What is a Photography Walkshop?

Strong Island Media and professional photographer Paul Gonella have delivered photography workshops for the last 10 years to literally thousands of people of all ages and abilities, all across the south coast.

Working with organisations such as Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools and youth groups we’ve developed Walkshops, where rather than sitting down in a classroom you actively learn different photography skills and techniques out and about with your camera, with support from an experience professional photographer.

You can view our current walkshops and classes for details and our FAQ for more information.

All Abilities

Everyone is welcome to come along, it doesn’t matter how confident you are with your camera, from total beginner to expert, there is always lots to discover and to learn.

All Cameras

Bring your camera: anything from a digital compact through to an DSLR or Mirrorless and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! Of course smartphones are very welcome too.

Different Locations

With a professional photographer as your guide, discover new locations along the south coast or re-discover places you know well, but with a whole new perspective.

Learn Together

It is great to explore a new photography location with a group of people, bringing together different abilities, experiences and equipment. Why not bring along a friend or two?

Photo Walkshop - 51 Southsea Seafront

Learn lots of new techniques, skills and tips with a professional photographer

On the walkshops you’ll have the opportunity to discover lots of new camera techniques and skills in fun and interesting ways, these new skills and techniques you can use time and again in the future.


Try lots of new compositional techniques including Rule of Thirds, Leading Lines, Natural Framing, Layering, etc. Make your photography more engaging and discover new ways to see the world around you.


Discover new ways to see what is around you, finding new ways of capturing the location and the things you find on your walkshop. After take these news skills and techniques and try them out in your own neighbourhood or favourite places.

Take Control

Move off of automatic and take more control of your camera with an understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Use this understanding to creative effect with Depth of Field, freeze and slow down time with high speed and long exposures, paint with light & so much more.

Themes & Narratives

Explore particular creative themes (such as B&W, textures, minimalism, intentional camera movement, portraiture, etc.) and learn how to build a narrative to your images with what you include, leave out and tips on creating atmosphere.

Upcoming Walkshops and Courses

Below are the current upcoming photography walkshops and classes available for booking, click on the image to find out all the details

Taking some time out to re-design upcoming photo walks, more in-depth workshops and some online learning.

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Latest News

All the latest news about photography walkshops including new dates, photos from past workshops and much more.

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Cancelling Calshot Photo Walkshop

First, thank you for supporting me with the bookings for the Calshot photo walkshop planned for tomorrow (Saturday 16th March). Sadly, I’ve had some cancellations this week which means we would now be a very small group, and what with the long journey to get there and the question over the weather too I’ve had…

Photo Walkshop - Old Portsmouth Night

Photos from Night Photo Walkshop in Old Portsmouth Photo Walkshop

Our Old Portsmouth night photography walkshop is always popular as it normally allows us to try many different long exposure and light painting techniques…but this walkshop was different. We started off the same as usual at The Point and getting our cameras carefully set up and ready to go. We work together step by step…

Photo Walkshop - Portchester Castle

Photos from the Discover Portchester Castle on Portsmouth Harbour Photo Walkshop

A bright Saturday morning kicked off the return of Photo Walkshops to a a Portchester Castle, rich in the colours of early summer. This location is always full of opportunities for photographers with not just the castle itself but the slipway in to the harbour, the beach and the woodland areas too. We walked down…

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I owe a lot to photo walkshops, consistently improving my photography and understanding of how to get the best out of a camera. It’s led to some great experiences and opened up some exciting opportunities for me.

Also getting to hang out with other photographers and meeting some new friends along the way is always a bonus.

– Mike

Paul has a calm, friendly and approachable manner. He is a natural communicator who is able to share his enthusiasm for, and expertise and knowledge of his craft. These qualities mean he is able to engage with all ages and abilities.

– Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Thank you for hosting these regular 2 hours of getting away from the hustle and bustle of what life throws at us… what better way to get away from it all by doing a top hobby in often newly discovered environments and getting very professional photography tuition and advice mixed into the bargain? 

– Jon








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