Q: What is the course fee?
The fee for the weekend group course is €390 per person, minimum three and maximum five persons per course (click here to convert to your currency). The fee for a single participant on a one-day course is €350 per day. For both individual and groups this covers
- transport to and from shoot locations and dining establishments
- tuition and supervision on location
- post-shoot review of your photographs*
- tuition in correction and enhancement techniques*
Q: Are there any other charges?
We ask that you take out holiday insurance. You should ensure that this covers you if you fail to make the course due to any unforeseen circumstances or indeed if you fall ill or suffer a mishap during the course. Our courses are insured but may not cover your circumstances. Holiday insurance fees are usually modest for weekend trips. Sometimes it may already be covered in your own health insurance. Check and see.
Q: What about accommodation?
Accommodation is not included in the course fee but we can recommend excellent guesthouses who will provide attractive special deals for Connemara Light course participants. Email us for further details.
Q: Where do we go to in Connemara?By the end of the course you will have seen a lot of Connemara! Our approximate 120-mile round trip on the first day will deliberately take in some of the most spectacular scenery. Some of these will be our location stops. The second day covers sea, waterscapes and marshlands. If it's your choice the first day will be from dawn to dusk with stops for rest and review of your work. The days will be long but rewarding.
Q: How many people will be on the course?
A minimum of three participants and a maximum of five will be on this course, excluding the tutor.
Q: Do you offer any other destinations?
No. Naturally, we’re biased but we feel Connemara’s beauty is second to none. However, if you have already done the course and liked our approach midweek offers flexibility for travelling further afield.
Q: What if the course dates do not suit me?
Weekend dates not offered are either fully booked or not available. Demand can create a course. To find out please email us.
Q: How long does the weekend course last?
The course proper runs from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. There is an introduction and course briefing meeting Friday evening.
Q: Where do I need to be to join the course?
You need to present yourself at the specified time and location which will be posted or emailed to you once your booking is confirmed. Your booking arrangement will contain all those details.
Q: Can I drive to photography locations myself?
No. In the interest of logistics, togetherness and the smooth running of the course you must accompany your fellow participants in the transport provided.
Q: What does the course consist of?
You will be driven to a series of locations (an itinerary will be shown on the morning of the course) that demand particular skills in the arts of composition and exposure. Each participant will receive individual tuition on setting up camera and tripod and photographing and be given assessment on photographs taken. Various lenses, remote switches and Neutral Density filters will be demonstrated as well as multi-exposure bracketing.
Saturday will dwell largely on landscapes with mountain and lake panoramas whereas Sunday will include both sea and landscapes. One-day courses will have a selection of both.
Sunday afternoon will consist of a review of photographs you have taken and you will learn photo enhancement and correction techniques using levels, curves, adjustment layers, masks and blends. You will have your own Apple computer with Photoshop.
Q: I have a compact camera, not an SLR, can I still come?
This is not a course for compact camera users!! These do a good job at taking pictures but your control over them is limited. SLR cameras hand over that control to you hence you have a lot more creative freedom and hence we can teach you! You could borrow an SLR from a friend for the trip (we could lend one too but only if one is available). Why not email us explaining your situation.
Q: How long does the course last each day?
A typical day would last nine hours. We start with a 9am short briefing in Connemara Light's studio in Spiddal, Co Galway. You will be shown images from your destinations and given a map to take with you. We normally return to the studio between 5 and 6pm to do a review of photographs taken. If participants so wish we can stay on locations until 6pm instead and then return home without any reviewing of work done.
Q: What photography skills do I need?
None, as long as you have a working digital SLR camera and lens. All levels of skills are acceptable and will be accommodated. The beginner will be introduced to landscape photography in beautiful surroundings, the intermediate photographer will learn more and the advanced photographer, who may have come solely to discover new locations, will be left to his or her devices if they so wish but must stay within the course framework and follow the tutor or supervisor’s wishes.
Q: What do I need to bring with me?
Well, the camera and lens for starters and a sturdy tripod, a spare fully charged battery and/or battery charger to charge the battery after each day. A minimum one gigabyte card in your camera is desirable. Bring the manual that came with your camera. Bring warm, water and windproof clothes, warm comfortable socks and strong boots for the outdoors. Bring light wear, sun lotion and a hat for hot weather as well. An umbrella is good for protection for you and your camera. Sometimes in summer months midges can be troublesome. Insect repellent and covered arms recommended.
Q: Will there be much walking or trekking involved?
You will be driven to locations near to the roadside so no strenuous walking or climbing is envisaged.
Q: If I like one spot particularly can I stay behind awhile?
No, sadly. For safety and organisational reasons all participants must stay together and abide by the tutor or supervisor’s wishes. Of course if a beam of light breaks through a cloud over a fjiord that we were about to leave we will hang around a while longer. But the tutor, supervisor and participants are bound by the course schedule. Once the course ends you are free to revisit all the locations as many times as you wish!
Q: Am I free to do what I want outside course hours?
Yes. The only condition is that you be available when the course resumes. It is your responsability to present yourself at the agreed location for the start of the day’s proceedings.
Q: Will there be traditional Irish music in the local pubs?
Yes, there are pubs that offer traditional music nightly during the summer season. Nearby Galway has famous trad music nightspots.
Q: What if I left the course early for personal reasons?
Your wishes will be respected however, we cannot reimburse any or part of your fee. It is a condition of acceptance onto this course that you acknowledge and agree to this condition. All other aspects will be treated sympathetically.
Q: What if I get sick and cannot attend the course?
You will of course stay in bed and be allowed to rest and recover. A doctor will be contacted if necessary. The nearest hospital is in Galway city. We hope of course that you recover quickly but this is one of the reasons why we strongly recommend that you take out holiday insurance.
Q: What happens if the weather is bad?
It does happen! If it’s rainfall we will take shelter wait and see. Rainfall is rarely prolonged and breaks do occur. The best time to take photographs and the best rainbows are after a cloudburst. The air is clear and the world gleaming. Likewise an overcast day does not dull the potential of a good photograph of rivers, streams, bogs or valleys. Another option is to return to the studio and work on the photographs taken.