19 - 25 May 2022 : Available


19 – 25 May 2022

19 – 25 May 2022




Daragh Muldowney & Jelena Derk

Fee Includes:
Hotel Accommodation for 6 nights, Transportation, 2 Meals per day, Tuition, Location Guide

Photography Level:
Intermediate – Advanced

Group Size:
7 Max (We like to keep groups small)


Join us in spring 2022 on our brand new Montenegro spring photo tour. Chase the mist in some of Europes most amazing and unphotographed landscapes. Our Spring trip brings a range of new locations and possibilities versus the Autumn adventure and we really feel its well worth a revisit even if you have already been.

Kotor Bay has been added as well as Skadar Lake, plus a range of glacial lakes in Durmitor that only appear during Spring and dry out throughout the summer. Its prime time for mist and we will be chasing those unique perspectives at every chance.

Montenegro has stunning mountains, lakes, forests and gorges. Much of this amazing landscape is largely unphotographed in any serious way so it’s a great opportunity to create something a little bit different. The gorges stretch for kilometers, filled with beautiful deciduous forestry and anchored by hugely impressive 2500 meter peaks. The rivers and glacial lakes are beautifully green and turquoise. We will schedule our Montenegro photography tour for spring colours to maximize your photographic opportunities.

We have gone to great lengths to scout locations and now we are willing to share the fruits of our labour.

Our Montenegro photo tour departs from Dubrovnik airport. Direct flights from Dublin and London are available. You will then be transported by minibus to Kotor Bay for 2 nights, then onto our hotel base in Zabljak.

We will visit different locations each day always starting with a sunrise shoot. There will be one morning off during the first 5 days to recharge the batteries after the early starts. After our sunrise shoot, we will return to the hotel for breakfast. There will then be some time for downtime, a little sleep or to explore your surroundings a bit more. Lots of walks in stunning Kotor and Zabljak. Our main meal will be taken around 2 followed by afternoon shooting and of course sunset.

After a sunrise shoot on our final day, we will have some breakfast and some time to pack and get ready. We will be taken by minibus back to Croatia. We will be staying in the beautiful and historical town of Cavtat in self-catering apartments on our last evening of the tour – a chance to unwind and have a good final meal together. The town is located just 8km from Dubrovnik airport. You will be transported from Cavtat to the airport the following day to catch your flight home.

The cost of the Montenegro photo tour is €2550. For this you will receive instruction and expert advice throughout your trip, hand picked locations with ExploreLight and local guidance throughout, transport to and from Dubrovnik airport to Zabljak by minibus, 7 days transport by 4 x 4 with local guidance allowing access to areas that normal cars simply can not go, accommodation single occupancy, as well as food inclusive of hotel breakfast and dinner. Alcohol is not included.

Your comfort is taken seriously and we will be staying in hotels throughout with wi-fi access.

FLIGHTS are not included.

It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate flight costs.

  • On Location Guidance
  • Compositional Instruction
  • 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

Daragh Muldowney – view gallery of Daragh’s images HERE

  • Spare batteries for camera if possible or the battery charger essential
  • We will be shooting both wide angles and intimate details so focal lengths from 17mm to 200mm will be of use. Longer lenses essential and if you have longer than 200 or a tele converter this would 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 ND’s will be of use
  • You will need warmer clothes for the morning.
  • Expect temp around 4 or 5 degrees celcius with temp up to 20 / 25 c during the day.

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.

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 are a community of photography lovers and we would love it if you could join the ExploreLight experience too.

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’re all friends but a bit of space while traveling is essential too. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. There are one or 2 small exceptions on this point, but they are few and far between, and always noted in the description. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a pint of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.

The ‘craic’ (fun) is always mighty. We like the feeling of community and fun when on tour. We’re together as a group chasing the light but laughing while we do it.

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?

“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

Slovenia : 19 – 24 Oct 2021

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Montenegro : 18 – 23 Oct 2022

Slovenia : 26 – 31 Oct 2022


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 60 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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