Creative Projects with your Camera in the Shropshire Hills

Macro Photographer in action
Duration: -1 nights
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

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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.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Extensive public rooms
  • Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Central lounge
  • Three additional rooms, can be used for other purposes
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Patio
  • Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
  • Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
  • Sculpture trail

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

  • Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
  • Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
  • A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

 

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Additional Information

  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times.
  • Fire evacuation notices are displayed in the bedrooms and throughout the hotel. Each room has its own smoke sensor and fire alarm. In the event of a fire a very loud continuous alarm sounds and emergency lighting comes on. We have portable Deaf guard fire alarm system for those who are hard of hearing. This consists of a vibrating pad to go under the pillow and a bright strobe light. The Deaf guard is triggered when main alarm is activated.
  • In the case of evacuation there are fire exits in every function room, bar and restaurant as well as the main front entrance. On the first, second and third floors there are fire exits at either end of the corridors which open to an emergency fire escape stairwell.
  • Please advise reception on check in if you think you would require assistance in the event of an emergency. Door hangers are available in the rooms which can be used to indicate a need for assistance. Fire extinguishers are found throughout the building, as are fire call points. If you discover a fire please call 9-999 from your room phone, raise the alarm and alert a member of our team.

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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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