June 2016 Newsletter

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Hello Photographer!

Line and Light have had a busy spring with courses running to capacity in most subject areas. We’ve been extremely lucky with weather on all of the days where we’ve needed it dry, and often the sun has made an appearance, something we’ve seemed very short of in recent weeks.

In this newsletter we’re talking about a way we are trying to help a good cause this September, and also heralding the return of an old favourite for photographers at the end of the year.

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

The day we plan to make a difference…

We don’t usually ‘get personal’ in newsletters, but this month we are, with good reason….

Those of you who’ve been Line and Light Photographers for a while may recall that Martine had a difficult year in 2014, with many trips up and down the M5 to the far end of Cornwall, where her mother Kate was in the last stages of cancer. One weekend in November, Paul and Dan had to deliver a Level 4 Photo day together whilst Martine dealt with with the inevitable, and thus Breast Cancer claimed one more statistic for its own.

You know that we run many of our training days on the beautiful University of Nottingham campuses, but you may not be aware that the Vice Chancellor and his team have been supporting charitable causes for the last six years as part of their ‘Life Cycle’ campaign. Martine has given a donation each year since it began. However, when it was announced that 2016’s fund was specifically for Brest Cancer research, she decided it was time to step up to the plate and get a bit more proactive.

As a result, Line and Light are running an extra Digital Stage 1 date on Saturday 24th September (which coincidentally would have been Kate’s 72nd birthday). Whilst we appreciate that a Stage 1 course will be of no interest to your good selves (either you knew how to use your camera already when we first met you, or we’ve been the people that taught you!), we know that there are bound to be family members, work colleagues, or social friends who perhaps don’t, and as such we’d really appreciate your help in publicising this special event.

We are pledging 100% of the money from that day to go to the campaign. The university are kindly allowing us our usual room in Derby Hall for free, and Martine and Paul are going to be at the helm, whilst James hopes to bake cakes to sell at coffee time in memory of his grandma.

So, it’s personal, and we want to make it count. We know that sadly cancer touches the vast majority of families these days in one way or another, and Martine feels that in running a course to raise money in this way, new photographers will be getting something back in return; they’re not simply being asked to dip their hands in their pockets.

So please, please, please, if you know someone who would enjoy our Line and Light beginners day, please urge them to book for Saturday 24th September and make their £79 count! Crikey, we’ll even lend them a camera for the day if they don’t already own one 🙂

Drop onto our website for more information about Line and Light or email us on info@lineandlight.co.uk if you’d like to know more about Life Cycle 6 and the special event on September 24th 2016



Back by popular demand…..

Friday 16th December 2016  

We used to have an annual day at Lord Byron’s Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire in the summer time when Line and Light first began. This was very popular, but we soon learnt that the team there were planning to run a Christmas spectacular, when the house would be dressed for the festive season, and promptly moved our timing of the course to coincide with the event.

Over time, staff moved on, times changed and so did the cost of us running the day, so three years ago we hung our hats up and called time. Well, owing to repeated requests since, we’ve re-instated it for this winter…..


This day is based indoors (which you’ll be happy to know given the time of year), but whatever the weather is throwing at us, you’ll be assured of a warm welcome as we tour the grand rooms of this house, the monastic abbey remains with the cloisters, chapel, and of course Byron’s attic bedroom, where ghosts are said to linger.

Not all of the rooms are dressed, there are still areas of the house where you can take ‘timeless’, and therefore ‘season-less’ shots with the period furniture in, so that they don’t all have decorative touches to them.

As with our days at Holme Pierrepont and Papplewick, you’re able to work on tripods, you may use flash in some areas and we shall be taking our big lights with us too.

The only thing that’s missing currently is the thought of you being there, so get in touch today and finish the year with the best set of pictures ever!

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

























Course content – in brief
  • Classroom briefing with coffee and mince pies, which includes inspiration and technical know-how.
  • Two small groups working throughout the house, ensuring you get round it all and get the shots you want.
  • Learnt the art of controlling long exposures, colour balancing for indoor shots and how to create beautiful compositions.