Photography Courses & Workshops Ireland | Gareth McCormack

Photography Courses & Workshops

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.

  • small groups and friendly atmosphere
  • an experienced, professional mentor
  • explore beautiful natural landscapes
  • learn new creative and technical skills
  • share experiences, build confidence
  • find answers to all your photography questions

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Forthcoming Workshops

Landscape photography workshops Ireland

Ireland: Wild Achill Island
May 2017

Explore one of the wildest photo locations on Ireland's west coast, staying for three days over the May bank holiday weekend.

Achill: Learn More

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Ireland: Explore Sligo & Mayo
September 2017

Join us for a weekend workshop based around the stunning coastline of west Sligo and north Mayo.

Sligo & Mayo: Learn More

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Ireland: Causeway Coast, Antrim
September 2017

This three-day workshop explores Antrim's unique Causeway Coast, including the World Heritage site of the Giant's Causeway.

Causeway Coast: Learn More

About the Workshops


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.

Field Trips

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 Seminars

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.

Small, Friendly Groups

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.

Learn from a Professional

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.

What to Bring

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.

Workshop Topics

The exact content of each photography workshop is dictated by the needs of the participants, but general topics include:

  • Equipment choices - using different lenses, filters and accessories
  • Composition - understanding the rules and when to ignore them, increasing foreground interest and reducing clutter
  • Researching your location - take the luck out of making great images by identifying optimal time and weather conditions
  • Express yourself - the importance of connecting with your subject
  • Painting with light - how your camera interprets colour and contrast
  • Depth of field - why it is important in landscape photography and how to control it
  • Shooting technique - choosing stability or controlled blur
  • Manual exposure - F stops and shutter speed explained
  • ISO - exploring aperture and shutter priority
  • Shooting RAW - how to expose for optimal tone
  • Histograms - a tool to ensure the correct exposure
  • Using Photoshop - how to optimise your images and learn when less is more

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What Previous Participants Thought

"As a teacher you have that rare gift of patience with the beginner, and an ability to share the passion and amazing talent you have for landscape photography. I learned more about photography on one weekend with you than I have learned from books over the past 20 years."

F Fagan

"I picked up loads of tips and thought the course was very good and very practical. I appreciated the fact that you tailored the weekend to what we wanted to cover. I really enjoyed the night time shots!"

R Blaney

"Thank you for your time over the weekend. You put 100% into it and you really did spend time with everyone and bring them on individually, whatever their level. I'm blown away by some of the images I took, and I feel I really have come on a level."

N McIntyre

If you have any further queries about the photography workshops, please Contact Us

One-to-One Private Tuition

Would you like to organise your own Irish landscape photography workshop with Gareth? We also offer customised courses, ranging from a single day of one-to-one tuition, to a multi-day course specially tailored to a small group of family or friends. Suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced enthusiasts, the aim of this workshop is to provide personalised guidance that develops your understanding of photography and helps you take more striking photos.
  • personal instruction tailored to your specific needs
  • benefit from Gareth's undivided attention
  • learn at your own pace, at a time that suits you
  • combine outdoor shooting sessions with indoor image critique and processing tips
Photography courses and workshops Ireland