James Kerwin Photographic

Woolton Hall Architecture Workshop


(FROM 0830AM until DARK)

Woolton Hall - Architecture Workshop

This is a 1-day workshop where we will get a full day photographing inside the long disused and grade 1 listed Woolton Hall in Liverpool, England.

My 1-day workshops are aimed at any level of photographer who is looking to improve their photography. The key aim of our time together is to have fun and enjoy being on location, and to leave feeling inspired and armed with new skills to take your work to the next level.

(Please note that there is no accommodation included with this workshop)

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I believe that if you want to improve your photography you need to be in the right environment and in a group of like-minded people. that is what my workshops are about - getting together with passionate photographers.

On this workshop I take you on a walk through disused Woolton Hall, with the owner providing us with a brief overview of the history before we proceed to capture the halls many photographic highlights.

I will talk you through what equipment I use, as well as discuss some key elements to producing great images in low-light conditions:   

  • Composition

  • Light

  • Subject

  • Challenges

  • Timing

  • Post processing tips.

As we wander through the derelict rooms, I will also explain some of the more technical aspects of architectural photography.  I will focus on understanding your camera and its settings, whilst and the importance of a tripod. I will guide you through any of the challenges that we face throughout the day and I’ll be on hand to talk about any areas on which you may like guidance. Typical areas that I cover are composition (such as 1-point vs 2-point perspective), camera settings and the use of a good quality tripod.

I think that getting the image correct in camera at the time of shoot is an important habit, and helps you spend less time sat at a computer and more time out in the field improving your photography, and of course that is the bit that we all love.

At the end of the day we look through some of the images that we have taken together so that you can understand how to get the most out of your images through post processing techniques and tricks.


Woolton Hall is a former country house located in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, England. Woolton Hall was originally built in 1704 for the Molyneux family; Robert Adams carried out extensive reworking later in the 18th Century. Throughout its 300 year history the building was the residence of a number of notable figures, including the Earl of Sefton and Liverpool shipowner Frederick Richards Leyland.

During the latter part of the 20th century the building went through a number of uses, eventually becoming a school in the 1950s, but later it became abandoned and there were plans for its demolition. However, following a successful campaign the hall is now protected as a Grade I listed hall. Images copyright of Empty Spaces UK



  • Maximum group size of 8 photographers.

  • Meeting other like-minded people.

  • Visit a Grade 1 listed and derelict hall.

  • Dedicated time to slow down and think more carefully about taking fewer but technically better images.

  • Time with me to talk about your photography.

  • Some time talking about post processing.

  • Lunch included.


  • A better understanding of composition and how to find unique angles in tight spaces.

  • An understanding of light and how it can impact on the mood.

  • Understanding why it is important to slow down and think carefully about taking fewer but technically better images.

  • An understanding of how to effectively get the most out of your image in post processing with Lightroom.

  • Inspiration and great images!


What is included?

Full details will be sent out via email once you have booked onto the workshop.

  • A full day of photography discussion, tutorials and image making. (We meet at 0830am and finish at dark).

  • A pre-photography walk around the location with the owner, who provides some brief history.

  • All the photographs are yours to keep and publish.

  • Lunch and drinks provided by local caterers (We take 45 minutes for a lunch break).

  • My photography tuition and guidance.

  • Loan of a tripod if required (let me know before the workshop).

Notes - Food is included in the price of this workshop. No photography insurance is included in the price of the workshop.


  • Warm clothing - it might be very cold inside the building, especially early in the day before our heaters kick in!

  • Warm boots or shoes

  • Camera (obviously) and plenty of spare batteries.

  • A wide angle lens.

  • A sturdy tripod 

  • Manual for your camera

  • Phone

  • Snacks

  • Water