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Fleet Air Arm Aviation Photography Workshop 2024

The Darren Harbar Photography workshops are designed to help clients get more from their DSLR, Mirrorless or CSC cameras. They are not really suited to compact camera users, as you need a camera that allows manual control of shutter and aperture. As a basic rule of thumb, if your camera has interchangeable lenses, then it’s likely to be what you need for a workshop.

The specialist themes attract a wide range of photographers, but each workshop always covers the basics of how to use the camera settings. For some this is an escape from using auto settings, and for others it’s a useful refresher of the basics. Each workshop includes an initial theory session before the rest of the day is used for practical instruction. Lunch is always provided at the chosen venue, and there’s a great deal of unique opportunities organised during the workshop that will ensure you have plenty of value for money.

This workshop is hosted by the wonderful Shuttleworth Collection with its timeless grass airfield providing superb photographic opportunities. Your day starts with a theory presentation on how best to use your camera settings. This is followed by some time in the hangars where you get to practice some photography with more challenging lighting and learn how to manage the camera settings in a museum environment. After lunch, you’ll head onto the airfield where you’ll get further instruction on how to photograph a WWII classic aircraft in a very natural setting and there will be period Fleet Air Arm dressed re-enactors on site to pose for some portraits. The last part of the day is more challenging as you learn the technique of photographing a moving subject above you in the sky. The day covers the most likely scenarios you’ll wish to picture an aircraft and will leave you set to tackle the next airshow with confidence. The event is limited to 22 people, which ensures it remains a personal day, and allows everyone to get the access they desire.

About Darren Harbar Photography

Darren has been running photography days for many years, and has a great reputation for his training workshops and specialist subject days. Having worked as the editor of Which Digital Camera and as the test and technique editor on Practical Photography before setting up his own business seven years ago, Darren is well equipped to run these days.

He has the ability to delve into a variety of camera brands menu’s to help his clients realise the potential of their cameras, which can be a critical factor. His training style has been described as ‘cutting through the jargon’ and one client once stated that every camera club should have a Darren Harbar on hand! Darren takes time to help each client on his event days and can target specific needs, be they entry level or more advanced questions. He also wants to ensure you enjoy your day and get the best possible value for money.

This event is one of many that Darren either runs himself, or through partner organisations. Please visit the events page on the website for details of other aviation photography days and training workshops at various UK locations. Darren also runs birds of prey workshops along with one-to-one training days in Bedfordshire.

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All aircraft are subject to change if serviceability or weather effects their appearance.

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What to Expect

What to expect:

  • Theory session on camera skills/settings
  • Practical session on low light photography
  • Practical session on static aircraft photography
  • Practical re-enactor session with Sea Hurricane aircraft for portraits
  • Practical flying subject for action images
  • Arrival tea/coffee and lunch included

Who’s it for:

  • Any photographer who wants to learn how best to use a DSLR, Mirrorless or CSC camera out of auto modes and be more creative. The workshop caters from beginners through to enthusiasts.

What you’ll need:

  • A camera that offers removable lenses and manual control – Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR), Mirrorless or Compact System Camera (CSC).
  • Sufficient battery power to keep your camera running all day
  • Memory cards with sufficient space to capture lots of images
  • Suitable clothing to be on a grass airfield

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