Creative Projects with your Camera in the Shropshire Hills

Macro Photographer in action
Interests: Photography Holidays

You have a wealth of cracking photographs but will they ever get shared and enjoyed? Be guided through the process of creating a high quality picture book for your coffee table, a presentation to impress your local club, a calendar to give to friends or even your own website. You will be walking up to 2 miles (3km) on some days. A basic knowledge of using a digital camera and laptop computer are essential.

Holiday Highlights

  • Find out how to bring your images to life
  • Create your own picture book, presentation, calendar or website
  • Spend most of the day indoors, with the photography leader’s expert guidance on hand

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Longmynd House

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Digital camera 
  • Memory card
  • Battery and charger
  • Your camera’s instruction manual
  • Laptop (Windows or Apple/Mac, preferably with a recent operating system, Windows 10 or Apple mac OS Mojave)
  • Memory stick or CD for storing images

Optional camera accessories:

  • Spare memory cards
  • Spare camera battery
  • Spare camera (you never know)
  • Small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example

Although all of the creative projects will be demonstrated, it will not be feasible for guests to complete all project options during the holiday; therefore it will save time if your computer is preloaded with the necessary software for either a: Presentation, Picture Book, Website or Calendar. If you haven’t decided then feel free to download software for more than one and make your choice once on the holiday. Some software is free and some is available as a trial version with a time limit so it may be best to download these nearer to the holiday.

All Projects

For all projects the full version of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (currently 15) is recommended. The latter can be downloaded from the Adobe website as a 30-day trial. Adobe Lightroom is an option, but not essential.

Download at http://www.photoshop.com

Presentations

PowerPoint for presentations is a standard programme on Microsoft Office, so you may already have the necessary software. There are alternatives, such as Proshow Gold.

Download PowerPoint at https://products.office.com/en/try

Download Proshow Gold at http://www.photodex.com/proshow/gold

See one of Derek Forss’ productions at https://youtu.be/WR_iAbV2vE8

Picture Books

Blurb software for a book can be downloaded free from the Blurb website. It is not time limited.

Download Booksmart or Bookwright at http://www.blurb.co.uk/bookmaking-tools

See one of Derek's

my books at http://www.blurb.co.uk/books/5415690-london-s-countryside-discovering-the-unexpected-in

Websites

There are several website authoring packages, some are free, others like Adobe Muse available on subscription that includes web hosting.

Download Adobe Muse at http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/muse.html

See Derek Forss’ website at www.derekforss.com

Calendars

For a calendar consider Vistaprint. Wi-Fi connection essential.

Go to Vistaprint at http://www.vistaprint.co.uk

There are many other alternatives, the above are suggestions. If you are already familiar with other software packages, please bring them along and Derek will be pleased to offer support and guidance. Similarly if you already have a completed project (e.g. a calendar or a picture book), please bring this along with you to share with the group.

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