The Introduction to Black and White Landscape Photography Course has been designed for photographers who are either thinking about making black and white landscape photographs for the first time, or photographers who have decided to devote more of their photography to black and white, plus they want to learn post processing techniques specific to black and white and how to use those skills to create a high-standard print.
The course is aimed at photographers who are primarily looking for creative and compositional input into their photography, plus they want to learn new skills on black and white post processing and printing. This means you'll get the most from this particular course and enjoy the experience more if you already 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'll need to be able to transfer your photographs from the camera on to a laptop and be able to use imaging software to select your photographs and transfer them on to a memory stick for the reviews. You will be asked to convert your RAW photographs to black and white for the review sessions, although on this introductory level course don't worry if you have not learned how to do this yet as I will show you my workflow using Photoshop and Silver Efex.
My five-day Introduction to Black and White Landscape Photography Course on the Isle of Skye costs £995. This includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, four nights bed and breakfast in a comfortable room to yourself, a print of your favourite photograph on exhibition-quality paper, followed by unlimited email and telephone back-up afterwards. The deposit is £295 and the balance is due eight weeks before the starting date.
Evening meals and packed lunches or drinks from the bar.
We are based in Glen Sligachan and it would be hard to find a more breath-taking setting. Here the Cuillin Mountains provide a backdrop for one of the most striking and rewarding locations in Britain for landscape photography. This is a true Highland landscape that is constantly changing 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.
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.
The course begins with guidance on how to develop an eye for what does and doesn’t work as a black and white subject. Next comes tuition out on location on compositional aspects specific to black and white landscape photography, linked with in-the-field demonstrations on exposure techniques and the use of neutral density filters that enable your camera to record the shadow and highlight details that will eventually enable you to produce a successful print.
After daily review sessions that teach you the skills needed to judge the quality of your own photographs, you’ll then learn a repeatable post processing workflow to create an image ready to print. We’ll then look at the different specialist papers that work well for black and white and here you’ll also learn how important it is to have the right printing profiles in place.
Finally, you’ll leave the course with a print on exhibition quality paper of one of your favourite photographs from the five days on Skye. Once you are home you’ll also receive unlimited email and telephone advice, plus a mentoring service free of charge.
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 over the last 12 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.
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.
Either a digital SLR or digital compact system camera with interchangeable zoom or prime lenses: wide-angle and telephoto.
You will need a sturdy tripod, although we will also be exploring what can be achieved using the camera hand-held.
Yes. You'll need to know how to transfer your photographs from the camera on to your laptop and be able to use imaging software to select your photographs and copy them on to a memory stick for the review sessions.
Yes, so you can convert your photographs to black and white for the review sessions, although on this introductory level workshop don't worry if you have not learned how to do this yet as I will show you my workflow using Photoshop and Silver Efex.
Please bring a set of neutral density graduated filters. Additional solid neutral density filters and the Big and Little Stoppers are not essential but do offer significant further creative options. A polariser is also useful but not essential.
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 more than 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.
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 01748 821041 to check the place you want is still available and I will then send booking details.
Payments can be made using internet banking or cheques.
http://www.sligachan.co.uk (off site link)
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.
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!
Given the expertise of the leader Garry Brannigan, the full day program, individual attention to each photographer and the well-chosen locations and accommodation - then Garry’s courses are simply the best value for money anywhere.
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.