The Introduction for Creative Colour Landscape Photography Course is designed specifically for beginners to landscape photography and provides an intensive mix of classroom and location-based tuition in Borrowdale in the beautiful North Western Lake District. The course will appeal most to photographers who are keen to learn new technical skills with their digital camera that will eventually enable them to develop a creative eye for landscape photography and move beyond just taking a snapshot of the view at a location.
This popular four-day course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to use their digital camera away from the automatic settings. It will also appeal to those who want to follow up that knowledge with expert tuition on the compositional side of landscape photography, enabling them to learn new skills that bring a more individual approach to the photographs they make.
It is a structured course covering the whole technical and creative process from finding and making the photograph out on location to converting the RAW file and then producing an exhibition quality print to take home with you.
You may be completely new to landscape photography and fear the thought of apertures, shutter speeds, white balances and RAW settings. But do not worry, the course starts at the very beginning and you do not need any prior knowledge to get the very most from the tuition, just a keenness to learn.
Alternatively, you may have already started to enjoy taking more control of the camera settings and now want reassurance that you are using your camera and filters correctly and are ready to start exploring all the really enjoyable aspects of making creative landscape photographs that are unique to you rather than simply just recording the view.
My four-day Introduction to Creative Colour Landscape Photography Course in the Lake District costs £795. This includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, three 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, packed lunches and drinks from the bar.
We are based at the Mary Mount Hotel which is positioned close to the shores of Derwent Water and in the heart of Borrowdale in the North Western Lake District. 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 on Thursday. If you have taken a week to visit the Lakes, this leaves you time to continue exploring this unique landscape and to put into practice what you have learned.
During the first section of the course the emphasis is on the technical side of landscape photography. You will gain a real understanding for the aperture and shutter speed settings and what depth of field is and how to achieve it in your images. When you learn how to take more control of the technical decisions, rather than letting the camera decide, your images improve significantly and your photography will become more creative and satisfying. The less you resort to your camera's automatic mode and use its manual settings instead, then the more individual to you your images become.
Next you'll learn how to set up your camera so you achieve its full potential. We look specifically at the difference between the two shooting formats, RAW and Jpeg and learn why RAW is nearly always preferable, especially if you want to produce your own prints. We'll examine the white balance settings and how RAW gives us far greater control over the vital colour temperature and exposure of our images.
We also concentrate on the different light meter options and you will gain a real understanding for using the histogram to obtain exposures that record all the available detail. This section of the course is rounded off by explaining what the ISO settings are and which are most suitable for landscapes.
We then head out on location to put it all into practice, while learning how to focus the image correctly to gain the maximum amount of sharpness. We will explore the crucial use of filters in landscape photography, learning when and how to use neutral density graduated filters to control excessive contrast range and how a polariser can have a significant effect on the saturation and clarity of our images.
With the technical side studied, we move on to explore the fascinating creative aspects of landscape photography and learn how it’s the eye behind the camera that really counts. All the photographic equipment money can buy will not create successful photographs for you, so we look at how to find the subject of our photograph in the first place and then examine in detail how we can use elements within the landscape to create successful compositions.
An important aspect of every Garry Brannigan course is when we review the images made out on location using a digital projector and large display screen. This enables you to receive constructive feedback on the photographs you have made, highlighting the successful ones, but also identifying mistakes that can then be rectified when we head back out again on location.
The final section of the course covers how to set up your computer to get the most from your photography, plus the options available for imaging software and how to convert your RAW images. I then produce a professional-quality print on Hahnemuehle fine art paper of your favourite image made out on location for you to take home.
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 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 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 also 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 practice 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 for digital photographers, so either a digital SLR or digital compact system camera with interchangeable 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. Please contact Garry before the course for advice on the best buys.
Yes. Ideally you will already know how to transfer your photographs from the camera on to your laptop and be able to select the ones that you want and copy them on to a memory stick for the review sessions. However, on this introductory level workshop, don't worry if you have not learned how to do this yet as I will show you.
Yes, so you can select your photographs for review, although on this introductory level workshop don't worry if you have not learned how to do this yet as I will show you.
Yes, you’ll need a set of neutral density graduated filters. Please contact Garry before the course for advice on the best buys.
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 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.
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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.
Just a quick line to say what a wonderful four days I've experienced with you. The course gave me just what I wanted...a great leap forward in technical ability and a new way of looking at making images. So thank you for your patience, good humour, and most of all your ability to put over your enthusiasm and expertise in such an understandable way.
A very big thank you for your excellent tuition and patience. You are a great teacher and I got far more out of these few days than I have from seven weeks of evening classes.
Thank you for a brilliant course, it was very comprehensive and exceeded all my expectations. It has had a big impact on my photography and has made me a better photographer.
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.