In a world where there are YouTube videos showing you how to do almost everything, there is still nothing quite like leaving the computer behind and learning by experience in the middle of a stunning landscape.
When you feel the wind on your face; when your senses are charged by the elements around you; when you gaze up into the night sky at the light of a hundred billion stars; when you are deeply and profoundly moved simply by being in that moment in that place - that's where inspiration comes from to take a good photo.
And that's the essence of my workshops: they help you experience the landscape and the night sky more fully, so that you come to know them better, and photograph them more powerfully.
Don't be afraid of the dark
A guide to astrophotography
Experience the night sky in all its glory on the Causeway Coast as we venture into the deepest of darkness by the Atlantic Ocean. This workshop teaches you how to use your camera in low light, and shows you the various astro projects you can have a go at. But most fundamentally it's about helping you discover something of the charm and beauty of the night sky, and why you would even want to bother leaving the comfort of a warm, cosy sofa to venture out into the depths of a cold starlight night...
Read more about our workshop experience here.
beyond the wall
Mourne Mountain Photography Workshops
Photographic tours of the Mourne mountains in collaboration with Ryan Simpson Photography and Stephen Wallace of Hibernia Landscapes. I run two of these workshops:
Winter workshop up Doan with Stephen Wallace
Summer workshop up Slievenaglogh with Ryan Simpson
If you have never been into the heart of Northern Ireland’s most glorious mountain range and are determined to change that - or if you’d like to see how we see the Mournes to improve your mountain photography composition - then these workshops are for you. The summit we’ve picked are accessible if you’re not used to mountain hiking, yet rewarding as they will take you into the heart of the mountains.
North Coast photography workshop
Based around the wonderful setting of Ballintoy, this workshop allows you to discover the art of finding compositions in coastal areas. From the sweeping lines of the Secret Beach, to the harbour made famous by Game of Thrones, to the glorious challenge of finding order in the busy chaos at Elephant Rock, there is no better place to learn than here.
The Endless Twilight
Mid-summer's astro photography workshop
Experience the never ending twilight glow of midsummer, when the temperatures are balmy, when the sky stays golden and sometimes the beautiful noctilucent clouds come out to play! This is a leisurely workshop, as should be the case in the midst of the summer, when we have lots of time to enjoy the setting sun and the endless twilight glow. We even manage to fit in a post processing tutorial on a picnic bench at the Causeway Coast in the wee small hours of the night!
One to one workshops
If you are interested in arranging a one to one workshop with me, please contact me. These can be tailored to a wide range of topics, including:
seascapes and coastal photography
mountain photography (Mournes and Cavehill)
urban night photography
post processing (how to process images in Lightroom and Photoshop)
These can be technical workshops showing you how to use your camera if you're new or not sure how to get the best from your camera. Or they can be focusing more on the artistry of photography, helping you to be able to see the world as a landscape photographer.
Prices start from £149 for 4 hours
Dates - flexible
Class size - just you (although a second non-photographer is welcome to join you free of charge, if you would like some company)
Photography mentoring programme
Perhaps you are interested in more than a one off workshop. Perhaps you would like someone to mentor you in your photography journey. To be able to guide you over a longer period of time, setting goals, helping you reflect on your progress, giving constructive feedback to help develop your skills and artistry.
If so, then my Mentoring Programme is for you. Drawing on over a quarter of a century as a teacher, I am able to help you grow and develop as a practitioner. Using coaching skills, my goal is to help you deepen your own understanding and develop your own photographic vision.
This programme is still in the early stages of planning, but if you are interested in registering interest, email me and I'll keep you updated on future developments.