Painters
Equipment Required

A list for painters, one for photographers, and one for everyone
A note from Jill:
I work mainly with water-colour, pencil, ink, charcoal and pastel, therefore the equipment list below is biased towards materials for water-colour and drawing. However, I have also worked with oils and acrylic paints in the past so, if you wish to come to paint in those media, just ignore the list below and bring whatever materials you want!
Sketch pad (A5)
H and 2B Pencils + pencil sharpener and putty eraser
Fine drawing pens (005) - sepia and black
Watercolours minimum selection = ultramarine, cobalt, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, burnt umber.
Watercolour paper (Bockingford 'NOT' 140 lb or similar) - size A5 and A4
Masking tape (1")
Masking fluid (not essential)
Watercolour brushes, sizes 6, 8, 12 (pointed)
Medium rigger brush
Large, flat wash brush (1")
Any other brushes you prefer
Plastic palette
Carry-bag
Photographers
A note from Pete:
We are now well into the second decade of digital photography and so that is where I concentrate my instruction. However, guests who wish to shoot film are of course still very welcome (after all, the basic principles of photography haven't changed since 1834!)

ESSENTIAL
A Nikon SB-900 speedlight is also available for hire
Digital camera of your choice. The ability to manually control your camera (i.e. a facility to over-ride automated features) would greatly enhance your experience. (We have a camera for hire if required)
The user manual for your camera!!!
Lens hood/s !  (unless your camera is a compact and can't use them)
Battery charger and sufficient batteries to make sure you do not run out of power during the day. Particularly importand for mirrorless camera users!
Sufficient memory media of the right type
We regret that we cannot be responsible for transferring guests' images to other storage media. If you wish to do this yourself you will need to bring your own laptop/tablet or other storage device. Failing that, as requested above, please ensure you have enough digital storage cards to last the whole holiday. Of course, should you run out of card space, it's a simple matter to purchase extra cards as we pass through our local town.

OPTIONAL
Lenses
For digital SLR cameras not using full frame sensors, a range of lenses 18mm to 200mm (or zoom equivalent) would be good. If you have a digital SLR with a full frame sensor, a range of lenses 28mm to 300mm, or zoom equivalent, would be good. If you also own wider and/or longer focal length lenses or zooms and have room to bring them, that would be perfect! For Nikon users, we have a range of Nikkor lenses available for hire.
Polarising and/or neutral density filters (note that polarisers will be really useful, especially for the water-lilies)
Tripod, if you prefer to use your own (but we have four here if you don't have one or don't want to bring one). If you are coming for our Advanced Photography Week and you have a remorte control, please bring it
Again, if you are coming for our Advanced Photography week and you have a separate flash unit , please bring it.
Everyone
The sun's "skin burning" power in southwest France can be pretty formidable, even on cloudy days; your hosts have even acquired a tan in February! Therefore we strongly recommend that you bring the following items with you :
Sun cream (factor 30 minimum recommended)
Sun hat (a peak or wide brim is recommended)
Sun glasses (neutral-coloured). Note: polarising lenses can affect your colour perception
Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and loose fitting lightweight trousers in addition to 'shorts and T-shirts'
If coming in May or September, a sweater or cardigan for use in late evening
Lightweight "breathable" footwear
Lightweight walking shoes (recommended but not essential) 'Trainers' or 'Running shoes' are perfectly adequate
Insect repellent
A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom
We provide to each painter the following,:
Folding travel stool / seat
Folding table
Easel
Board
Parasol
Although we dine out in restaurants, dress code in the area is very informal so 'smart casual' is  fine. However, if the ladies want to pack something more formal, that will be fine too.
Jill Fellows and Peter Evans Painting Photography Holidays in France
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