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Photography Workshops

22 May 2022 - 22 May 2022

Photography Workshops

22 May

As an 80-acre site with over 40 scheduled listed monuments and buildings, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is packed full of history and striking architecture. Our Photography Workshops provide an opportunity to go behind the scenes and get under the skin of the Dockyard, all through a photographic lens.

Guided by professional photographer, Louise Hubbard, you will gain access to some of the restricted, behind the scenes areas of the Historic Dockyard, from Victorian buildings to Historic Warships. Subject to availability, areas will include the Cock Loft – a 1/4 mile open attic to the Ropery; the Spinning Room full of old spinning equipment, with lots of opportunity to photograph many unusual gadgets; and the Tarred Yarn Store with its unique white-washed wooden walls.

The tour will also take in other areas of the site which the public don’t often discover on a general visit.

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. Throughout the sessions. Louise will guide you to the best photographic locations and provide advice on composition and camera settings, including:

  1. How to frame an image by getting creative with composition and depth of field.
  2. What ISO, Aperture and shutter speed settings to use.
  3. How to further manipulate exposure on both DSLR and phone based cameras.


The Photography Workshops are suitable for any make/model of camera from DSLR to smartphone, all we ask is it that it’s in good working order with a fully charged battery. You should know how to change the basic settings on your camera, such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed.  Does not matter if you don’t know what to set them to. With a mobile phone, know your settings menu.

DSLR Camera menus and function buttons vary considerably between models.  It can take up a fair bit of time for Louise to familiarise herself with a camera she has not seen before and it’s generally not fair on other participants to hold up the workshop.  If you are not aware of how to change the settings mentioned above in manual mode on your DSLR we would strongly recommend that you book a 1 to 1 session with Louise prior to booking the workshop.

You will need to be over the age of 18 and be able to manage steps as there is no lift access to some locations, particularly the Ropery attic.

Spaces are limited (small group size of 10) and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

Sample Locations

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 dependent.

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.

About Louise

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. 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 she had previously achieved with 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.

Louise loves to pass on her own knowledge and 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.

What's included in the experience?

The Photography Workshop is £100 per person, which includes:

  • Guided workshop facilitated by a professional photographer
  • £10.00 lunch voucher to use in the Mess Deck Restaurant
  • Behind the scenes access to a number of locations on site

The small print

  • The Photography Workshop is for over 18s only (for safeguarding purposes)
  • The workshop will consist of stairs and uneven surfaces, if you do have any mobility issues please let our team know in advance.
  • You must wear safe comfortable footwear, and outdoors attire for all weather conditions.
  • Upon booking, we ask that you state what camera you are bringing and your experience in photography so the photographer can know in advance your skill set.
  • Those attending the workshop must follow the photographer’s instructions.
  • You must not move any collection/historical object.
  • You must not take photos of any collections in the galleries.
  • You must never photograph visitors of the Dockyard without their consent.

Photos by Louise E Hubbard

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