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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.

Ilam Booking Form

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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.'»


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.

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

New Community Page for the Ilam Workshop Participants.

By , April 18, 2010 8:54 pm

As promised I have set up a discussion board for everyone that attended the Ilam Hall workshop this weekend. This is the first time we have used this software so if you have any problems please let us know.

We Now Have a Page on Facebook

By , April 13, 2010 10:09 pm
Click on the image to see our new page on Face Book

Click on the image to see our new page on Face Book


By , March 29, 2010 1:00 pm

The ‘new look’ Photographers’ Place workshops have obviously hit the right note because the April weekend filled up very quickly. So a second one has been arranged from 4 to 6 JUNE at Ilam Hall on the Derbyshire-Staffordshire border, this time with a guest – John Davies, the renowned fine art landscape photographer. Although landscape-themed, the workshop will be primarily about ideas and aesthetics as well as processes and methods.

The fabled Photographers’ Place in Derbyshire’s Peak District, which was Britain’s first permanent photography workshop and study centre, originally started in the 1970s and ran for twenty years.

But now the legend lives again with a series of photography weekends run by Martin Shakeshaft, Nick Lockett, and The Photographers’ Place founder, Professor Paul Hill.

The second of the new workshops takes place at the impressive Ilam Hall, near Ashbourne on 4-6 June. As in the original Photographers’ Place, the weekend workshop appeals to those who have gone beyond the beginners’ stage and want  a chance to immerse themselves in photography and explore making landscape photographs from an aesthetic as well as from a technical point of view. Continue reading 'PHOTOGRAPHERS SEEKING INSPIRATION RUSH TO THE ‘NEW LOOK’ PHOTOGRAPHERS’ PLACE: UPDATED'»

Express Yourself – French Workshop

By , March 17, 2010 9:44 pm

Whilst not part of the Photographers Place official programme, Paul Hill accompanied by Martin Shakeshaft will be running a workshop at Escoulin, on the edge of the Vercors National Park in the wonderful French region of the Drome on July 3rd-10th.

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The April workshop is now fully booked + New dates!

By , March 17, 2010 9:18 pm

The April workshop is now fully booked but we have two new sets of dates.

4-6th June Landscape Workshop.  – Booking Form.

September Environmental Portraiture with guest Brian Griffin.

The teaching team: Martin Shakeshaft, Nick Lockett and Paul Hill

The teaching team: Martin Shakeshaft, Nick Lockett and Paul Hill

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