Farnborough Abbey - Aug 10-11 2013

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Historic St. Michael's Abbey is a working Benedictine Monastery. The church in the style of a 15th century gothic church actually dates back to the 1880s. It is the resting place of Napoleon III, of the Empress Eugenie, and the Prince Imperial Louis.

The trains at the nearby station will take you into the heart of London in less than 40 minutes.

About the workshop
This workshop will take place at the monastery. You will learn to master light in its many forms, work with people in front of the camera and shoot stunning pictures of historic architecture. The workshop includes group sessions, individual assignments, image reviews and critique and - most important - lots of fun with like-minded people.

The workshop also includes a primer on exposure and colors and on the creative angles of photography, including the basics of image composition and the all important intersection of the visual hierarchies of black and white vs. color.

Our headquarters
We'll have a meeting room on the grounds,

Is this for you?
This workshop is open to everyone with a digital camera who wants to advance their photography. Basic camera knowledge is required. Questions? Just ask!

The hosts
The workshop is hosted by Chris Marquardt (of Tips from the Top Floor fame) and Simon Taylor.

Day 1 Light and Architecture

The best way to learn and practise composition and technique is to focus on things that don't complain if you take your time. The beautifully detailed architecture of St. Michael's Abbey and its surroundings will be at our disposal and we have permission to shoot inside the Monastery.*

- What is a good picture? Image composition
- Primer on exposure and colors
- Hands-on: exercises with available light
- Image review in the group
- Primer on image composition for architecture
- Recording of an episode of Tips from the Top Floor

* As this is a working Monastery, there will be a few rules for us. Don't worry, you won't have to get up at 5 for prayer, but certain areas will be off limits to us at certain times.

Day 2 People, Architecture & Portraiture

Immerse yourself in a whole day of learning to take amazing pictures of people, be it a candid street-type shot, or the classic portrait session. You will learn to make the best use of different light situations and how to set people into the context of architecture. You will dive deeper into the aspects of composition and technique and learn how to effectively deal with more than one person in front of the camera: the group shot.

- Learn to read the histogram and make most use of it
- Understand the use of light in a portrait context
- Portraiture exercises in small groups
- Image review in the group
- The group picture


Date: Aug 10-11 2013
Location: Farnborough (outside London), UK
Duration: 2 days
Language: English
Max Participants: 20
Min Participants: 10
Experience required: basic
Price: £ 399 £ 349
Major credit cards and PayPal accepted.


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Cold drinks
Tour of the monastery (guided by one of the monks)

Not included

Main meals
Anything not mentioned above

The hosts

Chris Marquardt is the host of Tips from the Top Floor, the world's longest running photography show on the net. He has held workshop all over the world, from Germany to the US, from Canada to Nepal and Tibet. 2013 will take him to Japan, back to the Himalayas and to India and finally to the UK.
Simon Taylor is a licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and member of the SWPP and BPPA. He is based in Farnborough, where he also holds photo workshops.

Workshop location

Farnborough Abbey
280 Farnborough Road
Farnborough, GU14 7NQ
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Getting there

» via air
» via train

Workshop times

Day 1: 9am - 5pm (+ evening)
Day 2: 9am - 4pm

Please allow for time on the evening of day 1, where we will record an episode of Tips from the Top Floor and go grab a bite to eat with the group.


Travelodge - recommended, cheap, clean and closest, easy walking distance
The Falcon - a mile and a half away, regular style hotel
Aviator - premium hotel, opposite the Falcon

Workshop pricing

Workshop: £ 399 £ 349

Registration and Payment Process

To register for this workshop, please click the registration button above. If there is space, you will receive a confirmation with an invoice and further information. You secure your spot on the workshop by paying a deposit of £100. If you don't pay the deposit within two weeks, your reserved workshop spot will be opened up for others. The balance payment is due on Jun 10 2013 (2 months before the workshop begins).

Major credit cards and PayPal accepted.