Posted February 19, 2012 by Gavin Hoey in Articles

Gatwick Aviation Workshop

Gatwick-Aviation-MuseumSome of you may know that last year I held a one day photography workshop at the Gatwick Aviation Museum in Surrey. It proved to be very popular, so much so that I’ve been asked if I’ll be repeating the workshop again this year. So I’m very excited to announce that we’ve now secured the exclusive use of the Gatwick Aviation Museum once again.

The all important date is Sunday 20th May 2012 and places will be limited to just 12 Photographers. You can find further details and booking information here

So what can you expect from this years workshop? Well like all my workshops, it’s all about having fun, learning new skills and taking LOTS of photos.

The day is split into several sections which will cover things like learning to spot the best images or even mastering new photo skills. They’ll also be plenty of time for a spot of Photoshop too.

We’ll also arrange access to several of the aircraft during the workshop, so you’ll get a unique opportunity to take lots of amazing photos inside some classic British airplanes. 

How much will it cost?
It’s just £95.00 per person, which will include all day entry into the museum, access to the planes and tea/coffee during the day. Click here to go to the booking page.

Where is the Gatwick Aviation Museum?
The museum is located in Charlwood, Surrey. Link to Google Map
If you’re traveling by car it’s a 12 minute drive after leaving the M23 at Junction 9.
If you’re traveling by train then go to either Gatwick Airport or Horley train stations and take a taxi from there.

Who will be leading the workshop?
That’ll be me (Gavin Hoey) but fortunately I won’t be alone. I’ll be assisted on the day by Steve and Steve (yes two Steve’s) who both know a thing or two about photography and are regular visitors to the Aviation Museum. All three of us will be on hand throughout the day to make sure you get all the help and advice you’ll need.
Sam (of Sams Kitchen) will also be there with a selection of tasty treats Smile

What will we be photographing?
We have the museum pretty much to ourselves for the day, so we can photograph anything that catches our eye. To get a better idea take a look at this slide show of photos taken by the photographers on last years workshop.

As you’ll see the museum really lends itself to images that have detail and texture… just my cup of tea.

What equipment do I need?
Not much really. A Digital SLR camera with a kit lens is ideal. I’d also highly recommend a sturdy tripod and plenty of memory cards/batteries. If you have a wide angle lens, telephoto lens or a macro lens then definitely bring them too. Similarly if you have a laptop and would like to process your own pictures then you’re welcome to do so.

Is the workshop weather dependant?
No we’ll be going ahead whatever the weather. Last year is was warm and sunny for the workshop, but I’ve taken great photos at the museum is all weathers.

What camera skills will I learn?
If you’ve never taken a panoramic image before then trust me, you’ll be a pano master by the time you finish the workshop . If you’ve always fancied trying your hand at HDR but have never perfected it, then this is the place to get it right. If you’ve ever been somewhere new and couldn’t figure out how to take eye catching photos, then I’ll point you in the right direction.

Will I get any free time during the day?
Yes you will. Much of the day will be planned, but they’ll be plenty of time in the afternoon for you to wonder off, do your own thing or ask questions away from the group.

Will we get to go inside the aircraft?
Most of the planes interiors are not accessible, but we can usually get inside the Sea Prince and both helicopters. The stars of the show are the two Shackleton’s, one of which has a fully fitted out interior. Space inside is very tight, so we’ll be allocating time slots so everyone can get their photos.

There you go. For more details or to book click here and I hope to see you soon.

Gavin Hoey