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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

£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. 

Street Photography & Low Light, Long Exposures at the Christmas Markets – Chester Mini Module with Masterclass
Saturday 14 December @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Chester Crowne Plaza Hotel – Chester
Shoot the Night Sky with Lewis Speight – Snowdonia Mini Module with Masterclass
Saturday 11 January 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cwm Idwal
Welshot Photographic Academy - Learn Your Camera at the Llanberis Slate Museum in North Wales
Creative Photography with Welshot & Lewis Speight – Photographic Mini Module & Masterclass
Sunday 12 January 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
National Slate Museum – Llanberis
Photograph of Autonomy Dance Crew taken at a Welshot Photographic Event - Learn How To Use Your Camera - Photographic Lighting Techniques.
Dance Portraiture – Ellesmere Port Photographic Academy Evening
Tuesday 14 January 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Holiday Inn – Ellesmere Port

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: Stephen Bell

Location: Cheshire

Camera system(s): Fuji X-T20 and NIkon D810

I currently run two systems, one being a Fujifilm X-T20 and 3 lenses that occupy just half of a modest backpack. The standard 'pro' zoom, 18-55mm (27-82mm equivalent) is superb; the Fuji X system punches above its weight for sure. Sometimes the 24MP just isn't enough pixel count so I call on my 36MP full frame Nikon D810. It’s big by some standards today given how many smaller good quality mirrorless sensors there are out there but when it was released, it was a benchmark camera. I'd love to upgrade to a Nikon D850 but having taken earlier than planned retirement from my local authority career, that will have to wait until I achieve my aim of establishing a late second career as a photographer! My Nikon 16-35mm f/4 spends more time on my Nikon than any other, but the Sigma Art 50mm is soooo sharp, I love finding the opportunity to use that.

I’m not a purist when it comes to any particular photographic genre but I enjoy taking landscape with some architecture thrown in.

Since I joined Welshot, I believe that my photography across all fields has improved as a result of trying out different approaches, subjects and situations. An awful lot of landscape photography is tripod driven, small f/8 to f/16 aperture and some consideration of shutter speeds. Night shoots with high iso, wide open lenses and cold conditions - my word, you have to work hard! Still life work in a studio setting, working with moving models and dancers… that’s all challenging and it makes your photography brain work harder and gets you to know your camera better for sure!

If I could offer one piece of advice to anybody thinking about joining Welshot, it would be to JOIN! And for the reasons expressed above, challenge yourself to try different ways of working. The cross-pollination of your technical skills will help you be the best you can be.

One day, I'm going to learn how to do street photography, and where better an environment than Welshot is there to learn a new photographic discipline? That’s a skill that would be useful on the streets of Barcelona, a city I would love to visit. But I'd also like to return to Venice, Washington and Pompeii because I'm sure I could get better shots now.

I have always admired Ansel Adams’ work since I started out as an art teacher but it was only when I saw some prints that he had actually made - rather than reprints - that I was bowled over by the luminosity of his prints. If I win the lottery, I shall have one!

I'm a bit of a perfectionist and will chase a vision of an image through both Lightroom and Photoshop so when I'm not taking photographs, I'm often working on them extensively. Aside from that, I became a father late in life and although my 8-year-old is often the reason I cannot be out photographing as much as I would wish. It’s an extraordinary adventure I am so pleased to have but family time is something I treasure. I've also been very interested in HiFi in the past and have a good system to listen to my 1300 CDs through.

As a dream photoshoot, I’d love the run of a historic building and its grounds, such as a National Trust property. However, it’s not possible to set up your tripod or achieve the best angles as a general visitor. Working for the NT would be lovely but I haven't seen any openings and believe me, I've looked!

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