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 Peak District

Over the weekend you will meet the three course leaders. They are all teachers in photography but each has a lifetime’s experience working in photography and has developed different areas of expertise in landscape photography;

Paul Hill was professor of photography at De Montfort University, Leicester, where he established the successful MA in Photography course in 1996.

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), Approaching Photography (1982/2004), and White Peak Dark Peak (1990). 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.

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 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 at De Montfort University, and also works as a busy freelance editorial photographer. 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. His work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad.

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.


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.

For more information about Ilam Hall look here.


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 or high-end compact camera with a blank memory card. Please bring 2 or 3 edited examples of your own work on a memory stick and your portfolio if you would like it reviewed.


The booking form for the workshop is available here or phone Gill Lockett on 01335 370183. Please note that there is a £50 booking fee due when you book.

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