Nature Photography Masterclass
With Matthew Maran and Eddie Ephraums
10th June 2022 - 13th June 2022
During this four day Nature Photography Masterclass, you will be developing your techniques for taking photographs on location, and learning how to use the book making process to present your photographs.
With an emphasis on both the technical and creative aspects of Nature Photography, you will learn how to tightly edit your images with a theme in mind and work towards printing and producing a beautifully crafted hand-bound 3-hole-sewn book that you can take home with you.
You will spend time getting to know the site around Clayhill and exploring the local wildlife. With a mixture of open field, woodland, flowerbeds and water, there is plenty to choose from for your subject. You will be shown practical tips about getting the most out of your camera, and after putting these into practice, you will then learn how to tightly edit your images and share your shoots with the rest of the participants. There is an opportunity for some early morning on location photography for those who need it and you will explore how to sequence the images you have created and how to make a simple paper mockup for print sequencing.
By the end of the course you will have:
- Improved knowledge and confidence with the manual functions of your camera.
- Established a way of shooting on location with a goal in mind to focus on a collection of images that tell a story.
- Engaged with nature through photography and having fun in the process.
- Learnt how to share and discuss ideas with fellow participants.
- Produced a beautifully crafted hand-bound 3-hole-sewn book that you can take home with you.
Accommodation can be provided with this course making this a fully immersive learning experience and giving you the time and space to develop a new peer network.
If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
We have also set up a payment plan, so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
Matthew Maran has been photographing wildlife for over 20 years. His work has been awarded in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Montphoto and the British Wildlife Photography Awards. His images have been published in The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic Magazines, and he is represented by Nature Picture Library one of the UK’s leadng natural history photo agencies. His large format, panoramic photography of Hampstead Heath is represented by Catto Gallery
As well as his own photography practice, Matthew leads workshops, speaks at festivals and events, sells prints and books, and makes films.
Having spent the first 10 years of his photography practice travelling to exotic locations such as Malaysian Borneo, Vietnam, Bolivia and Alaska, he now works closer to home in North London, with his current focus being on the urban red fox. He he has been photographing one family over the past four years on an allotment just 10 minutes walk from his house, and although it’s not the rainforests of Bolivia he still gets the same buzz every time he visits.
My mission to champion urban wildlife and through my images and inspire others to look for fascinating stories on their doorsteps.
Matthew loves the book making process as part of his photography practice and thrives on being involved at every stage. From capturing the images and processing, to editing, writing and design, he has now published three books under his imprint - Hemisphere Publishing. These include Vancouver Island, Barkley to Clayoquot, Hampstead Heath, London’s Countryside, Space for Nature and a fourth book on the red fox is in the making.
You can find Matthew on instagram @mattmaranphoto. He also hosts a podcast where he talks to leading nature photographers, filmmakers, conservationists and other natural history industry experts about their work.
During the last few years Matthew has teamed up with Eddie Ephraums who operates as Envisage Photobooks. Drawing on 30 years experience of making photobooks, leading workshops, being a photographer, mentor and fine-art printer, Eddie makes photobooks with individuals and organisations who want to create anything from a hand-crafted, one-off, inkjet printed book, to bespoke, short run, limited edition, digitally printed books, to the highest quality, longer print run, offset-litho books with Collector's Edition prints.
There has never been a better or more exciting time to make photobooks. The incredible advances in digital ink and inkjet print technology have turned the photographer's dream of making beautifully crafted, short-run or individual copies of books into an affordable reality.
You can listen to Matthew and Eddie talking about the work they do together here.
Eddie will be joining Matthew on the courses that we are running here at Clayhill.
You will spend the morning of the first day with an introduction to the workshop and get to know each other in the group. We will explore the aims and outcomes of the next four days and look at the sample books that Eddie and Matthew have brought with them. You will be introduced to the key pointers to making a photo-book, which will set you up for the shooting you will do over the coming days. After lunch, we will talk through setting the camera correctly as well as exploring foolproof photography methods. As each participant will have different wants and needs, Eddie and Matthew we will be able to cater to you individually. Once we have gone through all of the practical elements, you will be out on location for the rest of the afternoon, exploring the local wildlife
After all of the practical advise from Day One, you are putting this into practice and will spend the morning on location, shooting the local wildlife ready for an afternoon of processing. After lunch, we will download the images you took over the morning, review the images as a group and learn about processing the images ready for printing and other uses.
There is an opportunity for some early morning on location photography for those who need it to start the day off, as well as a final selection of images for each book that you want to make. We will then explore how to sequence the images before lunch, followed by making a simple paper mockup for print sequencing. You will learn about laying out the pages and how we go about printing them.
On the final day of the course we will be finishing off the books. This will begin by collating, creasing and sewing your pages before lunch. In the afternoon we will review everyone’s books, share in the lessons learned over the duration of the course and how to take photobook making forward into your ongoing photography practice.
Who is this course suitable for?
Do I need to bring anything?
Is this course catered?
Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival.
Can I stay with you?
Yes! All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are en-suite so you will have your own private space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the meditative space of the Studio. We provide you with your own towels and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
Is there any physical requirements that participants need to be aware of eg. Physical strength or fitness level?
Walking in the heath at this time of year. Plenty of water and sunscreen.
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