Digital Photography Workshops

Two-Day Digital Photography Workshops in Ireland’s Beautiful West Cork

Schedule: No fixed schedule – pick the dates that suit you! Courses continue through the Winter months
Rates: €650 for a one-to-one photo workshop, or €1200 for two people.

NEW: One-day workshops are now on offer. Contact me for further details.

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Thank you Peter for an excellent workshop experience! I never thought that I could learn so much in a 2 day time frame. You were very generous with your knowledge, extremely accommodating to the goals that I came with, and I will never forget the beauty of the Gougane Barra Valley!
— Jennifer Cobble, USA

St. Finbar’s Oratory, Gougane Barra

Are you new to photography? Do you have a digital SLR camera, and want to learn how to get the most from it? Or are you an accomplished amateur who wants to hone your skills in the heart of some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery?Join me for an unforgettable two-day photo workshop in the heart of West Cork. There you will receive intensive tuition while immersed in some of Ireland’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery. With the tranquil Gougane Barra valley a ten minute drive away and the wild coastline of the Mizen, Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsulas easily accessible, there’s no shortage of inspiration.

My ultimate goal is for you to have a great time, get some fantastic photographs and go home having learned how to make better images for yourself.

Skill Levels

These classes will cater to all skill levels. From someone who is just getting started with a new camera to the advanced amateur, everyone is welcome.

Just a short message to say how much I enjoyed the 2 day workshop this week. Your practical ideas were most beneficial and the field work proved to be invaluable. This, backed up with the studio exercises I believe will help me greatly to improve my camera skills.
— Ivan O’Riordan, Limerick

What You Will Learn

I teach everything from basic camera controls to composition and lighting through to advanced photoshop techniques.A typical day will begin with an early rise to catch the morning light, followed by a session in the studio, during which we’ll eat lunch. In the evening, we head out again for the sunset. After that, it’s back to the B&B for some much-deserved sleep.

A synopsis of the subjects on offer during the course:

Image copyright: Denise Lynch

In the Field:

  • How to make a good exposure
  • Understanding aperture and depth of field
  • Shooting technique and how to eliminate camera shake and vibration
  • Photographing panoramas with a view to digital stitching
  • How to use filters (polarizing and neutral density)
  • The basics of good composition, and when to break the rules
  • How to use a view camera to give you front-to-back focus and/or alter perspective
  • How to use RAW mode to maximise your image’s potential
  • Exposing to the right to capture maximum detail

In the Studio:

  • Optimising your image in Photoshop and Lightroom:
    • Curves
    • Local contrast enhancement
    • Contrast masking
    • Using a pen and tablet to ease your workflow
    • Eliminating colour fringing and halos
  • Understanding colour spaces
  • The importance of profiles, and how to create them
  • Understanding RAW capture and how to convert your images.
Accommodation and Food

Accommodation will be in a comfortable bed & breakfast near the studio. The price includes two nights’ accommodation – the night before we start and the night of the first day. We finish in the afternoon of the second day, so you would be home that evening.Minutes from Gougane Barra, and in the heart of the Gaelteacht, it is ideally suited to act as a base for photography. Some of the most spectacular coastline in Ireland is just an hour’s drive away and the mountains of the Beara and Iveragh peninsulas likewise.

Two breakfasts and one dinner are included in the price of the workshop, but you must provide your own beer and wine.

Really enjoyed the workshop, learned a lot. Impressed with your cooking and enjoyed your company.
— Michael Cummins, Dublin

Sunset, Ballingeary

What Dates are Available?

Whichever dates suit you! Just drop me an email, or call.

What Are the Rates?

Rates are €650 for a one-to-one workshop, or €1200 for two people.Thank you for your excellent course in digital SLR photography. I can’t wait to start using what I’ve learned!
— Anne Cardiff, Wexford

Sign Me Up!

If these photography classes sound like just the thing for you, simply send me an email, or telephone +353 (0) 1 685 3000 and let me know which dates you’re interested in.

Woods, Gougane Barra

The one-on-one workshop brought a lot of the problems that have frustrated me in the past clearly into focus. You were generous with your time and advice about how the camera works, how to compose the image and the use of Photoshop.
I will gladly recommend this workshop to everyone interested in improving their photography skills. Thank you! I am excited about photography again!

— Colleen, Dublin

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