Why Photography Workshops and Courses in Shropshire?

Here's why Shropshire is so good for photography courses

So why does Philip Dunn run his photography workshops and courses in Shropshire? Well, the short answer is that Shropshire is among the most beautiful and photogenic places in England – and Shropshire really is at the very heart of old England. There are no cities in this largely rural county, just a whole lot of lovely historic towns, villages and glorious countryside. That includes the spectacular Shropshire Hills, so favoured by walkers, climbers, nature lovers and landscape photographers.

One of my early assignments for The Sunday Times was to photograph a travel article on Shrewsbury in 1989. That’s when I took the black and white photograph above of the lady in the summer hat. She was walking across a footbridge over the River Severn. It was the first of many Street Photography excursions to Shrewsbury. That bridge is still there, and similar pictures are still possible today.

 

Shrewsbury has changed little - it is still a great place for photographers

A couple walk along an avenue of trees in The Quarry, Shrewsbury. The path runs alongside the River Severn and this scene can still be photographed when you come on one Philip Dunn's photography workshops and courses in Shropshire
This photograph was taken 30 years ago for The Sunday Times, it shows a couple walking beside the River Severn along an avenue of trees in The Quarry. This scene has not changed at all and can still be seen when you come on one of my photography workshops and courses in Shropshire

There's always something - or someone - worth photographing in Shropshire

black and white buildings shrewsbury
Historic black and white shops and houses in Shrewsbury
a young couple share a lunchtime picnic in the Quarry Shrewsbury
Lunch time picnic beneath the trees in Shrewsbury
An old man wearing a cloth cap sits on a park bench in Shrewsbury reading a magazine
No need to rush in Shropshire - it's a leisurely place

...and then there is Ludlow

The Feathers Hotel Ludlow Shropshire old black and white building
The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow, Shropshire - always a great subject to photograph, and always looks different as the light changes and shadows lengthen

The ancient town of Ludlow attracts visitors from all over the world. They come to see the quintessential English country market town. Its ancient streets are lined with some of the most historic and photogenic buildings in England.  Ludlow has nearly 500 listed buildings, including some of the finest examples of medieval and Tudor-style half-timbered buildings to be found anywhere. The town was described by poet Sir John Betjeman as “probably the loveliest town in England”

Several photography workshops are on the cards for Ludlow. We can photograph the town as an option when you come on a 121 photography course.

Butchers shop in Ludlow
Ludlow is famous for its small independent shops - always a great subject for photographers
Street photography outside one of the many small shops in the market town of Ludlow
Street photography is so much more simple when the shops display their goods in the street
street photography a woman walks past the entrance to the old market place in Ludlow
With so many alleys and passages, Ludlow is an ideal place to learn the art of Street Photography

...but what about landscape photography in Shropshire?

photographer with his camera on a tripod while photographing landscape in the Shropshire Hills during a photography course with Philip Dunn
This is one of my regular students, Eddie Dewhurst. He's hard at work during his 121 photography course taking pictures of the wonderful scenery in the Shropshire Hills and the Long Mynd

Landscape photographers have been coming to the splendid Shropshire Hills and the magnificent Long Mynd since photography began.

The landscape in Shropshire is as varied as it is spectacular. When the light slants across the moors and valleys of this ancient landscape, it would be impossible not to get excited about taking pictures. To ensure you enjoy the very best photography tuition, I will work alongside you at every stage. Not only that, but you’ll be taken to some wonderful locations. Shropshire really is a wonderful training ground for photographers.

Come and join me for any of my photography workshops and courses in Shropshire. I’ll show you the very best of this beautiful English county.

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