Advanced Photography Workshop

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(Note: Guests are required to have cameras with manual controls and will need to have a good grasp of the basics of photography, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO)
portrait of a blacksmith - taken during a Photography Vacation in France
"Hello to all Pete's photography guests keen to learn more!" says André Maltaverne, forgeron extraordinaire


Our very popular Advanced Photography workshops are limited to a maximum of four people as regards the number of photography guests.

Building on the knowledge you've already acquired (e.g. a knowledge of aperture, shutter and ISO control), we'll be taking your photography to a new level by covering the following topics (in no particular order of importance):

- Shooting at an Equestrian Centre - freezing action, panning, etc.

- Full day trip to Bordeaux - street, city, and night photography (see below)

- Photographing at Night whilst Painting with Light

- Full day trip to Le Teich bird reserve - Bird and wildlife photography  (see below)

- Creating a cheap but effective Home Studio on a budget

- Advanced Flash Techniques

- Portraiture

- More about RAW and post-processing

- Shooting for Black & White in low light in an 18thC blacksmith's shop and flour mill with horizontal water-wheel
  Note : The forge and mill are operated and maintained by volunteers. Guests are asked to make a donation on exit.

- An in-depth study of composition and what makes an appealing photograph


Learn how to paint with light, using an ordinary household torch.
That's how the trees were lit in this 'Supermoon Total Eclipse' shot at 03:30 on 28/09/2015
And how the foreground was lit in this image of the ruined church just opposite your accommodation
Learn creative lighting using a single off-camera flash
Both images below were produced by proper control of the camera; they were not created in Photoshop
The Decisive Moment!
Learn action photography like this, using fast shutter speeds
Then learn action photography like this, using slow shutter speeds
Enjoy shooting at one of France's leading bird reserves at Le Teich on the southeast corner of Arcachon bay
Experience some challenging available light shooting in an old forge (private sessions, also exclusive to us)



The Trip to Bordeaux is planned as follows (subject to change)

11:00 a.m. departure

12:45 p.m. Lunch at 'L'Ombiére', a bistro in the lovely Place du Parlement in the old city

Afternoon - photographing at le Miroir d'Eau and in the city centre
plus a short trip up the quays by car to photograph the German U-Boat pens
and the Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas (the largest lifting bridge in Europe)

Evening - picnic in the park on the opposite bank of the Garonne

Photographing Bordeaux's Miroir d'Eau and Place de la Bourse by night

Late arrival back home



The Trip to Le Teich bird reserve is planned as follows :

10:30 a.m. departure - drive through the forest of Les Landes

12:30 p.m. Lunch at Le Delta Brasserie, Le Teich bird reserve

Afternoon and early evening - photographing at the bird reserve.

Picnic by the yacht marina, adjacent to the bird reserve

Late arrival back home

The visit to the reserve involves a leisurely 6 km walk with stops at 20 hides.

Click the image to go to the reserve's own website