WHAT'S NEW WITH DEVON PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL
The first big challenge of 2021, as far as I see it, is to address the page title ‘What’s New With Devon Photography School’. Nobody needs reminding of 2020. in fact, I never bothered to see it out. In a, literally, last minute protest in favour of its demise, I locked up, switched off the phone and pulled the duvet over my head at five minutes to midnight. My way of pushing it out the door and not even bothering to wave it goodbye as it staggered off down the drive…
The thing is, even though we stayed active throughout the year that shall not be named with one-to-one tuition, the exciting, big ticket, DPS group events all had to go on hold, as venues and transportation options fell to the obligation of responsible social distancing.
As for 2021… well, we’ve already held a strategising meeting of our own COBRA team, which, in the air of full disclosure, mainly consisted of the now fully recovered Mark and I saying ‘do you know where I fancy going this year..?’ to each other, followed by a list of places in and around Devon that we hadn’t made it to in 2020 (basically everywhere in and around Devon...). We desperately want to get back to Lundy this year, and are considering upping our Wiscombe Park Hill Climb visits from two to three events in the upcoming programme. Plus, we have a few ideas for photo-walks to some of the lesser known spots of the moors, that we feel we can commit to regardless of all but a full lockdown.
One event that we have determined to be involved with, in collaboration with our good friend Andrew McCarthy and Howard Frank of Westcott Barton is a residential nature and landscape photography workshop scheduled for late May of this year, details for which are below.
I'm also going to leave the pretty pictures from 2019 on the page too, to inspire us all for this year (and so's we've got something to look at...).
Residential Nature and Landscape Photography Workshop in North Devon 24th to 27th May 2021
Join experienced photographers Andrew McCarthy and Devon Photography School's Ken Pearson on a residential photography course based at the stunning Westcott Barton estate, near Barnstaple in North Devon. The workshop is aimed at ‘improver’ photographers who want to get to grips with nature (in particular macro) and landscape photography, as well as improving their digital processing skills. The workshop is fantastic value – you will have over two days of teaching and all accommodation and food will be provided.
The workshop starts on the evening of Monday the 24th May with a presentation by Andrew McCarthy, a professional ecologist, conservationist and nature photographer, who will give you an overview of the camera settings / techniques you will be using during the workshop. Over the following two days we will be shooting in the lovely grounds of Westcott Barton, where there are many opportunities for macro photography of plants and insects, as well as traveling further afield in search of interesting wildlife, landscapes and seascapes along the stunning North Devon Coast.
Whilst our schedule will be flexible in order to make the most of the weather, we will be demonstrating a range of digital processing techniques during the workshop. We recommend the popular and widely-used Adobe Lightroom Classic, and will take you through the basics of file importing, indexing and processing using this software. If time allows we will slot in a critique session.
The course finishes after breakfast on Thursday the 27th May – weather permitting – hopefully following an early morning session in the grounds of Westcott Barton, where we will make the most of our last ‘golden hour’ .
To discuss this workshop in more detail, contact Andrew McCarthy
For more information and to book a spot for this event, contact Westcott Barton directly
Covid19 note: In the event that the workshop cannot proceed due to Covid19-related H&S restrictions, it would be rearranged to the alternative dates of Monday 5th July to Thursday 8th July 2021.