My Advanced Black and White Landscape Photography Workshop is designed for landscape photographers with a keen interest in black and white. It embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the landscape, from traditional through to abstract and it will also appeal to non-landscape photographers who enjoy working in black and white and want to try a new creative challenge while experiencing the unique landscape of the Outer Hebrides.
You will get the most from this workshop and enjoy the experience more if you already have an understanding about the technical side of your photography and can use imaging software to convert your photographs to black and white.
The workshop is £1,395 and this includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, plus five nights bed and breakfast in a comfortable room to yourself. Unlimited email and telephone back-up after the course is also included, as well as a mentoring service free of charge. The deposit is £495 and the balance is due eight weeks before the starting date.
We are based at the Harris Hotel in Tarbert. This comfortable family run hotel is ideally situated for easy access to the superb coastal landscapes on both the east and west side of Harris and is also close to the terminal for ferries from the Isle of Skye.
The workshop runs over six days. We start on Sunday at 4pm and finish around 4pm on Friday.
The workshop embraces a wide variety of different styles and creative approaches, from traditional through to abstract. It begins with a relaxed portfolio review of your existing work and then continues with encouragement to adopt a project-based approach. With artistic goals established, you will be supported throughout in further developing a personal style of picture making and as a consequence you will be fine-tuning your subject choices and gaining confidence in your compositions and exposure techniques.
All this is backed up by daily reviews and critiques of your photographs, with the feedback helping you to select and sequence a set of photographs that builds into a personal photo essay of this unique landscape to be shown to the group at the close of the workshop.
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.
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 workshop is not nine to five. There will be opportunities to make photographs at dawn, then after a break following breakfast we enjoy a busy day full of photography and tuition followed by a relaxing evening talking all about it. 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 and macro.
The course embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the landscape, from traditional on a tripod through to hand-held abstraction, so it may be that a tripod suits your style or alternatively working hand-held may be more fruitful.
Yes. You'll need to one to select your photographs and copy them on to a memory stick to be reviewed by me and the group.
Yes, so you can convert your photographs to black and white for the review sessions.
Depending on your photographic style, you may need them. If so, bring a set of neutral density graduated filters. Additional solid neutral density filters and the Big and Little Stoppers also offer significant creative options. A polariser can be useful.
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 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.harrishotel.com (off site link)
I very much like there being only five photographers. I really appreciate the individual attention you give to each person and the way in which you encourage everyone's unique eye on the landscape. I also find it immensely helpful that you are prepared to say not only when an image has worked and why but also when you feel it hasn't, and why. This feedback has been invaluable in the development of my own photographic eye. I have come away from this latest course inspired and with an increased confidence in my own image making.
I can only say thanks a thousand times. I found the course a completely liberating experience.
Thanks for yet another fantastic workshop Garry. 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 workshops.