The West – Kerry
16 - 22 May 2023 : 1 Place Available
16 – 22 May 2023
The West of Ireland boasts the countries most rugged and wild landscapes. Beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and an untamed coastline hugged by the Atlantic Ocean dominate the area. An ideal setting for a photography tour in Ireland. Springtime is a beautiful time of year to shoot with fresh greens breaking through for the first time. The temperatures are also perfect for misty moody mornings. Great colour and not too many general tourists give us a great opportunity for shooting.
Our 7-day tour is designed to let you enjoy your photography while we look after the locations and any instruction that might be needed. We will combine sunrise and sunset shoots through our journey ensuring you shoot the best locations in the best light. Sunrise is at 6 am so we will shoot sunrise every day with one sleep in to recharge the body. We will shoot sunset every day and if we have clear skies we will also try some night shooting. There will be breaks in between for downtime every morning post sunrise and breakfast. Our goal is for you to have a great time, get a genuine flavour for the Irish landscape and culture, and come away with a body of stunning images.
Michael is part of an elite group of Irish landscape photographers and will bring you to the best locations that the country has to offer. With a local experienced guide and instructor on board, you will get all the technical insights needed to make a vast array of great images in the best locations. Michael will make suggestions on composition at the beginning of each shoot, show you the best angles, and provide you with any technical insights needed. It is not just a chance to have a unique experience, it’s an opportunity to learn lots of new skills.
Our tour leaves from Dublin with hotel pick up included on the departure day. If you’re visiting from abroad Dublin gives you the best option flight-wise and also an opportunity to explore our capital city and visit iconic locations such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Book of Kells. We don’t want to spend excessive time in the car once we’re out on tour so we’ve broken the trip into two key locations. We take your photography and comfort seriously and will be staying in well-appointed hotels throughout.
Part 1 of the Ireland Photo Tour: The first part of our journey will begin on the Ring of Kerry. From our Killarney base (where we will spend 4 nights) we will explore the Gap of Dunloe, the Ring of Kerry and the Beara peninsula. It’s an ideal jump-off point to shoot beautiful lakes, rivers, mountains and waterfalls. Killarney National Park boasts the highest mountains in Ireland, stunning lakes and passes, as well as a vast array of deciduous native woodland. From here we can access the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley plus an unforgettable day trip to the Beara Peninsula.
Part 2 of the Ireland Photo Tour: From Killarney, we move to the second leg of our tour to the Dingle Peninsula. We will spend 2 nights in Dingle where we will explore stunning beaches around Slea Head as well as the dramatic Conor Pass. Some of the finest beaches in Ireland are on Slea Head. The Conor Pass and the mountainous backdrop is a sight to behold at sunrise.
There will be a webinar to help you edit your images post-workshop. You send your pictures to your instructor and a section will be edited live. The webinar will be recorded and sent back to you so you will have a route map to help you make the most of your images after the workshop. We will also offer discounted rates on our online photography courses plus we have a range of free courses you can access so you’re ready to go before you even arrive.
The cost of our 7-day tour is €3450. A €700 deposit is required to secure your place and the balance would be due two months before the trip gets underway. For this cost, you will receive 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner) and single occupancy hotel accommodation throughout.
Your comfort is taken seriously and we will be staying in hotels throughout. Lunch will be taken on the road. On location, transportation is also included (not flights) so you will be driven to and from all locations throughout the duration of the tour. All you need to do is enjoy your shooting, learn some new skills and make lots of beautiful images.
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
- 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.
- 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
- USB drive to store edited images (we can also use your CF or SD cards if you don’t have one) (In case we have to work indoors)
- Laptop – If anyone has a laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom – I’m sure this will come in handy
- You will need a pair of over ankle height waterproof boots
- Good waterproof jackets & trousers
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 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.
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“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.”
“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.”
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“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.”
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