Photograph Stourhead Landscape Garden in autumn

One day workshop - October 30th - £125

Described by the journals of the day when it first opened in the 1740's as ‘a living work of art’, Stourhead, in Wiltshire,
is one of the finest classical landscape gardens in the world.

Now owned by the National Trust, this world famous garden was created between 1741 and 1780 by Henry Hoare II, primarily as a place to entertain. The River Stour was dammed to form the great lake and around this he laid out a landscape designed to entrance visitors with its stunning views and pleasurable walks. As it developed, classical features were added around the lake such as temples, grotto's, a bridge and more. Today, it is still essentially the same as Henry’s vision and sees over 350,000 annual visitors who come to enjoy the garden as Henry envisaged it.

With it's lakeside paths which meander through a backdrop of rare and exotic trees, Stourhead is a joy to visit any time of the year, but particularly during the autumn months when the trees provide a magnificent display of colour. Central to this inspirational landscape is a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, follies and mystical grottoes and at many points around the garden you can view both the lake and the woodland.

There are many opportunities to catch reflections of the trees and temples and the numerous breathtaking vistas from around the garden are inspirational. While at one moment the famous grand Pantheon may catch your eye, next it might be the trees on the island bathed in light or the Temple of Apollo, which draws your gaze. From the Pantheon there are views across the lake to the Palladian bridge and the Temple of Flora as well as the parish church of St Peter’s which is set against a backdrop of trees.

Processing many examples of tree and exotic plant species, Stourhead with its stunning views combined with the spectacular autumn colours, offers you as a photographer, every opportunity to develop your photographic skills in a breathtaking setting.

What’s included?
Photographic tuition and demonstrations, morning coffee and entrance to the garden.

What isn't included?
* Transport to and from Stourhead.
* Insurance - please ensure that your insure your photographic equipment.
* Lunch - please bring a packed lunch or alternatively you may purchase something from the on site cafe.

Who is the workshop aimed at?
This workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography so photographers of all levels of experience are welcome. We will take you through the entire process of landscape photography, covering composition, 'finding' and visualising the image, camera settings, exposure, focusing and depth of field. You will receive practical and technical advice, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field.

Photographic equipment recommended
Compact digital, bridge or SLR camera with ideally both wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod and a cable/remote release. Whilst not essential, you may also benefit from bringing a polariser, and a graduated filter/s however before buying any equipment, or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email for more information.

If you would like to book a place on the workshop, first please read the Terms and conditions. By making payment you will be entering into a contract with Sarah Howard Photography/Image Seen and will be bound by these conditions. Next, please download the booking form below and complete and return it by post to the address stated as we will need it for our records. Please note that if you are using Firefox as your email browser you may have problems downloading this pdf in which case please email and I will send you one by email.

Booking Form

A deposit of £60 is required to secure your place. Payment is preferred by by cheque or online banking - please refer to the booking form for details.