Ireland’s West Coast. Once seen, never forgotten and just begging to be photographed. The beauty and diversity of this fabulously unspoilt part of the world make it a spectacular place to shoot Fine Art Landscape. The rugged Connemara coastline gives us white sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and windswept dunes. Nature has carved out picturesque bays strewn with the golden seaweed characteristic of this area. Some are home to working harbours and it almost seems as though the weathered fishing boats and all the paraphernalia associated with this coastal trade might have been put there just for us to photograph. What else? Lochs, mountains, abandoned buildings, an abbey and a castle or two. More than enough for a weekend of photography. That’s why we select for you a range of different scenic locations to represent the essence of The Wild Atlantic Way. But there’s much more to our Photo Weekender than breath-taking scenery. And, once you are here, we take care of it all.
As much or as little as you want or need! If you simply want to soak up the atmosphere and the culture of this spectacular location, take some pictures, relax and socialise, you are very welcome. Most who come on our Photo Trips also feel that they want to improve their photography and Andrew delivers training and support to suit each individual. The Photo Weekender is no exception. Whatever your existing level of competence with Landscape Photography, you can be assured that you will not only take home some great shots, you will also learn new skills to improve your practice long-term.
Sunrise is 6.19am, sunset 7.13pm.
A True Irish Welcome
Making your stay in Connemara an enjoyable experience is something we know about. When you return from an exhilarating day outside in the elements, you want to relax and enjoy some real Irish hospitality. That’s exactly why we are returning to The Maol Reid Hotel in Tullycross, on the gloriously untamed Renvyle Penninsula. Proprietor Tony is the perfect host and his staff are equally warm, friendly and helpful. ‘Treat it as your own home’ says Tony and he means it. What’s more, because he’s a local man, he has a wealth of local knowledge and information to share with us. All we have to do is ask.
Rooms are single occupancy and all are spacious with en suite bathrooms; many have views across the the mountains of Connemara and Mayo. You have all the usual appliance you would expect to find in a 3-star hotel: flat screen TV, iron, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Free WiFi is available in all areas, including the cosy lounge and the bar where you can enjoy a Guinness, a fine Irish Malt - or any tipple of your choice. On chilly evenings, Tony ensures there’s a good fire roaring in the hearth, to enjoy while you wait for your table in the restaurant.
It’s important to us that you enjoy every aspect of the weekend and food is pretty near the top of the list! Your stay includes a fantastic choice of breakfast fare to set you up for the day’s shooting. In the evening, enjoy an inclusive 3-course meal from a menu which gives you a choice of local dishes. As well as the traditional Irish beef steak, this area is famed for its Connemara lamb and the seafood on your plate will probably have been caught that day. If you have any specific dietary requirements, just let us know in advance but please, it’s really no problem. Chef will ensure you are well catered for. Whatever you decide to eat, Tony’s wine cellar is sure to have something special to accompany your meal.
So you’ve been out with your camera all day and you’ve enjoyed a hearty meal. If you still have energy to spare, there are two pubs in the village with live entertainment - traditional Irish music, of course.
You will need an interchangeable lens camera that can preferably shoot in manual.
A solid tripod is an essential if you want to do long exposure photography as are ND filters.
We suggest bringing lenses that cover the following focal lengths, don't worry if you don't have these you can complete the course with a standard kit lens.
Full Frame Sensors. 14mm - 200mm
APS 1.5 Crop 10mm - 150mm
MFT 2x Crop 7mm - 100mm
If you have a drone you should be able to fly it but beware of the winds!
For some of the course a laptop with Lightroom and/or Photoshop is worth having but not essential. Please get in touch if you need more information on this.
The weather can be unpredictable so waterproof clothing is essential including some good walking boots.
This course is for photographers who have some experience.
You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode.
“I took my time to choose a tutor that I felt could give me what I needed, working as a coach myself I understood how important it was to pick someone that wouldn’t pick one size fits all in their teaching style. So I took my time to look around, there are many many tutors / teachers / coaches out there that have the ability to work between huge gaps in ability of their students but yet find and understand exactly what is needed to ensure that each one improves.
The Complete Photographer Course, is exceptional in it’s itinerary in how it covers off and challenges even the most competent of photographer, it covers off different genres, but it’s beauty is it’s structure of absolutely nailing the basics but mixing theory with exceptional practical work. The icing on the cake however is Andrew Appleton, putting the wonderful, engaging nature aside, his technical, creative, relaxed yet focused mind and personality really make this course exceptional. Shooting street photography in the morning, then a model shoot in the mid day sun on a beach, then onto a child shoot in ever changing afternoon light and finally a late afternoon dramatic 1940’s railway model shoot, will test everyones ability, but Andrew is there as a guiding hand, to push you to levels you didn’t think possible.
I come away from 5 days, a much better technical photographer than I was before, but I also come away with an energy, focus and plan on what I want to do next, but that’s only 75% of what you get, the final 25% are the connections you make, the friendships that you build, the life experience you achieve, bonding with the 3 other photographers and the most amazing models that Andrew works with.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I’ve had so much value for money in a photography course, i simply cannot praise Andrew and Helen on this course enough, thank you”Owen Clements
A huge turning point for me this year was Andrew's Complete Photographer course. Eat, sleep, drink photography - it was fantastic Imelda Bell