Copper Coast, Ireland 2025

21 - 23 Feb 2025 : Fully Booked

Copper Coast

21 – 23 Feb 2025

21 – 23 Feb 2025

Copper Coast, Ireland



Peter Gordon

Fee Includes:
2 Nights Hotel incl Breakfast and Dinner, Post-processing Webinar Editing your images from the trip

Van Transport Provided

Photography Level:
Intermediate – Advanced

Group Size:
6 Max – Fully Booked


Sea stacks, lighthouses, dramatic bays, mussel farms. It’s long exposure heaven and a huge range of great locations. You will be based out of Waterford shooting throughout the coast and we even have a shoot at Hook Lighthouse planned. Meet up afternoon at Hook Head on Friday, finishing Sunday after sunrise and a good breakfast.

The Copper Coast on Ireland’s south coast is somewhat of an unspoiled gem. It doesn’t quite get the plaudits of some of its western neighbours, but the coastline is utterly stunning and unique in the Irish context. Sea stack after sea stack and some beautiful secluded low-lying beaches.

Immerse yourself for 2 days of epic photography. 2 sunrises, 2 sunsets and 2 afternoon shoots with a wee morning break mixed in for good measure. The workshop will also include a follow up webinar on zoom where we will edit the photos from the weekend.  There’s nothing like being away with a small group of like-minded folks dedicated to the cause of making great landscape images. Constant instruction on hand to help you with all the technical aspects of each shoot plus loads of compositional help on location. Get the absolute maximum from your photos. Learn loads of new skills and go home with an amazing set of new images.

The cost of the workshop is €1100 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive all tuition and location guide as described above. Accommodation in hotel single occupancy, dinner and breakfast each day. Alcohol is not included. Transportation in our comfortable van is also included.

All you have to do is worry about making beautiful images and learning great new skills.

  • On Location Guidance
  • Compositional Instruction
  • Minimalism
  • Filters, filters, filters
  • Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
  • Understanding Exposure Triangle
  • Modes of Exposure
  • RAW, White Balance and Filters
  • Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
  • Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
  • Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
  • The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
  • Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details

Peter Gordon – view gallery of Peter’s images HERE

  • Charged and possibly spare batteries depending on your battery condition..have enough power.
  • We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use.
  • Tripod (essential)
  • Shutter cable release if possible but we can also use your timer if you don’t have a cable release.
  • Camera Manual (just in case)
  • Filters – Circular Polariser, ND’s and grad D’s will be of use
  • Notepad for making notes..
  • You will need a pair of boots or wellies, warm socks as well as other warm clothes.  Rain gear is a good idea.

EASY – There are no long walks on this workshop with locations typically within 5 minutes of the car. All workshops require walking on uneven ground on beaches or lake edges for example. We consider it easy to be able to walk for up to 30 minutes.

Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers.

We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.

We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a point of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.

Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow-up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.

So why not join the adventure? Join the ExploreLight Community!

“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too.  Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client.  I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.

The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc.  Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”

Barbara Tanzler

“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”

Noel McIntyre AIPF

“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them.  The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”

Paul Byrne

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More than 90 days before the workshop commences: full refund minus 100 EUR admin fee.

Less than 90 days no deposit will be refunded.


Balance Payment is Due 90 Days Before Workshop Commences.

The balance payment is non refundable. However if we find some one to take your place we will refund in full minus 10% Admin fee.

If we do not have the required numbers to run a given workshop, we reserve the right to cancel up to 60 days in advance. We will refund deposit, but you must have travel insurance to cover any travel expenses you may incur.

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