Courses



No matter your level of experience, age or aspirations, because it's one-to-one I can tailor-make your workshop to suit you. Choose from 2 to 5 days duration, with additional B&B availability to allow for travel times/connections, you decide on your timings. If you have a friend or partner who would like to share the experience, I can easily accommodate the two of you and you can benefit from the cost saving. To check availability and make bookings you can use the Contact section, or email me at chris@c-simmonsphoto.co.uk or call me on 01637 831251.

SEASCAPE BEGINNER
- All you need for this course is a DSLR camera with RAW capability, a tripod and the desire to explore this exciting photographic discipline. I will teach you camera handling basics and how to approach Seascapes as we visit superb locations. Covering camera operation, image composition, using a tripod and basic filtering, your days out on the coast will be a fascinating eye-opener. Back in the studio, with plenty of time to let the instruction sink in, I will run you through a step-by-step introduction to RAW and Photoshop CC post processing. Your days will dovetail in a seamless progression. From starting out with high hopes to going home with a set of images that will hopefully form the foundation of a new-found photographic passion.
• Ideal for a solo individual or couple.

SEASCAPE ENTHUSIAST
- For proficient photographers with a DSLR, wide angle zoom lens, tripod and filters - your workshop will widen your appreciation and approach to Seascapes. Gaining an understanding of time, weather and tidal influences, from dawn to dusk you will be challenging yourself on some incredible coastline. Whether we approach by car or on foot is up to you, but at a varied selection of locations, we will run through a range of shooting techniques. As you get to grips with mastering manual metering and focussing, I will offer new perspectives and treatments. From hi-speed freezes to long exposures, you will capture stunning images 'in camera'. Back in the studio, using RAW and Photoshop CC, the ultimate 'fine art' image processing platform, you'll learn to develop your images to a gallery level using subtle, refining steps.
• Ideal for a solo individual or couple.

SEASCAPE ADVANCED
- For accomplished landscape photographers and professionals in alternative fields looking to expand their horizons - this masterclass will refine and extend your skill set. By providing a far wider appreciation of the sea's behavioural patterns and selecting the right approach to capturing the elemental dynamics of the scene playing out in front of the lens. We will find challenging locations and new perspectives to capture truly dramatic imagery. In the studio we can share advanced Photoshop post-processing techniques using state-of-the-art hardware. If you are looking to establishing a professional commercial presence, stay an extra day or two and we can draw upon my extensive commercial design experience to create your branding, stationery and even a starter website.
• Due to its detailed focus this course is intended for a solo individual.

SEASCAPE ADVENTURER
If you want to push the boundaries, this workshop is for you. Camp out on a clear night to photograph impossibly bright stars near Land’s End. Get the adrenaline pumping by negotiating rugged cliffs to reach rocky ledges overlooking breathtaking vistas. For truly unique perspectives, we can take the Sea Kayak to explore hidden coves and untouched beaches. If you’re a Scuba Diver (certified to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or BSAC equivalent) then there are lots of dive sites I can buddy you on. These include beach dives from the nearby Polly Joke Cove that takes in a seal colony. Visibility here is regularly over 5m and the seals are very inquisitive, so the photo opportunities are incredible.
• Ideal for a solo individual.



NOTES:

IT IS VITAL TO CHECK THAT YOUR CAMERA'S SENSOR IS CLEAN BEFORE ATTENDING YOUR WORKSHOP
If your sensor needs cleaning, I recommend this London-based photographic support specialist - www.fixationuk.com

INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS:
For overseas visitors, Newquay Airport (NQY) is just 8 miles away and I will collect and drop you off. Regular connections to London Gatwick (LGW), Dublin (DUB), Manchester (MAN) and Birmingham (BHX) international airports run all year round.

EQUIPMENT HIRE
I have a full frame Canon DSLR set-up that can be hired along with tripod, lenses, filters and flash gun.

ACCOMMODATION AND STUDIO ARE NO SMOKING AREAS.