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You can buy gift admission tickets here on-line, and have them sent either to you or to the recipient of the admission tickets.  The current prices for gift admission tickets are:

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Courses and Workshops

 

Come and learn Photography in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens on a Saturday workshop!

How do I know what courses are on offer?

Please use the links at the bottom of the page to direct you to the current course information.

What do courses cost?

Costs for our courses vary and you will find them by using the links at the bottom of the page to direct you to the current course information. We have frozen our prices for 2014!

How long do courses last for?

The length of each course varies and you will find this information by using the links at the bottom of the page to direct you to the current course information.

How many people on a course?

We have a maximum of 12 people on a course so you can get more attention from the tutor.

Do I need to bring a camera and any equipment with me?

Our courses are aimed at specific types of camera, as per the course title and description so please ensure that you book on the right course for your camera. We recommend that you try and have a play with your camera beforehand so you can come armed with your question for the tutors! You will also need a memory card, fully charged batteries, suitable clothing and footwear. Please bring a lunch if it's an all-day Saturday workshop that you'll be attending or you may wish to purchase lunch in the on-site Pavilion Tearoom. You might also wish to bring a flask if you require a hot drink during the course. Some courses do require other specific equipment and you should double-check the current course descriptions for the requirements as requested by the course tutor.

How do I enrol for a course?

The Gardens has an on-line booking system where you can choose your course and pay for it with a credit or debit card 24 hours a day! Just click on the links at the bottom of the page which will take you to the bookings section. Pre-booking is essential as places on all courses. Sorry, but we do not send out booking confirmations due to limited staff resources.

Can I cancel or re-arrange the course that I have booked on to once I have enrolled?

If you cancel your place within 28 days of the start date of your course, then we regret to announce that we do not offer refunds. Transfers to other courses instead, are subject to the discretion of Gardens' Staff and are normally only offered in extenuating circumstances. For all other refund enquiries, the Gardens' policy is: 28 to 40 days before the course start date: 50% refund offered, over 40 days before course start date: 100% refund offered. The Gardens reserve the right to cancel any courses that do not attract enough numbers, up until a few days before the course is due to start, whereupon a full refund or transfer will be offered.

Where do the courses take place?

Courses are held in the Gardens' main building complex and please be aware that accessibility to the room is currently via a spiral staircase only. Please park on the Gardens' car park on Westbourne Road and enter the main reception area.

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Course Payment Spring 2014

Please enter the number of places you require in the appropriate box.

C109:DSLR Photography for Beginners Mar 1st to Mar 22nd
GBP 50.00
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C112:Further Steps in DSLR Photography Mar 1st to Mar 22nd
GBP 55.00
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Course Payment Summer 2014

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C107:Introduction to Digital Photography for Compact Cameras Apr 26th to May 17th
GBP 50.00
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C110:DSLR Photography for Beginners June 7th to June 28th
GBP 50.00
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C113:Further Steps in Digital Photography June 7th to June 28th
GBP 55.00
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Course Payment Autumn 2014

 

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C108:Introduction to Digital Photography for Compact Cameras Sep 27th to Oct 18th
GBP 50.00
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C111:DSLR Photography for Beginners Nov 8th to Nov 29th
GBP 50.00
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C114:Further Steps in DSLR Photography Nov 8th to Nov 29th
GBP 55.00
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Course Availability - Spring 2014

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The number in brackets at the end of each course title refers to the number of places currently remaining.

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Weekend courses on a Saturday:

C109:DSLR Photography for Beginners Mar 1st to Mar 22nd - (Full)
C112:Further Steps in DSLR Photography Mar 1st to Mar 22nd £55 (5)

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Course Availability - Summer 2014

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The number in brackets at the end of each course title refers to the number of places currently remaining.

Click the Book Now button below to go to the Course Booking page.


Weekend courses on a Saturday:

C107:Introduction to Digital Photography for Compact Cameras Apr 26th to May 17th £50 (7)
C110:DSLR Photography for Beginners June 7th to June 28th £50 (5)
C113:Further Steps in Digital Photography June 7th to June 28th £55 (10)

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The only access to the teaching rooms is via a spiral staircase.
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Course Availability - Autumn 2014

Please note:

The number in brackets at the end of each course title refers to the number of places currently remaining.

Click the Book Now button below to go to the Course Booking page.


Weekend courses on a Saturday:

C108:Introduction to Digital Photography for Compact Cameras Sep 27th to Oct 18th £50 (12)
C111:DSLR Photography for Beginners Nov 8th to Nov 29th £50 (10)
C114:Further Steps in DSLR Photography Nov 8th to Nov 29th £55 (12)

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C107:Introduction to Digital Photography for Compact Cameras Apr 26th to May 17th
£50 10:30am - 12:30pm

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806: Joanne Crook / Completed/CR / 2014-02-24 / 01527 457369
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817: Holly Harris / Completed/CR / 2014-04-09 / 07415885605

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Courses - Spring 2014

To enrol on-line and to check availability click BOOK NOW!

DSLR Photography for Beginners - David Rann 10:30am to 12:30pm. A concise, 4 week beginner's introduction to your DSLR camera. Starting with the absolute basics, you'll soon be avoiding Auto, managing your menus, and composing with confidence. You'll be shown the settings you need and the settings you should avoid, how to focus on what YOU want to focus on, working with light (ambient and flash), white balance, adjusting your exposure, choosing the right file type/size, and how to easily improve your composition. We will end the course with an overview of how to make the most of your photographs with widely available photo-editing software. This course is suitable for DSLR cameras only (and not bridge/hybrid cameras). If you're unsure about the suitability of your camera for this course, please get in touch with the tutor directly by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Starts on Saturday March 1st and ends on Saturday March 22nd 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £50

Further Steps in DSLR Photography - David Rann 1pm to 3pm. This 4 week course assumes you already have some knowledge of your DSLR’s controls and instead concentrates on developing your “eye” as well as honing your technical skills, via a short practical project to be undertaken in your own time under guidance. Choose from 5 themes to produce a final body of work. Suitable for DSLR cameras. Starts on Saturday March 1st and ends on Saturday March 22nd 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £55

 

 
Courses - Summer 2014

To enrol on-line and to check availability click BOOK NOW!

Introduction To Digital Photography for Compact Cameras - David Tunney 10.30am to 12:30pm. If you’re completely new to digital photography and you have a compact camera, then this 4 week, largely practical, beginner’s course will teach you all the basics you’ll need to take quality photographs. The tutor will show you how to better understand the menu options on your camera and help you discover which mode is best for different situations by giving you lots of practical experience in the beautiful Botanical Gardens setting. Learn how to compose better images for that ‘wow’ factor and discover how simple editing can transform and improve your photos. Suitable for compact digital cameras.

Course Overview
Work your way around your camera and become confident using each setting, plus learn about all the technical terminology.

  • Creative Composition
    By just applying some basic photography composition techniques your photographs can leap from the ordinary to simply outstanding.
  • Focus & Exposure
    Get the photos you have always hoped for by learning how to focus and expose your shots correctly using both manual and pre-set functions.
  • Professional Style Portraits
    Get great portraits in your own home and learn top tips on how to improve the lighting you have available - excellent for Facebook & your social media!
  • Abstract Still Life Art
    Produce striking still life photographs that will be good enough to hang on your wall - this will really impress your friends.
  • Achieve Excellent Holiday Photos
    Come home from your holiday with more than just memories.  The tutor will explain what to look out for and how to capture great photographs of architecture, landscapes, groups and individual portraits - make the most of family holidays.
  • Night Time Photography
    Avoid blurred landscapes and portraits as  the tutor shows you how to use night and manual modes to full effect, plus helpful tips to capture great indoor shots in low light.
  • Party Pictures
    Capture photos with atmosphere and ambiance. Get memorable images from a night out with friends if you follow a few simple tips.
  • Macro Mode
    You don't need professional equipment to get impressive close up shots.  Learn to take detailed shots of wildlife and nature with these simple techniques.
  • Photographing Children
    Capture fantastic portraits of children - top tips for the best light and locations.
  • Landscapes at Sunset
    Learn to use preset and manual settings to capture beautiful landscapes as the sunsets.  Combine this knowledge with our tips on composition to make photographs that are nothing like you have taken before.
  • Editing and Storing
    Find out how to upload, store and backup your favourite memories, plus give your images an extra boost using simple editing software.

Starts on Saturday April 26th and ends on Saturday May 17th 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £50

DSLR Photography for Beginners - David Rann 10:30am to 12:30pm. A concise, 4 week beginner's introduction to your DSLR camera. Starting with the absolute basics, you'll soon be avoiding Auto, managing your menus, and composing with confidence. You'll be shown the settings you need and the settings you should avoid, how to focus on what YOU want to focus on, working with light (ambient and flash), white balance, adjusting your exposure, choosing the right file type/size, and how to easily improve your composition. We will end the course with an overview of how to make the most of your photographs with widely available photo-editing software. This course is suitable for DSLR cameras only (and not bridge/hybrid cameras). If you're unsure about the suitability of your camera for this course, please get in touch with the tutor directly by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Starts on Saturday June 7th and ends on Saturday June 28th 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £50

Further Steps in DSLR Photography - David Rann 1pm to 3pm. This 4 week course assumes you already have some knowledge of your DSLR’s controls and instead concentrates on developing your “eye” as well as honing your technical skills, via a short practical project to be undertaken in your own time under guidance. Choose from 5 themes to produce a final body of work. Suitable for DSLR cameras. Starts on Saturday June 7th and ends on Saturday June 28th 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £55

 

 
Courses - Autumn 2014

To enrol on-line and to check availability click BOOK NOW!

Introduction To Digital Photography for Compact Cameras - David Tunney 10.30am to 12:30pm. If you’re completely new to digital photography and you have a compact camera, then this 4 week, largely practical, beginner’s course will teach you all the basics you’ll need to take quality photographs. The tutor will show you how to better understand the menu options on your camera and help you discover which mode is best for different situations by giving you lots of practical experience in the beautiful Botanical Gardens setting. Learn how to compose better images for that ‘wow’ factor and discover how simple editing can transform and improve your photos. Suitable for compact digital cameras.

Course Overview
Work your way around your camera and become confident using each setting, plus learn about all the technical terminology.

  • Creative Composition
    By just applying some basic photography composition techniques your photographs can leap from the ordinary to simply outstanding.
  • Focus & Exposure
    Get the photos you have always hoped for by learning how to focus and expose your shots correctly using both manual and pre-set functions.
  • Professional Style Portraits
    Get great portraits in your own home and learn top tips on how to improve the lighting you have available - excellent for Facebook & your social media!
  • Abstract Still Life Art
    Produce striking still life photographs that will be good enough to hang on your wall - this will really impress your friends.
  • Achieve Excellent Holiday Photos
    Come home from your holiday with more than just memories.  The tutor will explain what to look out for and how to capture great photographs of architecture, landscapes, groups and individual portraits - make the most of family holidays.
  • Night Time Photography
    Avoid blurred landscapes and portraits as  the tutor shows you how to use night and manual modes to full effect, plus helpful tips to capture great indoor shots in low light.
  • Party Pictures
    Capture photos with atmosphere and ambiance. Get memorable images from a night out with friends if you follow a few simple tips.
  • Macro Mode
    You don't need professional equipment to get impressive close up shots.  Learn to take detailed shots of wildlife and nature with these simple techniques.
  • Photographing Children
    Capture fantastic portraits of children - top tips for the best light and locations.
  • Landscapes at Sunset
    Learn to use preset and manual settings to capture beautiful landscapes as the sunsets.  Combine this knowledge with our tips on composition to make photographs that are nothing like you have taken before.
  • Editing and Storing
    Find out how to upload, store and backup your favourite memories, plus give your images an extra boost using simple editing software.

Starts on Saturday September 27th and ends on Saturday October 18th 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £50

DSLR Photography for Beginners - David Rann 10:30am to 12:30pm. A concise, 4 week beginner's introduction to your DSLR camera. Starting with the absolute basics, you'll soon be avoiding Auto, managing your menus, and composing with confidence. You'll be shown the settings you need and the settings you should avoid, how to focus on what YOU want to focus on, working with light (ambient and flash), white balance, adjusting your exposure, choosing the right file type/size, and how to easily improve your composition. We will end the course with an overview of how to make the most of your photographs with widely available photo-editing software. This course is suitable for DSLR cameras only (and not bridge/hybrid cameras). If you're unsure about the suitability of your camera for this course, please get in touch with the tutor directly by email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Starts on Saturday November 8th and ends on Saturday November 29th 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £50

Further Steps in DSLR Photography - David Rann 1pm to 3pm. This 4 week course assumes you already have some knowledge of your DSLR’s controls and instead concentrates on developing your “eye” as well as honing your technical skills, via a short practical project to be undertaken in your own time under guidance. Choose from 5 themes to produce a final body of work. Suitable for DSLR cameras. Starts on Saturday November 8th and ends on Saturday November 29th 2014. Note this course takes place in an upstairs room accessed via a spiral staircase only. Fee: £55

 

 

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