Spotlight on Architecture

NEW DATES FOR HISTORIC & MODERN ARCHITECTURE IN 2018

They’ve been a little late in coming out this year, but we’ve finally got the Modern and Historic Architecture dates booked for 2018, and as we have lots of people wanting to go on holding lists, we thought it best to put out a dedicated newsletter with dates on for you, so you can plan accordingly. Anyone booking before the end of this week bags a £10 discount….


How to shoot Modern Architecture – Friday 27th Aprll 2018

The first of the year’s Modern Architecture days is at The University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus.

Martine Hamilton Knight’s specialist architectural courses usually sell out several months in advance, and spring 2018 sees another couple of new buildings to add to 2017’s fresh crop of show stopping structures at this location, so there’s plenty of fresh material to shoot, even if you’ve been to Jubilee Campus with her in the past.

Following the success of basing some courses Jubilee Conference Centre, which Martine first captured in 2004 for the architectural press, we’ve rebooked this as our location for the day, adding to the list of imaging opportunities.


Victorian Splendour – Papplewick Pumping Station – Friday 4th May £99

Papplewick needs no introduction, it remains an enduring favourite with our photographers who return time and time again to capture this 1884 listed masterpiece as it prepares for a steam weekend in May.

Steam prep means that the engines aren’t turning, but the boilers are being brought up to temperature coinciding with our visit. This means the opportunity to record a little bit of action as the engineers go about their work, allowing you a glimpse into a forgotten world of coal, fire and smoke!

 

How to shoot Historic Buildings – Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – £99 

Our annual day at the Georgian Bromley House Library and Nottingham’s civic centrepiece is always popular, especially as it’s a chance to explore both venues with your tripod and visit spaces that the public are not often privy to.

Based at the 1751 Bromley House, we begin our session in this private members library with its collection of 40,000 books and walled garden. Not only is this building with its spiral staircases and sumptuous rooms a showcase for photography, its history is entwined with historic photography too, it was a the home of one of the world’s first photographic studios founded by Alfred Barber in 1841.

For the afternoon, we move across the square to the neo classical 1929 Council House with its fine domes, ballroom and grand council chamber. You’ll learn how to manually colour balance your pictures in this location, a highly useful skill for any interior photographer.


Historic Architecture – A Country House and Garden  – Holme Pierrepont Hall – Friday 15th June 2018 – £99

Holme Pierrepont Hall is a magnificent Grade 1 Tudor house dating from 1500, which we are able to explore with cameras, lighting and tripods at leisure. We’ve been lucky enough to use this delightful family home for our courses for several years now and have chosen to be there for next year in the full summer when the Courtyard Garden with formal box parterre and deep herbaceous borders is at its peak with floral displays.

Not only do we have the run of the gardens and parkland, but we also shoot in the medieval lodgings, formal reception rooms and private apartments. We have photographers returning here with us on multiple occasions to enjoy immersing themselves in this beautiful historic place to capture a little bit of magic.


Modern Architecture 2 – City Buildings – Friday 7th Sept 2018 – £99

We’re rounding off the summer in the city with our iconic mix of buildings at Nottingham Trent University, where we explore buildings from 1881, 1957 and 2015 which gives us a visual feast of form and colour, plus high density, high rise architecture.

How do we navigate these challenges with a camera? Martine takes you through the ways of creating images when streets are narrow and busy and buildings tall, with a mixture of viewpoint  lens choice and working with non paid models to tell the story of city architecture in use.


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November 2017 Newsletter

Hello Photographer!

Brr, winter seems like it’s here now, as we sit with the heating on in the Line & Light office. It’s been an interesting couple of months, so we thought we’d get you up to date with what’s been going on with the team and our photographers.

Grab a cuppa, sit back and read on…..


 A busy team – a double award shortlist for Martine, Chris goes on tour and Dan builds a 3D 4k capture studio…. 

This last week has been a busy one for Martine, who was with WEX on Saturday 11th November as a guest speaker at their new flagship store in London. She followed the rock photographer Jill Furmanovsky in the line up and rather thought the room would empty after Jill finished, after all, pics of architecture could hardly compete with shots and stories of legends such as Pink Floyd, Dire Straits & Oasis could they? Sure enough, the crowd thinned after Jill came off stage, but ten minutes later when Martine was due on, they were all back! The whole morning was great fun and lots of people came up afterwards to ask about architecture courses for 2018, so we shall hope to meet some of them next spring in Nottingham.

The next few days are just as interesting for Martine, as on Wednesday she’s guest speaker at Ashby Photographic Society, on Thursday she’s attending an awards dinner where she’s been shortlisted for a ‘Women in Construction’ award  and on Friday 17th, her shot of Derby’s Velodrome (see below) is judged in Berlin at the World Architecture Festival where it’s been shortlisted from a global field of over 2000 entries from top architectural photographers.

This year, we’ve had the benefit of having Chris Upton as part of the regular Line & Light line up and we know how much our photographers have enjoyed their contact with him to date, which we’re delighted will be continuing next year too. Those who know his work as a Fujifilm X Series photographer will be familiar with the product launching and testing that he does with them, but this year, he’s also run independent photographic tours to Italy and Greece which have been highly successful. If you follow him on Facebook, you’ll see some of the wonderful images from the Santorini week that’s he’s just posted, and it looks like the weather was stunning for him out there. If you’re interested in talking to him about his plans for 2018 trips, we can pass your details through to him.

Finally, Dan has been yo-yoing between Nottingham and London this autumn, as well as working with Line & Light, he also divides his time with a video capture company with a difference; Timeslice Films use multi camera arrays, which yield extraordinary results. Most recently he’s been involved in building Europe’s first 3D Video array, which can be used for a variety of mixed reality applications. Footage created at the existing stage in  the USA is seen in the new Bladrunner 2049 film, and it’s work like this which Dan is involved with, although he’s signed an NDA, so he can’t say who’s booked in this winter! Each time we see him, he has tales which defy imagination (and sometimes gravity) from the 106 camera set up which creates a 3d model you can view from any angle, with time as the 4th dimensional viewpoint. If you’re with him for his Lightroom training in December, do ask him about it.

Paul & Bob are just as busy and we’ll feature their activities in a future newsletter, it’s really great to have a team who are involved with such diverse and and rewarding areas of photography.


DON’T FORGET THAT 2018 IS OUR 10TH BIRTHDAY YEAR !

Don’t forget our plan to party at Glastonbudget at Six Hills, Leicestershire on the May Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. We will be in attendance on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but plan to make the Saturday our main day of celebration as it co-incides not just with amazing music, but also their legendary Fancy Dress competition, a visual feast for us photographers 🙂
Don’t forget to buy your tickets, either for the day or the weekend in good time as there are discounts for early birds.


 

Early Autumn 2017 Newsletter

September 2017

Hello Photographer!

It’s been a while since we got in touch and summer has been and gone (did anyone notice?). There were some nice spells, but we at Line & Light won’t be remembering it as an especially fabulous one for blue skies.

We’ve got lots to tell you as usual, so, grab a cuppa, sit back and read on…..


Martine’s Manfrotto Summer Promotion 2017

As well as Line & Light being lucky enough to be carrying an extended tripod range for courses this season, Martine has also been involved with their campaign to ‘Capture the Perfect Summer’. With contributions from several brand ambassadors, there’s been a booklet in circulation at various retailers helping photographers plan summer shoots in various areas of interest. Martine was asked to recommend a favourite architectural location, and immediately thought of magnificent Bolsover Castle in north east Derbyshire.

This location was the setting for many lovely L&L days in the past and we always enjoyed taking groups off site and down the hill for a cracking vantage point back up to the castle on its escarpment. The feature recommends a carbon fibre 190 tripod pictured with a ball and socket head, although anyone who knows Martine knows her love for geared heads, which sit very nicely on these legs too!

Don’t forget that Manfrotto have been kind enough to set up an exclusive discount system for us, giving our photographers a cool 20% off their entire range, so not just tripods, lighting gear and bags, but includes brands such as Lastolite & B&W Filters. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Martine via email on the usual address and she’ll run through the steps.

We know that lots of our photographers also use London Camera Exchange and WEX for their purchases, and you may be interested to know that Calumet, who were another major retailer for the industry have now been merged with WEX. This gives WEX multiple retail outlets for the first time, and an even larger range of products in their range.


LEARNING SKILLS THIS AUTUMN 

September is seen as a time of year when people think about learning new skills, and we have lots of photographers on our database who come to learn the basics with their camera, but don’t take their relationship with photography much further than a little confidence with ISO’s and altering exposure.

If you fall into this bracket and have had your camera on holiday with you this summer, but have perhaps been a little underwhelmed with the results, we’d like to throw a little focus onto our Stage 2, 3 and 4 days which take camera confidence to the next level.

The first step up is our Level 2 Course – Controlling your camera with confidence, and moves from the comfort of Program mode to the far more creative platform of either Aperture or Shutter Priority, the position from which real photographs are made. In this busy day, we aim to turn simple ‘recorders of events’ into photographers who ‘see and create’ with their cameras. The cost is £79 for the day.

The next Stage 2 course is Saturday 4th November, and you can be sure that techniques for firework photography get covered in anticipation of Sunday’s displays!

If you’ve already done Stage 2, then the real fun begins, and these courses, which run on Saturdays twice a year, are labelled Stages 3 and 4 for convenience rather than a necessary order of progression. They cover very different areas of photography and camera operation and may be attended in any order.

The first, is Stage 3 – Swifter, Better Shooting Skills  and is on Saturday 25th November at £79 for the day. Held at Jubilee Conference Centre at The University of Nottingham, the topics include metering, focussing, filters and long exposures. We spend the afternoon on campus shooting wildlife on the lake by our base room,  and sports taking place on the pitches adjacent.

Stage 4’s Refining Your Skills  day is on 9th December and with an indoor itinerary, the weather can throw what it likes at us whilst we tackle colour control, delve into the world of close-up and macro photography and finally, portraiture in the studio.  This day is £99 (a little higher than the others as we have a model join us for the afternoon session).

If you cannot attend these dates, or would like to buy a course place as a Christmas gift for a loved one (yep, that time is here again soon), then you’ll be pleased to know that 2018 dates for these courses also are now up on the website.


DON’T FORGET THAT 2018 IS OUR 10th BIRTHDAY YEAR!

Don’t forget our plan to party at Glastonbudget at Six Hills, Leicestershire on the May Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. We will be in attendance on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but plan to make the Saturday our main day of celebration as it co-incides not just with amazing music, but also their legendary Fancy Dress competition, a visual feast for us photographers 🙂
Don’t forget to buy your tickets, either for the day or the weekend in good time as there are discounts for early birds.


 

Our Birthday Celebrations for 2018 !

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! 10 YEARS  IN 2018 !

Hello Photographer!

In the latest newsletter we informed you that 2018 was going to be an important year for us and now we want to share our plans for celebrating it with YOU! ……



LINE & LIGHT ON TOUR!

Yes, we are going to be attending GLASTONBUDGET, the world’s biggest tribute band festival, a MUST for anyone with an interest in street, documentary and portrait photography, but moreover a must for anyone who enjoys really really good music too.

We should stress at this point that it’s not simply ‘karaoke in a field’, these musicians are professionals and earn their living on stage touring the world as their stage alter-egos and are all top class acts. Shut your eyes and you really are listening to Bowie, Queen and Oasis!

WHAT, WHERE AND WHY? –

  • We shall be attending this festival for its duration – the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend, which is May 25th, 26th and 27th 2018
  • Glastonbudget is held annually at Turnpost Farm, Back Lane, Wymeswold, Leics, LE12 6SU  – literally 2 mins off the A46 between Nottm & Leicester.
  • Line and Light will be there from the afternoon of Friday 25th, until 11pm on Sunday 27th May 2018, but there’s no pressure to attend the whole event, Saturday will be the main focus of our celebration and we’d love to see you then!
  • For those attending the full festival, the ticket price includes the weekend’s standard camping, and there are a number of upgrade packages available.
  • We shall be cutting our birthday cake on the Saturday lunchtime before the main bands start playing, and raise a glass to the next decade!
  • We will be running a competition for the best photo taken whilst at the festival – Saturday is Fancy Dress Day and the photographic opportunities abound; we hope to have some great prizes for the winners.
  • We are not running any official teaching sessions or courses over that weekend, we’re just there to party and chill to some great music, in great company!


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

We’re telling you about the plans now because currently, the 2018 tickets are on sale at SUPER EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT PRICES and the full weekend with standard camping is £65 for an adult and a young person’s ticket (age 6-15) is £35.

As we get towards Christmas, this price will increase to become an ‘early bird’, which last year was about £75 per adult and after the new year, the price will increase to around £90 for the full weekend. Single Day tickets go on sale in late autumn, and again benefit from an ‘early bird’ price of around £35- 40 and increase after Christmas.

As you can see, buying now ensures best value!

Simply tell us if you’re aiming to come, or indeed if you’ve booked and then we can keep you informed with plans as they evolve over the coming months.

Really hoping you can join us for the best weekend of 2018!!

Book your place directly with Glastonbudget here

We shall announce more information through the autumn and winter as we firm up our plans, but in the meantime, simply submit your name via email if you’re interested in hearing more and we’ll keep you posted. 


 

July 2017 Newsletter

Hello Photographer!

A busy period for us with lots to tell you about. We’ve new Manfrotto kit in school which we know will enhance our client’s experience when they’re with us, and we’ve got an enterprising group of beginners who’ve set up their own Facebook Page too. Finally we’re working with several outside organisations delivering training this year.


So, grab a cuppa, sit back and read on….. 

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March 2017 Newsletter

Hello Photographer!

The sun has been shining, the daffs are in bloom, it’s spring! The annual Photography Show at the NEC opens at the weekend and no doubt lots of you will be off there for your annual browse at what’s new and exciting in the photo world.

We have exciting news in our little photo world too, meaning that it’s high time for a newsletter so that we can share it with you.

So, grab a cuppa, sit back and read on…..

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2016 Year in review

2016 –
THE YEAR IN REVIEW

 Twelve months of Photography
with Line & Light

 

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Welcome to 2017!

2016 is over, but before we launch into our next calendar of courses, we thought we’d reflect on a great year with you all and highlight some of the activities, locations and photos we, and you have taken over the last twelve months.

So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy browsing this lot……
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We kick off with some silly snaps of the team in action – Bob tracking Martine on the run, Paul explaining the art of head room and Dan demonstrating the best way to pose with a gorgeous model!


January

Our year always kicks off with our Beginners platform of courses, we love Judith Gurd’s piccy of Dan trying to flap his wings 🙂

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February

Our Astrophotogaphy courses run up at Sherwood Observatory and always bring in a crowd from across the country.

In 2016 we hosted photographers from as far afield as Newcastle, Essex and Bristol. We’ve been lucky more often than we haven’t, and as this pic shows, when we can get the dome open against the night sky, it makes for a fab pic.

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March

As part of Martine’s role as Brand Ambassador for Manfrotto, she’s been hosting architectural walkabouts for them and WEX, the Uk’s largest online photo retailer. 2016’s was a local affair, after previous events at Norwich Cathedral and Sandringham; and this time, the day was spent at Wollaton Hall.

It was the first occasion that Martine had taken a photo group up to the restored Prospect Room and decided it was a ‘must-do’ for one of Line & Light’s Portraiutre Days. Suffice to say, we’re there with our new model in February and can’t wait!

Prospect room


April

We have images from Samantha Watson illustrating her day on the Flash Workshop in the spring. You wouldn’t have thought our model sat in the tree in broad daylight, but she was! The power of flash eh? 

Water splash

Holly posing


May

Les Bailey’s lovely images of one of our favourite locations – Papplewick Pumping Station, have been used to illustrate May’s course. The Rhododrendrons by the lake were in flower and the weather didn’t disappoint. The boilers were being stoked and there was smoke and steam aplenty. We’re there again this spring, why not join us?

Pump engine

Pump house boiler room


June

Our portraiture day at Holme Pierrepont Hall saw a change to the usual theme and brought a couple together for a beautiful shoot with lots of humorous moments too!

Here are H Holloway, Matt Ashmore and Kay Marples’s super pics of our fab couple (who had only met once prior to the shoot and yet acted as if they had been very happy together for years!).

Holly and Nate

Holding hands

Lord and Lady


July

Our days with Jan and his falconry team are always a treat, and 2016’s had flying displays under blue skies. We’re with them again in April and can’t wait.

Birds of prey


August

Thanks to Louise Clarke and all of the intrepid photographers who braved the torrential rain with Paul at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire and got some cracking pics as a result.

We love the motion blur on the background of this shot Louise, nice one!

Cadwell


September

On what would have been the 72nd birthday of Martine’s beloved mother Kate, Line & Light took the opportunity to raise money for Breast Cancer Research in her memory. It was a firmly family affair, with Martine & Paul running a Digital Stage 1 day, whilst James sold homemade cake and played guitar requests at break times.

We raised a massive £1180 in the end, and would like to take this opportunity to say a massive ‘thank you’ again to all of those who were so generous in their support.

Charity Group Shot

Fund raising

Happy collection


October

Martine’s Modern Architecture days are when she delights in sharing her enthusiasm for the built environment and perspective control lenses with like minded individuals! Even those who admit to a little quizzical head scratching with the design of certain modern buildings come away with funky fabulous pics and a new found passion for all things architectural …. truly!!! 🙂

Thanks to Richard Redshaw and Della Astle for their lovely images.

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November

All of our tutors shoot and teach outside of Line & Light, and the Royal Institute of British Architects are one of the organisations who call on our skills throughout the year.

Martine went to Cambridge University and Birmingham City University on several occasions to deliver workshops for both architects and architecture post grad students. Here’s one of her groups in November learning about colour temperature changes in interiors.

In 2016, we had Bob judging regularly for the region’s Photographic Societies, Paul teaching Video Skills for industry and Dan running staff days for Toyota to name but a few of the training and evaluation sessions we were involved with.

Cambridge Uni architecture students learn photography with Marti


December

We finished the year with a glorious day at Lord Byron’s Newstead Abbey in Notts. We’d not run this event for a while, but brought it back by popular demand.

If you’ve not been before, the house is dressed with sumptuous displays and we have the run of it with our tripods and lights, as Diane Simpson and Glynis Harrison’s pics delightfully illustrate. You can be sure that Martine will bake and we will finish the year in style again this coming winter!

Newstead Abbey at Christmas 2016

Newstead Tree


Newstead Hall tree

Newstead Table

Line and Light Logo

Join us for a great day with your camera in 2017!

Wollaton Portaiture

NEW MODEL – NEW VENUE FOR 2017!
PORTRAITURE ON LOCATION

Thursday 23rd February 2017

Model shoot at Wollaton Hall £75

2016’s Portraiture course rang the changes with a focus on couples in a half day format at our old favourite – Holme Pierrepont Hall. For 2017 we have a new model, new location AND a new theme! Join us for a morning or afternoon session where you’ll be shooting at a stunning Grade 1* Elizabethan mansion with our wonderful model and top tuition throughout. With a focus on portable lighting on location, we will guide you through hand held shooting in ambient light with aid of reflectors & speedlights, for fast, dynamic workflow.

Choose from sessions at either  9.45 – 1pm or 1.30 – 4.45pm to suit you best, or attend both, as although the itinerary is repeated, lighting conditions change and expressions, poses and mood will vary throughout; you never shoot the same picture twice in this game!

With easy access from j25 of the M1, Wollaton Hall has plenty of car parking* and a cafe, plus a Natural History Museum and lakeside walks, so why not bring your partner for a day out whilst you’re busy shooting. There’s plenty to enjoy here for everyone.

Visit Line and Light to find out more about this and all other courses available, and start booking your places today.

* Entrance to the Natural History Museum and parkland is free, but there is a fee payable for car parking on site.

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With a focus on Off-camera flash, we’ll be looking at the techniques used for creating dramatic images shot in daylight, yet with the feel of a controlled studio environment. 

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We have arranged to have exclusive access to the Prospect Room for part of our session, where the views across the parkland and city from the outside roof terraces are stunning. This space was only re-opened in recent times, having been closed off in the 1930’s when the hall was in danger of collapse from mining subsidence. Still only accessible via a narrow stone spiral staircase, the quality of light even on the dullest day, is beautiful.

We shall also visit the Camellia House and the course is timed to coincide with the flowering season for this classic perennial. Even if the weather is poor, we have plenty of opportunity therefore for shooting in dry and bright locations. If it’s good? Even better as Wollaton is rich in imaging opportunities with its landscaped park and formal gardens.

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Course content – in brief
  • Work in small groups with our tutor exploring the skills needed to create dramatic portraits in this formal setting
  • Use of specialist metering and focussing modes for portraiture
  • Learn to control your flash through use of both on and off-camera methods
  • Posing ideas for your sitters, what to do with hair, hands and eyes
  • A variety of locations to shoot in, both indoor and out, so that you can create a wide selection of images to take away with you

This half day course is just the beginning of what you can learn!  Join us for our dedicated flash workshop in October 2017, or our studio lighting course in June. Our specialist experience days can be complimented by our software and image manipulation courses too.  Find out more about all of these here.

 

Black Friday 2016!

BLACK FRIDAY 2016 AT
LINE+ LIGHT!!

Hello Photographer!

In the spirit of BLACK FRIDAY proper and all the Christmas shopping, read our offer that starts NOW! ……

This year’s offer invites YOU to make us an offer we cannot refuse!

For any course, email us with your bid for a place,
if we think the price is right, the place is yours.

To qualify for this offer you must do the following –
  • email info@lineandlight.co.uk and register your interest in the course you’d like to attend
  • Quote ‘Black Friday 2016 bid ‘
  • There is no maximum to the number of bids you may place
  • The places may be used by different photographers, ie, they could be for you or they could be used as gifts for others
  • The price you bid is for the specific 2017 course you’ve chosen and is not transferable to other events
  • The offer expires at midnight Friday 25/11/16
  • We will notify you if you have been successful by Monday 28th November
  • If your bid has been chosen, you will be emailed a booking form and asked to pay by BACS or debit card by phone
We reserve the right not to accept your bid, but if we do accept your offer, this is the final price you pay for that event.
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Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Hello Photographer!

Goodness me! Where has the time gone? Last time we got a newsletter out was in July, and between then and now, we’ve had a rather decent summer and so far a sunny autumn too. The clocks change this weekend and our luck may run out, but for now, keep clicking and capture that glorious leaf colour before it drops to the ground.

In this newsletter, we bring you news of how our September charity event went and tell you about what’s coming in 2017….

So, grab a cuppa, sit back and read on…..

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Raising money for a good cause – Line and Light’s Stage One course 

Congratulations Line and Light photographers, you did it!!

We hoped to raise £1000 on September 24th with our Stage 1 course running to support The University of Nottingham’s 2016 charity – for Breast Cancer Research, a cause vey close to Martine and her family. 

Twelve photographers attended the day and learned the basics of camera operation, exposure control and composition (the structure of Line and Light’s usual beginners’ days), but this one had the added bonus of home made cake and guitar requests from James (who plays with the award winning teenage band ‘Malfunction’) to help swell the coffers! Attendees had travelled from as far afield as Sheffield and Peterborough, and reasons for learning to use their cameras varied from a couple who were expecting a baby and wanted to be able to take great family photos, two ladies whose husbands were keen photographers and wanted to join in the fun, to a GCSE student, who wanted to add a new skill and dimension to her art course work.

During the day, Maggie Barker from Peterborough posted on social media “Enjoying a fantastic day, good company, brilliant learning and CAKE!”. QMC nurse Katy Heningham said afterwards “A huge thank you and well done to Martine, Paul and James. I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the day and learned a scary amount! Clearly I have not known anything about my camera for the entire time I’ve owned it, I wish I’d done this course years ago”.

A silent auction for a Stage Two course place finished the event and with final pledges in from family and friends, Line and Light are delighted to have well and truly smashed their target for the charity, raising a grand total of £1180.00 !! 

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2017 COURSES – alert!!

We have now loaded the majority of 2017 course dates on to the website, so you can see what you’d like to attend from January onwards. Prices have been frozen for the third year in a row, we try to offer maximum value for our photographers, and when we look at other providers in this sector, reckon we’re about the keenest. Partly this is because of our size, we are able to run below the VAT threshold and this means we can immediately lose 20% of what most others would pass on to you, despite having to incur those charges from many venues ourselves.

So, enjoy developing your photography skills and come back for more in 2017 – Christmas is round the corner, drop heavy hints to your loved ones, or why not buy a gift voucher for friends and family and then they can enjoy photo fun with you too?!


Spotlight on 

ADOBE ELEMENTS –
LEARN TO FINISH YOUR PICTURES – £75 per stage
Stage 1 – Saturday 3rd Dec 2016
Stage 2 – Saturday 17th Dec 2016

This is the last time we’ll be running Adobe Elements in spring and autumn, in 2017 it will run as a single series in the early summer.

If you’ve enjoyed your photography this year with us learning to use your camera and now would like to do more with your pictures, we’d encourage you to invest in Adobe Elements. If you don’t already have it, do take advantage of the Black Friday offers which will be running around Thanksgiving time in November, when folk such as Amazon will doubtless be selling this fabulous software at a knockdown price. Last year we saw Elements 14 at £35, which is a an absolute bargain.

If you are able to purchase and install it prior to our first day on Saturday 3rd December, you’ll be taken from import of your images, through set up and use of the Organiser, which is your new ‘image management library’. You’ll be able to store and catalogue your growing bank of images without needless duplication. It can recognise family members, tag your images by their location, allow you to catalogue them by theme, and allow you to trace them with utter ease in the future.

Later in this first day with the well known trainer Bob Rowe at the helm, you’ll discover how to resize your files, change the colour, begin retouching and all manner of other useful skills.

Day two delves deeper, looking at layers and masks, the key to full creativity. Output for print and web is covered and gets you to a point of professional quality post production. Booking both days at the same time gets you a £10 discount too.

Visit Line and Light to find out more about this and all other courses available, and book your place today.

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Course content – in brief
  • Classroom based course with Bob Rowe, bring your laptop with Elements installed, or borrow one of ours. 
  • Importing images, how to load your pictures, start cataloguing them for easy future retrieval, without duplicating anything and wasting valuable hard drive space.
  • Learn to resize and crop.
  • The wonder of layers and masks – when and how.
  • Print output for best result, don’t waste ink.
  • Refreshments provided throughout the day.