Join Gareth for a landscape photography workshop in a stunning location in Ireland or abroad. Learn new techniques, develop your creative vision, and be inspired to take your photographic skills to the next level.
Our workshops are designed for enthusiasts of all abilities. As long as you have a camera and an enthusiasm to learn, you are ready to join us for a fun and informative photography course.
Explore one of the wildest photo locations on Ireland's west coast, staying for three days over the May bank holiday weekend.
Join us for a weekend workshop based around the stunning coastline of west Sligo and north Mayo.
Preparation for the workshop begins before you arrive, with a questionnaire designed to help Gareth understand your ability as a photographer. You will also have the opportunity to highlight any issues you'd like to address during your time together, and to send him a selection of your previous images for critique during the course. Most photography workshops then begin with an indoor welcome session, when you'll discuss the trip itinerary and the key photographic points you will consider during the course. There will also be an opportunity to address any initial technical issues with camera operation before you head out.
The remainder of the photography workshop will be split between outdoor field trips and indoor instruction sessions. The exact location of the field trips will be dictated by conditions on the day, and the itineraries have been designed to encompass a range of interesting environments that provide photo opportunities in all weather conditions. In Ireland, likely locations include dramatic coastlines, mountain landscapes, scenic heritage sites and natural woodlands. Optional night-time and sunrise and sunset trips - designed to take maximum advantage of 'magic hour' light - will be included whenever conditions permit.
Indoor sessions generally take place in a communal room within your accommodation. There will be discussions of the theory behind landscape photography, including composition, lighting considerations, and planning tips to help you optimise your results. Hands-on instruction seminars include technical tutorials and image analysis. There will also be demonstrations of post-production editing techniques, including the use of Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. The aim throughout is to pass on the skills and knowledge to help you produce more striking and dramatic photos.
All our photography workshops are restricted to small groups. This allows all participants to receive lots of individual attention from Gareth, and means it doesn't take long to get to know each other. Learning is more effective in a fun, relaxed environment, and we aim to develop an overall mood of enjoyment within every workshop. We all learn by sharing experiences with others, and the friendly dynamic means everybody can progress at their own pace within an atmosphere of mutual support.
The small group size means you can spend maximum time talking to Gareth and learning from his experience. During almost two decades as a full-time, professional landscape photographer, Gareth has got himself into - and out of - a wide range of photographic situations. Whether it's tips for stopping your batteries freezing at 4000m, websites to help you chase the northern lights, or advice on publishing your photos for the first time, the odds are Gareth can pass on a few tricks of the trade to help.
Bring all your camera equipment, including any lenses, tripods and filters. Remember cables for downloading images, and if you use a laptop for processing, bring that too. Some off-road walking may be required, so we recommend that you pack your equipment in a small rucksack, and bring good footwear and warm, waterproof clothing to protect yourself in all weather conditions. Where meals are not included in the workshop, we make stops in cafés and restaurants to purchase food and snacks along the way.