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Landscape photography courses with Garry Brannigan

Advanced Black and White Landscape Photography Course



  • Seven-day residential course
  • Small group size: Maximum five
  • One-to-one tuition
  • Initial portfolio review
  • Project-based approach
  • Development of personal vision and style
  • Fine-tuning of composition
  • Daily image reviews and critiques
  • In-depth feedback on your photographs
  • Processing and printing techniques
  • Tuition in Photoshop and Silver Efex
  • Exhibition quality print to take home
  • Unlimited follow-up email and phone advice, plus mentoring service free of charge


  • November 3 - 10, 2018
    Places available


  • £1,795

Who is the course designed for

My Advanced Black and White Landscape Photography Course is designed for landscape photographers who already have a keen interest in black and white. The course embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the landscape, from traditional to abstract and it will also appeal to non-landscape photographers who also enjoy working in black and white and want to try a new creative challenge while experiencing the unique landscape of the Outer Hebrides.

What level of experience do I need

You will get the most from this course and enjoy the experience more if you already have a good understanding about the technical side of your photography and are confident using imaging software to convert your photographs to black and white.

How much does the course cost

My seven-day Advanced Black and White Landscape Photography Course on the Isles of Lewis and Harris costs £1,795 and this includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, seven nights bed and breakfast in a comfortable room to yourself, three-course dinner each evening with wine included, plus exclusive use of Soval Lodge. 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.

Where is the course held

We are based on the Isle of Lewis at Soval Lodge which is surrounded by sweeping views of the Hebridean coastal landscape above the shores of Loch Erisort. The house is set within its own secluded grounds and the high standard of accommodation and the home-cooked meals served in a private dining room is an additional highlight. The lodge is for our exclusive use during the course and is set up with digital projector, computer, and printing equipment, plus a wide selection of black and white landscape photography books. This makes Soval Lodge the ideal venue for a relaxed and creative learning experience.

When does the course start and finish

The course runs over seven days. We start on Saturday at 4pm and finish after breakfast the following Saturday.

What will I learn

My Advanced Black and White Landscape Photography Course in the Outer Hebrides has been designed for photographers who already have a keen interest in black and white. The course embraces a wide variety of different styles and creative approaches, from traditional through to abstract, and backs this up with tuition on black and white post-processing and printing techniques using Photoshop and Silver Efex.

It begins with a relaxed portfolio review of your existing work and then continues with encouragement to adopt a project-based approach for the duration of the course. 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. During the final session your newly created portfolio of images will be projected for the group to critique and enjoy.

In addition, you will receive a print on exhibition quality paper of your favourite photograph made during the week, plus once the course has finished there is unlimited follow-up email and phone advice, and a mentoring service free of charge.

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 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 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 do I need

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

Do I need a tripod

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.

Do I need a laptop

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.

Do I need Lightroom, Photoshop or Silver Efex

Yes, so you can convert your photographs to black and white for the review sessions.

Do I need filters

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.

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 black and white 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

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.sovalestate.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

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.
Barbara Sellars

Thanks again for another wonderful course. I really appreciated the advice and tuition of a first class tutor and photographer. Soval Lodge was brilliant with excellent food...you have a superb format, don't change it.
Bob Roberts

I can only say thanks a thousand times. I found the course a completely liberating experience.
Jamie Bodley-Scott

Thanks for yet another fantastic course 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 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.
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