Cornwall's towering cliffs, golden beaches, remote coves and tranquil estuaries form some of the most diverse and beautiful coastline in the world. Add that sunrise on the South Coast and sunset on the Atlantic Coast are just a few miles apart and, providing you know where and when to go, you have the ideal destination for Seascape photography. That is why I moved here in 2013 to establish the ultimate course for photography enthusiasts looking to widen their horizons.
Today my Cornish Seascape Workshops have gained an international reputation for excellence and results. For unlike group tours, where numbers can compromise personal attention and aspirations. Or day trips, that lack location variety and real in-depth insight. My one-to-one, residential course focusses solely on the individual client over their chosen number of days. Adapting the approach to suit experience and comfort levels, I match their aims and ambitions with the prevailing atmospherics to create an ideal itinerary. This will include shooting through the blue and golden hours at a range of locations around the coasts, with more daytime shoots and plenty of studio time in between. This makes for an 'intense photographic experience'
as one regular client puts it, hence 5 days is the longest course I offer. However, any stay can be bookended by additional B&B nights to help with travel plans, jet lag etc.
In combining my award-winning skills, gained over a 30+ year career, with a lifelong passion for the coastal environment, the guidance is intended to inspire rather than instruct. For the aim is to encourage an individual approach to building a varied body of stunning work, using your new-found understanding and skills. Out on location we explore the many elemental influences on the Sea. You will learn to read, predict, compose and conduct the elemental dynamics, and discover how Manual settings, filtering and lighting manipulation can capture the essence of a moment 'in camera'. Back in the studio, using Camera Raw and Photoshop CC - the ultimate Fine Art processing combination - you will discover a clear path through the maze of sliders, tools and layers, that leads to gallery quality imagery. Here again, the undivided attention over multiple sessions ensures everything sinks in.
Yet above all else, a Cornish Seascape Workshop is about you enjoying yourself. So the welcome is warm, the accommodation luxurious, the food delicious and the attitude relaxed. For this inspires success, and many clients have gone on to win club competitions, be published and sell work. Perhaps this is why so many return time and again.
As for seasonal choice, here's a personal overview;
- March, April, May
- A wonderful time of regeneration with vivid colours, lightening skies and lengthening days. The sea takes on bright turquoise hues as the sun strengthens and wild flowers carpet the cliffs. Atmospheric conditions can vary from stormy to bright, often in a matter of hours, making the scope of photo opportunities very appealing.
- June, July - (August)
- An often idyllic time of long, sultry days and glorious sunrise and sunsets. Perhaps the easiest season to shoot in terms of conditions down on the tideline, yet early starts and late returns make 2 or 3 days the ideal summer course duration. Yet to ease you in, or assist with travel plans, there's always the option of taking an extra night's B&B. Due to the high tourist numbers I don't run workshops in August.
- September, October, November
- The golden season, where dawns and dusks can be accompanied by glorious, rich atmospherics. There's always the chance of some big waves and the shortening days make for later starts, earlier returns and more time in the studio.
- December, January, February
- The wild season of brooding light, big seas and stormy atmospherics. Atlantic storms see Cornish coastal drama at its very best and the low sun extends the blue and golden 'hours'. Winter is the ideal time for the more adventurous, experienced photographer.