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.
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.
My five-day Advanced Black and White Landscape 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.
Evening meals, packed lunches or drinks from the bar.
We are based at 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.
My Advanced Black and White Landscape Photography Course has been designed for photographers who already create all or the majority of their landscape photographs in black and white. The workshop embraces a wide variety of different styles and approaches to working creatively in the landscape, from traditional to abstract.
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 about this unique landscape. During the final session your newly created portfolio of images will be projected for the group to critique and enjoy.
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 proved to be 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 12 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 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 07795 248169 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)
Thank you again for yet another excellent course. There is no doubt that your courses are the best I have been on. I think this one was probably my favourite so far because of the wonderful Skye scenery and, of course, your patience and excellent advice.
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.
Many thanks for your patience and support last week on Skye. I learned a lot from you and the others in the group. Your detailed knowledge of the island’s geography, its tides and wind directions were invaluable in ensuring we made the best of the weather. The hotel was also very good, particularly the food.
I have to take my hat off to you Garry as this week has again highlighted for me how much time, effort, consideration and determination you give to your courses. In particular how much time you dedicate to researching locations for all weathers, conditions, lighting and times of day. You seem to know just where to take us to make the most of whatever weather and lighting we get and that must have taken a vast amount of your time. I really appreciate this aspect that you bring to your courses.
The course was undoubtedly value for money. This was my third and I have signed up for a fourth, which speaks for itself.