AONB photography workshops back by popular demand

Everyone is welcome to learn photography skills at a series of free fixed-point photography workshops

The Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team is inviting photography and nature enthusiasts to a series of photography workshops over the next 12 months.

 The workshops will not only give participants expert tuition in how to photograph various landscapes from a fixed point, they will also be a chance for people to have their say on how the AONB is run.

This is the second year the AONB is holding the photography workshops, which were really popular last year.

 The sessions are free, include a light lunch, and are open to everyone, not just AONB volunteers.

Emma Beaman–Green, of Cannock Chase AONB, said: “Last year’s photography workshops were really popular and we got some brilliant images from across the AONB. The photos are really important as they help us to monitor these precious landscapes over time, so we’re keen to get even more people involved in the project.

Everyone is welcome to learn the skills of how to take a beautiful fixed-point photograph at these free workshops. All you need is a digital camera and a love of the great outdoors.

This year we will be using the photographs to help illustrate key themes in our AONB Management Plan, which runs from 2009 – 2014. Now we’re half way through the plan, we will use the sessions to go through the plan, take stock of it, and using it to inform the types of photos that are taken.”

 The first-fixed point photography workshop is on 17 September 2012 from 10am to 1pm at Poplars Landfill in Cannock.

 AONB officers, Emma Beaman-Green and Anne Walker, will start the session off by taking the group through the different themes of the AONB Management Plan to get their feedback on it.

 The second part, led by professional photographer Steve Welch of Ecoimages, will focus on how to capture the different themes through the use of photography.

 The next workshop will take place on 4 October from 10am to 1pm. Led by Steve Welch, the session will focus on autumnal photography. The venue will be confirmed nearer the time.

 The following three sessions will look at winter, spring and summer photography.

 In the final session, all the photos that have been taken over the year will be gathered up so the group can reflect on how the various landscapes change over time. 

 Places are limited and need to be booked. To reserve your place on the photography workshop or to find out more, please call Cannock Chase AONB on 01785 619186 or email

 The course is free however the AONB does ask for a voluntary donation

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