I am recommencing my photography workshops with applicable safety measures (see below para). We will meet on-location, as I host one day ‘Suffolk Photography Course’ workshops, as well as photography courses in London and Norwich. My photography courses, set on the beautiful ‘Suffolk Heritage Coast’, are designed to introduce and develop both beginners and intermediates to photography. Enjoyment is my key to improving photographic skills, whilst exploring and photographing some of East Anglia’s finest habitats. I have never consciously sought a style, believing more that versatility is vital and that our content should decide this. So ways of seeing, camera settings and composition become the critical factors, and it is these beliefs I will pass on. You may judge my photography through the five minute gallery above (mouse over/pause) and my qualifications to teach through the paragraph below. My next Suffolk Photography Course workshop dates and locations, as well as ‘Gift Vouchers’, can be seen below. Details of my London photography courses are also available here.
Respecting the pandemic
In order to respect current health requirements, I will message you a virtual brief, prior to our meeting on location. We may lunch outside at the local, or alternatively bring a picnic for lunch, as we retain our social distancing.
Why I am well qualified to teach
I feel very fortunate in having gained exemplary teaching experiences and have used these to structure my Suffolk Photography Courses. I have regularly lectured at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts, London), London College of Communication and Norwich University of the Arts. This, together with being commissioned by some of the UK’s most iconic organisations, has helped build and define my career. It has also been a source of inspiration for me, in developing my Italian Photography Course Holidays. Amongst many influential clients, I have been commissioned by the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Design Council, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Tourist Authority and the V&A Museum. In my early post student years, I worked for Sir Terence Conran’s design group; J. Walter Thompson agency and Chris Dorling and Peter Kindersley the precursors of ‘Dorling Kindersley‘ Publishers. My work has been shown in the International graphic publication ‘Graphis’, The ‘Designers & Art Directors’ Annual and ‘Modern Publicity’. I was elected to ‘Fellowship’ status of the ‘Chartered Society of Designers’ in the late 80’s. I have also been a member of the Chelsea Arts Club since the late 80’s. Additionally my ski coaching and Alpine guiding experiences with both adults and children, has helped develop my organisational skills. Well they all got down!
Suffolk Photography Course locations
Southwold is perhaps my most favoured Suffolk Photography Course, complete with promenade, pier, lighthouse, beach huts, harbour, expansive greens and wonderful architecture. Walberswick, the fishing village inhabited by Charles Rennie Macintosh and visited by Phillip Wilson Steer and JMW Turner. The sea ravaged village of Dunwich, a large port in medieval times, that has long since slid beneath the erosive waves. Aldeburgh, with it’s links to the arts and culture, through the notable ghost of Benjamin Britten. The lovely town of Woodbridge set slightly inland on the banks of the River Deben, with railway links to London. All are current ‘Suffolk Photography Course’ workshop locations and just occasionally I stray over the border and into Norwich Norfolk. My London photography courses are based around St Pancras, ‘Square Mile’, Millbank, Hampstead, South Kensington’s great Museums and London’s transportation.
How you’ll learn to photograph
My one day ‘Suffolk Photography Course’ includes tuition, demos and advice, to introduce and develop beginner and intermediate photographic skills. Subjects covered may range from landscapes and architecture to interiors and portraiture. And whether you use a smart phone or preferably an SLR camera, the relaxed workshop tuition will be in beautiful environments. These beginner/intermediate introductory courses, will include photographic tips for everybody wanting to improve their basic photography knowledge. My ‘Suffolk photography courses’ are tuned to developing your creative eye. How to make the ordinary extraordinary and occasionally even the ugly, beautiful. How to develop an understanding of light, when to use hard light and when soft light. Once you are developing a feel for the aesthetics, I will guide you towards taking fuller control of your camera. “I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand”, is my learning ethos.
More about my courses
The one day Suffolk photographic workshop at different locations in East Anglia, are generally planned for Saturdays and occasionally Sundays from 9am until 5pm. As I spent an idyllic childhood growing up in Walberswick near Southwold, I know the Suffolk coast very well. Dates/locations at Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Norwich in Norfolk are all listed on my booking system. The sessions are £85 per person within a maximum group of eight students. Private, social and corporate group tuition can be modelled by arrangement to a particular requirement and at a chosen location. Subjects for private courses may include Landscape, Portraiture, Architecture, and Interior photography. You may see a ‘case study’ gallery of my students at work on location in Walberswick. Please contact me to discuss any points, or if you wish to arrange a photographic course as an unusual gift. During a course I often take shots myself, some of which I may use to give examples of our working method. I also reserve the right to reproduce an image in any media, that may exemplify a photographic point.
Suffolk Photography Course Norwich
I realise this is a contradiction, but it’s my course taking a leap over the borders into Norwich, in Norfolk. I’ll also be offering ‘post production’ winter Norfolk and Suffolk photography workshops to learn to fine tune your images, file/share. These workshops will be based at the Forum, in the centre of Norwich, Norfolk from this autumn. During the winter, I will be arranging intermediate level ‘Portrait photography workshops’ as well as ‘Street photography workshops’, in Norwich. If you have any thoughts on course subjects that I am not offering, please advise me and I will consider. More on this soon. Those of you that have attended my courses, I would appreciate a few words of feedback. This is both important to my course ‘fine tuning’, as well as beneficial advice for those considering my courses. You can either post this on my ‘Rol&Blunk’ Facebook page or just email it directly to me, through ‘Contact me’, thank you. Roland Blunk
For those looking for a great occasion join me on location with my London Photography Courses
Landscape, interiors and portraiture are our potential subjects and you can read what my students have said here
Landscape photography is a great skill to learn and we search for those secrets on my Italian Photography holiday