Photographing Old Buildings Online Workshop

Photographing Old Buildings Online Workshop

an appreciation of textures, details, space and light

As an amateur photographer I was able to enhance my skills in a short space of time and have ended up with a splendid set of diverse images to display.

Fully Booked
22/09/2021 - 22/09/2021
Course Type: 


Introductory, General Interest, CPD, Leisure Learning
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom

£65 pp


Event details

Photographing Old Buildings Online Workshop: an appreciation of textures, details, space and light  
June - September 2021 


£65 pp 
With access to a live online group feedback discussion session on 22 September 2021, 11:00 - 13:00

This workshop is now fully booked, but we are offering an additional photography workshop which is now open for bookings.

This year we present our popular old building photography workshop in an online format. Whether you are a beginner or regular photographer, photograph for work projects or leisure, this three-step workshop is an opportunity to receive professional guidance on photographic techniques and composition using your digital SLR camera. This workshop will develop your appreciation of the space and light within old buildings and boost your confidence in photographing textures, details and features

1. You will receive access to a pre-recorded presentation by professional photographer Ralph Hodgson. Access to view this recording on demand will run from late June until the end of September 2021. Ralph’s presentation will provide inspiration, technique advice and guidance on photographing old buildings. Ralph will also discuss the independent task required to complete this workshop. 

2. For the independent workshop task, participants will be asked to use a digital SLR camera and a tripod (if you have access to one) to photograph an old building that interests them and create a mini series of photographs during the workshop timeframe.  

3. Your photographic essay will be reviewed by Ralph in a relaxed online group feedback discussion session live on 22 September 2021. This session will also be recorded for you to watch again on demand.  

Spaces on this workshop are limited to allow for small group discussion. Certificates of attendance for CPD purposes are available on request. 


This workshop is suitable for: 
· Anyone with a general interest in photographing old buildings. 

· Property managers or building conservation professionals who wish to improve the quality and composition of their photography for record keeping and reporting. 


Tutor: Ralph Hodgson, Photographer 
Ralph Hodgson is a photographer based in London. His wide-ranging professional experience ranges from portraiture and news, to documentary work for industry, government and corporate affairs and reportage for charities and NGOs. He has a long-standing interest in the heritage sector and in ancient buildings. 


Feedback from previous delegates of our photography workshop:
“As an amateur photographer I was able to enhance my skills in a short space of time and have ended up with a splendid set of diverse images to display”. 

“Ralph was a good, patient and constructive tutor”. 

“Helpful guidance and advice on composition and approaches to architectural photography”. 


Workshop prerequisites: 
· Digital SLR camera (+ tripod, if you have access to one). 

· An opportunity to photograph an old building.

· The ability to digitally transfer your workshop task (photographic essay) to the SPAB (we use for files under 2GB); 

· Access to the online presentation and group feedback session - a device, connected to the Internet, which can play audio and visual. You do not need to be on camera for the group session. To be able to contribute to the discussion you would need a microphone or be able to type your comments during the session.    

Please contact us if you would like to discuss any of these prerequisites before registering for the workshop.  

*If you require permission  - for example from the owner - to photograph your chosen old building, please obtain it before you start. Please follow any social distancing and Covid regulations local to you when you are undertaking your practical task. Access to the inside of an old building is not essential for this activity. The SPAB cannot be held responsible for any actions (by you or others) when you are photographing an old building for this workshop.


Use of your photographs: 
We have been inspired by and proud of photographs taken by previous participants in this workshop. By registering for the workshop, you consent to the SPAB displaying your activity task photographs in the live online group discussion session (which will be recorded for participants to watch on demand for a limited time), and to use of your photographs for further promotion of this workshop by the SPAB through our social media, online blog and printed magazine. Full credit will be given to the photographer. The SPAB will not use your photographs for any other purpose without your prior written consent. Please contact us if this is something you would like to discuss before registering for the workshop.  


Please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements. 


Booking Terms & Conditions


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. The SPAB remains true to its founding principles and is now the oldest and most technically expert building conservation charity in the UK, fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage. The SPAB is a membership organisation and offers training, events and expert advice, as well as publishing a quarterly Magazine, technical pamphlets and advice notes. 


Image credit:
Ralph Hodgson

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