Principles of Palace & Garden Photography (postponed 1 day due to rain)

Sunday, May 13, 2018 -
9:45am to 2:00pm
Changdeok-gung Palace, Huwon (aka Biwon)
40,000W for members and 50,000W for non-members
Tour Leader: 
Tom Coyner


Principles of Palace & Garden Photography


May Workshop

Date & Time: May 13, 2018, 9:45am to about noon or so 
                       We will end the Huwon session about noon or so.  You are welcome 
                       to stick with Tom to photograph the outer palace grounds in the
Meetup Time & Place9:15am at main entrance entrance to Changdeok-gung palace 
                                     Do not buy palace/garden entrance tickets at ticket booth. 
                                     We will buy entrance tickets from our guide, Ms. Kim, Kyeong Hui, who will be waiting for us by the main entrance with pre-purchased tickets (W8,000 per person).
                                     (Tom's phone: 010-9099-6195)

Venue: At Changdeok-gung Palace, 3 blocks east of Anguk Station, Exit 3*

Please bring/wear:  Tripod (optional, but strongly recommended), camera and/or smartphone, good walking shoes, water.

One of the workshop sites in Huwon within Changdeok-gung

Irregularly, Changdeokgung Palace suspends its mandatory guided tours of Korea's most exquisite traditional garden, Huwon (aka Biwon or 'Secret Garden').  During these brief times, visitors may optionally visit these protected gems as individuals, without being herded by a guide as part of a guided tour.  Unless one has special permission, most people are denied the opportunity to visit - and to photograph - these amazing gardens at their own pace.

Working with volunteer guides, we have been able to establish a time to visit these wonderful gardens and to photograph at our leisure some of the best that Korea has to offer.  

While this tour is meant for serious photographers, we welcome all RAS-KB members and their friends to join us.  Tom Coyner will provide study materials beforehand to those people who register. Prepaid registered people will receive by email a guide on the basics of landscape/temple/palace photography.  During the workshop, Tom will demonstrate and tutor participants how to get the best possible photographs and memories from visiting like places.

Accordingly, Tom strongly suggests that people bring tripods, if only to slow photographers so as to carefully consider and compose their remarkable photographs.  (You may be surprised how much sharper your resulting photographs - even taken during daytime - will be by using a tripod.)  On the other hand, if you don't have a tripod - or only have a smartphone, Tom will coach you on how to take even better photographs.  All that he asks is that your register and prepay the tour, so that you will have the opportunity to review Tom's study materials that will serve you well during this tour and in the future.

Finally, as always, Tom's urges participants to become familiar with their cameras and/or smartphone apps beforehand.  That means, at the minimum, bringing along the camera manual and/or download the digital version of the manual on to one's smartphone.  If one does not know what Tom means when he exclaims, "RTFM!", you will know quite well by the end of this workshop.  Tom's workshops are fun, but they always have a serious intent in upgrading everyone's photography skills.

Sign up today to enjoy a relaxing and education morning in one of Korea's most beautiful locations.

      Study Materials will include:
  • Equipment, Settings, etc.
  • Filters and Lenses
  • Outdoor Accessories
  • Selecting a Location
  • Landscape & Palace Composition
  • Capturing a Landscape/Palace Settings
  • Light at ‘High Noon’ and Filters
  • Panoramas
  • The Landscape Photographer’s Catechism
From Gyeongbokgung (Orange Line 3), take Exit 3, go straight and walk three blocks.  The ticket office will be at the left of the front gate. Since we will be doing a fair amount of hiking, good walking or hiking shoes are recommended.  Again, experienced photographers are encouraged to bring their tripods - if only for the purpose to slow down when composing their photos as well as to experiment with longer exposures.  Inexperienced photographers are most welcome to just show up with only their smartphones or other cameras!

Tom Coyner has seriously been photographing since 1967 and has been published since 1979 in books, newspapers, magazines, etc.  For the past five years, he has been conducting RASKB photography workshops. For the past six years, he has been a commercial photographer while working in a studio in Chungmuro and now works on the slopes of Inwangsan mountain, above the Blue House.

RSVPsre required to allow prior study of emailed study materials before the workshop date.  
Please reserve your place online up by clicking here.
Please pay in cash upon arrival, regardless of what the online entrollment form requires.  Questions & additional info: Tom at 010-9099-6195.


Contact Us

Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch
Room 611, Korean Christian Building, Daehak-ro 19 (Yeonji-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03129
[03129] 서울시 종로구 대학로 19 (연지동) 한국기독교회관 611호

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