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Upcoming Events

Abstract Photography by the Sea

Abstract Photography by the Sea

Sunday the 3rd of July
Devil's Point - 10 am - 2 hours
Abstract photography by the sea, a chance to pursue art for arts sake and photograph the world like an artist would ! This workshop will focus on colours, patterns and textures around the shoreline of Devil's Point. If you enjoy looking at shimmering reflections, the tangled forms of seaweed, or at shell encrusted rocks, this workshop may be for you. You will be encouraged to really look - to find the poetry in simple things - while avoiding visual cliche. The workshop will be located along the shore at Firestone Bay/Devil's Point. Come and refine your photographic vision in a relaxed setting by the sea!
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£21pp     7 places left
Urban Landscape Photography - Royal William Yard

Urban Landscape Photography - Royal William Yard

Sunday the 10th of July
10am - 2 hours
Become more familiar with your DSLR camera and and its manual controls. Learn something new about photographic composition, framing, and 'negative space' as you visually explore the atmospheric waterside location of Plymouth's Royal William Yard. This Grade 1 listed former naval yard will provide a grand architectural setting for students to practice their photographic skills on. There are many interesting details, perspectives and textures to capture throughout the site.
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£21pp     8 places left
Summer Nature Photography - Devonport Park

Summer Nature Photography - Devonport Park

Sunday the 17th of July
Stoke, Plymouth - 10 am - 2 hours
This session will encourage you to get up close and personal with nature. We will spend time among the buzzing bees and twittering birds in Devonport Park. Workshop participants will be shown how to frame their images to maximise detail, pattern and colour. The park will be full of summer blooms. We will learn about being 'intentional' in our photography - looking deeply - as opposed to just snapping. New and intermediate photographers will gain knowledge of how aperture and focal length can be used in combination to create well-composed, vivid shots of nature. Making foreground elements stand out (while turning the background into soft, dreamy blur) will also be explained. If your creative self-expression embraces petals, buds, and blooms this session will be very much for you. Indulge your inner "horticulturist", and spend some time with your camera in summer nature !
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£21pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Outdoors Portrait: Posing & Light

Outdoors Portrait: Posing & Light

Sunday the 31st of July
Hoe Park - 10 am - 2 hours
This workshop will equip you with the skills & confidence to undertake portrait photography outdoors. You will learn best times of day to take natural light portraits, which lenses and camera settings to use & how to pose subjects in a flattering way in order to avoid glare and harsh shadows. You will learn about neutral and textured backgrounds, and techniques involving "wide apertures". Wide aperture portrait photography is a style many professional photographers use to create soft, dreamy backgrounds or "bokeh" effects while the main subject stays sharply in focus. Locations such as the Belvedere Wedding Cake and Plymouth Citadel will be used for this session. These places offer a mix of openness & shelter: they will allow us to incorporate sun, shade, and architectural elements into portraits. This will be a fun creative class, in a great setting.
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£21pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Introduction to Digital Photography: Creative Camera Basics

Introduction to Digital Photography: Creative Camera Basics

Sunday the 7th of August
Hoe Park - 10 am - 3 hours
You have it in your hands, that wonderful new DSLR camera with all of its mysterious dials & buttons. The time has come to learn to use it properly. There is a lot to learn about photography & each new phase of knowledge delivers more control to the photographer! This 3-hour session conducted at Plymouth's iconic Smeaton's Tower, Hoe foreshore & Barbican, will ease you into familiarity with your camera and will suit beginners and any intermediate photographers who feel like a refresher. In this session, we will cover creative camera basics, including composition, exposure, framing, and perspective. Above all, it will be fun! There will be lots to photograph and enjoy, as we move around and explore both landscape and architectural features of the area.
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£55pp     only 5 places left - requires 2 bookings to proceed
Photography: What Next ?

Photography: What Next ?

Sunday the 14th of August
Real Ideas Cafe, Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP - 10am - 3 hours
Does this sound familiar ? You've been shooting for a while, have a solid portfolio, your lap top or tablet is full of photos you are proud of, but you are not sure what to do with it all. You might be curious about exhibiting or publishing or competitions; but you aren't quite sure how to begin. You know your work is good but need help and feedback on organization. For example on presenting a coherent set of images on a website page for potential customers or bringing together your best work for a gallery owner to assess. Or maybe you want to arrange your own 'artist run space' for a temporary exhibition, or set up a 'group show' with like-minded photographer friends. This workshop will take you deeper into some of these questions & offer ideas & solutions to the 'what next factor' on your personal photography journey. The workshop will be held in the relaxed Ocean Studios Cafe, at Royal William Yard. This is an intensive three hour workshop places are strictly limited.
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£55pp     only 4 places left
Take a Fresh View -  Landscape Photography at Mount Wise

Take a Fresh View - Landscape Photography at Mount Wise

Sunday the 21st of August
3pm - 2 hours
Come along for an enjoyable afternoon with your camera at Plymouth's Mount Wise, overlooking the River Tamar. The workshop will offer a fresh viewpoint on photographing the landscape. Different styles of framing and composing images will be covered. Historically, photographers learnt from painters. It was painters who first coined the words 'picturesque' and 'landscape'. The modern day 'post card' carries these notions forward. But not every landscape needs to resemble a postcard! This workshop will have you getting down low and looking up high to find new ways of seeing!
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£21pp     open - requires 3 bookings to proceed
ABOUT PLYMOUTH
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations around Plymouth.

New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

Join the Plymouth Photography Facebook Group here to share your photos after the session.

Our classes and photography sessions are limited to a max of 5 students - due to current COVID restrictions

We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you're sick.
Keep 2 metres away from others.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitiser.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue.

REVIEWS
It was a great opportunity to see the work of other people at the event.
4/5
Penny Frampton
June 26th 2022
Lovely friendly environment, very worthwhile. Came away feeling very motivated and with plenty of new ideas. Caleb was a considerate, knowledgeable and welcoming host. Highly recommend.
5/5
Louise Moss
June 26th 2022
Caleb ran a good event that I thoroughly enjoyed.
4/5
Penny Frampton
May 22nd 2022
5/5
Tina Saunders
May 22nd 2022
Really helpful instruction from Caleb and very enjoyable course. Thank you, look forward to the next,
5/5
Michelle McMayon
May 22nd 2022
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this event. We were given an initial talk and then able to put into practice what we had discussed. We were given the confidence to come out of auto and onto manual mode. Caleb was available to encourage and answer any questions. We would definitely attend another.
5/5
Stephen Randall Randall
March 7th 2022
Caleb offered useful tips and advice but left plenty of time for us to experiment and explore the locations.
4/5
Claire Dart
January 24th 2022
An enjoyable event, despite the weather - I learned new ideas about composition, and gained useful new insights into how to use my DSLR. I would recommend this class to anyone still getting to grips with their cameras.
5/5
Tom Polkinghorne
January 24th 2022
The lesson met all my expectations and I came away from the event with new techniques to build upon. The instructor provided me with useful insights into how to use my camera more effectively. Also, the Hoe was just a nice place to spend a morning with my camera. I would recommend this event to any beginner photographer wanting to improve their photography.
5/5
Tom Polkinghorne
May 30th 2021
INSTRUCTORS
Caleb Williams
Caleb Williams is a professionally trained photographer, with 5 years industry experience. He has shot everything from fashion editorials, to book covers, to corporate headshots, to food photos and his work has been published internationally. He was born in the UK, but worked for many years in Australia. Before enrolling to study commercial photography at the Canberra Institute of Technology in 2015 Caleb worked as a curator and museum manager in Sydney. For Caleb photography has a technical and intuitive side. He believes the camera is capable of magic in the rights hands and wants his Oat Lab classes to be relaxed, enjoyable and informative.