As an 80-acre site with over 40 scheduled listed monuments and buildings, the Historic Dockyard Chatham is packed full of striking architecture inside and out.
Our new workshop on Saturday 15 February provides an exclusive, first-time, opportunity to go behind the scenes and get under the skin of the dockyard’s historic architecture on a special guided photography experience. Led by experienced local photographer Louise Hubbard, you’ll learn how to capture the best architectural photographs with subjects ranging from Victorian buildings to Historic Warships.
All levels of experience and knowledge of photography are welcomed and so is any type of camera – be it a top of the range DSLR or a phone.
Please note this workshop is for over 18s only and some of the locations are only accessible by stairs.
Spaces are limited and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.
The workshop will run from 10am to 3pm. Participants will get to explore various locations, some of which are not normally accessible to the public.
Lunch is included, as well as a Dockyard day ticket to allow you to explore further after the workshop.
Explore behind the scenes in places such as The Spinning Rooms and the Tarred Yarn Store. These locations are not open to the general public and have been featured in films and TV such as Les Miserables, Call the Midwife and Sherlock Holmes.
Focus on the architecture of three Historic Warships – HMS Cavalier, HMS Gannet and HM Submarine Ocelot as well as Victorian buildings that can look like anything from a Jack the Ripper era street-scape to modern day.
Please note locations are subject to change on the day and some locations are weather dependant.
Born in Gillingham and raised in Allhallows, Louise has lived in the Medway Towns all her life.
Her interest in photography goes back to her childhood when she got her first camera at the age of 8. It was a very basic point and click automatic with cartridge film. She still has the square black & white photographs taken with it, capturing happy memories of her childhood.
Just over 10 years ago she decided to take up photography as a hobby. Her belief at the time was that anyone can be a photographer – all you needed was a decent camera. She could not have been so wrong. She bought her first DSLR and set off to Rochester to take what she thought would be some fantastic photographs of the castle. To say the results were disappointing would be somewhat of an understatement. Expecting magazine quality photographs, all she got was a dull looking castle with a white sky -no better quality than what I had previously achieved with one of those throwaway disposable cameras.
She learned that day that there was far more to photography than just owning an expensive camera and decided to embark on a Canon EOS training course, read loads of tutorials and started on her photographic journey.
Attending photographic workshops helped her to understand the key elements of photography. Composition, lighting and depth of field, whilst having fun at the same time. They helped her to build up a strong network with other photographers; many of whom have inspired and helped her to elevate her own photography to a standard she never thought would be achievable.
She now would love to pass on her own knowledge & help others who share her passion for taking a picture. In 2019 she created her own photography company, Louise E Hubbard Photography, running workshops and 1 to 1 tuition sessions. She is very honoured to have the opportunity to work alongside Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust to produce these fantastic photographic experience days.
£100 per person which includes
Please note that this workshop is for over 18s only. There are a lot of uneven surfaces, so please wear comfortable shoes. The photographer has the right to turn people away should they cause any inappropriate behaviour whilst on the workshop.
Photos by Louise E Hubbard