Light & Land

The Lake District - Print and Leading Lights

03rd - 06th Nov, 2017 - 1 PLACE REMAINING

£1,499.00 PP

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It is hard to imagine a better backdrop for a colour printing workshop than the Cumbrian Lake District at the height of autumn. And there is nowhere in the Lake District to surpass Borrowdale, that narrow defile that drains into Derwent Water, the queen of England’s lakes. Borrowdale’s woodland is mixed and extensive, and while every autumn is different, the colour of the landscape is always a feature at this time of year. Even in heavy rain it is possible to find photo opportunities, indeed, the colours when it is wet are often even more spectacular.

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  • Tour Code LD67
  • Included
    • Full board accommodation
    • Tuition from Joe Cornish and Antony Spencer
    • Transportation during the course
  • Excluded
    • Insurance
    • Transport to venue
  • Duration 3 Night Tours
  • Exertion Easy
  • Leading Lights
The Lake District - Print and Leading Lights

It is hard to imagine a better backdrop for a colour printing workshop than the Cumbrian Lake District at the height of autumn. And there is nowhere in the Lake District to surpass Borrowdale, that narrow defile that drains into Derwent Water, the queen of England’s lakes. Borrowdale’s woodland is mixed and extensive, and while every autumn is different, the colour of the landscape is always a feature at this time of year. Even in heavy rain it is possible to find photo opportunities, indeed, the colours when it is wet are often even more spectacular.

A special advantage of Borrowdale is the sheer variety of possibilities on our doorstep. Whether we walk from the hotel, or drive, it is a matter of minutes to reach a range of wonderful viewpoints. Lakeside views, clifftop prospects, woodland vistas, intimate details… even landscapes recovering from past mining and quarrying activities… there is almost lifetime of photographic opportunity here in this one valley alone.

Photographic printing is the last of the digital ‘dark arts’, the hardest to master, but also the most rewarding. While there is help available on the internet, learning in the company of experienced and supportive tutors is often a more effective way to learn. Our course aims to cover the essentials of practical colour management, but mainly concentrates on preparing image files for print: creative editing. This is done using industry standard tools like Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Adobe Camera Raw, and also Capture One. Anyone with a reasonable acquaintance with these instruments of editing software will find they can move on to the next step, making their own prints at home.

Printing is not for the faint-hearted. It is undoubtedly the height of photography, and it is also possible to say that until you print the picture is still ‘virtual’ only. It turns digital photography into real image making and is the ultimate showcase for your photographic skills and technique, and the biggest challenge of your editing instincts and knowledge.

With support from our industry colleagues at Fotospeed, and two highly experienced photographer/printers in Antony and Joe, this is a great platform to either improve your existing print skills or to get into printing for the first time. The background canvas of beautiful Borrowdale, where we will visit with our cameras for part of each day, provides all the inspiration we could need.

This is a Leading lights tour so places are limited to a smaller group of 8 participants.

Borrow dale Hotel, Keswick

3rd - 6th November 2017: Staying at the Borrowdale hotel. Single occupancy for 3 nights.

Dear Doug and Valda, Many thanks to you both for a great few days in the Lakes this week and the follow-up notes and links. My hopes were to learn the basics of ICM and ME but came away having learned so much more, courtesy of your patience in guiding a beginner and answering my many, often basic, questions. Having browsed through the images a couple of times so far I have been amazed at the progress made and the fact that there are even a few half decent images, some even prompting a ‘wow’ reaction from my wife! I will select a few for the L & L gallery in due course and I will definitely be printing some for framing and display around the house. The best outcome has perhaps been the inspiration it has given me and the fact that I now look at the landscape with a much more inquisitive and, hopefully, creative eye. So thank you once again for providing this inspiration and new approach to my photography. Best wishes to you both. John - February, 2017

Many thanks again to you both for a most enjoyable, informative and inspiring day. You were a pleasure to meet and it was also most interesting to hear about your own work. Your notes look very complete and I will study them over time. I was looking again last night at your own websites and enjoyed reading about your own influences. I wish you both continued success with your photography and look forward to meeting you again. Tamara - February, 2017

As usual Valda and Doug ran a very relaxed and inspirational workshop. Both were very generous in sharing their knowledge and thoughts. July, 2016

The tutors worked very well together. They had just the right balance between technical advice and advice on composition. They also balanced advice, business and friendliness just right, so that the group worked well. November, 2015

Another great Light and Land tour. The Lake District looked amazing with Autumn colour and we got to some great locations to take full advantage led by two highly skilled and very approachable tour leaders - Clive and Phil November, 2015

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