Through Strong Island Media we have delivered photography workshops over the last 3 years to over a thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools and youth groups we’ve developed Walkshops, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from a professional photographer.
We’ve delivered dozens of these Walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey but for the first time we’re now offering them to the budding photographers in Portsmouth. We’re blessed with a visually rich and diverse city, with harbours, beaches, woodland, wildlife and lots of heritage to explore through photography. These workshops throughout the summer will take place at different locations around the city and will involve a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best out from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.
All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to an SLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop. We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Even if you just bring along your cameraphone you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.
Walkshops are 2 hours long (from 10am to 12pm) and cost £10 either in advance (booked online) or in person at the start of the workshop. Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages welcome.
Please arrive 15 minutes early so we can start the walkshop at 10am.
We will explore the beach in Eastney that sits where the entrance to Langstone Harbour meets The Solent. We'll start of meeting at the entrance to the public carpark that is next to the public slipway (see HERE) and begin explring the shoreline south to the concrete pier. We'll take photo along the pier as it juts out in to the harbour entrance before making our way down on to the beach. We'll photography under and around the pier and the other concrete structures on the low tide beach before walking down and exploring around the old fortifications.
Expect to see a busy harbour with many different types of boats, view out in to The Solent, concrete textures worn by the sea and nature, low tide beach and much more.
The entrance to the public carpark by the public slipway, which is the right hand turning on Ferry Road, past Southsea Marina on the left (as you travel out to Eastney point) and before the sailing club entrance on the right. Parking is free. The nearest bus stop is right by the turning to the carpark, route 16.
This walk is not very wheelchair accessible, with very poor surfaces and shingle beach.
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Strong Island Co
Strong Island began in 2008 as a collective of friends with the aim to actively promote the many great things that were happening in arts and culture in Southsea and Portsmouth. In the following years we've created a number of innovative and engaging community arts projects with the aim to share the passion for our city. At the start of 2012 we launched Strong Island Media, a multi discipline creative company that offers a wide variety of education and training in film & photography across the south coast.