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Hikes, cameras, action!

 

There is no better place to learn about exposure and shutter speed than at a waterfall, whether with your camera or with your iPhone. South Wales has some incredible waterfalls that are the perfect photography playground for experimenting with long and short exposure times.

 

Want to learn how to make those beautiful, silky flowing water shots or understand how to get those sharp, perfectly focused photos while reconnecting with nature and improving your wellbeing? This workshop is for you! 

 

The workshop will guide you through various exercises which will leave you with the confidence to take your new-found knowledge with you on your adventures to create stunning landscape photography that you'll be truly proud of. 

 

We will be covering all the basics from composition, timing and lighting, navigation for planning your shots, camera settings for landscape photography exposure settings, aperture and depth of field plus some tricks of the trade to make the most of your camera.

 

We'll also indulge in some nature connection through photography. It's amazing how much we start to open our eyes to our environment when we are actively seeking beauty around us. Learning about weather, seasons, plants, animals and life cycles helps us to see the world with a new and exciting perspective. 

 

Please note that the better you familiarise yourself with your camera before the workshop, the more you will get from it. If possible, please try to find the following buttons or settings on your camera: White balance, ISO, Exposure/ Shutter Speed, Aperture. We will be going through all of these on the day though.

This waterfall walk is not far off the A470 and is easily accessed from Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, Brecon, Hay on Wye and the rest of south Wales. 

 

What do I need to bring?

  • Please bring your camera or iPhone. To achieve the best results from this workshop it will need to have the ability to be set manually. 
  • If you have a tripod please do bring it. You will need to carry it for the day so an appropriate bag to carry your equipment is advised. If you don't have one, don't worry, you can still learn the skills and I have couple of spares you may be able to borrow. 
  • If you happen to have any Neutral Density filters (ND) or a polarising filter, please bring those along too. However, they are not essential for this workshop.
  • A lens cloth and a small flannel for drying your camera will be useful in case of rain or splashes.
  • Please also bring food and drinks as we will be in a remote area for duration of the workshop. 
  • Waterproof and supportive footwear is a must.
  • Full waterproof top and bottoms are also advised.    

 

Course Name

Introduction to nature photography for DSLR/ Mirrorless Camera & iPhone

 

Who this is for?

This course is tailored to women who own a camera or iPhone and who want to learn to get more out of their camera to take their photography to the next level while improving wellbeing through nature connection.

 

What will I learn?

By the end of this workshop you will have created beautiful images of waterfalls using knowledge of composition, exposure and aperture and leave with the confidence to use all your camera’s manual settings, starting you off on your journey as a newly fledged nature photographer!

 

Why Blaen y Glyn?     

Waterfalls and running water are the best way to learn about camera settings. Blaen y Glyn is a beautiful waterfall trail, in a remote and stunning area of the Brecon Beacons. It is close to Brecon, Talybont, Hay on Wye and Cardiff. There are plenty of opportunities in this location for practising away from the crowds of other waterfalls in the area, where there is a trail of easily accessible falls leading up to a large and stunning waterfall for our finale.

 

Where are we meeting?  

The Royal Oak pub, Pencelli

https://www.facebook.com/TheRoyalOakPencelli/?locale=en_GB

https://maps.app.goo.gl/AfJrsMUWd9amFwyu5

 

Why not meet at the waterfalls?

Please note that there is no phone reception and no toilets at Blaen y Glyn. There are also two car parks at Blaen y Glyn. For convenience and your comfort, we will meet initially at the Royal Oak pub nearby. 

After a meet and greet at the Royal Oak, we will travel in convoy to the car park called Blaen y Glyn Isaf, closer to Talybont, at the bottom of the hill, (not at Blaen y Glyn Uchaf at top of the hill!)

 

What time?  

1.00pm until dusk

We will meet after lunch time at 1.00 to give you a chance to reach the location and to eat before we start. We will be doing various camera setting exercises and stopping along the way, so although this is a relatively short walk, it may take us some time to get around the loop. We will finish no later than 8pm. It may be earlier than this, dependant on weather conditions and the wishes of the group.

 

Facilities    

This is a remote location. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks for the duration of the workshop. There is no mobile phone reception at this location, nor are there toilets. The nearest facilities are in Talybont on Usk, a few miles away. 

 

Parking         

Parking at Blaen y Glyn is free. There is also parking at the Royal Oak pub where we will meet and greet.

 

Terrain/ fitness

This waterfall trail is relatively flat and a gentle walk. The circuit is approximately 4000 steps. There is uneven terrain, there are slippery rocks and drops over flowing water, so relative walking ability is essential. However, there are no steep inclines or climbing at this location. No huffing and puffing required!

This workshop has a maximum of 4 spaces to ensure quality one to one teaching time. On request we may accept up to 6 people.

 

Want to be informed when other workshops going to run? Feel free to join my mailing list. I only post about events and won't bombard you with emails!

 

    In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch by email. Thank you.

     

    I can't wait to help you start your journey as a nature photogrpher!  See you out there!

     

    Blaen y Glyn, Brecon Beacons - Introduction to Nature Photography

    £75.00Price
    • Friday June 28 2024

    • Your camera (with manual settings)

      Tripod you can carry for the day

      Neutral Density or poplarising filter highly recommended (not essential)

      Remote shutter trigger if you have one (not essential)

      A lens cloth and a small flannel for drying your camera (in case of rain or splashes)

      Food and drinks (there is no cafe or toilets at this location)

      Waterproof Jacket (and trousers if you have them)

      Waterproof, supportive walking boots

      Waterproof bag cover if you have one in case of rain

      Any emergency medication you may need, eg., asthma inhaler/ insulin/ epi pen, etc.

       

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