Photography holidays and workshops in the UK and Ireland for singles and groups with Steve Walton.
Are you a solo traveller or thinking of joining a small group of like-minded photographers for a photography holiday workshop in the UK? Our Wild Light 1, 2 day and 5 day UK & Ireland based landscape, travel and seascape photography workshops take place throughout the year. The Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Eigg, Mull, Devon, Cornwall, Northumberland, Scilly Isles, Wales, Kent and The Wild Atlantic Way along the West Coast of Ireland are just some of the inspirational nearer-to-home destinations for our Wild Light photography workshops and holidays. Our car-sharing group workshops are usually limited to six attendees with single occupancy rooms. You will not have to share a room with anyone and there are no single supplements to pay.
Our standards are high and all accommodation is either high quality B & B’s or minimum 3* hotel standard, depending on the location.
If you are planning photographic journeys that will take your society or group to the most interesting destinations with professional guiding and tuition, please contact me. I can prepare and manage your bespoke tour itinerary for you.
Mealasta, Isle of Lewis.
Abilities of all levels are welcome with equal enthusiasm and individual personal tuition on our Wild Light workshop holidays. Whether you are new to photography and require patient explanation and help with operating your camera and editing your images, or if you are an advanced photographer looking to improve and refine your existing skills, you will have a great time and a lot of fun learning with us. Costs for our group UK photography workshops are typically in the region of £595 for a 2-day weekend workshop (Saturday & Sunday). Longer tours of 5 days (4 nights) to the finest locations in the UK & Ireland, e.g. Isle of Skye, Mull, Outer Hebrides, Orkney or Ireland are from £1685 per person.
Individual workshops for 1, 2 or 5 days can be arranged for single photographers who prefer not to join a group. One to One tuition is available to photographers of all abilities, whether you are a beginner taking your first steps with a new camera or if you are more experienced and want to improve your existing skills, please contact me for details of an individually arranged itinerary for One to One Workshop. Transport to itinerary locations during the workshop will be provided for singles and couples only.
One-to-One workshops within mainland England and Wales for singles will typically cost as follows*:
- One day individual workshop: £495
- Two day individual workshop including one night accommodation and breakfast on the second day: £895
- Five day individual workshop including four nights accommodation and four breakfasts: £1850
- If booking as a couple sharing a room, please add £175 to these costs
*For One-to-One workshop destinations such as Ireland or the Scottish islands which require return flights or ferry bookings for myself, please contact me for a quote.
Roughting Linn, a beautiful and secluded location on our Northumberland workshops.
All 1 & 2 day group workshops include the following:
- Accommodation (no single supplements)
- Car sharing transport to locations for the duration of the workshop
- Tuition by Steve
You will need:
- Camera equipment
- Laptop (for processing images and image reviews)
Workshops do not include:
- Your travel to and from the workshop
- Photographic equipment and related image processing equipment or software
- Meals unless stated
- Alcoholic drinks
Poulnabrone Dolmen, Co.Clare
Our workshops and photographic journeys are not overly strenuous, you will not be climbing hills or embarking on extended hikes, but you will need a moderate level of fitness. We typically photograph on location throughout the daytime from, depending on the time of year, sunrise to sunset. With the shorter days of late autumn through to early springtime, this means that we can enjoy the best light of the daylight hours and we do not have to leave the hotel in the middle of the night to be ready for a sunrise opportunity!
Those who have attended my workshops previously will know that we have a lot of fun! Enjoyment and successful learning are complimentary and this is a key to my photography holidays; I want you to gain as much benefit as possible from my tuition and I want you to have a great time in the process. This is one reason why many of my clients return again and again and become good friends with each other.
Callanish Standing Stones at sunrise, Isle of Lewis
What you can expect from Wild Light Photography Workshop Holidays with Steve Walton
Yousuf Karsh once said: “Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera”.
I am a full time photographer and have been for many years since my Art College days in the early 1970’s. My career to date has enabled me to travel extensively and meet many inspiring people. The pinnacle of my professional career came when I was made President of the Master Photographers Association in 2015-16. I hold Fellowships with the Master Photographers Association, the British Institute of Professional Photography and the Royal Society of Arts. I have been awarded UK Landscape & Travel Photographer of the Year three times at the joint MPA/BIPP Photographic Awards and I am a member of the MPA Judging Panel for Awards and Qualifications.
I combine my photography skills with my teaching background as a former college lecturer in photography to ensure you will benefit from the very best in landscape, seascape and travel photography workshop tuition.
My objective as a tutor is to ensure that you leave the workshop with improved photography skills and extended knowledge of practical techniques in image creation and processing with your preferred editing software. As a photographer, a key skill is to develop the ability to pre-visualise the finished image; would the final image have more visual impact as a colour image or in monochrome? Will the composition look better in landscape or portrait format? Which elements of the scene can be utilised to create depth and perspective within the image? Once the initial stage of pre visualisation has been decided, you will go on to learn different ways to use the camera and appropriate lenses for angle of view and perspective, how to use filters to enhance or create mood and drama within the image and finally how to process the raw files to obtain the best quality from your pre visualisation and your camera equipment.
Taransay at sunset, Outer Hebrides
What camera equipment do I need to bring on a photography holiday workshop?
Whilst all photographers like to talk about their cameras, lenses and other photographic gear, all cameras are a means to an end. On my Wild Light photography holidays and workshops, we are creating images that are an extension of your personal artistic vision and we aim to have fun and a good time doing that. Whether you use digital cameras, film cameras or a combination of both media to create images, as I do, you can be assured that you will receive extensive individual tuition that is based on my own personal experience of several decades as a Master Photographer. If you take a look around my website you will see a number of articles about the various cameras and media that I use in my personal and commissioned work. If you are a film photographer, you are equally welcome aboard to join our workshops along with digital photographers!
If you have a camera that has interchangeable lenses, this can be an advantage but it is not cast in stone. Several of my own cameras have only the one fixed lens and there is a good argument in favour of keeping things simple on location. Less choice reduces confusion whilst serendipity encourages creativity! The bottom line is: bring whatever camera equipment you like. From compact mirrorless cameras to large format film cameras, it really does not matter as long as you are learning, inspired and creating your vision!
A tripod is almost mandatory, especially if you want to use neutral density filters or indulge in night photography. My advice is to buy the best tripod you can afford that will cope with the weight and bulk of your camera as well as being light and compact for travel and carrying on location. It pays to do some research to shortlist tripods that are best suited to your personal needs and try them before purchasing if possible. Buy a good quality tripod only once, it will be your friend for many years and you will save a lot of money in the long run.
You will need a cable release or other means of remotely releasing the shutter for those long exposures and if your camera relies on batteries, be sure to bring at least two spare fully charged batteries for each day of photography. Few things can be as frustrating as having a flat battery and no spare batteries on a photography holidays workshop!
Bring your filters if you have them and a means of carrying your camera gear around. A good backpack is ideal for longer forays to locations and smaller camera bags are more convenient. You might also want to consider a waterproof cover to keep dust, sand, rain and spray off your camera and lenses. I find lightweight Exped drybags very useful for this.
Finally, bring plenty of digital storage media and/or film.
Inspired? Then let’s go and have some fun, join me on a Wild Light Photography Workshop!