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Bossington Estate photo workshops

1 day photo workshops on the Bossington Estate

Join us for an exclusive nature photography workshop on a stunning private estate in the heart of the Test Valley, Hampshire.

A day of photography that will challenge your skills

With the time and guidance to hone your image-making

You'll take your nature photography to the next level

The Bossington Estate lies in the heart of Hampshire's Test Valley, with the famous River Test flowing through it. It's an idyllic setting, in an area with relatively little public access. This workshop provides exclusive access to the estate's fishing beats to photograph a beautiful chalkstream ecosystem in a wide variety of ways.

The concept of the workshop is not to direct you to "stand here, photograph that thing over there". In fact it's the opposite. It's about taking the time to notice the beauty of nature all around you and giving you the "mental toolkit" to translate that into beautiful photography. You will have types and styles of photography you already enjoy. The purpose of this day will be to help you hone those, but also encourage you to be creatively free and take the time to see and make images in a way that doesn't come naturally.

Left to our own devices we all tend to stay in our comfort zone and can end up in a bit of a rut, making the same images over and over again. This workshop will help you avoid these pitfalls (or break out of them!).

Key details

Workshop cost: £275 inc VAT per attendee

Dates: Flexible between Nov 2021 - April 2022

For more details see the "Details of the Day" tab sections below

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Why this workshop?

Time & Space

  • Exclusive access to a private estate
  • Full-day of photography in a varied ecosystem
  • Expert tuition from a local pro photographer
  • Max group size of 4 participants

Stunning location

  • Beautiful colours of nature in autumn & winter
  • The gin-clear waters of the River Test
  • Wildlife-rich environment
  • Fishing Huts available to relax & review images

Details of the day

The Bossington Estate lies just south of the village of Houghton, Hampshire. The closest towns are Stockbridge and Romsey, with Salisbury, Winchester and Andover all around a 25 minute drive away. You will be able to park your car onsite for the duration of the workshop.

The estate is famous as a world-class location for fly-fishing during the summer season. As soon as the fishing ends in October the photography season begins! The River Test running through the estate has many streams and channels, which provide a variety of subjects, backgrounds and lighting conditions for you to work with, guided by your tutor, throughout the day. For the winter 21/22 season we will be concentrating on 3 fishing beats, each with their own character. Each beat is a few hundred metres in length, meaning there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their own space, but collaborate as a group.

There will undoubtedly be opportunities to photograph wildlife as part of the day, but this is not a specific wildlife photography workshop. There are no hides on the estate and, as it is a very quiet area, the wildlife is not accustomed to people.

The workshop runs all day, from dawn to dusk, given the short winter days. Some of the best conditions for photography, with mist over the river, occur early in the morning so we like to make an early start to give you the best photographic opportunities.

A key part of the ethos of the workshop is to take things slow! There is no rush, for the winter 21/22 season we will be concentrating on 3 fishing beats, each just a short walk from each other. We'll divide the day between the three beats and there will be the chance to re-visit them so you can explore the potential of each with the light coming from different directions.

Each beat has its own small fishing hut so, in the vent of a sharp shower you'll always have somewhere to duck into to stay dry and we'll use them for drinks & lunch breaks and to recap what we've learned at the end of the day.

Our ethos is that good photography is never about the gear! So we are keen not to exclude anyone by saying you need "the latest anything". We are however keen for you to try as wide a range of image-making during the day and stretch your creative boundaries. There are 2 things that we'd consider essential to help you do this:

1. A lens (or lenses) that give you a range of focal lengths from wideangle to telephoto.

2. A tripod so that you can control camera stability. It also helps you slow down, take your time and be more considered!

Tom will bring a range of camera support gear along for the day, to show you alternative options, but it would be ideal if you had your own tripod to work with throughout the day.

The only gear we ask people not to bring are drones. We are on a private estate with a lot of over-flying birdlife and have taken the decision not to allow drones on the basis of both wildlife safety and the privacy of the landowners.

What to Wear

The majority of the day will be spent outdoors so do bring layers including a waterproof one. We will have use of fishing huts to shelter from any brief heavy downpours! The ground on the riverbank is inevitably pretty damp so wellies or water-resistant walking boots are ideal. You will likely want to kneel or even lie down on the bank to get interesting photo angles so do bear this in mind with your clothing choices.

INCLUDED:

  • Access to the estate for the whole day
  • Tution from Tom Hadley
  • On site car parking and WC facilities

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transport to/from Bossington Estate
  • Meals
  • Insurances

£275 inc VAT per participant. If you have a party of 4 you would like to book for, then please contact us with your ideal dates as additional workshops dates can be booked for this number.

Our booking process is that, on initial enquiry, we'll send you a short booking form so we have your details. On that form we'll ask you to indicate dates you would prefer. As soon as we have 4 participants we'll confirm the workshop date and ask you to make payment to confirm your spot.

Your tutor for the day

Bossington Estate photography workshops are tutored by Tom Hadley, a professional photographer born in the Test Valley and who lives right next to the estate, watching its wildlife and weather conditions every single day!

Tom has 15 years experience as a professional photographer, making nature and wildlife images in many different parts of the world. His images have been featured in numerous publications and used by nature organisations as diverse as The Snow Leopard Trust, the Rainforest Alliance and the People's Trust for Endangered Species. He's also an experienced tour leader who loves sharing ideas, techniques and the thought processes behind his photography to help your improve yours. Find out more about Tom's photography career here.

Contact us for availability and booking

Gift vouchers are available if you would like to buy a workshop place as a gift.