This weekend Introduction to Black and White Waterfall & Long Exposures Course has been designed for photographers who are either thinking about making black and white photographs for the first time, or have decided to devote more of their photography to black and white and want some in-depth tuition to take their knowledge and creativity to the next level. It will also suit photographers who want to explore the fascinating techniques involved in making long exposures of moving water.
This particular course is designed for photographers who are primarily looking for creative and compositional input into their photography, plus they also want to learn about long exposure techniques. This means you'll get the most from the course and enjoy it more if you already have an understanding for how your camera works in terms of aperture and shutter speed and the relationship between them; also about what depth of field is, plus the white balance and ISO settings.
You will need to be able to transfer your photographs from the camera to a laptop and then use imaging software to select your photographs and transfer them to a memory stick for the reviews. You will be asked to convert your RAW photographs to black and white for the review sessions, although on this introductory level course don't worry if you have not learned how to do this yet as I will show you how.
My Weekend Introduction to Creative Black and White Long Exposures Course costs £245 and this includes all the tuition and transport to the locations, plus unlimited follow-up email and phone advice.
Accommodation, meals and drinks.
We are based at The Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire and from there we head out into Swaledale and Wensleydale. The rivers in these two valleys have tremendous power and the sheer force of their flow has cut through the soft bedrock to create a series of spectacular waterfalls.
On both Saturday and Sunday we’ll start at 9am and finish at 6pm.
This course covers both the technical and creative skills needed to make rewarding black and white long exposure photographs. You will quickly develop a knowledge for the impact of the different strength neutral density filters, the Little, Big and Super Stoppers and then combine this with an understanding for the impact of varying shutter speeds.
The course begins with guidance on how to develop an eye for what does and doesn’t work as a black and white subject. Next comes tuition out on location on compositional aspects specific to black and white photography, both traditional and abstract. It can be the less long exposures, of a few seconds rather than minutes, that often create the most satisfying images and lead to prints that have a more satisfying tonal range, especially in black and white.
The group size is never more than five photographers, whereas other courses, workshops and tours often have many more. This smaller group size means you will receive more personal tuition out on location, plus we can visit more varied locations and have more elbow room when we get there. At the location you'll not line up to take the same photograph as the people standing next to you; instead you'll be encouraged and shown how to develop your own creative style and make photographs that are unique to you.
During our time together I work as hard as I can to create a fun and inspiring experience, while also providing photographers with a structured framework for instruction and learning. This means you will learn as much is possible during the course and leave feeling that you have developed significantly both your vision and the creative style of your photography.
Also included in the course fee is unlimited follow-up email and telephone advice. It's a combination that has been successful over the last 12 years, with a substantial number of photographers returning for further courses at different destinations, some for a fifth and sixth time as they look to develop their skills further.
Yes. It’s not easy to be objective about your own images, so one of the main ways to improve as a photographer is by putting yourself back into the position of the viewer and looking at other photographers' work. This also gives you the chance to put into practice what has been learned when we head back out again.
The majority of my time out on location is spent working alongside each photographer giving tuition on a one-to-one basis. As part of that teaching process, I use my camera as a practical way of demonstrating the compositional and technical process I go through to achieve my photographs and to also illustrate a location’s potential.
The course is for digital photographers, so either a digital SLR or digital compact system camera with interchangeable zoom or prime lenses: wide-angle and telephoto.
You will need a sturdy tripod and a remote release for long exposures. Contact Garry before the course for advice on the best buys.
Yes. You'll need to know how to transfer your photographs from the camera to your laptop and be able to use imaging software to select your photographs and copy them on to a memory stick for the review sessions.
Yes, so you can convert your RAW photographs to black and white for the review sessions, although on this introductory level workshop don't worry if you have not learned how to do this yet as I will show you how.
Please bring a set of neutral density graduated filters, plus either a Big or Little Stopper as these are what we use to make successful long exposures. Contact Garry before the course for advice on the best buys.
Most of the walks to locations are short and on the flat, although some of the places we visit are away from the main paths and sometimes this means the terrain will be uneven or boggy and occasionally uphill.
Email or phone 01748 821041 to check the place you want is still available and I will then send booking details.
Payments can be made using internet banking or cheques.
http://www.thestation.co.uk (off site link)
I learned more on this course than all the magazine articles I have read and other courses I have attended, put together. The time you are prepared to spend with people out on location working with them one-to-one made it great value for money.
Thank you so much for your patience and support throughout the weekend. I really enjoyed every minute. I thought the course was excellent and I certainly learnt a huge amount. Many thanks again for a wonderful learning experience.
Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the workshop at the weekend. It's easy to see why you have so many people who return on subsequent courses! The big positives for me were the support you gave all of us and then your ability to gently guide and give feedback on the results in a way that was always very constructive.
The course was more than value for money. If you compare similar courses and workshops, as I have, you will find that the cost of a Garry Brannigan course is one of the most reasonably priced, and having experienced other photography courses, Garry’s is by far the more superior.