Guests generally arrive around 4pm on Sunday and relax with refreshments while having a chat with John. Between then and dinner it is time to relax or join the optional camera surgery which takes guests through the various menus on their cameras, ensuring that they are set up to give the best possible results. At the same time John can provide a sensor check to ensure sensors are clean, cleaning any if required.
The first of Gail’s legendary four course dinners is served at 7pm after which guests retire to the lecture room where John gives an introduction talk about LPH and shows some typical images of the area. This chat will give you a good idea of the type images you will get on your photography course.
On subsequent evenings, after dinner, guests get a chance to show up to 10 of the images they took that day to the rest of the group. John is on hand to offer a helpful insight into what has worked well and what could have been changed to improve the image.
On six-night, five-day courses John accompanies guests on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, walking up to 4 miles (although often shorter) from 10am till 5pm, coaching photography in the field. Guests get to explore the area by themselves on Tuesday and Thursday, going to locations that we recommend or places they select.
On the shorter five-night, four-day courses John accompanies the guests out for two days, leaving them to explore on their own on the other two days.
Johns teaching style and the workshop format make Lakeland Photographic Holidays workshops suitable for all levels from beginners to experienced photographers. Having a mixture of experience levels allows the less experienced photographers the opportunity to watch and benefit from those with more experience. At the same time those new to photography are unencumbered and can see things in a different way casting new light on the subject for more seasoned photographers.
John is well versed in all the technical aspects of photography, and has intimate knowledge of almost every camera on the market, but he firmly believes that the most important tool a photographer has is their eyes. He goes to great lengths to develop each photographer’s individual style and to encourage them to use their eyes carefully in composing their photographs.