Ferry Beach, Eastney


Saturday 27th May 2023


10:00am to 12:00pm



Discover the Hidden Beach at the Entrance to Langstone Harbour

This is an all skill levels photography workshop and walk that explores a quiet and often forgotten Eastney beach, with a concrete pier and striking old concrete stuctures.

We will explore the beach in Eastney that sits where the entrance to Langstone Harbour meets The Solent. We’ll start of meeting at the entrance to the Ferry Road carpark that is next to the public slipway and begin looking along the shoreline south to the concrete pier. We’ll be looking at the passing boats and the waterline of the harbour. We’ll then move to the pier as it juts out in to the harbour entrance, looking at the textures, details, leading lines and also the rust and seaweed underneath. From there we will be making our way down on to the beach and the old sea defences. The sandy beach always has some beachcombing surprises as well as the distinctive concrete structures on the shore.

This workshop involves a leisurely 2 hour walk with fun & creative photo activities allowing you to find out much more about your camera and how to get the best out from it in the future. We’ll be looking at composition, perspectives, textures, leading lines, creating narrative and also how to take control of aperture and shutter speed.

Expect to see a busy harbour with many different types of boats, view out in to The Solent, concrete textures worn by the sea and nature, low tide beach and much more.


Who will be there?

Group size is limited to 15 per workshop. All ages very welcome, if under 16 please be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive around 15 minutes early for a prompt start for the walkshop.


What do I need to bring?

All you have to do is bring along your camera to take part. It can be anything from a digital compact through to a DSLR and if you want to shoot 35mm film, cool! If you don’t have your own camera we have a selection of digital compacts you are free to borrow for the workshop (please let us know in advance). We can even offer 35mm SLRs for you to use if you like. Many people just bring along the camera they have in their pocket everyday, their smartphone and you’ll learn loads that’ll make a big difference to your mobile photography.


What is access like?

This walk is not very wheelchair accessible, with very poor surfaces and shingle beach.


What is a walkshop?

Through Strong Island Media, professional photographer Paul Gonella has delivered photography workshops over the last 10 years to over three thousand people of all ages and abilities across the south coast. Working with partners such as Chichester Harbour Conservancy, University of Portsmouth, Making Space, Hampshire Cultural Trust plus many schools, colleges and youth groups. We 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 a professional photographer at every step.

We’ve delivered well over 100 walkshops from Worthing through to Bournemouth and as far north as Surrey and from the summer of 2015 we have run a very successful series of walkshops open to the public in and around Southsea & Portsmouth and along the coast.


Walkshops are 2 hours long and cost £15 per person either, paid either in advance online via PayPal or cash in person at the start of the workshop (please book online for both).

Please book through EventBrite online HERE or via the button below, a booking fee will be added.

Payment can be done online via PayPal or in cash on the day.


If you pay in cash on the day just pay the £15 and we’ll absorb the booking fee – it saves on the inconvenience of having all the loose change in person on the walk.

Where to Meet

The entrance to the public Ferry Road carpark by the public slipway, which is the right hand turning on Ferry Road, past Southsea Marina on the left (as you travel out to Eastney point) and before the sailing club entrance on the right.

Parking is free.

There is bus stop is right by the turning to the carpark, route 16. 

Fratton train station is about 45+ minutes walk away.


List of the course tutors

Paul Gonella