you for the past few days. I not only en­joyed the course but, with your guid­ance, I’ve gone be­yond the tech­ni­cal side to the in­spi­ra­tional side of pho­tog­ra­phy”.

Ch­eryl also runs reg­u­lar week­long photo tours. On the agenda for 2017/ 18/ 19 are the fol­low­ing:

Novem­ber 2017: Off the Beaten Track in Snow­do­nia & An­gle­sey. ( One week.)

• Fe­bru­ary 2018 or 2019: Iconic Ice­land. ( Eight days.)

• March 2018: Pho­tograph­ing Mal­lorca. ( One week.)

• May 2018 or 2019: Off the Beaten Track in Ice­land. ( Ten days.)

All these tours are suit­able for any­one what­ever their cur­rent skill level, be­cause with at least a week to ‘ play with’, Ch­eryl will have the time to give you the at­ten­tion you need to come back with great pic­tures. So, Ch­eryl Hamer Pho­tog­ra­phy is NOT JUST ANOTHER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY TOUR COM­PANY. Ch­eryl is a skilled, creative pho­tog­ra­pher – and a great teacher – who is ded­i­cated to help­ing you re­ally get the best from your­self and your cam­era. Join her for fun, cre­ativ­ity and a host of new skills.

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