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Date: February 21st 2017

Learn to shoot still life subjects with Doug and Sue at the Oakroom in Smeeth for a rewarding and informative introduction to the challenges of shooting still life. We will cover what equipment you’ll need, go through composition tricks with demonstrations and hands-on practical photography throughout the session.


Join best-selling photographer Doug Harman and Photographer and renowned Photoshop Artist Sue Chapman ARPS, CPAGB for their 2017 photography and Photoshop day workshops.

This one day workshop comprises the following:

  • 0930 Meet and welcome at the Oak room, Brabourne Lees with coffee and introductions.
  • 1000 An introduction to the basic techniques of still life photography.
  • 1100 Practical session demonstrating equipment, techniques, lighting and composition.
  • 1230 Working Lunch (provided)
  • 1315 Time for you to experiment with your cameras and kit with full assistance by Doug and Sue
  • 1445 Refreshment break
  • 1515 Upload and edit your photos
  • 1600 Share best images of the day and Q&A
  • 1630 Summary and close

This one day workshop caters for beginners to intermediate. Some basic knowledge of either Adobe Elements, Lightroom or Photoshop or any other editing software you currently use and are familiar with is preferable but not essential, so that you are able to upload your images and do some basic adjustments in order for us to view and share your best image of the day. Limited access to one of our PC’s will be available but not everyone will have time to use.

Workshop Cost: £160 per person (£149 if booked early)

SUGGESTION: IF you have something you would like to experiment with for your still life set-up shot, please do bring it with you. Items such as backdrops, flowers, bottles etc all make for a great set-up.

What You Need to bring…

  • Camera gear and accessories

You will need a camera where you are able to control aperture, shutter speeds and ISO (sensitivity). It does not need to be an SLR however. Additionally please bring…

  • A ring flash if you have one.
  • All your lenses but if you do own a dedicated 50mm or 100mm these would be very beneficial.
  • A reasonable capacity memory card, such as 8GB – or higher – compatible with your camera.
  • A sturdy tripod is highly recommended
  • A flash gun or any off camera lighting equipment if you have them. These are not essential especially if you bring a tripod!
  • Your laptop with a minimum RAM of 4GB.  8GB or higher preferable.

Should you not have Lightroom or Photoshop or Elements pre-installed on your PC, we suggest you download a free 30 day trial directly from Adobe a few days before the start date which will be fully functional for the workshop. A basic knowledge of any one of these programs is essential for this workshop.


What’s included:
  • Refreshments and Working lunch.
  • Tuition as per workshop guide above primarily focusing on the photographic element of still life photography throughout the day.
  • Warnborough College Certificate of Completion

What’s not included:

Travel to and from your home.


Your deposit of £35 will secure your place in this workshop. Final payment is due 28 days before start date.