Spotlight on Architecture


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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