This Photo Weekender 'Dancing in the Landscape: The Lake District' is a residential 3-night break which promises to marry the exquisite beauty of ballet with some of the most scenic locations in the UK, if not the world. Over the course of two full days of shooting, you will learn all you need to know to produce impressive photographs of classically-trained dancer, Alexa Hilton, against some truly stunning natural backdrops. Add to this the ever-changing light and dramatic skies and you have something truly ethereal.
This offer is currently only available to people like you who have attended our previous dance workshops. Does this sound like something that would interest you? Let me tell you more.
The focus of our two days is Derwentwater where there are many beautiful locations within walking distance or just a few minutes' drive away. Sweeping Cumbrian uplands, lush woodland and forestry, picturesque waterfalls, fascinating geology and plenty of water are all here for the taking - not to mention places just perfect for surveying the high fells and big skies. We are simply spoilt for choice where spectacular scenery is concerned with any number of unique spots just waiting for a dancer - and us! The Standing Slate Stones at Castle Crag offer a complete contrast to the rolling hills depicted in Alfred Wainwright's pen-and-ink sketches but they are equally atmospheric, and packed full of drama. Locations just begging to be photographed. There are so many. So we won't be wasting time travelling; it's all there on our doorstep.
Dance and the Dancer
Alexa Hilton has danced and modelled for us on countless workshops, roadtrips and demonstrations over the past few years - you probably already know that. Quite simply, she is the perfect dancer with whom to learn this photographic genre. Why? Because she has been dancing since she was a small child, trained at one of the top academies and is entirely dedicated to her art form. She is immensely knowledgeable regarding the theory surrounding dance and is a busy practitioner with a dance school of her own. Add to this a real desire to help photographers capture the very best shots and the ability to hold a pose or repeat a move time and time again - and you have a pretty awesome dance tutor! Alexa will be fully styled in sympathy with the landscape to help you get some stunning captures. All in all, she's elegance personified 🙂
Most people who come on our courses are aiming to improve their craft and, on this Photo Weekender, training has a dual focus: dance and photography. Between them, Andrew and Alexa have it covered and you will get the benefit of their extensive joint knowledge over the course of the weekend. Whatever your level of competence, you can be assured that you will not only take home some great shots, you will hone old skills and learn some new ones to improve your practice long-term. And, because you are one of only six photographers, you get plenty of individual advice and attention. Everything is covered in a very logical, practical and hands-on way. You will revisit timing the shot; freezing an image; lighting, framing - and the all-important topic when you are out on location: composition. All this while you are drinking in the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Accommodation and Hospitality
We have exclusive access to Sunnyside Guest House for the long weekend (Friday night through to Monday morning) and are guaranteed a warm welcome from our hosts, Paul and Nicky. Built in the Victorian era, this stylishly comfortable and spotlessly clean 4-star guest house is situated in Keswick, just a couple of minutes' walk from all the shops and restaurants this little town has to offer. Your room with en suite shower, TV, free WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities (all single-occupancy accommodation) and a hearty breakfast, are included in the price. You may even bring a non-photographer partner along to share your room for free if you wish - just talk to us and we can arrange it. Many of the rooms enjoy fell views to remind you that you are surrounded by glorious countryside and there is free on-site parking available. What's more, because we will be the only guests in residence, the spacious lounge is entirely at our disposal so we have a place to meet, relax, discuss, edit - whatever we want to do. And the coffee's always on 🙂
You will need an interchangeable lens camera that can preferably shoot in manual.
A solid tripod is an option
We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.
Full Frame Sensors. 14mm - 200mm
APS 1.5 Crop 10mm - 150mm
MFT 2x Crop 7mm - 100mm
For some of the course a laptop with Lightroom and/or Photoshop is worth having but not essential. Please get in touch if you need more information on this.
The weather can be unpredictable so waterproof clothing is essential
There will be some walking so suitable footware is required
This course is for photographers who have some experience
You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode
“I took my time to choose a tutor that I felt could give me what I needed, working as a coach myself I understood how important it was to pick someone that wouldn’t pick one size fits all in their teaching style. So I took my time to look around, there are many many tutors / teachers / coaches out there that have the ability to work between huge gaps in ability of their students but yet find and understand exactly what is needed to ensure that each one improves.
The Complete Photographer Course, is exceptional in it’s itinerary in how it covers off and challenges even the most competent of photographer, it covers off different genres, but it’s beauty is it’s structure of absolutely nailing the basics but mixing theory with exceptional practical work. The icing on the cake however is Andrew Appleton, putting the wonderful, engaging nature aside, his technical, creative, relaxed yet focused mind and personality really make this course exceptional. Shooting street photography in the morning, then a model shoot in the mid day sun on a beach, then onto a child shoot in ever changing afternoon light and finally a late afternoon dramatic 1940’s railway model shoot, will test everyones ability, but Andrew is there as a guiding hand, to push you to levels you didn’t think possible.
I come away from 5 days, a much better technical photographer than I was before, but I also come away with an energy, focus and plan on what I want to do next, but that’s only 75% of what you get, the final 25% are the connections you make, the friendships that you build, the life experience you achieve, bonding with the 3 other photographers and the most amazing models that Andrew works with.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I’ve had so much value for money in a photography course, i simply cannot praise Andrew and Helen on this course enough, thank you”Owen Clements
A huge turning point for me this year was Andrew's Complete Photographer course. Eat, sleep, drink photography - it was fantastic Imelda Bell