Snap happy: three photography courses in Ireland

The Twelve Bens, County Galway (credit: Peter Gordon)

Fact: you will take a LOT of photographs in Ireland.

Of course, they won’t all be winners. Some will have a finger over the lens, others will blur mountain views into oblivion. But there is hope: photography courses. Held in the most visually beautiful places on the island and run by friendly, accommodating professionals, you’ll be in good hands, and taking great photos. Here are three to try.

Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
Light, Land and Sea

Perfect pairing

In Ireland, the right light, the right cliff, and the right sea view can make or break your photo. It’s apt, then, that a couple that has mastered the art of landscape photography operates under the three-word title, Light, Land and Sea.

Though the pair’s first photographic workshop took place in Kerry (they run similar tours all over Ireland) John and Athena find themselves eternally attracted to one location in particular: Northern Ireland. Tours in their capable hands combine “historical sites, rich folklore and raw natural beauty” – riches that Northern Ireland boasts in abundance.

When pushed on their favourite locations to shoot, John and Athena find themselves "constantly drawn back to the allure of the stunning Causeway Coast". Looking at some of these pictures, who could blame them?

Prices start from: €3,750

Imagery by Tom Ramwell
Tom Ramwell: Wild Atlantic Photography

Taming the Wild Atlantic Way

At times, it can feel like an obligation to capture everything you see when you’re travelling somewhere as visually unique as the Wild Atlantic Way.

What a pro like Tom Ramwell can teach us, however, is not just ‘what to shoot’, but ‘when to shoot’. Based in the postcard-perfect town of Westport, County Mayo, Tom has been running photography workshops (partnering with Eaglewood Lodge, a luxury log cabin/eco-pod) on the Wild Atlantic Way for two years.

Citing “my own back garden” as his favourite place to shoot (this is a garden with “views across the tidal mass of the Atlantic ocean, straight out onto Ireland's most popular mountain, Croagh Patrick”), Tom believes there’s a “particular magic about the light here in Ireland, especially the west coast”.

Prices start from: €20 for one hour Westport Town Photowalks or €2,500 for 7 day/6 night tours.

Glenmacnass, County Wicklow
Peter Gordon – Explorelight

Luck of the Irish

Peter Gordon feels “pretty lucky” to have been running photo tours and workshops in Ireland since 2007. It says something about the locations where he operates that, after eight years, he still refuses to choose a favourite location.

For Peter, there is simply no separating Wicklow, Connemara and Kerry for beauty.

It’s in these locations, with groups in tow, that Peter imparts his skills, not least among them how to capture atmosphere. Citing October as his favourite time to shoot, Peter sees the month as “a great time of year for morning mists, which provide great atmosphere for landscape photography. Trees and bog change to red, too, and the angle of the sun is low, providing the best light possible.”

Prices start from: €475 for weekends away.

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