A Little Bit About My Workshops

You may find my workshops a little different to others that you have been on in regards to the level of tuition that is offered. While of course we look to visit a number of beautiful locations and chase good light,  my focus is heavily weighted towards giving you as much tuition as possible during our time together. This is one of the reasons I keep the numbers very small, as this allows me plenty of 1-2-1 time with each participant. 

My goal is to ensure when you leave you are more confident and better prepared to make your own beautiful landscape images going forward. Of course hopefully we also catch some great conditions during our time together so that you can also go home with some beautiful images. 

All transport is also included in each of my workshops as I believe is it important to keep our group together as quite often, when in the car, we continue on our discussions or indeed road-side stops can allow for impromptu lessons on composition and light. 

Bespoke Workshop ? 

Please note I can also cater for a more bespoke approach to your workshop requirements including different dates to the above and indeed longer experiences. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements. 

Introduction to Landscape Photography Workshop (Half Day or Full day)

This workshop is aimed at those just getting started in Landscape Photography and comes in either a half day (approx 4 hours) or full day (approx 8 hours) option. To ensure you gain most from our time together, prior to the workshop, your own requirements will be discussed, however some of the techniques we can cover include; 

  • Location Planning
  • Basics rules of composition 
  • Metering a scene and paying attention to your histogram
  • Focus techniques and understanding Depth of Field (DoF) to maximise sharpness in your image
  • Using filters 
  • Long Exposure Photography

While conditions cannot be controlled best efforts will be made on both the half and full day workshops to be in position to make the most of any potential golden hour light in the evening. 

COST - Half Day £50  / Full Day £110 *

WHAT'S INCLUDED - All transport during workshop (Portrush Pickup), All tuition (including one-to-one), Tea/Coffee/Snacks

MAX PARTICIPANTS - 3 (will still run if only one person booked)

DATES - Flexible

POTENTIAL LOCATIONS - Giants Causeway, Kinbane Head, Ballintoy, Dark Hedges, Portstewart Strand, Herringpond

FITNESS - Moderate (some walking over uneven surfaces and up and down steps required) 

*Half Day will typically start 4 hours prior to sunset

*Full Day will typically start 8 hours prior to sunset

InishOwen (Co.Donegal) 2 day LAndscape Workshop

Upcoming DAtes

  • 28th - 30th April 2017
  • 19th - 21st May 2017
  • 23rd - 25th June 2017

Cost - £175 per person (£50 non-refundable deposit to secure your place) 

  • this includes 2 nights accommodation at Sandrock Hostel (Fri/Sat) Should you wish to stay an extra night (Sunday for example) please let me know and we can arrange (13.50 euro per night)

Max Group Size 3 (4 including myself) 

A fantastic opportunity to explore many of the wonderful locations that the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula has to offer in a relaxed small group environment. Staying at the Sandrock Hostelwhich is located right on Malin Head, will put us within a 10 minute drive of spectacular (and sometimes wild) locations to make best use of morning and evening light. My knowledge of the area will ensure we not only visit the key photographic locations, but do so at the right time to make best use of tides as well as weather conditions.

Depending on the conditions (and time of year) the Northern Lights may also be visible. We may also look to do some night / milky way photography. Again depending on time of year and conditions. This will be discussed prior to your workshop. 

Locations expected to visit include Strove Lighthouse, Dunree Head, Kinnagoe Bay, Tremone Bay, Malin Head, Glenevin Waterfall, Doaghmore Beach and Carrickabraghy Castle. 

This workshop is aimed at those getting started in Landscape Photography or those looking to improve specific areas and will cover such topics as; 

  • Location planning
  • Working on your composition for stronger images
  • Understanding your histogram 
  • Depth of Field and achieving sharper images 
  • Use of Filters (both graduated and full)
  • Long exposure techniques 
  • Night / Aurora photography (weather depending) 
  • Handheld vs. Tripod workflow  
  • Getting creative with the camera 
  • Evening photo editing sessions (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop) 

What's included; 

  • 2 nights accommodation at Sandrock Hostel (please note Sandrock operates a mixed dorm policy
  • All ground transportation during the trip (around Inishowen area)
  • Tea / Coffee / Snacks / Packed Lunch (Saturday / Sunday) 
  • All photo tuition (including plenty of time for one to one) 
  • Wrap-up guide sent via email with information on the areas that we covered  

What's not included; 

  • Main Meals at Hostel (Sandrock has a fully functional kitchen including Microwave, hob, toaster, fridge etc)
  • Meals out 
  • Drinks purchased during the trip 
  • Insurance 

The following is a typical schedule for workshops run April - September


  • Early Evening we will meet at Sandrock Hostel (I'll be there from 5pm onwards)
    • Potential for sunset shoot should the conditions be favourable 
  • Cook dinner and discuss the plan for the weekend. 
  • Will also discuss how I plan for a landscape photography outing 


  • Sunrise shoot (tea / coffee / breakfast snack included)
    • Depart hostel approx 30min to 1 hour before sunrise, depending on our chosen location
      • Please bear in mind sunrise time at this time of year can be VERY early which will mean an even earlier alarm call
    • Back to hostel for breakfast and recharge of camera batteries / download memory cards
  • Main Daytime shoot (packed lunch provided) 
    • 11.30 - 4.30pm (approx)
    • Our focus during the day, when light is perhaps not as conducive to great images, will be to focus on technique
  • Sunset Shoot
    • Depart hostel approx 2.5 hours before sunset


  • As above apart from
    • mid morning - for those departing on Sunday will need to checkout before we depart for our main day shoot
    • we will grab dinner outside on the Sunday before our sunset shoot 

Please note, with all workshops while every effort is made to get you as close to our intended photographic subject as possible (by car) there will be periods of walking over uneven ground, sandy beaches, or up and down steps. A moderate level of fitness will be required. Your fitness requirements will be discussed prior to your workshop.   

Booking Form

Terms and conditions


  1. A deposit (£25/half day, £50/full day(or Donegal) is required at the time of booking. The full balance of the workshop is due no less than 14 less days before the workshop date. Failure to pay the balance may result in your place on the workshop being lost with a loss of your deposit. 

  2. A full refund will only be given if cancellation is given in writing (to nigelcooke@hotmail.com) no less than 10 days before your planned workshop date. At this stage, if available, we can discuss rescheduling your workshop date. 

  3. If, for whatever reason, I am unable to attend, a full refund will be given and a follow-up workshop will be planned. The follow-up workshop will come with a 10% discount as a good will gesture. 

  4. Please ensure you have appropriate insurance for both yourself and your kit for the activities being undertaken during the workshop. Nigel Cooke Photography accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to photographic equipment during any workshop. 

  5. I am unable to accept workshop bookings for persons under the age of 18. 

  6. By submitting the booking form, you are agreeing to accept these Terms & Conditions.