Cornwall photography courses - Landscape photography

Godrevy lighthouse.

1 to 1 tuition - £150 per day.

My job as a workshop leader is to take you to photogenic locations, teach you how to get the best out of your equipment and hopefully inspire you through my infectious love of photography. The single biggest investment you can make to improve your photography is by spending time out on location free of all distractions. This allows you to get your eye in, tune in with the landscape and realise your creative potential. It is both the technical and the artistic aspects of photography that we spend time on, and with one to one tuition you will get plenty of help with both.

A 1 day workshop with 8 hours tuition including a sunset photo shoot is £150.

If you would like to come on a one-to-one workshop please get in touch with your preferred dates and we can take it from there. Dates can be tailored to your specific requirements, this also lets us work around the weather. If you are coming to Cornwall for a week and know you would like to come on a workshop but aren't sure of the exact date, don't worry just let me know the dates you are down for and we can work around them closer to the time. If you would like to come on a workshop with your partner the price is the same.

Included in the price is food, drinks and transport.

If you are interested in this workshop please get in touch and we can discuss available dates. All transport is provided, you are however responsible for your own insurance.

Why should you come on a photography workshop?

The single most important reason to come on a workshop is to understand how to meter properly. Forget all the clever ways that modern DSLR’s can work out the exposure for you and learn to take control of your camera properly. You decide how the image looks, something that is of immense importance especially when you are not using graduated ND filters to control the contrast. As your cameras dynamic range is not the same as the human eye sacrifices have to be made, and knowing the limitations of your camera enables you to quickly assess the light and act accordingly. Having someone clearly explain to you how to use the cameras spot meter properly has got to be worth the price of a day’s tuition in itself. Not to mention the stunning locations that we visit, the company of other photographers, and the inspiration it will give you to go out and take more photographs.

Lots of photographers run workshops why should I choose you?

Good question. Primarily I would like you to look through my websites and decide if you think that I could teach you something. Do you like my photographs? I only ever shoot in manual mode using the cameras spot meter to work out my exposure. Every single image was taken this way and I can say with certainty I understand light and how to use it. You might think,' why bother? Just let the camera do it for you'. When the light is doing something special this is the time when the camera really starts making mistakes, to capture it at it's best you need to take control and tell it what to do. As for composition there are some basic rules to help guide you in the right direction which I will explain and I will also analyze your compositions and give my opinion on what I think works and what doesn’t in your images. I will do this at the time also giving other top tips and if you have booked a residential workshop I will analyze your results in the hotel over a pint. I must stress that ultimately composition is not really something you can learn as such, although you can be pointed in the right direction. Look at the work of other good photographers and artist's, you will over time naturally get a feel for it.

One of the common complaints from photographers who have attended other company's courses that have a large group size is that the tutor doesn't spend much time with them. One client had been on a workshop with a well known photographer and over the course of the day never spoke to him once. A small group size ensures I get to spend lot's of time with you offering both expert help and guidance. You might be technically proficient but creatively stuck in a rut. I can help inspire you, and I will also make you a hot drink as we are waiting for the light...

Where will we go?

This depends on the weather conditions. Some of the controlling factors will be the size of the swell, the wind direction and where the sun rises and sets. Your personal preferences also come into it. If you have spent lots of time on West Penwith and want to explore some of the North Cornwall beaches like Sandymouth Bay or Crackington Haven we can do that instead. The point I am trying to make is that I am always flexible and will go where conditions are best. Because I live in Cornwall I have local knowledge of some amazing locations, and because I go out taking photographs all the time whether I am running a workshop or not I have explored a lot of different places looking for good photographic opportunities.

Is there a basic kit you would recommend for landscape photography?

A camera that has a built in spot meter, a wide angle lens, a set of graduated ND filters, a shutter release cable and a tripod. I would also recommend a 50mm prime lens, with Canon you can get a new f1.8 for under £100 and the superb f1.4 is £300. Don’t forget to also order a lens hood for it, frustratingly not included with the lens.

What clothing should I bring?

Waterproofs, decent footwear, a pair of wellies and clothing suited to being outside for the time of year you are coming on a workshop. My campervan is used as base camp so extra clothing and footwear can be stored in it as well as tea and coffee making facilities.

What is the best time of year to come on a workshop?

Personally I like winter, when the sun is low in the sky giving longer periods of useable light than in summer when the harsh midday sun can mean taking photographs for practice rather than for the portfolio. Having said that when the sun sets into the sea bathing the landscape in a stunning golden light it doesn’t matter what season it is, the end results the same and there is the potential for taking amazing photographs all year round.