The Engine Shed

Forthside Way, Stirling, FK8 1QZ

Stirling, Scotland, GB, FK8 1QZ

Historic Environment Scotland have been photographing Scotland’s built environment for over a hundred years, creating a huge archive of images.

Photographing architecture can take on many styles – from accurate, technical documentation to the more reflective representations of space. In this masterclass the aim is to help you develop your own creative approach to recording different types of architecture.

We’ll start the day at The Engine Shed, Historic Environment Scotland’s dedicated conservation centre where you will be introduced to the work we do, and the story behind the construction of the Engine Shed. A unique story based on a passion for traditional building skills and materials. We’ll then ‘get our eye in’ with a warm up exercise based around the architecture of the building.

The afternoon will then be continued at Stirling Castle, where we will have access to the castle and grounds. Here we will start with an in-depth look at the more technical side of architectural photography, including a demonstration of lighting techniques we use when recording in the field. You will also get the chance to really get your teeth into photographing an historic building with another practical exercise. By the end of the day our goal is that you will have created a small body of work that explores your own interpretation of the castle.

We’ll finish the day with a short, friendly critique with the opportunity to discuss the work created and answer any questions. 

Our expert photographer(s) will be on hand for the whole day, providing guidance and encouragement to help you get the most out of the day and to produce some of your best work! 

Please note: you will be required to bring your own camera with you – this can be anything, from a smartphone to DSLR and anything in between. If you have a tripod, bring that along too but it is not essential.

This event is for those 18 years and over