Two groups on successive weekends. As usual the first outing in glorious early Spring sunshine, the second so dark and cheerless that we opt for Black & White and seek the shelter of the Greenwich Market instead of climbing the hill above the Old Royal Naval College. 

TECHNIQUE Going out with our students is the thing we enjoy the most - and it's what they like as well. Camera Set-up is simple, we usually work in Shutter Priority Mode and students set a working shutter of 1/250 - adjusting this up and down according to light conditions and Depth of Field preferences. At the start of the trip we set the best ISO we can and adjust this up or down as well. If it's really bright we shoot at 100 or 200 - as it gets darker or we move inside inside we may go to 800. 

We use Shutter Priority as we want to avoid camera shake and subject motion blur first of all. 

                                                                                                             Fred G

Shooting in Aperture Priority does enable students to control Depth of Field and create shallow focus - which is often desirable - but it can be dangerous as shutter speeds drop below safe values. 

More experienced students also use Exposure Compensation to adjust individual image brightness.  

   Ollie                                                                                                                         Evie H               

Millenium Bridge & St Pauls Challenge 

A fun little task as the boat speeds down river and we approach the Millenium Bridge & St Pauls. Students find a good position and shoot images quickly as the two elements of composition align.  Focusing on the Cathedral or the Bridge is their choice but they must use a wide-angle to make the shot work from underneath. There are 2 images to look for, the first as we approach with the Cathedral to the left of the leading line created by the bridge and the second - shot just after we pass beneath the bouncing tourists - with the bridge leading into the Cathedral on the right of the frame. It's a simple Leading Line as bridge pictures often are - and some of the framing uses the Rule of Thirds as well. All students managed the picture really well but Jessica Risden's works best for me - with St Paul's positioned in the centre of the frame - the bridge entering from the top left corner and a wonderful symmetry of buildings on either side. 

      Evie H                                                                                                                                 Tilly     


Ollie                                                                                                                              Mae P 

  Evie D                                                                                                               Will W 

Jessica R

Ollie P 





      Evie H                                                                                                                                Jess R                       

Arrival at Greenwich

Amber                                                                                                                                      Will W 


Jack F experiments with his new toy.

Tiana                                                                                                                                        Kelsey

Mae P                                                                                                                              Tilly 

Lie on the ground if it helps to add drama to your image. Or if you are puffed out.  

The Painted Hall " The Sistine Chapel of England "


Anna R                                                                                                                                          Tilly 


As a very small and discreet aside. The Painted Hall is also where Lord Nelson lay in state before his funeral. Dying at his moment of triumph in the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805 - a battle which secured British naval supremacy for the next 150 years - and the greatest military triumph of the whole of the British Empire.  

He arrived in Greenwich nearly 2 months after the battle - preserved in a barrel of brandy and lashed to the mainmast aboard his badly damaged flagship Victory 

  His coffin was made from the mainmast of L'Orient the French flagship destroyed at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and from Greenwich he was taken by river to St Paul's where he is buried. An incredible man - if you ever have interest to read about him. Possibly the bravest British military leader and certainly the most pompous and self important (apologies to Monty who runs a close second in the latter at least ) 

On Sunday, January 5th, and the Monday and Tuesday following, the remains of our illustrious hero, deposited and laid out in state, in the great hall at Greenwich hospital, were the object of veneration to multitudes. These crowded, from every quarter, and numbers went away unsatisfied. The arrangements of the solemnity were as follow:—In the funeral saloon, high above the corpse, a canopy of black velvet was suspended, richly festooned with gold, and the Festoons ornamented with the chelengk, or plume of triumph, presented to his Lordship by the Grand Seignior, after the ever-memorable victory of the Nile. It was also decorated with his Lordship’s coronet, and a view of the stern of the San Josef, the Spanish admiral’s ship, already quartered in his arms. On the back field, beneath the canopy, was emblazoned an escutcheon of his Lordship’s arms ; the helmet surmounted by a naval crown, and enriched with the trident and palm branch in saltier—motto, “Palmam qui meruit ferat.” Also his Lordship’s shield, ornamented with silver stars, appropriately interspersed ; with the motto—”Tria juncta in uno,” and surmounting the whole, upon a gold field, embraced by a golden wreath, was inscribed, in sable characters, the word, Trafalgar, commemorative of the proudest of his great achievements.

Glady                                                                                                                                        Ethan 

Will and Louis make the acquaintance of Sir James Thornhill who painted the Hall between 1708 and 1712. Here we see him refusing to allow Will to use his sash as a lens cleaner

Evie H

Fred                                                                                                                             Ethan

Evie D                                                                                                                                 Fred 

Mae P                                                                                                                                        Glady G


Jack F


Greenwich Market 


Evie H

Ollie P                                                                                                                                       Tilly 

We had fun and hardly looked at our phones all day (except when I got us lost in Mudchute and Jack had to rescue us with his iphone ! )   Unlike the two saddoes  below :(  

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