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Love Photography?

Come and join us! Being passionate about your photography is the only criteria needed to join us at Welshot. Regardless of whether your camera cost £100, £1,000 or £10,000 the buzz you get is always the same. The same excitement, the same thrill, the same proud feeling and most certainly the same need and desire to be able to learn how to use your camera properly to capture stunning images. That’s where we come in! We provide the fun, in the form of our photographic academy evenings, photography workshops and experience days, software courses and other events in a friendly and affordable way to help you get the best from your camera

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Our Membership Packages

Welshot Lite

£10

per month for 12 months

Our new Welshot Lite membership package is tailor-made for the budget-conscious photographer who would prefer to spread the cost of membership over 12 months. This package still gives you access to all the great benefits of being part of the Welshot community. Take a look and see how we can help you.

  • 12 month membership
  • Earn WelshotRewards and redeem them for selected events
  • 20% off all Welshot events
  • Online support via forums, Facebook groups and YouTube

Welshot

£120

The Welshot Membership Package is great value for those at the very beginning of their journey in Photography. It includes a One to One Tuition session “Learn YOUR Camera” which helps you to understand and use the basic functions of your camera. Take a look and see how we can help YOU.

  • 1 x Academy Evening Coupon
  • 1 x 4hr 1:1 Tuition – Learn Your Camera
  • 1 x £50 Off a Full Day Event
  • 20% Off ALL Welshot Events
  • 12 Months Membership







 

Welshot Plus

£160

The Welshot PLUS Membership Package is the BEST value for the Photographer, (in our opinion) – from a One to One “Learn Basic Studio Lighting” Tuition session to a Full One Day Workshop/Event – this is the package that will help you make the most of what Welshot has to offer. Take a look to see how we can help YOU.

  • 1 x Academy Evening Coupon
  • 1 x 4hr 1:1 Tuition – Learn Basic Studio Lighting
  • 1 x Full Day Event
  • 1 x £50 Off a Full Day Event
  • 20% Off ALL Welshot Events
  • 12 Months Membership

Your Next FOUR Welshot Events...

From Academy Evenings to Full Day Workshops, from Mini-Modules to WelshotReward Days – the Welshot Photographic Academy has something Everyone – If you love Landscape/Seascape, Macro/Close-Up, Street & Documentary, Portraiture or Action Photography – we do it all – making sure those who have a passion for photography can be part of our fun, friendly, affordable and non-competitive community. 

Post Processing – Adobe Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and Serif Affinity
Saturday 11 July @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Chester Crowne Plaza Hotel – Chester
Portmeirion in Summer – Colours, Shapes & Textures – Photographic Mini Module & Masterclass
Sunday 19 July @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Portmeirion, Penrhyndeudraeth
Welshot Does… Editorial Edge Manchester – Themed Photo-Shoot with Models
Sunday 6 September @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester
Post Processing – Adobe Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom and Serif Affinity
Saturday 26 September @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Chester Crowne Plaza Hotel – Chester

Academy Evenings

Welshot Photographic Academy Evenings are “The” best way for you to see what Welshot does and how we can help you with your photography. They are friendly, affordable, non-competitive, hands-on, practical sessions.  Starting at 6.30pm, finishing at 10.00pm, you get to learn a thing or three, create some WOW photos, build your portfolio and make new friends all while having fun trying out a new photographic skill and technique.  We feed you too – Chips included.  

Ellesmere Port
Chester
Roving
Anglesey

Welshot Rewards

Welshot Reward Days are something a little bit different – not like your normal “Rewards Scheme” Welshot rewards Academy Members for “Doing Stuff” rather than spending money.  This we believe makes it fair for Everyone – all Members have the same opportunity and are on a level playing field and earning points does not come down to how much money you spend. From writing a blog, entering a forum challenge, supplying us with an image from a Welshot event or just even because we feel like rewarding our Members – it really is as easy as that to let those Welshot Rewards build up.

Member Of the Month

Name: Victoria Smith

Location: Flintshire

Camera system(s): Sony A7 & A57 and Panasonic GX7

I’ve had a camera in my hand ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper, with my earliest photographic memory being at my sister’s wedding (aged 3 ½) and picked up to look down the female wedding photographer’s medium format camera. At the age of 10, I got my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, which took 126 cassette film and flash cubes. Four years later, I got my first “real” camera, a Praktica MTL5 with Pentacon 50mm f1.8; Dad was getting fed up of me “borrowing” his Pentax! Also, I was due on a school trip to Switzerland and Dad wasn’t letting me go with his camera. As it happened, I hadn’t loaded the film properly so I didn’t get a single picture from my trip. It was a lesson learned and I’m happy to report that I’ve never had that problem since. However, forgetting batteries and memory cards is another story!

I’m currently shooting with Sony and Panasonic, APS-C, full frame and MFT (I guess I’m just a system tart!) I have a variety of lenses, both modern and vintage, that span a focal range from 5.6mm to 500mm.

I enjoy shooting patterns, whether they be in nature or otherwise; close-up/macro, odd corners and bits of things, that’s what appeals to me. I’ve recently started getting up early to explore low light cityscapes and I get great pleasure being out when it’s quiet and there’s no-one else around.

I’ve always had difficulties in shooting anything that has the capacity to talk back to me. As well as people, I’ve also struggled with using flash; I’ve nearly always owned one but never been successful nor happy in using it, which is one of the reasons that brought me to Welshot.

I joined Welshot at its 10th Anniversary open day in Chester with the desire to do something different to my usual fare – you can easily stagnate over 40 years. The chance to attend themed events with a clear goal really appealed to me, to do things that I couldn’t have or wouldn’t know how to set up on my own. Letting someone else take the strain so to speak feels like a great idea!

Since joining, I’ve covered pretty much everything – still-life, action, creative, low light, cityscapes, landscapes, street photography, and I’ve even [take a deep breath] shot people – real, live, talking-back people!

Another element of my photography that Welshot has helped enormously with is post processing, which I’d previously never felt was my thing. Now, when I shoot, I’m specifically thinking about what I’m capturing and whether I’m shooting for colour or mono, which is a skill in itself.

Apart from photography, the thing that ticks my boxes is Doctor Who. I used to have a Tardis on my desk that I kept my business cards in and ‘Im Indoors even took me to the Doctor Who exhibition in Cardiff for my 50th birthday; that makes him a keeper in my books! I’ve also acquired a “midlife crisis” MX5 and enjoy being out and about with the roof down, even in winter.

Next up for me is food photography but be warned – when I attend, I’m going to go without lunch and even though I don’t have a dog, I’m taking a doggy bag!

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