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.