My Advanced Intimate Landscape Photography Course has been designed for photographers who are solely looking for tuition on the creative and compositional aspects of their photography. The course embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the smaller landscape, from traditional through to abstract, and will also appeal to non-landscape photographers who want to try a new creative challenge.
You will get the most from this course and enjoy the experience more if you already have a good understanding about the technical side of your photography and are confident using imaging software to convert your RAW files for the daily reviews.
My four-day Advanced Intimate Landscape Photography Course in Borrowdale costs £795 and this includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, three nights bed and breakfast in a comfortable room to yourself, plus unlimited email and telephone back-up after the course. The deposit is £295 and the balance is due eight weeks before the starting date.
Evening meals, packed lunches or drinks from the bar.
The course is based at the Mary Mount Hotel which is superbly positioned close to the shores of Derwent Water and in the heart of Borrowdale in the North Western Lakes. This uniquely beautiful valley close to Keswick drew these words from Alfred Wainwright: “In the author's humble submission it encloses the loveliest square mile in Lakeland - the Jaws of Borrowdale”.
The course runs over four days. We start on Monday at 4pm and finish around 4pm Thursday. If you have taken a week to visit the Lake District, this leaves you time to continue exploring this unique landscape and to put into practice what you have learned.
My Advanced Intimate Landscape Photography Course concentrates on one of the most fascinating areas of self-expressive photography. You will learn that the generic phrase “intimate landscape” is in fact open to a multitude of different and very personal interpretations and this is where one of its main attractions lies.
We’ll be slowing the whole creative process down and really exploring for the details within the larger landscape. Here you will start to realise that you have to also search within yourself if you want to achieve the undoubted potential that this form of photography has of combining nature and art.
The course begins with a relaxed portfolio review of your existing work and then continues with encouragement to adopt a project-based approach for the duration of the course. With artistic goals established, you will learn how to slow the whole photographic process down and enjoy the looking for your photographic subject as much as the actual making of the image. You will be supported throughout in developing a personal style, and as a consequence you will be fine-tuning your subject choices and gaining confidence in your composition.
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 photo essay. During the final session your newly created portfolio of images will be projected for the group to critique and enjoy.
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.
During our time together I work as hard as I can to create a unique, fun and inspiring experience, while also providing photographers with a structured framework for instruction and learning. This means you will learn as much is possible during the course and leave feeling that you have developed both your vision and the creative style of your photography significantly.
Also included in the course fee is unlimited follow-up email and telephone advice, plus a mentoring service free of charge. It's a combination that has been successful for more than 10 years, with a substantial number of photographers returning for further courses at different destinations, some for a fifth and sixth time as they look to develop their skills further.
I also have many years’ experience of teaching landscape photography courses in upland and coastal landscapes in Britain and Ireland and have 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.
The course is not nine to five. There will be opportunities to make photographs before breakfast, then after a break we enjoy a busy day full of photography and tuition followed by a relaxing evening talking all about it. This means you can learn as much as possible and leave feeling you have developed considerably as a photographer. 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.
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. The reviews are usually around the middle of the day and then we head back out again to put into practise what has been learned. Sometimes the timing changes to adapt to the changing weather.
The majority of my time out on location is spent working alongside each photographer giving tuition on a one-to-one basis. As part of that teaching process, I use my camera as a practical way of demonstrating the compositional and technical process I go through to achieve my photographs and to also illustrate a location’s potential.
The course is solely for digital photographers, so either a digital SLR or digital compact system camera with interchangeable zoom or prime lenses: wide-angle and telephoto and macro.
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.
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.
Yes, so you can convert your RAW files for the review sessions.
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.
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 photobooks, so we are always immersed in photography whatever the weather.
We'll not be climbing mountains. Most of the walks to locations are short and on the flat, although 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.
Email or phone 07795 248169 to check the place you want is still available and I will then send booking details.
We take payments through internet banking and cheques.
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Thank you for such an enjoyable course. For you to have inspired so much creativity in me despite the best efforts of the weather is nothing short of miraculous. I have discovered a whole new way of looking at my photography and can't wait to develop my technique. If I could, I would join you on another course tomorrow! Thank you once again for such a wonderful experience.
Thank you for the excellent course. I enjoyed every minute of it. I think your personal style works to perfection. I learned so much and you have really inspired me again. I am looking forward to my next course with you - if I can find a place. Now I know why they are booked up so quickly!
I have enjoyed all of your courses, but without doubt this one has been the best (so far). The locations you have found are stunning as landscapes and both interesting and challenging for photography. I enjoy your style of tuition: whatever level someone has reached you can find a helpful and friendly way to show them how to improve. But it is the atmosphere you are able to create in the courses that make them feel just like a group of friends sharing their passion for their hobby and this is the reason so many of us sign up for more.
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.