You are at the top of the page

Skip to content or footer

Start of main content

Digital Photography for Beginners

Life Through A Royal Lens

Life Through A Royal Lens

This one-day intensive workshop is aimed at those new to digital photography who are looking to make the most of their digital camera.

About the workshop

Your tutor will guide you through the various settings, modes and menus and how to use these to develop your skills. During the session, you will have full access to Hillsborough Castle's 100 acres of historical gardens. Here, you will cover the basics of composition, framing and gain useful tips and techniques on storing and sharing your photographs.

If you're spending a few days around the Castle, why not also book one of our popular Garden Workshops, where you can learn more about this idyllic setting.

Meet the tutor

Neil Hainsworth will lead this workshop and is a freelance artist and designer based in Belfast. Originally training in Dance, Neil is now a filmmaker and photographer specialising in Dance and Circus short films. He uses his background in dance to create moving camera sequences, choreographing the camera to create compelling, dynamic shots.


Saturday 22 June 2024

10:00 - 16:00 (6 hours)


Meet in the Clore Learning Centre above the Stableyard Café.

Ticketing Information

Price: £50 (members pay £40). Tickets on sale soon. Ticket price includes access to Life Through a Royal Lens.

Equipment required: Students must bring their own digital camera to the workshop (camera phones are acceptable).

Capacity: 12 persons

Separate ticket (advance booking required)

Buy Tickets


  • Exhibition
  • Things to see

Life Through a Royal Lens

A must-see exhibition documenting the British Royal Family's ever-evolving relationship with the camera over the last 200 years.

  • Until 27 October
  • In line with castle opening hours
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in combined castle tour and gardens tickets (members go free)
Learn more
  • Tours and talks
  • Events

Garden Workshops

Join our expert gardeners in workshops and explore Hillsborough Castle's historic gardens.

  • Until 14 September 2024
  • 10.30 - 12.30
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
Learn more Buy Tickets
  • Things to see

The Gardens

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

  • In line with gardens opening hours
  • Last entry one hour before closing.
  • Hillsborough Castle
  • Included in all admission tickets (members go free)
Learn more


Art at Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle has become a place in which to see amazing art

The story of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

‘The Grandest House in County Down’