November 26, 2013
After last year's successful course - which moved venue from one end of the Quantocks to the other - I've cleared a weekend in May 2014 for a re-run. Put simply, it's a weekend of bikes, riding, photos, blather, beer and cake. Not necessarily in that order.
For 2014 I'm teaming up with my friends at pedalprogression.com, who'll be providing on-demand elbow deployment and unlimited (within reason) re-runs for you to get that perfect shot. They're veterans of countless mag shoots, so they know what they're doing...
Here are the details:
When? 1200 Friday 16th May 2014 - 1600 Sunday 18th May 2014. We start around lunchtime on Friday. An afternoon session gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs after their journey and get the first few shots in the can. On Saturday we've got the whole day to ride and shoot, while on Sunday we try to wrap up by around 4 to give everyone a chance to get home at a reasonable time.
Where? Nether Stowey, Quantock Hills, Somerset. The Quantock Hills make a stunning and varied location for the course. With some of the best natural singletrack anywhere in the UK and a landscape that takes in everything from exposed moorland to wooded combes, it's a great place to ride and shoot. For 2013 we have a new base in the village of Nether Stowey, just a few miles from the M5.
How much? Unfortunately, since my last course I've had to register for VAT. This has put the price up, to £395pp (which is, in fact, a lot less than I should be raising the price - I'm absorbing most of the VAT element in an effort to keep things reasonable).
However, if you book and pay in full before the end of January 2014, the price is just £350pp. That's a saving of more than 10%!
How many places are available? Usually a maximum of 6, which makes the course sociable but ensures everyone gets a decent amount of one-on-one time with me. In exceptional circumstances I may take one or two more, but I'm usually reluctant to do that.
What's included? Bed and breakfast, packed lunches and all tuition. We'll be eating in a local pub in the evenings - and that's not included in the price.
What do I need to bring? Bike, riding kit for all weathers (bring waterproof socks if you have them - spare pairs and plastic bags if you don't), camera, lenses, flash, remotes, stands... whatever you're willing to carry. Laptop, card reader, batteries... all that stuff. If you're not sure, drop me a line and ask!
What will I learn? It's up to you. I do my best to tailor the course to individual needs, as far as possible. But I tend to start with the basics of exposure, focus, shutter speed selection and panning... because if they're not right, it's hard to take things any further. We can cover remote flash and more advanced techniques later in the weekend. If there's something specific you want me to cover, let me know and I'll do my best to include it.
Is there any small print? A £75 deposit secures your place. Should you change your mind, I'll refund whatever you've paid me so far provided I'm able to re-sell your place. The fee covers b&b, photo instruction and a willing model to ride everything 'just one more time'. Most rooms are shared. There's a limited number of double / single rooms available - please state your preference when booking and I'll do my best to accommodate your wishes. While all reasonable care will be taken to choose suitable routes and locations, you are responsible for your own safety during the course - the fee covers accommodation and photo instruction only. Please ride within your limits and take extra care during photo stops.
How do I book? Drop me a line! I prefer a bank transfer but will accept paypal if that's easier for you. I'll send you the details via email.
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