Group Photography Workshops

We run both Day Workshops and Short Breaks of between 2 and 5 days for photographers at all levels. Beginners courses assume no previous knowledge: all you need is a DSLR or Bridge Camera and a willingness to learn (dedicated day workshops are available specifically for beginners). Intermediate / Advanced workshops assume some previous knowledge and experience and you’ll normally have some additional equipment such as a tripod. However, on longer workshops you’ll learn plenty of tips and new skills as you go along so in some respects your starting point matters less with longer workshops.

Finally our workshops are diverse; it’s more about learning principles than subject matter. So whether it’s landscapes, cityscapes, heritage, abstracts, wildlife, people…and whatever else is around, you’ll learn some great skills and develop your creativity!

Creative Photography Group Training
London Photography Training

“Excellent tuition in a superb location”

“I attended last weekend’s landscape photography course in the Brecon Beacons along with two other photographers. Perhaps the best recommendation I can give is that I wish I could go straight back out on another of Nigel’s workshops! We covered a range of environments – mountain, moorland, waterfalls, industrial heritage – from sunrise to sunset and tried night photography even though conditions weren’t favourable. Nigel was tireless in his enthusiasm, energy and encouragement. We also had time to review our photographs and do some post processing. For me, the main challenges came from switching my camera to manual settings, using back button focus and using filters. The advantage of a 3 day workshop was that there was time to get the hang of it! I was a bit worried about my physical fitness for some of the locations, but I was able to plod up Pen Y Fan without feeling under pressure to hurry. I was promised expert tuition and that is what I received – all very enjoyable and at a very reasonable rate”.

Lynn B, Group Landscape Course, Brecon Beacons, October 2017

“Isle of Skye 3 Day Photography Workshop”

“I joined Nigel for a 3 day workshop on Isle of Skye to improve my creative and composition skills to build on my existing technical knowledge and all of my objectives were definitely achieved. I had little experience of Skye but Nigel was able to optimise the time available to experience the isle and at the same time improve my skills and get the most from the interesting and times dramatic whether to get shots I’m really happy with. Our base for the 3 days was in a great location with stunning views right on the doorstep. Throughout the 3 days Nigel’s energy and desire to pass on knowledge and skills was great. I would thoroughly recommend attending one of Nigel’s workshops, and it will also help with your fitness!”

John G, Group Landscape Workshop, Isle of Skye, February 2017

What you’ll learn

In all of our training, we cover both the technical and creative aspects of photography with locations offering experience in camera control, technique and composition. Full Course Notes are provided in PDF form. Minors are welcome to attend with a responsible adult; some workshops are suitable for those with disabilities; please contact us for details.

You’ll also learn from Nigel’s individual approach and style. There are no secrets; Nigel will pass on all his knowledge and experience to enable you to take images like he does but in your own style. You’ll be encouraged to experiment with your camera controls, your picture composition, light control and post processing technique.

All day workshops between September and April (except for beginners workshops) have the option of a DAWN START at an additional payment of £30 pp; you can decide on the dawn start at any time up to the day before the workshop. This payment is not included within the fees listed. Assistance with accommodation can be provided if required, but this is not included in the prices shown unless specifically started in the Trip Details.

Day Workshops

There is a choice of Beginners or Intermediate / Advanced Workshops run on weekend days only. If you are undecided CLICK HERE (INSERT LINK) for help with your choice. Beginners workshops are in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales Valleys only. Other day (intermediate / Advanced) workshops are run in all South Wales locations, Shropshire and London/ Day workshops are run on selected weekend days throughout the year from 9.30am – 6pm approx. or as stated in the Schedule (Insert Link). Group sizes from 3-6 participants.

2 / 5 Day Short Break Workshops

Short breaks are run in most of our favourite locations on weekends throughout the year. Some days include dawn starts to catch that great early morning light. Some trips include an introductory session the evening before. Full itinerary, meeting details, equipment list and joining instructions are available on request.

You can view a full schedule of our photography training workshops HERE (insert link).

While specifics are different for each workshop, the key skills we cover include the following:

Technical skills

  • The camera settings, features and controls
  • Getting the picture right – sharpness, exposure, focusing and much more!
  • Taking control of your image through use of aperture, shutter speed and other settings and controls
  • Use of different lenses, accessories and how they can enhance your photography
  • Getting what YOU want out of YOUR camera controls!

Creative understanding

  • The essentials of effective composition
  • Advanced techniques in composition (intermediate / advanced courses)
  • Understanding perspective and choosing your viewpoint
  • Creative techniques: using natural light, colour and monochrome.
  • Photographing Architecture & Heritage
  • Photographing moving water and other creative uses of long exposure photography.

Digital camera and processing techniques

  • Understanding RAW and RAW processing
  • Cropping, adding contrast or colour / converting images to black & white
  • Removing unwanted objects!
  • Using layers in Photoshop
  • Creating HDR and Panoramic images
  • …and of course whatever else you need to know!!