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Advanced Long Exposure Landscape Photography Course



  • Five-day residential course
  • Small group size: Maximum five
  • One-to-one tuition
  • Best use of Big and Little Stoppers
  • Colour and black and white techniques
  • Fine-tuning of composition
  • Daily image reviews and critiques
  • In-depth feedback on your photographs
  • Post processing: Photoshop and Silver Efex
  • Unlimited follow-up email and phone advice, plus mentoring service free of charge


  • November 26 - 30, 2017
    One place remaining


  • £995

Who is the course designed for

This Advanced Long Exposure Photography Course has been designed for photographers who are looking for in-depth tuition in the techniques and use of filters for long exposure photography, combined with creative and compositional input. The course embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to long exposures, either in colour or black and white, from traditional through to abstract, and backs this up with tuition on post-processing using Photoshop and Silver Efex. The tuition will also appeal to non-landscape photographers who are keen to try a new creative challenge.

What level of experience do I need

If you haven’t tried long exposure photography yet, that’s not a problem as the tuition is tailored to your individual level of experience. However, to get the most from this particular course and enjoy the experience more, you will need to have an understanding for how your camera works in terms of aperture and shutter speed and the relationship between them; also about what depth of field is, plus the white balance and ISO settings. You will also need to know how to use imaging software to convert your RAW files for the daily reviews.

How much does the course cost

My five-day Advanced Long Exposure Photography Course on the Isle of Skye costs £995 and this includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, four 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.

What’s not included

Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks from the bar.

Where is the course held

We are based at Glen Sligachan and it would be hard to find a more stunning setting. Here the Cuillin Mountains provide one of the most striking and rewarding locations for landscape photography. This is a true Highland landscape that constantly changes under relentless weather systems and dramatic photographic light. We'll be staying at the Sligachan Hotel at the entrance to the glen. The hotel has been a destination for lovers of wild Highland scenery for 175 years and has remained in the same family since 1912. It has been modernised and offers good-quality, warm accommodation.

When does the course start and finish

The course runs over five days. We start on Sunday at 4pm and finish around 4pm on Thursday. If you have taken a week to visit Skye, this leaves you time to continue exploring the island and to also put into practice what you have learned.

What will I learn

This course covers both the technical and creative skills needed to make rewarding long exposure photographs. You will quickly develop a knowledge for the impact of the different strength neutral density filters, the Little, Big and Super Stoppers and then combine this with an understanding for the impact of varying shutter speeds. It can be the less long exposures, of a few seconds rather than minutes, that often create the most satisfying images and lead to prints that have a more satisfying tonal range, especially in black and white.

The time of the year means we will have plenty of opportunities to be working in low light conditions around dawn and dusk each day and Skye’s unique and dramatic landscape provides an unrivalled backdrop for this fascinating aspect of photography.

All this is backed up by daily reviews and critiques of your photographs, plus tuition on the most productive ways to convert and process your RAW images, both in Photoshop and Silver Efex if you opt for black and white.

The in-depth feedback you’ll receive on the photographs you have made out on location will help you to select and sequence a set of photographs that builds into a highly creative personal portfolio that will be projected for the group to critique and enjoy as the course draws to a close.

Why should I choose a Garry Brannigan course

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 significantly both your vision and the creative style of your photography.

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 ten 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 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 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.

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. 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.

Does Garry make his own photographs

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.

What type of camera and lenses do I need

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

Do I need a tripod

Yes, you will need a sturdy tripod for this long exposures course and a remote release. Contact me beforehand for advice on the best buys.

Do I need a laptop

Yes. You will need 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 or Photoshop or Silver Efex

Yes, so you can convert your RAW files for the review sessions and convert your images to black and white if you choose to.

Do I need filters

Yes, you will need a set of neutral density graduated filters, plus solid neutral density filters such as the Big and Little Stoppers. Contact me beforehand for advice on the best buys.

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 photobooks, so we are always immersed in photography whatever the weather.

How fit do I need to be

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.

How do I book a course

Email or phone 01748 821041 to check the place you want is still available and I will then send booking details.

How can I pay

Payments can be made using internet banking or cheques.

Where do we stay

http://www.sligachan.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 all the 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

The locations were expertly chosen. In particular, Garry's extensive knowledge and experience of Skye's weather meant that he had what seemed to be a sixth sense as to which of his portfolio of locations would work at any given time. The location of the accommodation was also one of the particular highlights. To stay in such an iconic hotel in the heart of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Britain was an absolute treat. When one considers the accommodation, the food, the travel, the expert tuition and the small-group size, this course was a comparative bargain.
Richard Waller

The course was undoubtedly value for money. This was my third and I have signed up for a fourth, which speaks for itself.
David Farrar

Thanks for yet another fantastic course. I had a great time and learned a heck of a lot. I really feel keen to get out as much as possible and make some images and this is due partially to seeing the pictures made by the rest of the group, but mostly due to your excellent and inspiring tuition. Without question, I look forward to seeing you on future courses.
Dave Connolly

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

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