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Ness Botanic Gardens


Working with the University of Liverpool's 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.  There is an excellent café at the gardens, ample free parking and modern, accessible facilities.

Ness Gardens in Summer
Mastering the Basics

Sunday, Mondays and Thursdays, with evening sessions between 12th May and 4th August.

For one or two people, starting at £100:

  • Common terminology and what all the jargon means

  • Understanding the buttons on your camera and their basic functions

  • Becoming comfortable with your camera and banishing 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 of 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

Sunday, Mondays and Thursdays, with evening sessions between 12th May and 4th August.

For one or two people, starting at £100:

  • 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”, use camera presets 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

Courses at Ness

There are two private courses for either one or two participants, and included with both workshops are free access to the gardens, impartial advice on purchasing camera equipment and accessories, and 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 breaks when needed) and can be booked consecutively if required, with one taking place before lunch and another in the afternoon.

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