Welcome to this vibrant and inclusive community Mixed Ability Social Photography Event! This gathering celebrates the joy of photography and the power of creativity while embracing individuals of all skill levels and abilities.
At this event, we believe that photography is an art form that knows no boundaries. Whether you’re a seasoned professional, an aspiring enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys capturing beautiful moments, this is the perfect space for you to connect, learn, and share your passion with others.
Striving to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone feels comfortable expressing themselves through the lens of their camera. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with a high-end DSLR, a smartphone, or anything in between – all equipment is embraced and celebrated equally.
One of the unique aspects of this event is the emphasis on mixed ability. I firmly believe that everyone has something valuable to offer, regardless of their level of expertise. Whether you’re an experienced photographer eager to share your knowledge, a beginner seeking guidance, or someone who simply enjoys observing and appreciating the art of photography, you’ll find a place in this diverse community.
This Mixed Ability Social Photography Event is not just about taking photos; it’s about fostering a sense of belonging and encouraging personal growth within a supportive and non-judgmental space. By coming together and engaging with fellow photographers, you’ll have the chance to expand your horizons, learn new skills, and gain inspiration from the vibrant tapestry of experiences that each individual brings.
So whether you’re an amateur looking to refine your technique, professional seeking fresh perspectives, or someone who simply enjoys the beauty of photography, we invite you to join us on most Fridays at my Mixed Ability Social Photography Event. Come as you are, with your camera in hand and an open mind, and let’s capture the world together through our unique lenses.
WHY JOIN MARK
Mark is an award-winning qualified photographer and educator, with over 30 years of experience as a freelance photographer and holds a Master of Art in Photography, in addition to a BA (Hons) in photography degree; amongst other media qualifications.
On first submission, Mark was awarded by his peers at the Royal Photographic Society, both Associate and Licentiate Distinctions.
Now preparing to return to university for a Doctorial in Photography. The area of research for this PhD is investigating Psychogeography and Affect Theory relating to Photography, Media and Art with the philosophical and cultural relationship of Posthumanism.
Holding £10M of public liability insurance and is a trained First Aider.
WHAT DO PAST ATTENDEES SAY ABOUT MARK AND HIS WORKSHOPS?
“My 21-year-old daughter and I recently joined a Photowalk with Mark, at Valley of Rocks. It was a very enjoyable and educational experience. There were just two others, so a total of 5 in our group. Mark provided a comfortable environment for discussing the art and science of photography. He emphasized how personal photography can be and the importance of focusing on what we find compelling. He also provided instruction on the mechanics of a good photo as to structure, camera settings and other details. He was patient, very knowledgeable and clearly loves what he does. Thanks, Mark!”
“I was looking for someone to help me understand my canon camera whilst on holiday in Minehead. I am so glad that I booked a one-to-one day out with Mark. I can’t say enough about how professional Mark is & how wonderful our day out together was. Mark instantly put me at ease and nothing was too much trouble for him to explain. Mark does this in a way that you can easily relate to in day to day scenarios. I have since joined Mark‘s Lightroom Monday group and now enjoy learning all about post production of my images.”
“I joined Mark on one of his 1 to 1 workshops “New to Photography Workshop” back in April 2019, I wanted to rejuvenate my hobby for photography, having been a member of a local camera club where if your face fits you were ok I wanted to understand more about photography and techniques, well 18 mths on having been a regular attendee on his walks and trips I feel I have learned much more from a very motivated, experienced educator and communicator.”
“Many thanks for all the help on your photography workshop in getting me away from auto settings, and understanding depth of field, rule of 3rds ect, it has been a great help in improving my photography skills and making everything even more enjoyable than I ever thought possible, Many thanks, Mark.” Mike, Taunton, Somerset
“Mark has the knack of simplifying the technical. He is always available to answer questions, even when they have been asked before.” Katrina, Minehead, Somerset
“After having owned my Nikon DSLR camera for many years and never having taken it off Auto, I decided to join Mark on one of his Full Day Camera courses. He took me through the basics and encouraged me throughout the day, by adding new skills at varying locations. By the time we had finished, I felt confident to continue learning and practising my new skills. A great day for those who need to better understand their camera. Thanks Mark.” Karen, Porlock, Somerset
“Mark has endless patience, is very encouraging and has a wealth of knowledge, he has been a great support in helping me progress my intermediate photography skills from capturing the shot to editing in Lightroom.” Joanne, Minehead, Somerset
”We had some lovely days with sun, clouds, rain and wind. Today an Exmoor photographer showed us some beautiful places on Exmoor. Thank you Mark Stothard for taking us the whole day out and giving us a lot of tips ?” Elma, Facebook, NL
“Mark’s passion for his art of photography, comes through in the warmth and professionalism he shows in all his workshops. He makes you feel welcome, relaxed and nothing is too much trouble! He simplifies instructions so that we can all understand. We all come away feeling greatly inspired and with new knowledge to become better photographers ourselves. His variety of workshops shows his broad knowledge. I particularly enjoyed the trip out onto Exmoor to photograph ponies and Highland cattle, where his enthusiasm is evident. The ambience of the smaller groups, where everyone is friendly and Mark inspires us to help each other, as well as sharing his tips and knowledge with us. I would thoroughly recommend attending any of his workshops.” Sue, Bridgwater, Somerset
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW
Maximum of 6 participants
Duration 6 – 10 hours
Unsafe weather, the narrative/location may be subject to change, a full refund, swap date or event is offered
Event Price £195
Travel to and from the location (near Bude)
Food / Refreshments
Personal and Equipment Insurance
If you have any special needs, such as accommodation or bring your non-photographic partner, just give us a call 01823 53 52 51 and we will be happy to assist you.