Photography Workshops With Maria Falconer FRPS & Prof. Paul Hill MBE

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Maria is a commercial photographer who specializes in performing arts images. She also holds an MA in Photographic Studies, is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has been published in The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.

Together, Maria and Paul offer contemporary photography workshops. Designed to inspire and educate, these workshops will develop both your creative seeing and your technical abilities.

"First Class course! Excellent tuition, friendly tutors and great group!" Graham Bridgeman-Clarke

"Paul and Maria make a really great team!" Dilys Evans

"Great photography, great teaching and a bunch of very nice people. Paul and Maria really know how to impart information in a sympathetic and memorable way"Ian Jeffries

"Absolutely Brilliant - Learned more in a week than a whole year on my university course!" Jane - Lakes workshop

"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly

"Loved the workshop - very inspirational, can't wait to come back for another one!" Kat Morgan

"Great two days, learned so much! Both Paul and Maria are inspiring teachers" Sue Willoughby

"A dream team: Paul and Maria are perfectly complimentary and allow their very different work to inspire rather than impress, although of course it does that too. Their sympathetic but incisive critiques are especially helpful and transformative. What a fabulous experience." Jennifer Simmonds

Performing for the Camera! - One day workshop - Nottingham - 2017!

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Digital Camera Magazine feature on Maria's Performance Photography - Dec 2016

Unless you live somewhere in a dark hole, you can't possibly have missed the recent explosion of dance on our streets, cinemas, theatres and TVs! Dance has taken the UK - and the rest of the world - by storm! From Ballroom to Ballet, Strictly to Street Dance, everyone is up and moving!

But this new craze isn't easy to photograph. Production shots, location shoots, choreography, direction, improvisation and collaboration - what's it all about?
The world of dance photography can be both bewildering and fascinating, hard work and fun!
But we can show you the steps - if you're up for the challenge?

On this one day workshop Maria Falconer and Paul Hill will introduce you not only to the technical aspects of shooting dance, but much more importantly - the creative ones.

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The Workshop

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It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants. And if you are new to dance photography, Maria and Paul will guide you through the day.

The workshop will be packed with exercises and advice, designed to help you create interesting unique images.

You will work with trained dancers in the dance studio, on location and also in the theatre.

Everything that you need will be on hand, so that you can really get involved and enjoy the experience.

The Location

The day will include short talks, demos and a series of technical
and creative exercises around the following topics;

  • Directing / collaborating with dancers
  • Theatre lighting
  • How to anticipate movement
  • Camera angles and vantage points
  • Colour, costume and backgrounds
  • Using the light to your advantage
  • ISO, Shutter speeds, Aperture and all that jazz
  • How to get beyond the cliches
  • Experimentation and creativity
  • Workflow
  • Basic location lighting

The workshop will take place at Dance4's beautiful and prestigious new Centre for Choreography in Nottingham's Creative Quarter. It's easily accessible by bus, train and car - full access details here

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The Tutors

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Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds an MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
In 2016 Maria exhibited her work at an international Dance Festival in Bruges. She was delighted to discover that one of her images was used to advertise the event

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote in 2015:

An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography ... and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something."

But don't just take our word for it ...

Here are just a few comments from previous workshops...

"Just wonderful. Such a pleasant experience in a truly magical environment. Everyone walks away rejuvenated and a with a new outlook on photography" Beverly Orr

"I would highly recommend the workshop and both Paul and Maria who are a fantastic team. An amazing experience and group of people to have fun with and learn from." Gerry Atkinson

"Really made me think about what I was photographing. An excellent forum in which to experiment and play with image making." Michael Whitehouse

"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah

"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee

"I really enjoyed last weekend's workshop. I have never done anything like that before and I was a little apprehensive, but yourself and Paul together with the other participants made for a relaxing atmosphere, even if you did test the grey matter!" Brian Richards


The workshop takes place on Sunday April 23rd from 10am to 5 pm at Dance4's International Centre for Choreography, Space 2, Dakeyne Street, Nottingham, NG32AR.

Cost £120

Price includes all tuition, but you will need to bring / buy lunch.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

This course is now fully booked

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So, come and join us for a unique creative experience, make pictures that you have never seen before, and improve your technical skills and creative vision!

Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, meet other photographers, and make some new pictures!

If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887), or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.

"Everything about the workshop I found to be an entirely positive experience" Peter Evans

"The balance of listening, learning and doing is just right and adapted to the skills of the participants" Mark Wheeler

"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins

"Great to spend the weekend with like minded people, led by the inspirational Paul and Maria, Thanks." Heather Nelson

"I knew that I would be inspired to look at things differently, and this turned out to be true and positive. Thank you both." Paul Child

"Supportive advice in a friendly atmosphere." Paul Hollin

"Relaxed, friendly group. Relaxed, friendly and inspiring teachers. Comfortable accommodation and superb food. Learned a lot and would not hesitate to recommend to photographers at all levels" Jennifer Roberts

"Learning how to create a story with photographs has transformed my seeing eye" Jeanette Thompson