A Chiltern Woodland Masterclass

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Event info

An on-location workshop for up to 6 participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 August.


This woodland masterclass, led by Simon Turnbull FRPS, will be hosted over three sessions; two online and one on-location.  Simon will be on location with participants, not just presenting the online sessions.

Beginning with an online session we will run through woodland photography techniques from the basics to more advanced in what can often feel like challenging chaotic conditions. Participants will explore such topics as intimate landscape photography, compositional aids, the use of light and various creative techniques to provide participants with the tools to get the most out of their woodland photography.

Part 2 will be the on-location session, held in the enchanting forest of the Ashridge Estate. With a mixture of ancient oaks, beech, silver birch and pine copses plus hidden ponds and glades there are plenty of places to explore amongst the autumn colours. The day will begin working on various camera techniques and can progress to delving into more creative in-camera tools such as multiple exposure. We will talk about scouting new locations and finding compositions as we explore the forest. The day will end taking in any sunset lighting and putting into practice all that has been learned.

The follow-up online session will be an image review from our day out, lessons learned from those images and then an editing workflow (mostly in Lightroom but touching on Photoshop) focussing on woodland photography tricks and tips. We will also discuss printing and presenting images.

Walking around the forest will be on fairly easy trails but we may want to venture off the beaten track which can sometimes get muddy. Sturdy walking boots or wellies are always the best option. Apart from a decent lunch break (and a compulsory mid-afternoon coffee & cake stop) we will be on our feet most of the day without the need to drive between locations.  While there are some mobility accessible trails around the monument, the photographic locations to be visited will not be accessible to wheelchair users.

Participants should bring a packed lunch and fluids. There is a cafe (outdoor) on site so we can stop there for a morning coffee and mid-afternoon tea and cake.

Please bring / wear:

  • Packed lunch and drinks
  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Tripod
  • Lens(es) with focal length(s) between 70mm and 200mm
  • Polarising filter if you have one
  • Spare batteries (we will be working a lot in live view)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Walking boots or wellies
  • Umbrella


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


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.  


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

Meet at The Monument itself (close to the parking).

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The Monument can’t be missed once parked-up. There is also an outdoor cafe alongside for anyone arriving early and wanting a breakfast / coffee.  There are public toilets behind the cafe which we’ll generally be fairly near to during the day and will return there for lunch.

Parking is free although donations to The National Trust are welcomed.

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.


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