❖ Friday 18 – Sunday 20 September 2020
❖ 3 days / 2 nights – Budock Vean Hotel
❖ Premier Residential Workshop / Retreat

Stunningly beautifull all year round.
Immerse yourself in nature and let the landscape inspire your creative self.
The Lizard Peninsula is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with equal status to National Parks.
Almost entirely surrounded by sea, the Lizard stands apart from the rest of the county.
This most Southerly area of the British Isles, remains a bastion of Cornish life.
As Autumn approaches, tourist numbers recede and the real Cornwall begins to reveal itself.
Artists, Writers and Poets continue to seek inspiration in this landscape.
Open to photographers at all levels, with no need for sophisticated equipment.
With no more than four participants at any one time, we maintain a quality learning experience.
An affable facilitator, Harry is dedicated to working alongside you to achieve your goals.
Once you arrive, Diorama Days takes care of the rest.

Diorama Days is a Corporate Supporter of The Fishermen’s Mission, pledging to donate 10% of the proceeds from this Retreat. Helping Mission Officers to be there when fishermen and their families face times of need.

The Venue
Diorama Days has partnered with the Budock Vean Hotel. The private and luxurious, 4-star, family-run Budock Vean offers an indoor pool, 9-hole golf course and spa. Set in 65 acres of sub-tropical gardens, with its own tidal creek, on the Helford River.

Cornish seafood specialties are on the restaurant’s menu which serves 4-course dinners using fresh local produce, and local musicians play every evening. The conservatory or cocktail bar is a less formal dining option.

Complimentary amenities include, WiFi Internet, Flat Screen TV & Private Parking on site.

※ From the Budock Vean Hotel we set out to explore the surrounding landscape. Harry will guide you pre-selected locations with outstanding photographic potential.

❖  Locations
Helford River, Coverack Cove, Cadgwith, Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, amongst others.

  Included in the Retreat Fee:
  • Pre-Workshop Learning Materials
  • Photography Tuition
  • Location Guidance
  • Light Refreshments
  • 2 Nights Accommodation & Breakfast
  • One Month Online Support
  • Transport in a Vintage Defender 110

Tangible Results

  • As the Retreat comes to a close, you will be able to produce consistent high quality photographs

  Bespoke Tuition includes

  • Hands-On Learning
  • Mentoring
  • One-To-One
  • Ongoing Photography Review

  Topics, adjusted to individual requirements, may include;

  • Manual Settings – Shutter Speeds, Apertures & ISO
  • Focusing Methods
  • Filters
  • Photoshop, Lightroom & Luminar
  • Photography Art & Fieldcraft


  • Budock Vean Hotel, Helford Passage, Mawnan Smith, TR11 5LG
  • Directions


  • Friday 18 September 2020  11:30 am


  • Sunday 20 September 2020  2:00 pm

Booking Fee

📷 1 Participant £675 – Single Ensuite

For two participants or double room occupancy, please contact us.

To secure your place on this Photography Retreat we require a 40% deposit.

The remainder to be paid in full by the 17 August 2020.

❖  Recommended Equipment

  • Camera, Lens, Tripod, Laptop & Accessories

  • Digital or Film camera with manual settings

❖  Clothing

  • We advise to dress for the weather
  • Layered clothing and a waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes / boots are essential

❖  Fitness Level

  • Some light to moderate walking on open moorland, nothing strenuous

❖ The Booking Fee does not include

  • Travel to / from the Venue (Transport during the Retreat is included)
  • Insurance – Participants are advised to arrange suitable personal cover
  • Personal Expenses; Mini Bar, Room Service, Laundry, Gratuities, etc
  • Meals & Beverages (apart from those indicated)

❖ Equipment Rental – Available from Diorama Days

Camera / Lenses

  • Canon 6D full frame DSLR body – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L USM, ø 77mm Prime Lens – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, ø 72mm, EF Prime – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar, ø 72mm, EF Prime – £30/day – £300 deposit
  • Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, ø 72mm, Zoom – £10/day – £100 deposit


  • Manfrotto tripod 055XDB PRO Black – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Manfrotto tripod 190X PRO Black – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Manfrotto Monopod 681B Black – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Weston Master IV light meter – £15/day – £100 deposit
  • Billingham Hadley Small Camera Bag Black – £10/day – £50 deposit
  • Hoya Circular PL Polarising Filter 72mm & 77mm – £10/day – £30 deposit
  • GOBE ND1000 Filter 77mm – £10/day – £30 deposit
  • Polaroid Intervalometer PLRTC18 3 pin connector Canon – £5/day – £10 deposit
  • Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet Small + Stylus/USB cable – £5 /day – £20 deposit

📌 Enquiries welcome Call 07412 848348


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