CREDIT: Verity Milligan

Birmingham urban landscapes

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Event info

An on-location workshop for up to 6 participants led by Verity Milligan.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 September.

This will be a workshop that is all about the changing light in an urban environment. As it’s late into autumn, the sun sets around 4pm, so we’ll be making the most of the low evening light (weather dependant) in the first part of the workshop, exploring some of the marvellous juxtapositions available in the architecture that adorns Birmingham. There will be opportunities to photograph a city in flux, enjoying a renaissance ahead of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Workshop leader Verity Milligan has spent the last decade photographing the ever-changing city and knows all the best places for interesting compositions. Depending on the conditions some of the potential locations will be Cathedral Square, the Jewellery Quarter, the newly revamped Centenary Square with it’s photogenic water feature that creates majestic compositions of the Library, a building that we will also spend time photographing. As the day gives way to sunset, we’ll spend time down by the canal, taking in the gorgeous scenery of Gas Street Basin and Brindley Place. 

Cities come to life at dusk, and Birmingham is no exception. As the light fades we’ll create long exposures of the newly installed trams along Broad Street and back towards the city centre. As dark descends, the city offers up all kinds of photographic opportunities of which we will take full advantage before finishing around 7:30pm.

As this is a city environment, it is mostly very accessible but, unfortunately, the Gas Street Basin and the canal cannot be easily accessed by wheelchairs. The workshop will involve 4 to 5 miles walking.

Please wear / bring:

- your usual camera equipment to include:
  - tripod 
  - wide angle lens
  - telephoto lens
  - filters
- warm clothes
- waterproofs for yourself and your equipment
- drinks and snacks if desired.

As this workshop starts after lunch and finishes in the early evening, there is no need to bring a packed lunch lunch. An opportunity to stop at a coffee shop to refresh part way through the workshop will be available.

This will be a category C event for up to 6 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  


Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.


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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

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Cathedral Square is very close to both Snow Hill (2 mins walk) and New Street (6 mins walk) stations so participants are encouraged to arrive by public transport if possible.  Whilst there are plenty of car parks in the area they are chargeable, some are very expensive, and the Clean Air Zone fee will also be payable.

There are plenty of eating establishments around Birmingham that have toilet facilities, as well as the big shopping centres/train stations. As this is based in the city centre there will be ample opportunity to pop to the toilet if needs be.



Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


St Philip's Cathedral

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