Monday, March 20, 2017

Easter Weekend Photography Course

Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland 

This informative, educational and fun course is based on Valentia Island, on the Skellig Ring (a Lonely Planet top 10 must visit location), in County Kerry, Ireland. The tuition takes place in and around the Island, so that you get to see and photograph this beautiful location in it's full glory.


Your accommodation is at Stephen Power's home on Valentia Island, with stunning views over Portmagee Bay and in a central location. It is very convenient for all of the photographic locations that will be explored during the course. The course will have a maximum of four people accommodated, although 2 or 3 is more likely, due to the accommodation arrangements. Maximum group size will be 7 people. 

Two rooms are available, one has an en-suite shower and a double bed (or one person or a couple sharing) and the other has 2 single beds, for one or two people sharing the room. This room has an adjacent bathroom/shower toilet.

 Teaching Styles 

The course will consist of a mix of learning experiences; informal chats over meals, short theory based lectures, a wide range of extensive location shoots, including early morning and evening shoots and post-processing using a PC computer and laptop installed with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.


The course runs from the evening of Good Friday (14th April 2017), with a meal at around 7.30pm. Until around noon on Monday (17th April 2017). The start time and finish time are flexible (more so the finish, as the last morning will be a "revision and final shoot" session. Some people may wish to leave a little earlier to get on the road or stay a little longer.

The two main full course days will run from after breakfast (around 10am) on Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th April 2017). These long days, with teaching and location shoots until about 7pm, with an optional information chat over an evening meal around 8pm and lunch, in the middle of the day.

I have a Master's degree in adult education and I know from experience that it's useful to have some flexibility with schedules and timing, as the main aim is to give you the teaching and learning that you need, which will be discussed with you over the welcome meal, or at the start of day 1 if you can't attend the meal.

What You Will Learn

Taking Control of Your Camera

• Key Camera Controls
• Handling the camera / Basic Technique Troubleshooting
• Choosing & Using the Key Camera Controls

Basic Photographic Theory & Techniques

• Using Program (‘P’) Mode
• Using Aperture Priority (Av) Mode for landscape photography
• Using Shutter Priority Mode (Tv)
• Setting the white balance correctly for outdoor photography
• Using ISO setting for best quality

Basic rules of Photographic Composition for landscape images

• Rule of Thirds
• Leading Lines
• Natural Frames

Participants will need

• A digital camera capable of setting adjustments. A DSLR is ideal but a good-quality ‘bridge’, ‘compact’ or ‘MILC’ camera will be suitable. Please contact the course tutor if you are unsure if your camera is suitable for the course.
• Spare camera battery and/or battery charger
• Camera manual
• Tripod (very useful but not essential).
• Walking boots/shoes, warm/waterproof clothing




€345.00 per person in ensuite room (queen size double bed)

€340.00 in non-ensuite room (2 single beds)

Further €10 discount if sharing non-ensuite room (single beds)

Fee includes tuition, Accommodation, breakfast on all mornings and Dinner on the first evening.

WELCOME DINNER / COURSE ONLY FEE (max 5 places): €235.00

Welcome meal on first evening (prepared by Stephen), Tuition at all times from start to finish of the course, and tea or coffee & biscuits where provided. You will need to arrange your own accommodation and food.


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50% of fee required on booking as deposit to confirm your place and the remaining 50% of fee within 1 week of course commencement date. All payments will be refunded if the course is cancelled by the organizers. 50% Deposit non refundable in case of cancellation by participant. Payment can be sent by cheque or via Paypal. If using Paypal please agree to pay the additional transaction fee (using "send money as gift").