Through Strong Island Media we have delivered photography workshops over the last 4 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.
Fishbourne Meadows are just south of the historic village of Fishbourne, and are wetlands that meet the northerly tip of the Fishbourne Channel of Chichester Harbour. The area is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance with the entire western portion of the meadow designated as a ‘Scheduled Ancient Monument' as part of the Fishbourne Roman Palace site. The Meadows lie within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will explore around the old mill pond and then out to the atmospheric reed beds. We'll double back and make our way down the stream out to the main meadows, looking for wildlife and then views out over the harbour itself.
Expect to see a historic village, lots of wildlife such as birds and insects, wide reed beds that stand 7 feet tall in places, footbridges, old streams, wetlands and more.
By the old mill pond, which lies at the end of Mill Lane in Fishbourne (runs behind the Bulls Head pub). There is parking a little further up in Mill Close. Bus route 70 runs on the main A road about 2 minutes walk away from the starting point.
This walk is about 80+% wheelchair accessible, with most on even and solid paths but the last section may involve access on to the meadows.
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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. Three years ago 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.