Friday, 14 January 2011

Taking it slowly - the art of long exposure photography

Paul Sansome

Senior tutor Paul Sansome has recently been commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award. In fact his photo of the lighthouse at Corbiere, Jersey was selected by the Sunday Times for its double page spread.

For this atmospheric photograph of the lighthouse at Corbiere in Jersey, he knew the image he wanted to capture and he went down to the rocks every day, waiting for the right elements.

“The sky was grey and the sea was flat every day until the last evening, the waves came. I took the photograph as night settled in – at night with the waves crashing on the rocks; it shows why the lighthouse is there.”

Paul describes his technique: “It was taken with a long exposure – 15 seconds which enables one to record the movement taking place while the shutter is open. The waves in motion become almost ethereal. The key was that the lighthouse and rocks were static – this instills a proper sense of reality. This will only work with the camera on a tripod as it is quite impossible to hold a camera still for 15 seconds.”

“I like long exposure photography, because it is creative rather than a record. It’s unpredictable – you don’t know what the result will be. You are taking a photograph of something you can’t see with the naked eye. If I had taken it with a 5 second exposure it would have been a different result.”

“In Venice we will use the same technique of long exposure photography, as we will be taking photographs in low light after dark,” says Paul. “When you photograph gondolas bobbing on the water using long exposure, the gondolas become blurred and unreal while the buildings and posts, lend solidity.”

Landscapes of southern Tuscany – week-long photographic holiday 14 Mar 2011

Venice by moonlight – 4 night photographic holiday 17 November 2011

After last year’s very special trip to the south of the island, Paul will be returning to Iceland in August, this time to the north-west coast where the subject matter includes waterfalls, geysers, mud pools, volcanic plains, snow topped volcanoes, black sandy beaches and cliff tops with nesting colonies of puffins, skua and Arctic tern seabirds.

See our website for full details of our Photography Holiday in Iceland

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Jonathan Perugia running another London photographic day workshop due to huge demand

Due to the huge demand for our `Tales of the Riverbank - Bankside, London` photography day workshop that was planned for the Saturday 19th March has completely sold out.

Jonathan has therefore agreed to run the same course on Saturday 9th April - so if you missed out on the 19th March date and want to take part in this amazing day course, why not contact the office to check availability.

Once again places are limited to ensure that you get the most out of your day, so why not contact us and perhaps learning how to take better photographs can be your 2011 New Year's resolution !

Don't forget you don't need a SLR camera to join the course.......a compact digital (or even film loading camera) will be just fine, as its about the skills you will learn not the equipment you have !

Monday, 10 January 2011

Bosham Photography Day Workshop - SOLD OUT! New date added

Lots of people seem to have made use of their new camera's that they got for Christmas or perhaps made a new years resolution to learn how to use the one they already had, so all the places on Paul Sansome's Day workshop in Bosham have now sold out.
However, to keep up with the demand we have now arranged for a Second Photography Day Workshop to take place the following day Sunday 13th March for all those who couldn't get a place on the original date.
Places are once again limited so that you get the most out of the day, but don't miss out on this opportunity to spend a day with Paul in the stunning setting of Bosham.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Love to Travel? Come visit us at this years - The Times Destination Holiday & Travel Shows

This year we will be exhibiting on the AITO stand at both The Times Destination Holiday & Travel Shows which are being held in London (3-6th February) and Birmingham (4-6th March), so why not pop along and see us.

We will be at the London (Earls Court) Show on Friday 4th February and the Birmingham (NEC) show on Friday 4th March.

For more details on the show just visit:

Tickets are £10 per person for Earls Court or £8 per person for Birmingham
Opening hours - London
Thursday: 10am - 8.30pm
Friday, Sat & Sun: 10am - 5.30pm

Opening hours - Birmingham
Daily: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Now Available ! Camden Markets Day Workshop with Chloe Hall - Sunday 17th April

The eagerly anticipated date has now been confirmed for Chloe Hall's Camden Market photography day workshop - Sunday 17th April 2011.

The day will be based in and around the vibrant streets of Camden Market before heading up to Primrose Hill to take in stunning views of the city. Special emphasis will be made on looking at London's street life and the people of the area.

So if you fancy a holiday with Chloe Hall in the future, want to learn a new skill in 2011 or just want to learn more about this type of photography - this course could be just what you are looking for and don't forget you don't have to be a SLR user to take part in this course.

Places are limited so contact the office to reserve a place now.