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.
Milton Locks Nature Reserve is a wild little corner of the city of Portsmouth, where woodland meets the edge of Langstone Harbour. We'll start off exploring the copse of trees and then make our way to the harbour edge through the plants and grassland. The area has a long history of human use so the shoreline is scattered with the remains of old boats and seaweed covered old bricks and more. The nature reserve is managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust who have given us kind permission to run the workshop in their reserve.
Expect to see old woodland turning to autumn, derelict old boats, wildlife in the grass and on the plants, views over the harbour and much more.
At the nature reserve entrance, in the carpark of the Thatched House Pub at the end of Locksway Road in Milton. Parking is limited but free. The number 13 bus stops at Furze Lane just 1 minute's walk away.
Depending on the weather, outdoor walking/waterproof footwear my be required.
This walk is about 60+% wheelchair accessible dependent on the recent weather conditions. The woodland section is a raw pathway and the access from there to the shore is a little uneven. The shoreline itself is flat and firm above the high tide line.
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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.