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Garry Brannigan Landscape Photography
Black and white landscape photography workshops with Garry Brannigan



  • Small group size: Maximum five
  • One-to-one tuition
  • Initial portfolio review
  • Project-based approach
  • Development of personal vision and style
  • Fine-tuning of composition
  • Daily image reviews and critiques
  • In-depth feedback on your photographs
  • Unlimited follow-up email and phone advice, plus mentoring service free of charge


  • November 17 - 22, 2019


  • £1,195

Who is the workshop designed for

This workshop is designed for landscape photographers with a keen interest in black and white. It embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the landscape, from traditional through to abstract.

What level of experience do I need

You will get the most from this workshop and enjoy the experience more if you already have an understanding about the technical side of your photography and use imaging software to convert your photographs to black and white.

How much does the workshop cost

The workshop is £1,195 and this includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, plus five nights bed and breakfast in a comfortable room to yourself. Unlimited email and telephone back-up afterwards is also included, as well as a mentoring service free of charge. The deposit is £495 and the balance is due eight weeks before the starting date.

What’s not included

Evening meals, packed lunches or drinks from the bar

Where is the workshop held

We are based at the Tyn-y-Coed Hotel, Capel Cruig, near Betws-y-Coed.

When does the course start and finish

We start on Sunday at 4pm and finish after breakfast on Friday.

What will I learn

The workshop embraces a wide variety of different styles and creative approaches to black and white landscape photography, from traditional through to abstract. It begins with a relaxed portfolio review of your existing work and then continues with encouragement to adopt a project-based approach. With artistic goals established, you will be supported throughout in further developing a personal style of picture making and as a consequence you will be fine-tuning your subject choices and gaining confidence in your compositions and exposure techniques.

All this is backed up by daily reviews and critiques of your photographs, with the feedback helping you to select and sequence a set of photographs that builds into a personal black and white photo essay of this unique landscape to be shown to the group at the close of the workshop.

Why should I choose a Garry Brannigan workshop

The group size is never more than five photographers, whereas other courses, workshops and tours often have many more. This smaller group size means you will receive more personal tuition out on location, plus we can visit more varied locations and have more elbow room when we get there. At the location you'll not line up to take the same photograph as the people standing next to you; instead you'll be encouraged and shown how to develop your own creative style and make photographs that are unique to you.

I have many years' experience of teaching landscape photography courses in upland and coastal landscapes in Britain and Ireland and have also spent considerable time exploring and researching a large portfolio of varied locations to take photographers to. In addition to some of the well-known destinations, we'll visit other hand-picked places that are off the beaten track and carefully chosen to match the specific weather conditions at the time.

How long is each day and how much time at each location

The workshop is not nine to five. There will be opportunities to make photographs at dawn, then after a break following breakfast we enjoy a busy day full of photography and tuition followed by a relaxing evening talking all about it. Because we are not a photo-tour that rushes from one location to another, you will have the time to explore and enjoy each location's potential. We'll aim to have a minimum of two hours there and often longer.

Will my photographs be reviewed each day

Yes. It’s not easy to be objective about your own images, so one of the main ways to improve as a photographer is by putting yourself back into the position of the viewer and looking at other photographers' work.

What type of camera do I need

Either a digital SLR or digital compact system camera with interchangeable zoom or prime lenses: wide-angle and telephoto and macro.

Do I need a tripod

The course embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the landscape, from traditional on a tripod through to hand-held abstraction, so it may be that a tripod suits your style or alternatively working hand-held may be more fruitful.

Do I need a laptop

Yes. You'll need to one to select your photographs and copy them on to a memory stick to be reviewed by me and the group.

Do I need Lightroom, Photoshop or Silver Efex

Yes, so you can convert your photographs to black and white for the review sessions.

Do I need filters

Depending on your photographic style, you may need them. If so, bring a set of neutral density graduated filters. Additional solid neutral density filters and the Big and Little Stoppers also offer significant creative options. A polariser can be useful.

What happens if the weather is bad

We still head out in the wind and rain, often with me uttering: "There's no such thing as bad light, just an inflexible photographer." Some of my favourite photographs are the ones that I had to craft because of the difficult weather conditions. However, after ten years of working in Britain's upland and coastal landscapes I know there will be periods when we just cannot get out, so our time indoors will be put to good use reviewing photographs, working on composition and looking at software techniques. I also bring along a wide selection of black and white photobooks, so we are always immersed in photography whatever the weather.

How fit do I need to be

Most of the walks to locations are short and mostly on the flat. Some of the places we visit are away from the main paths and sometimes this means the terrain will be uneven or boggy and occasionally uphill.

How do I book

Email or phone 07795 248169 to check the place you want is still available and I will then send booking details.

How can I pay

Internet banking or cheques.

Where do we stay

http://www.tyn-y-coed.co.uk (off site link)

What do others think of Garry’s courses

I learned more on this course than all the magazine articles I have read and other courses I have attended, put together. The time you are prepared to spend with people out on location working with them one-to-one made it great value for money.
Greg Smart

Thank you so much for your patience and support throughout the weekend. I really enjoyed every minute. I thought the course was excellent and I certainly learnt a huge amount. Many thanks again for a wonderful learning experience.
Sheila Grey

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the workshop at the weekend. It's easy to see why you have so many people who return on subsequent courses! The big positives for me were the support you gave all of us and then your ability to gently guide and give feedback on the results in a way that was always very constructive.
Adrian Hazeldine

The course was more than value for money. If you compare similar courses and workshops, as I have, you will find that the cost of a Garry Brannigan course is one of the most reasonably priced, and having experienced other photography courses, Garry’s is by far the more superior.
Terry Waiting

I very much like there being only five photographers. I really appreciate the individual attention you give to each person and the way in which you encourage everyone's unique eye on the landscape. I also find it immensely helpful that you are prepared to say not only when an image has worked and why but also when you feel it hasn't, and why. This feedback has been invaluable in the development of my own photographic eye. I have come away from this latest course inspired and with an increased confidence in my own image making.
Barbara Sellars

I have spent my professional life either receiving or planning and delivering professional development courses; this Garry Brannigan course was probably the best. Actually, probably could be deleted from the sentence.
Peter Dorman


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