Photography Break – The New Forest

From £529 pp


3 days

Small Group up to 5 People

What you'll do

Explore the magical New Forest in the autumn, capturing ancient woodland to open heathland, lakes, rivers and coastal scenery to an abundance of wildlife - it offers something for everyone. This 2 night photography break will allow you to capture the best of autumn, led by a professional photographer & tour leader on this small group tour.

This 2 night photography break has been carefully crafted by a professional photographer and experienced tour leader so that you experience the very best that the New Forest has to offer.

Whether you’re a beginner or simply need new perspectives for your inspiration, each day is packed with new sights and subjects on excursions chosen to give even a seasoned traveler something new to discover.

During the  hours of hands-on tuition, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot on foot both in the forest in misty mornings and sunsets, and have plenty of diverse views of water, land, and ancient buildings to bring something new to your collection, improving your skills to capture images perfectly.

Your photography tutor, Pat, will also bring along some extra tools for the trade if you would like to try something new. Bear in mind there is no editing on this holiday; you are encouraged to see new things daily in a new way and vastly improve your shots and enjoy your time in this stunning area.

You’ll stay in the Woodlands Lodge Hotel right on the edge of the forest, carefully chosen for its comfort, modern facilities and lovely gardens to stroll.


3-star hotel accommodation with onsite Hunter's Restaurant.

1 to 1 hands-on expert tuition and guidance.

Includes a day in the forest and the Georgian market town of Lymington.

Mary & Pat

Your Local Host:

Mary & Pat

Mary and Pat have been running their photography holidays for the last couple of years now…

Your holiday host, Mary
– Mary has worked in travel for the past 20 years and has hosted groups for many different companies
– She is extremely detail oriented and hands-on to ensure everything runs like clockwork so h.. Read More

Experience Itinerary


– Meet in the hotel at 3.00 p.m. for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by a short walk and some late afternoon photography.
– Join up later for a welcome drink in the bar and dinner in the hotel.


– Enjoy a full day of photography exploring the different landscapes and capturing the abundance of colour in the forest.
– During the day we will view the forest vistas from high points in the north west, as well as getting deep into the forest, walking among the trees, finding hidden lakes, exploring the open heathland and, hopefully, encountering the wildlife.


– Explore the Georgian market town of Lymington during the morning, taking in its pretty, narrow streets and harbour filled with fishing boats and yachts.
– From there, you’ll stroll along the Solent Way coastal footpath enjoying views of the Needles and the Isle of Wight on one side and the saltmarsh nature reserve on the other.
– Both days will begin, weather permitting, with the opportunity to get out early and enjoy the dawn light, taking either sunrises or morning mists in the forest.

Location Info

Your hosts have chosen a stunning 3-star hotel for your stay, just on the edge of the forest surrounded by park land. The hotel acts as the perfect base for the New Forest with comfortable modern bedrooms and an onsite bar and restaurant.

  • 2 night's single occupancy accommodation in the Woodlands Lodge Hotel, Bartley
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3-course dinner in the hotel on the first evening
  • Photographic itinerary (see above)
  • All transport to photography locations
  • 1-2-1 tuition and advice from our experienced photography tutor, Pat Simmons


– Suitable for all photographers from beginners to advanced
– Please bring a DSLR/SLR camera, point and shoot camera with manual controls or a smartphone with at least 5 megapixels and a xenon flash
– Minimum age 18 (under may attend if accompanied by an adult)
– There is also some equipment available to borrow on request (subject to availability)

– This break runs on 6-8 November, 2020,  for 2 nights / 3 days

– Rules of composition (and when not to use them)
– Confidence and your own eye for details and subjects of interest
– Using exposure and ISO to best effect
– About using ‘depth of field’ to focus on your subject
– How to master whichever type of camera you own (including phones), and to utilise their essential modes and functions to the best of your ability
– Landscape, wildlife, portrait, architecture, and close-up photography techniques

– A smartphone with at least 5 megapixels and a xenon flash (anything less will give a poor image quality)
– Phone charger
– A DSLR/SLR camera or a point and shoot camera with manual controls (If you are using a camera that does not allow you to change lenses, then an optical zoom of at least x10 will be useful)
– CF or SD memory cards with sufficient capacity for the number of photographs you might take
– Spare batteries for your camera
– A battery charger and a European plug converter
– A camera bag, large enough to hold all the equipment you need (don’t forget to check your airline’s size restrictions for carry-on luggage)
– Rain covers for your camera and camera bag (bin liners work well for this purpose)

Useful additional extras
– A tripod, useful if you have a long, heavy telephoto lens or want to shoot long landscape/night time exposures but not necessary if you have a small camera which is easy to handhold
– A laptop/tablet for downloading, storing and sharing images (a card reader is an easy way to download images; I use a dual slot Lexar USB card reader – it accepts both SD and CF cards)
– If you have a lot of images and a small laptop memory you might also want to bring a storage device, either a USB stick with a large memory or a portable backup device
DSLR/SLR users may also wish to bring
– A general purpose lens, ranging between 28-100 mm
– A telephoto lens, ranging somewhere between 70-400mm
– In addition, these lenses may be useful: a wide angle lens e.g. 17-40mm (good for wide landscapes) and a macro lens (good for close-up plant and insect photography)

*Please note: your tutor, Pat will have a spare Canon EOS 6D body and a range of canon lenses (17-40mm, 100m macro and 100-400mm mk 1) and a tripod if you would like to work with any of these

– Your accommodation for your holiday week has been chosen so there is an abundance of great views, natural beauty, an onsite restaurant and small villages to explore during your free time
– This hotel is dog friendly
– Your host would be more than happy to help you plan out a good hike, cultural points of interest, or transportation to make the most of your free time

Photography Break – The New Forest