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Photography Workshops at Burghley House

In addition to our ever popular "Explore" range of beginners' and improvers' photography courses, themed genre specific photography workshops are also available for those interested in taking their photography further as a hobby, in particular our highly sought after bird of prey photography days

Beginners and Improvers Photography Workshops:

Explore 1 - Get off Auto is a broad beginners photography course designed for those who are new to their cameras or still using Auto mode. It introduces all the basic principles of photography and takes you onto the semi-automatic shooting mode called aperture priority (A or AV) to gain far more creative control over the look of your photos. The course explains the essential of depth of field and how to get blurry backgrounds, correct exposure and exposure compensation, how to control focus, understanding ISO, composition techniques and white balance.

Explore 2 – Develop Your Skills follows naturally from “Get off Auto” and teaches students already comfortable using Aperture Priority (A or AV mode) and basic exposure compensation how to use their cameras creatively for motion and light. It includes how to photograph moving subjects to either freeze fast action or create motion blur. It also explores fill flash, exposure bracketing for back lit scenarios and when to use other semi-automatic shutter priority (TV) and manual shooting modes.

Specialist and Bird of Prey Photography Courses:

This is also a great venue if you've developed an interest in a particular genre of photography. Keep an eye out for special interest courses:
- Bird of Prey Photography
- Introduction to Portrait Photography
- Portraits with Home Studio Lighting
- Bespoke Private Tuition

Bird of Prey Photography
Enjoy our Introduction to Photographing Birds of Prey workshop and learn to take lovely portrait and action flight shots of these charismatic hawks and owls using Burghley's beautiful parkland as the perfect backdrop.

This course makes a wonderful gift experience for a loved one or family member. Please ask if you would like a A4 printable personalised gift booking certificate emailed to you.

Tailored Private Photography Tuition
Small group workshops aren't for everyone. We're pleased to offer tailored individual private photography tuition at this venue. For more information visit our 121 page

Portrait Photography with a Home Studio
Both our Introduction to Portait photography and Studio lighting portrait workshops are held at Burghley during the year.

For the Studio lighting workshop equipment is provided on the day for you to try out and use and kits can be bought cheaply on EBAY. See the Home Studio page for more information: Portrait Photography using a Home Studio.

About this Venue
Burghley House, just off the A1 near Stamford on the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire border, provides us with a huge variety of subjects to photograph on our courses and workshops, from the rolling parkland and lake to architecture, water features and sculptures.
Burghley is not just all about rolling parkland, it is also an ideal venue for indoor workshops such as Portrait Photography.

If you can't find a suitable date or are looking for a different specialist photography course, take a look at our full regional photography course listings

DayDateWorkshop SubjectCost £PlacesReserve Your Place
Fri 10 April 2015 Birds of Prey Photography
Amidst the grandeur of the Burghley House estate parkland enjoy a wonderful day learning photography techniques for successful flight and portrait shots of these beautiful birds of prey. Typical birds include our charismatic native barn owl as well as eagle owls and hawks
95.00 1
Sun 26 April 2015 Explore Your Camera Part 1 - Get off Auto - Essential Camera Skills - better photographs in a day
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portraits and landscapes around Burghley House and Park.
85.00 FULL
Sun 15 November 2015 Explore Your Camera Part 1 - Get off Auto - Essential Camera Skills - better photographs in a day
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portraits and landscapes around Burghley House and Park.
85.00 >3
Sat 5 December 2015 Explore Your Camera Part 1 - Get off Auto - Essential Camera Skills - better photographs in a day
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portraits and landscapes around Burghley House and Park.
85.00 >3


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Peter Hallam, MA, ARPS (EofE)
Tel: 01778 571842
Mob: 07742 614393

Why not bring your family for a day out? Visit the Burghley House website for details.

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Student Reviews, Feedback
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Hi Rod

Thanks for the training session you ran Saturday. I found that your instruction was clear and understandable. In addition I feel that your personality added to this without doubt. I will most defiantly be looking to join another course most properly the wedding photography. I have added a recent photo I took of my daughter Daisy. I love the colours this picture brings.

Thanks Once again

Paul (Portraits, Home Studio)

Dear Rod,

I had a very enjoyable and enlightening 2 days with you and Alli.

I learnt so much my poor brain is still trying to digest it all. Can I just say that the 2 day course was very relaxed as well as informative and both you and Alli adjusted the content to suit even my very amateurish needs, I thank you both for that.

I have attached a few of my better shots to add to the competition, I would like very much to try shooting the Birds of Prey sometime in 2014.

I wish you both continued success with your own careers.

Best Wishes

Fran (Intro. to Wedding Photography)

Hi Rod,
We just wanted to drop you a mail to say thank you for a great home studio course on Saturday at Burghley. We both came away having learnt exactly what we wanted to learn along with a great hands on workshop. The day was laid back, fun, informative and to be honest I cant fault it in any way. We haven't yet got in amongst the world of ebay and its lighting and gadgets but I have no doubt we will be investing (although it would mean our 4 year old having to move bedrooms!)
Thank you again from the dynamic duo! we look forward to seeing you soon on another one of your courses.
Best wishes

Popi and Stu.(Portraits and Home Studio)

Hello Rod

Yes I had a great time thank you, I have definately learnt some new skills and will practice in my garage with my family. I would like to set up a studio in my garage but I can see i'm not quite ready yet but as I said I shall keep trying.

The session was just about right for me, a mixture of critic and manual practice. Perhaps a few more different textured or coloured backgrounds to stand against would have helped. Also to see the effect of different filters, ie soft filters on peoples faces.

I haven't done a lot of portrait work so I find it's my worst area. I found on Saturday that some people are more photogenic than others and you dont need to do a lot to make them look good. It's the other people that are difficult and takes more time and effort.

Thanks once again.

Jez (Portraits and Home Studio)

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