CORNWALL WORKSHOPS REPORT
I started exploring and photographing the amazing landscapes of Cornwall in 2018. Cornwall features incredible seascapes together with a rich human history, for a variety of scenery and photographic opportunities that can’t be beaten. When I first visited this region, I immediately felt at home: the drama of the landscapes complemented perfectly the depth of the Cornish human history, and I returned multiple times for more. We run our first Cornwall in 2021, immediately scheduling more Workshops for the following years.
DESIGNING THE WORKSHOP
Designing our Cornwall Workshop, I focussed on mixing the area’s incredible seascapes with photography of industrial remains and human artefacts, to create a variety of locations covering many different shooting situations. In Cornwall, as I always do, I chose locations that are impressive, spectacular and unique, while offering various artistic and technical photographic challenges. I believe that helping you to face and solve together as many photographic problems as possible during our time with us will, in turn, help you to develop your vision and technique. You can then apply the knowledge gained during and, most importantly, after the Workshop, when you are back home working without a tutor.
Out of all our 30+ available locations, during our first Workshops in Cornwall we photographed, among others and in no particular order: 2 different spots at Sharrow Point, Carn Galver Engine House, Saint Michael’s Mount, Land’s End, Cape Cornwall, Logan Rock, Lanyon Quoit Dolmen, Godrevy Lighthouse, Holywell Bay, Crackington Haven, Trebarwith Strand, Porthcothan, Trevose Head Lighthouse and St Agnes Engine House.
Every time we go to Cornwall for our Workshops there, we try and add some extra days to our schedule to keep exploring the area and add new spectacular locations to our list. This gives me maximum flexibility in my choice of locations for any given day, while allowing my Alumni to come back for a second tour with us knowing they’ll be able to see different locations as well as take another shot at the locations they loved on their first trip.
IN THE FIELD
During our Cornwall Workshops, our trademark limited attendance of maximum three people allowed me to dedicate every participant plenty of personal time in the field.
Before each session, as I do during all my Workshops, I briefed the group with the location’s challenges, offering my advice on how to best solve them. I then followed participants during their work, quietly offering my suggestions to each of them. When I tutor people, I always try and respect their individual approach to landscape photography without imposing my views, while of course answering any questions they might have.
More, when I think it might help, I love to share ideas and explain my own approach to the locations with them via images on my camera’s LCD screen. As I normally do, when the occasion arose, during this first Workshops in Cornwall I enjoyed revisiting some of the locations as well, something I find very useful.
IMAGE REVIEW & POST-PROCESSING
In Cornwall, thanks to our limited attendance and to a limited number of hotel changes during the Workshop, we had the opportunity to do in-depth image review and post-processing sessions at leisure. These sessions allowed participants to go home with ideas about which images were stronger than others, and with post-processing pointers helping them to make the most out of their photographs. As well, thanks to our image review sessions our participants had the opportunity to try out in the field the new ideas gathered during these sessions. We did so both in new locations and, most importantly, when revisiting ones, applying novel solutions to whatever problems they might have faced the first time there.
As customary for all our Workshops, during four Cornwall Workshops we seldom had to work in locations together with other photographers. We met other photographers only twice in the course of the Workshop, and even in locations as popular as Saint Michael’s Mount or Land’s End we managed to work at leisure despite their presence. Not having to deal with crowds definitely made a great experience even better!
AFTER THE WORKSHOP
Our Workshops never end on the last day! As we always do, once our Cornwall Workshop ended, we kept working on post-processing and image selection with those participants interested in that via the email.
Let’s see now how our first Cornwall Workshops went!
CORNWALL 2021 WORKSHOP REPORT
In mid November 2021, after years of exploring and discovering this amazing region of the United Kingdom, we went to Cornwall for our first Workshop there, a 8-day group Workshop. Out of our three participants, two were Alumni returning for a Workshop with us both for the fifth time; the third participant was a gentleman joining us for the first time, accompanied by his non-photographing wife.
Working with returning participants, as always, made it easier for me to fully customise the Workshop on my Alumni levels and requirements and allowed me to continue along our educational path together.
In Cornwall this allowed them to make the most of the locations we photographed, while continuing the work we started during our previous Workshops together. During our Cornwall Workshop I truly enjoyed meeting our new participant and his wife, both as a photographer and as far as our conversations during our downtime. During these 8 days, we worked on some of Cornwall’s most spectacular natural landscapes and on some truly dramatic manmade landscapes. In selected locations, we took the opportunity to explore a more photographically intimate approach to composition, down to creating nearly minimalist imagery.
More, we had a chance to revisit Saint Michael’s Mount, looking for a second chance with a different tide, which I found really interesting and rewarding.
Last but not least, the social aspect and the human side of the Workshop, something really important for us. During our Cornwall Workshop, we really enjoyed seeing two Alumni again after the hiatus imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as meeting our new participant and his wife, a wonderfully pleasant couple. We had a great time working in the field and during our lunches and dinners we enjoyed long conversations about photography, life, sociology and politics, for a truly enjoyable Workshop!
THE PARTICIPANT’S IMAGES AND COMMENTS
One of the participants in our Cornwall Workshop kindly sent me a few images to share here with you, together with his testimonial about the Workshop. Enjoy the work he did in Cornwall and see what he had to say about our Workshop together!