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By , March 1, 2011 8:05 am

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The ‘Photographers Place’ Returns to Ilam Hall for a Landscape Workshop 6-8th May 2011

By , January 27, 2011 4:15 pm

Paul Hill welcomes participants to the 'Photographers Place' workshop 2010.

After great feedback last year, the Photographers’ Place will be holding another workshop at Ilam Hall, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire from May 6-8th 2011. It begins on the Friday evening, 6th May, through until late afternoon on Sunday, 8th May.

Fees: £325 including all tuition and 2 nights full board


The weekend is intended as an immersion in landscape photography for those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want to learn more about making photographs from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view.

The Friday evening session will include a presentation by course leaders followed by opportunity to see samples of work from the group members. You are invited to bring along 2 or 3 of your own edited digital photographs as jpeg files on a memory stick to be shown on a data projector (or prints if you prefer).

Saturday morning will begin with a short session on how to improve your digital capture, understanding histograms and exposures. Then we go out on field trips into the countryside around Ilam, which includes one of Lord Byron’s favourite beauty spots – Dovedale – with one of the course leaders. Groups will be no more than seven people per tutor. At the end of the day there will be an open feedback session in the seminar room after dinner on your selection of images made during the day.

On Sunday there will be a choice of activity: going out to put some of your feedback advice into practise, gathering for a session on post production and publishing photos or getting a portfolio review with Paul Hill. There will be a further ‘wrap up’ session in the seminar room during afternoon tea. We anticipate the weekend finishing at around 4pm.

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The Photographers’ Place Annual Winter Workshop March 4-6 2011

By , January 17, 2011 5:26 pm

The Photographers’ Place annual winter workshop will be around the theme of expressing feelings through photography, and exploring your personal approach to your image making. There will be an excursion into the historic market town of Wirksworth to take pictures, and an opportunity to get feedback on them. You will have the chance to improve your Lightroom and Photoshop skills, and learn about digital workflow and digital asset management. There will be the opportunity for critiques of portfolios and work-in-progress on personal projects. There will be sessions on Large Format Photography (following up on John Blakemore’s talk) and lighting with small flashes. And we’re keen to hear from you – are there any areas you would like us to cover?

New Workshop Announced – Wirksworth Glenorchy Centre March 4-6.

By , November 14, 2010 9:56 am

Suffering from the winter photographic blues ? Then spend a weekend at The Photographers Place to reinvigorate your practical skills and visual ideas. Don’t wait until British Summertime starts or the first daffodils appear to think about your pictures – immerse yourself in the unique Photographers’ Place experience that has inspired British photographers since 1976.

Special guest will be JOHN BLAKEMORE who is renowned for his beautifully crafted landscapes and still-lives.

Teaching sessions will include how to get the most out of your equipment, whether film or digital; Feedback on your recent or past work from an aesthetic as well as from a technical perspective; How to get your work exhibited and put into book form and by request an advanced Adobe Lightroom session. The cost of the weekend is £300, which includes accommodation and meals (see booking form). We are offering a discount to LIP members, please contact us for details.

There is an interesting interview with John about his work here. John Blakemore is a renowned British landscape and still life photographer and print maker, and one of our most influential practitioners.  His work aims to show the elegance and beauty and the essential mystery of nature. He works simply but intensively, producing immaculate prints with a great intensity and inner spirituality. Continue reading 'New Workshop Announced – Wirksworth Glenorchy Centre March 4-6.'»

A Few Words from Brian Griffin!

By , October 13, 2010 4:19 pm

Brian Griffin's Paris Show

In a letter to Paul Hill, after recently teaching on one of our workshops, Brian Griffin wrote this about his experience. “I find the Photographers Place a refreshing and invigorating place to be, set within the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Its a place where I can invest with pleasure my love for, and dedication to photography. A place from where I return, fully equipped to tackle my forthcoming projects, through being enthused by the energy and excitement of the tutors and the workshops students”.

Brian currently has a major retrospective show in Birmingham Face to Face which runs until 21st November. He also has a new show opening in Paris from the 19th November – 23 January COLLÈGE DES BERNARDINS 20 rue de Poissy – 75005 Paris.

Wirksworth Workshop with Brian Griffin

By , September 20, 2010 10:56 am
The Wirksworth Workshop with Brian Griffin

The Wirksworth Workshop with Brian Griffin

Names Coming soon!

Paul, Nick, Gill and Martin would like to say thank you for a great weekend! Thank you for the positive feedback.

Pic: Andy Greaves


By , July 31, 2010 3:37 pm

Paul Hill has a new book coming out in November called CORRIDOR of  UNCERTAINTY. For more details check out

ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP – September 17-19th in Wirksworth

By , June 7, 2010 1:41 pm

The Photographers’ Place workshop weekend, September 17-19 in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, is on the theme of environmental portraiture, with a guest, Brian Griffin, one of Britain’s most distinguished portrait photographers.

The weekend is about approaches to portraiture on location. There will be plenty of practical experience, going out into the old market town in small groups, to ‘sitters’ and locations arranged in advance for you to photograph – or you can go off to do your own thing. And there will be a session on how to use lighting to improve portraits.

The three leaders, all teachers in photography and all with a wealth of experience and strong individual approaches in portraiture, are Paul Hill, Nick Lockett and Martin Shakeshaft.

Brian Griffin, with his huge experience in making iconic images of famous faces, will be joining the workshop on Saturday to offer his expertise. It is an opportunity to hear four strong voices on making photographic portraits on location.

There will be open feedback sessions on images made during the weekend and portfolio reviews on request. Again, it is an opportunity to ‘eat sleep and breathe’ photography for a whole weekend with supportive and like-minded practitioners in an informal environment.

The fee for the weekend workshop is £300 which includes accommodation, full board and all tuition.

If you would like more information please phone THE PHOTOGRAPHERS PLACE 01335 370183 or use this booking form.

Frequently Asked Questions – For Our September Workshop…..

By , June 7, 2010 9:00 am

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How many nights accommodation are included?

There are 2 nights accommodation, 2 dinners, 2 packed lunches and 2 breakfasts and all  tuition included.

2) As I don’t drive and rely on public transport can you tell me how accessible the place is?

Derby is well connected by train and by bus. If you can make your way there, we will arrange to collect you on Friday and return you on Sunday. Let me know your travel plans and we can arrange a lift.

3) What kind of place is the accommodation? Is it outside Wirksworth or in the town? Is it a youth hostel?

The Glenorchy Centre is a chapel hall recently converted to take groups up to 26. It is in the middle of Wirksworth with a paying car park adjacent. We will have the whole centre for the weekend. It has a large hall where we will show work on a data projector, a dining room and kitchen for our meals and downstairs there is shared dormitory accommodation.

4) Are the rooms single, or is there a single supplement?

All the accommodation is dormitory accommodation, one for males, the other for females, with bathrooms etc. We are unable to offer any private accommodation at the Centre. If this is important to you but you would still like to join in the workshop, there are several B and Bs and hotels locally for those who do not choose to overnight at The Glenorchy Centre. Let us know and we can give more details. The fee for the weekend will be smaller.

5) Is there access at the centre for those with less mobility?

There is a lift to get downstairs.

6) Is the portraiture element with ‘ sitters’ (or people who have agreed to be photographed ) or is it photographing strangers?

We have based the workshop in Wirksworth, a small market town with friendly locals. We will arrange times with subjects (ie some of the friendly local people) and locations for you to photograph. We may begin by trying out some portraiture techniques on each other. Then we will be going out in groups around the town. We will not be photographing in a studio.

7) How big will the groups be ?

Groups will be no more than five people per tutor at the most, and with three tutors and Brian Griffin, each person has plenty of opportunity for experimenting and for individual attention. Or at any point you can go off to do your own thing.

‘8) Will you be using flash photography ?

One of the tutors, Nick Lockett, will run a session on how he uses portable flash lighting off-camera in his portrait work. We have small portable flashes for you to use at the workshop.

9) Is it booking up fast/are there limited places? ie should I book soon?

The September session is starting to fill up. We hope to have 15 participants. If you are thinking about it, please let me know so I can pencil you in.

10) Who attends the workshops ?

On previous workshops we have had photographers of all levels of experience. They have all been very  supportive and friendly towards each other and  been really enthusiastic and keen to share ideas. Even the most experienced photographers amongst them found something new from the workshops.

Workshop Announcement: Environmental portraiture with special guest, BRIAN GRIFFIN 17-19 September 2010.

By , May 19, 2010 4:29 pm
George Melly by Brian Griffin

George Melly by Brian Griffin

Environmental portraiture with special guest, BRIAN GRIFFIN 17-19 September 2010 in Wirksworth on the edge of the Peak District, Derbyshire.

Brian Griffin was born in Birmingham in 1948 and studied photography in Manchester before starting work as a freelance photographer in 1972. Since then he has produced images for major magazines and advertising campaigns in Britain and abroad. He has a long association with the music industry, numbering among his subjects Siouxsie and the Banshees, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Depeche Mode and REM. He is currently working on a commission from the National Portrait Gallery/BT creating the definitive photographic record of the people behind London 2012.

Be inspired by the masters! Eat drink and sleep photography with fellow enthusiasts and renowned tutors.

Improve your photographic seeing and camera technique including digital capture: make photo books, publish your work and produce pictures for exhibitions, and get feedback on your current work.

Aimed at photographers who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage, you will meet like-minded image-makers for an informal and supportive weekend in a beautiful region of the country.


To book your places please use this form. Or for more details email us or phone The Photographers’ Place   01335 370183

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