Itchenor, Chichester Harbour


Saturday 23rd March 2024


10:00am to 12:00pm



Wander the Coastline of Nautical Itchenor on Chichester Harbour

This is an all skill levels photography workshop along the shoreline of the sailing village of Itchenor, on Chichester Harbour. This is a much asked for return to Itchenor for Photo Walkshops, after really successful ones in 2016 and 2017.

We’ll be starting off outside the harbour office where we will cross down to the shore. The mix of small boats and the moving tide will allow for layered views and if we can get to them lots of details and textures on the boats themselves. We will skirt the waterline where it meets the shote, looking over the harbour channel for different compositions as boats come and go. Then on to the pontoon, taking us off the shore to the water. 

We will then head back to the shore and take the shore path past the working boat house and saltmarsh through to the boat yard. This area with it’s slipway is packed with photography inspiration, with leading lines, natural frames, nautical details and so much more. If time allows (it flies by at this location due to so much being in such a small place) we will continue the path following the harbour channel as it leads to the sea.

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 all things sailing and life on the water plus nature on the shore and so 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 uneven 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

Outside the Chichester Harbour Conservancy harbour office. The main carpark is down a left turn before The Ship pub as you travel through the village to the shore. The carpark is less than 5 minutes walk away from the meeting point and is pay and display.

Nearest bus stop is outside The Ship pub a minutes walk away, route 150.

Chichester train station is about 20 minutes taxi drive away.


List of the course tutors

Paul Gonella