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Behind The Photograph #1 – Paul Hill MBE

By , December 13, 2014 10:40 am

The first of a series of short films featuring photographers talking about their work. This one features Paul Hill MBE, talking about his book White Peak, Dark Peak. Shot on an iPhone 5.

The Different Landscape/Photographers Place – RPS Workshops

By , November 8, 2014 11:03 pm

We will be running another set of workshops for the RPS (Royal Photographic Society) next year, in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire.

The sessions will appeal to those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want a chance to immerse themselves in photography and explore landscape photography from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view. Tutors will include Dr Paul Hill and Nick Lockett MA and Martin Shakeshaft MA.



18th April 2015  CROMFORD
13th June 2015  ILAM
18th July 2015  MONYASH

We will post more details as they are confirmed. Here is what some participants have said about our workshops with the RPS in 2014:

“Thanks guys! You have given me a completely different view of landscape photography.”
“Excellent workshop with three enthusiastic, generous and encouraging tutors.”
“Made me think ‘out of my comfort zone’.”
“Suddenly I am seeing differently. My images are now more of me, and less stereotypical.”

2014 Workshop Series Cromford Mill and the Derwent Valley With the RPS

By , March 13, 2014 11:23 am

17 May 2014 09:00 – 17:00

RPS Member £130.00 – Non RPS Member £155.00

The Photographers’ Place has teamed up with the RPS, and are offering a series of three workshops in the glorious Peak District of Derbyshire in May, June and July. The sessions will appeal to those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want a chance to immerse themselves in photography and explore landscape photography from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view.

These workshops will be run by Professor Paul Hill MBE, Martin Shakeshaft MA, and Nick Lockett MA. There will be three different locations for the workshops which can be attended as single events or as a series if you wish.

Cromford Mill and the Derwent Valley– a World Heritage Site 17th May
Dovedale and Ilam Hall– one of Lord Byron’s favourite places 7th June
Magpie Mine and Lathkill Dale – a National Nature Reserve 12th July

Cromford Mill, nr Matlock DE4 3RQ
Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mill is thought by many to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century, which it is why it is a World Heritage Site and popular with archeologists and photographers alike. Nearby is Matlock Bath, the destination of the first tourist outing by Thomas Cook. It is on the banks of the River Derwent, as is Willesley Castle, which was built by Arkwright, then the richest man in Europe because of the phenomenal success of his cotton mills and his inventive genius. The workshop is based in the Gothic Warehouse next to Cromford Canal, which once linked with the High Peak railway – the longest in the world at one time.

All around are historic buildings and wonderful countryside – a stimulating mixture of the natural and the man-made.

With three vastly experienced tutors it will be possible to will cover a wide range of topics, including developing personal photographic projects that lead to a meaningful body of work; how to improve your digital capture; medium and large format photog

raphy; working with lighting – speedlights and studio lights; moving image on your DSLR; post production in Photoshop and Lightroom; publishing your photography online and in books. As well as an introduction to quadcopter aerial photography!

At the end of the day there will be an open feedback session in the seminar room where the group will look at each other’s selection of images made during the day. Bring your work-in-progress portfolio along for a one-to-one feedback review session with one of the tutors.

Groups will be no more than six people per tutor.


Please come equipped with sturdy boots or shoes, wet weather gear and a day bag to carry lunches, cameras etc. Walking will be on easy terrain but with plenty of stops to make pictures. Participants should bring a digital SLR with a blank memory card – or of course you can shoot on film / medium format / large format. Bring your laptop, if you have one, to edit your images at the end of the day before the feedback session. Remember to bring your portfolio if you would like a one-to-one feedback review session with one of the tutors.

If you are a National Trust member, bring your membership card to Ilam Hall. There are two car parks at both Cromford Mill and Monyash. Online map links:

Although you can bring your own food, there will be coffee, tea, and biscuits available in the workshop venues. Despite the rural locations of the workshops, there are several cafes and pubs nearby.

THE PLACE Over its 20 year history, The Place taught a whole generation of photographers and inspired many to also set up independent photography groups (e.g. London Independent Photography), galleries (e.g. Street Level, Glasgow), festivals (e.g. Derby International Festival of Photography, now FORMAT), and the RPS Contemporary Group.

Amongst those who led workshops and master classes during its previous existence were: Martin Parr, Thomas Joshua Cooper, John Blakemore, Brian Griffin, Raymond Moore, Lewis Baltz, Bill Jay, Hamish Fulton, Andy Earl, Aaron Siskind, Paul Caponigro, Jo Spence, Cole Weston and Ralph Gibson.

Workshop attendees included Fay Godwin, then improving her photography and Paul Graham, getting his early education in art photography at that time.

Paul is visiting professor of photography at De Montfort University, Leicester and the University of Derby.

After a career in journalism, Paul Hill became a full-time lecturer in photography at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham in 1974 where he was later appointed head of the trend-setting Creative Photography course. In the seventies he also set up, with his late wife, Angela, The Photographers’ Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop – at their Peak District home.

He has exhibited regularly since 1970 throughout the British Isles, Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia and is co- author (with Thomas J. Cooper) of Dialogue with Photography (1979/2005), followed by Approaching Photography (1982/2004), White Peak Dark Peak (1990), and Corridor of Uncertainty (2010). His work is in the art collections of, amongst others, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford; Arts Council England; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Cleveland Museum of Art in the USA. He was the first chairman of the RPS Contemporary Group and the Contemporary Distinctions Panel. In 1994 he was awarded an MBE by The Queen for services to photography.

Martin Shakeshaft is a documentary photographer based in the Peak District. He combines working on editorial projects with teaching digital imaging. A particular area of interest is developing opportunities that the internet and new media offer the contemporary photographer.

Editorial clients have included, BBC; Channel 4 Television; S4C; The Economist; The Daily Mirror; The Independent; Newsweek Magazine and many others. A selection of his work is housed in the National Museum of Wales’s permanent collection. He also set up the MA in Visual Journalism and Documentary at De Montfort University, Leicester.

He has recently concluded a 25 year project, looking at the long term effects of the closure of the coal industry on the people and landscape of South Wales. This has been widely published both in this country and abroad.

Nick Lockett lectures in photography, video and digital imaging at De Montfort University, and also works as a busy freelance editorial photographer. He is a very experienced photography teacher and workshop leader. Much of his personal landscape photography is concerned with ancient sites and trackways near his home in the Peak District. He works digitally but also has a passion for large format photography, often making pictures at night.

For twenty years he was Chief Photographer and Head of Pictures for Carlton Television in London, producing still images and picture publicity on TV programmes as diverse as INSPECTOR MORSE, SPITTING IMAGE and POP IDOL. His work has been widely published in books and magazines, and has been exhibited in the UK and abroad.

Time: 9.00am – 5pm
Place: Cromford Mill
Parking: There is parking at the venue.

Cancellation policy
Notice of Cancellation – Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date – please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

Workshop Pack

The Poster for our April 13-15th Workshop

By , December 2, 2011 9:51 am

The Poster for our next workshop - Click for larger version

Documentary Photography and Environmental Portraiture – Weekend Workshop April 13 – 15 2012

By , December 2, 2011 9:38 am

We are excited to announce that Stephen McLaren, London street photographer, is our guest speaker for the April weekend workshop.

Guest speaker, Stephen McLaren, an expert on street photography, is coming  along to join the three skilled tutors  on the April 2012 workshop in Derbyshire.  Stephen is fresh from running the Guardian series of street photography sessions in London and is an approachable and enthusiastic teacher. He has also recently edited a well reviewed book on contemporary street photography, ‘Street Photography Now’. He will joining the group on Saturday to show his unique approach to documenting life on the streets and as a source of  advice and inspiration to workshop participants. It is a great opportunity to try out or extend your own ideas on narrative story-telling through photography.

To join us for an inspirational and intensive weekend of photography in April 2012 complete the booking form here:
Ilam Booking Form

Stephen McLaren – Biography

Stephen McLaren is a specialist on street photography. He is a prolific practitioner, his work is widely published, and he has led street photography workshops in London as part of The Guardian master class series.

He has exhibited his work at Photofusion and Rich Mix Galleries in London, Format Photography Festival in Derby and the Look2011 Photography Festival in Liverpool.

He has curated exhibitions including “Making Space” for the City of London and “On to the Streets” for the British Council which has toured Europe.

Stephen is co-author of the best-selling ‘Street Photography Now’ (Thames & Hudson, October 2010), an inspirational and thought-provoking new book showing the very best of contemporary street photography from around the world.

Reviewers have said of Stephen’s book:

‘The images are great, about as good a set of the finest quality street work you will get anywhere, a true celebration of humanity and the art photographer. Some of the pictures are laugh out loud, some very sad, some deeply affecting and profound’.

‘Entertains and inspires one to get out onto the street and observer where, truly, all the world is a stage’

‘Extraordinary: beautiful, dramatic or just plain comical … human life in all its forms’

‘. An entertaining look at today’s street photography … many images amaze at the quick wittedness possessed by their makers ‘

‘The first substantial survey for several decades, and admirable in its reach … It will make you want to slow down, look closely and take joy from the unexpected’
‘A must-have book for anyone remotely interested in the genre. In fact, it’s highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in photography’

Stephen McLaren was a television director, cameraman and presenter making documentaries and travel shows for the BBC before digital cameras brought him back to photography.

Street Photography Now’ is co-authored by Stephen McLaren and Sophie Howarth and is published by Thames & Hudson, October 2010.

To see Steve’s pictures go to:


Documentary Photography and Environmental Portraiture Workshop 13-15 April 2012

By , September 29, 2011 10:07 pm

The Spring PHOTOGRAPHERS’ PLACE workshop weekend will be in the Peak District on 13 – 15 April 2012 (just after Easter). The theme will be documentary photography and environmental portraiture and will be an active and practical session in narrative and story-telling with images.

Immerse yourself in an absorbing weekend of photography in the historic Derbyshire town of Wirksworth in the company of three of the UK’s leading photography teachers, Dr Paul Hill, Martin Shakeshaft and Nick Lockett.

Topics covered in the weekend

– Making single images and picture stories

– Portraits on location

– Directing people in a photo shoot

– Continuous feedback on your images

– Composition and camera handling advice

– Location lighting

– Post-production techniques (Lightroom and Photoshop)

– Making video with your DSLR

– Portfolio reviews of previous work

All inclusive cost is £350 – evening and two full days tuition, plus all meals and accommodation.

Join us for an inspirational and intensive weekend of photography in April 2012. Complete the booking form here:

Ilam Booking Form

Alternatively, please contact Gill Lockett for more details at:
c/o Pynot Fields
Kirk Ireton
Derbyshire DE6 3LJ
01335 370183

Previous participants have said:

A superbly informative weekend and thoroughly enjoyable too’ Gareth, Northampton

‘Tutors very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’ Martin, Conwy,Wales

Group Photograph from Ilam Hall

By , May 9, 2011 1:29 pm

Group photograph from last weekends workshop at Ilam Hall, really enjoyable weekend!

Ilam Hall Workshop, 6-8th May 2011. Last Chance to Book!

By , April 30, 2011 9:40 am

The Photographers Place do Requests. Ilam Hall 6th May. Last Chance to Book!

By , April 15, 2011 4:08 pm

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

To secure a place on the Ilam workshop you must book in the next SEVEN days. This is important so we can finalise our accommodation bookings.

Over the past few workshops we have had a few requests to cover some specific areas. If there is enough demand we will add the following sessions.

Nick Lockett:

After showing his work ‘Sacred Stones’ a few people have said, that they would like to learn how to light landscapes at night. So we have included a practical session in the program, on the Saturday evening. Bring along your flash guns if you have them.

Martin Shakeshaft:

With modern cameras having the ability to shoot video, Martin will be presenting a session that covers all of the basics, including:

  • Video formats and codecs.
  • Setting up your DSLR for shooting video.
  • Using tripods and sliders.
  • Recording sound.
  • A basic look at editing.

Paul Hill:

Paul will again be performing his greatest hits. Including a session that looks at his latest publication, Corridor of Uncertainty, From initial concepts to publication.

He will also be delivering a rendition of ‘I did it my way’ in the club style!


The weekend is based at Ilam Hall, a converted 19th century mansion, a few miles from Ashbourne and near Dovedale in the Derbyshire Peak District. Refurbished in 2009, Ilam is a four star Youth Hostel which now offers an excellent standard of accommodation with a range of smaller shared rooms and good bathroom facilities ensuite.

There is a brand new café and bar where we will have our evening meals. Packed lunches will be provided. We will be in a large seminar room where we will be able to download pictures and digitally project images for discussion.

Please let us know on the booking form what type of accommodation you would prefer; there are twin bedded and shared four bedrooms. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.

There are several B and Bs and hotels locally for those who do not choose to overnight at Ilam Hall. Let us know and we can give more details.

If you have any special dietary or other requirements, please let us know on the booking form.

Ilam Booking Form

Ilam Workshop Poster

By , March 1, 2011 8:05 am

Ilam Booking Form

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