Back in March I went on a three night photography tour with the brilliant Light & Land, Charlie Waite’s photography holiday and workshop company. This particular trip was led by one of their newer leaders, Carla Regler – an award-winning Cornwall based landscape, seascape and equine photographer. We visited many great locations over the four days, including St. Michael’s Mount, which is where we were based, plus Land’s End, Godrevy Lighthouse, Botallack Tin Mines and St. Ives.
I’ve been shooting landscapes for many years, but only relatively recently stepped it up a gear to start experimenting with filters – and Carla was extremely helpful in providing advice and support for long exposure shots of the sea. I use the LEE Seven5 system, which is excellent – as well as being cheaper and lighter than the full sized option! Another great reason for having a mirrorless camera instead of a DSLR.
On the workshop we also spent some time looking at post-processing – again something which I’ve only started to do seriously in the last few years. I’m currently working with Photoshop Elements, which has been a complete revelation in terms of being able to fine tune my shots (not completely change them – but that’s another article altogether!) and on this trip I also gained some experience of Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro. I’ve since invested in the latter, which I love, but am still making the decision about Lightroom!
As a writer, I also found time on the trip to interview Carla on what it’s like to run a Light & Land trip, and to talk about her background and how she ended up running photography workshops in Cornwall. I also got a chance to interview one of the other tour participants, Helen Rushforth, about her experience of participating in a Light & Land tour, and I have to say, her opinions very much reflected my own! I learned loads of new things and also met some fantastic and friendly people who I’ll definitely be staying in touch with.
On the strength of this trip, I’ve now also booked a one day workshop led by Charlie Waite and Sue Bishop, to photograph lavender in early July, and also a one-to-one with Charlie at Stourhead later in July, which I’m very excited about. More on those after they've happened!