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Emilian Belyashki by Ilian Iliev (8081941)
Emilian Belyashki by Ilian Iliev (8081941)

Cambridge camera shop Campkins is running a series of masterclasses on Sunday March 31 and the Cambridge Independent has teamed up with the store to offer our readers a discount.

Leading photographers who specialise in everything from landscapes to street photography will offer advice and insights in a series of sessions running hourly between 10am and 4pm at The University Centre in Granta Place.

At 10am, James Abbott will discuss landscape photography techniques, while at 11am Craig Jones will describe the ethical means he uses to capture breathtaking wildlife images.

At 12pm the award-winning Andrew Appleton will deliver a masterclass on performance, people and portraits, while at 2pm Ilian Iliev will discuss his varied career, which has taken him from war photography to culinary art.

In the final session at 3pm, Street Photography International co-founder Craig Reilly will explore his specialism.

Tickets are £7.50 and pre-booking is essential via www.campkinscameras.com/events. Cambridge Independent readers can save £2.50 per ticket by entering the code PMTD2019.

The line-up in full

10am James Abbott: Landscape Photography in Focus

Bluebells at Dockey Wood in the Chilterns. Image: James Abbott (8114926)
Bluebells at Dockey Wood in the Chilterns. Image: James Abbott (8114926)

James is an experienced professional photographer and journalist, a trained teacher and has previously been Deputy Editor of Practical Photography magazine. He now splits his time between freelance photography and writing, making his own beautiful images and delivering workshops and training. James is local to Cambridge but his landscape photography also takes him to more rugged locations. See how focus stacking can be used to create stunning landscape images with a depth-of-field and levels of detail not otherwise possible.


11am Craig Jones: Wildlife and Conversation Photography with Ethics

At a time when it is possible to “pay-to-play” and some less scrupulous outfits will offer clients the guarantee of certain “wildlife” images with the use of bait and artificial set-ups, Craig Jones takes a more ethical approach that is more respectful of the subjects natural habitats and habits. His use of field-craft skills, honed in the military and practised during many years photographing wildlife and training clients globally, allows him to capture breathtaking images of wild animals displaying their natural behaviour.


12pm Andrew Appleton: Performance, People and Portraits

Andrew is an award-winning photographer and trainer who began his pro career shooting theatre and dance performances. Whilst he now shoots and trains photographers across a variety of genre, he is renowned for his ability to work with light, both flash and ambient/natural, creating sublime portraits and images of people that bring the best out of the subject. Such is the success of Andrew’s approach to training, that many of his students have gone on to be award winning photographer’s themselves.


2pm Ilian Iliev: From War Photography to Culinary Art

Food photography by Ilian Iliev (8114936)
Food photography by Ilian Iliev (8114936)

With more than 30 years experience as a pro photographer, from covering wars for the press, through a commercial photography practice, to his specialism now of food photography, Ilian employs his creativity to produce exquisite pieces of culinary art. Shooting commissions and running workshops on food photography and food styling internationally, Ilian is able to offer his students extensive knowledge, experience and skill to draw upon. Let him help you create images of food that look as good as the taste.


3pm Craig Reilly: In the Moment – Shooting Street

A London-based street photographer and trainer shooting and achieving recognition internationally, Craig is also a co-founder of the worlds largest dedicated street photography platform, Street Photography International (SPi). Craig’s work and contribution to the field were recognised by Olympus for whom he is a UK ambassador. His striking images capture light, form, and colour as they intersect with moments in everyday lives and he is known for his relaxed, friendly training style.


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