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The Complete Photographer

The Complete Photographer is a course which offers you the opportunity to unlock your potential in a five day intensive training course.

Is this you?

You have a camera and you have got to grips with the basics of how to produce an image. At first, you were pleased with the results but now you feel like you’re in a bit of a rut and you know you could be better. You are very accomplished in other areas of your life so shouldn’t your expectations be just as high where your photography is concerned? That’s a perfectly reasonable aspiration but you know that your skill set is holding you back. You’re hungry for knowledge, understanding and the opportunity to experiment with new techniques, different genres, creative studio work and beautiful locations. And you’re impatient to get going with it. Quite simply, this comprehensive four-day hands-on learning experience, located in the glorious Lincolnshire Wolds, is the perfect solution; it equips you with everything you need to move forward at a pace you could not otherwise hope to achieve.

How do we meet your specific photographic needs?

The Complete Photographer series of workshops has been designed with both professionals and amateurs in mind. How come? In essence, the only difference between the two is this: professionals get paid. No matter what you aim to do with your increased level of expertise, the quality of your photography is central and that’s what we teach. Because we don’t offer advice on how to run a business, you receive a pure and undiluted four days of skills-based, hands-on photography tuition.

The clue is in the name of the course.

What if you’re a beginner?

Lack of experience is never a barrier to learning. You may be just starting out but, if you’ve got drive and ambition, you are entitled to the same opportunities as someone who has more experience. What you need is a fast-track foundation course, so that’s what we provide. Just for you, we offer an extra half day at the beginning of the workshop to run through camera basics.

Day 1 Introductions
  • The camera and it’s controls
  • Understanding the basics of light

This day starts late to allow delegates to travel to our location, we begin with an informal meet and greet followed by lunch.

Day 2
  • Exposure
  • Light Meters
  • Camera Metering Mode
  • Understanding the histogram
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Basic Workflow
  • Using flash
  • Using constant light
  • White Balance
  • Soft skills and communication

Shooting after dark in a Lincoln

Day 3
  • On location
  • Shooting Landscapes
  • Shooting portraits on location
  • Shooting fashion and lifestyle on location
  • Using wide and telephoto lenses
  • Practical Composition
  • Controlling ambient and flash
  • Shooting the golden hour
  • Shooting mid day
Day 4


  • Studio work
  • Crafting light
  • Portrait setups
  • Lifestyle and fashion setups
  • Working with a creative team
Day 5
  • Workflow and post processing
  • Learn how to setup an efficient workflow using Lightroom
  • How to organise your images
  • Creating contact sheets for your clients
  • Taking images with you on tablets and phones
  • Processing images in Lightroom and Camera RAW
  • When to use Photoshop
  • Photoshop Basics

Access and Accommodation

Rose Cottage Farm is located in the small village of South Willingham. It sits near the top of The Wolds with views over surrounding countryside. We make use of 2 large local halls for the studio work and have a number of disused farm buildings for location work. The City of Lincoln is about 30 minutes away by car and the market towns of Louth, Market Rasen and Horncaslle are all about 15 minutes away.

For people travelling by rail there are mainline stations at Lincoln and Market Rasen, we run a complimentary delivery and collection service to and from the stations. There is also regular buses from Lincoln that stop in the centre of the village

Local B&Bs within 10 minutes drive are:

Glebe Farm which include holiday cottages:

The Old School

The Grange

Goltho Gardens

Grimblethorpe Hall

Prices start from around £40 per person per night.

For hotels the Advocate Arms in Market Rasen is a lovely refurbished boutique hotel with an excellent restaurant. Louth has several good quality hotels including Kenwick Park and Lincoln is full of Hotels from the Premier Inn to some expensive period building in the Cathedral area.

If you are visiting as a group why not consider booking a cottage?


Format: Workshop

Price: £995 per person

Places: 4

Models: Experienced and novice sitters

Dates: Next course May 2020


Rose Cottage Farm, Nr Lincoln and surrounding area.



See individual events for detailed schedules

Day 1 The camera and it’s controls

Day 2 Classroom Based plus Nightshooter

Day 3 Shooting on location

Day 4 Shooting in the studio and boudoir

Day 5 Workflow and post processing


Digital SLR of any make, please advise if you are a Sony Alpha user.
We recommend a lens that covers 35mm to 150mm on a full frame sensor, but bring your kit bag
Speedlights if you have them
Suitable clothing for working outside
Memory Card
Pen and Notepad