Composition and the Seeing Eye – Photography Workshop with Laura Hudson Mackay

From: £45.00

SAt 1st July 2023

10.00AM to 4.00PM

Taking your photography to a new level. A basic introduction to photographic composition and the seeing eye with award winning photographer Laura Hudson Mackay.


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In this workshop your tutor Laura will help you explore how simple composition using a variety of techniques can change the way we see an image.

Workshop Programme:


  • Practical skills
  • Taking photos in the beautiful Shambellie House Grounds or inside if wet.
  • Exploring photographic opportunities

Lunch Break


  • Fun session with on screen learning.
  • Introduction to grid lines
  • Introduction to leading lines
  • What constitutes a good image



Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Laura Hudson Mackay

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Laura Hudson Mackay is a professional photographic Artist living in Dumfries and Galloway. Laura completed an Advanced Diploma in Illustrative Photography at Glasgow Metropolitan College in 2006 and a Diploma with Distinction in Art History at London Art College in 2013. Laura is a Member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Both film and digital cameras are used and Laura explores concepts including doorways into other worlds; portals, ancient buildings or natural forms, particularly stone and wood. Still life subjects include organic forms such as flowers, feathers; found objects, employing an ever-growing library of photographic textures to create otherworldly images, which enchant and mystify.

While at home during the pandemic Lockdown in Spring 2020, Laura began spending time in her home studio, adventuring into the colourful land of food and product photography under the name Lolliography. There has proven to be significant demand for this high quality work which has lead to a growing client base and resulted in the setting up of a photographic studio on Dumfries High Street.

Laura has hosted photographic walking tours in The Marrakech Medina, Morocco to both groups and individuals. She has also given demonstrations in Still Life photography in her Spring Fling Open Studio events 2015-2019


Foodelia International Food Photography Awards
Calumet Award for Illustrative Photography

Selected Exhibitions

Hush of a Shadow – Marrakech Henna Art Cafe, Marrakech Morocco
Hudson Mackay Gallery – Glasgow Fruit Market
Hudson Mackay Gallery – Glasgow Concert Hall
Bespoke Art Gallery – House for an Art Lover
Spring Fling open Art Studios – Abbots Tower 2015 -2019
Wigtown Book Festival – Artist in Residence 2017
Galloway Photographic Collective – Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

About the Day

This workshop will run from 10am until 4pm with refreshments served throughout the day including fresh coffee, teas and a light lunch.

Essential Information

Please note:

This course involves walking in the grounds and to different levels in the building and a level of physical fitness and mobility is required as some of the footpaths are on a slight slope and uneven ground. It is not suitable for wheelchairs.

The course will take place in the grounds of Shambellie House, in our digital suite and in our gallery which is only accessible up a flight of stairs.

Please note the Cancellation Policy – Shambellie House.


Kit List

Materials required:

  • Basic camera or mobile phone that you are familiar with.
  • Sim card
  • Spare Battery and Battery Charger
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Note pad and pen

If you have answered yes and would like to discuss your requirements then please get in touch.