Come and stay at Studio Faire for 7 days and learn Photography with Colin Usher and a small group of like minded budding photographers in this stunning region of South West France.

Dates: Thursday 13 September – Thursday 20 September 2018.

During this week long course you will be welcomed into our Maison de maître and given your own private double bedroom (you are also welcome to come with a partner and share the room if you like). Thursday evening will offer time for settling in and getting to know each other over a glass of our local wine.

Friday will be spent getting to know your camera by going MANUAL to shoot smarter! Colin will show you how to be more creative with your camera’s functions, both in the ‘Usher Hall’ (our designated photography studio) and the gardens of Studio Faire. You will learn how to utilise both natural and studio flash light, and be given some of Colin’s secrets for creating stunning compositions.

On Saturday, you will be taken out and about. Firstly in Nérac, to the wonderful farmer’s market, and later to the gorgeous surrounding area, so that Colin can show you how best to capture the beauty of the people, produce, architecture and landscapes.

Sunday is a day of rest… but it’s also a Patrimoine (European Heritage day) so you can spend the day visiting historic Châteaux and digesting what you have learned so far.

Monday will provide the opportunity to focus on Portrait Photography. Colin will show you how to capture portraits that are full of life, that reveal the character of your sitter, that are animated and playful, or calm and professional.

The key to completing truly outstanding photographs is post production, so Tuesday morning will focus on developing your favourite shots using Adobe Lightroom to ensure they are print-ready.

Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning will give you time to hone your skills and draw together all of the elements learned across the week with a coming together on Wednesday afternoon for constructive feedback on your progress from Colin and the rest of the group.

Photo by Colin Usher’s student, Caroline Madsen

Top – Photo by Colin Usher of Studio Faire

Photo of Colin Usher by his student, Léa Pheby

Photo by Colin Usher of Châteaux

Students should bring their own camera and ideally a laptop for post production.

The course will be personally tailored to the group’s existing technical and creative knowledge, plus your own equipment (camera and any available software).

This course is for adults and will be taught in English.

A choice of three private double bedrooms will be made available for this course. These rooms share a shower room with toilet. Accommodation is offered on a self-catering basis, with a shared kitchen providing all the basics, including self service laundry facilities.

Please do have a good look around our image galleries and find out more about your hosts our facilities & location plus before booking.

See some examples of Colin’s work here:

Photo of Artist in Residence, Karl Stern, in his studio at Studio Faire by Colin Usher

Fee (Includes self catering accommodation and all tutorials detailed above)

1 person: 7 Day Residency in double bedroom (320€) + 4 Days Photography tuition (480€) = 800€

2 sharing: 7 Day Residency in double bedroom (420€) + 4 Days Photography tuition (960€) = 1,380€ (690€ p.p.)

If you would like to come with a partner who does not want to do the course OR would like to do the course but stay elsewhere that is also an option and you will not be charged for what you don’t have!

To book a place on this course please email us by filling in the online form or call Colin on +33 (0)6 34 56 10 70

Payments and cancellations

A deposit of 50% should be paid on acceptance of your place on this course, with the final 50% to be paid at least one month before your residency begins. You will be sent further information about payment methods following your application.

Should you need to cancel, please notify us before the end of August by email or telephone. While your deposit will be forfeited, the remaining 50% of your fee will be refunded.

Photo by Colin Usher. His photography student, Léa Pheby, getting down low in Nérac

For more information or to book your place, please fill in the form

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58 Avenue Georges Clemenceau
47600 NéracFrance

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All detail & imagery are © 2018 Studio Faire, Colin Usher & Julia Douglas