Ness Botanic Gardens


Do you have ‘all the gear but no idea’, are you starting out in photography or want to understand more advanced photographic techniques?  Designed for both beginners and those with a greater understanding of photography, award-winning professional photographer Stuart Robinson has developed a series of one-to-one workshops held at the University of Liverpool’s Ness Botanic Gardens, that enable participants to take their skills to the next level.

Important COVID-19 Information

We're delighted that with the help of Ness Botanic Gardens and work to ensure the safety of everyone concerned, one-to-one workshops will be able to resume shortly after the current lockdown. Please read the workshop T&C prior to booking as it contains important information about the precautions we are taking and the latest requirements regarding both social distancing and PPE.

Ness Gardens in Summer
Mastering the Basics

This course costs £120 and includes:

  • Common terminology and what all the jargon means

  • Understanding the buttons on your camera and their basic functions

  • Becoming comfortable with your camera and banish that “fear factor”

  • How to hold your camera What are M, A, S and P modes?

  • Breaking out of “auto”, the first steps to understanding shutter speed, aperture and ISO

  • The relationship between lens aperture, shutter speed and ISO

  • Understanding how to get a sharp image for your subject and end the disappointment of blurry photos

These sessions are perfect for anyone who has a camera with manual adjustments, including DSLRs, bridge, pocket compact and mirrorless cameras.

Ness Gardens in Autumn
Next Level Digital Photography

This course costs £120 and includes:

  • Shooting RAW or JPEG, the differences and advantages of one over another

  • Controlling ISO to avoid image noise and aggressive processing

  • How to shoot “fully manual” and how shutter speed and aperture can be used to create an image style

  • Understanding depth of field, bokeh and the choice of lens

  • Manipulating exposure and its impact on your image under challenging conditions

  • Colour management, including manual white balance settings

  • Composition guides such as the rule of thirds, golden ratio and leading lines

  • The management and processing digital files using popular software such as Adobe Lightroom and Capture One


There are two one-to-one courses, and included with both workshops are free access to the gardens, impartial advice on purchasing camera equipment and accessories, and two weeks’ email support.

Stuart has an approved method statement in cooperation with The University of Liverpool, and carries full public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance, so you know you’re always in safe hands.

Workshops typically last three hours (with a break when needed) and can be booked consecutively if required, with one taking place before lunch and another in the afternoon.  There is an excellent café at the gardens, ample free parking and modern, accessible facilities.

The Venue

Working with Ness Botanic Gardens on the Wirral, affords us the opportunity to capture a wide variety of subjects in a beautiful setting, including landscapes, wildlife, macro, abstract and journalistic images.  Stuart provides images to Ness Gardens for their guidebooks, leaflets and social media, along with photographing their event programme, so has intimate knowledge of the venue and its opportunities.


There will be personalised subjects and goals during the workshop and a simple induction questionnaire provided prior to booking.

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