Aigas Field Centre
based: Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK
Discover the wildlife of Scotland on ready-made or tailored nature and wildlife holidays, including animal and bird watching, wildlife and nature photography; see pine martens, badgers, otters, beavers, dolphins, red deer, capercaillie, red squirrels, ospreys, red kites ... Accommodation is in timber lodges in the arboretum of the House of Aigas. Specialist small group tours also catered for.
| animals/safari | whale/dolphin watching | birdwatching | photographic | Scotland
based: Suffolk, UK
Assington Mill, set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, offers over 55 different short 1-3 day courses at very reasonable prices. Courses are mainly on rural skills and crafts and include a very diverse range: from wooden spoon-carving to picture framing and from landscape photography to making clay ovens.
| country crafts | wood crafts | pottery/ceramics | photographic | UK |
Bootlace Walking Holidays
based: Granada, Spain
Spectacular mountain walks with experienced guides following ancient waterways and caminos, once silk routes of the Moors and drovers' paths. Vegetarian/vegan friendly, all-inclusive, bespoke plus self-guided holidays. Also accompanied treks with local guides in Morocco and special activity holidays such as herbalism, photography, yoga and walking.
| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | vegetarian/vegan | yoga | herb | photographic | Spain |
Dublin Photography School
based: Dublin, Ireland
Photographic holidays, short breaks and guided tours in Ireland or Iceland. Digital photography courses or workshops for all levels from beginner to advanced.
| photographic | Ireland | Iceland |
ISSOS International Summer Schools
based: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, UK
Summer school program offering high school students (13-18) the opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. A three week program welcoming students from over 60 nationalities (each nationality limited to 10% to guarantee a truly international experience).
| summer schools | youth/teen | multi-activity | English language | painting/drawing | photographic | film/video | golf | tennis | writing | Scotland | UK | USA |
Outdoor Photo Workshops
based: Florida, USA
Specialist nature and adventure photography workshops; offering hands-on in-field instruction, backed up with classroom sessions and critiques, suitable for all photographers regardless of skill level or camera equipment. Also weekend nature photographic workshops and travel photography sessions.
| photographic | USA |
National Geographic Expeditions
based: Florida, USA
Photography programs and expeditions from National Geographic, designed for amateur photographers of all levels. Week-long and weekend workshops to learn techniques and tips from National Geographic photographers while exploring picturesque places.
| photographic | USA |
Shore Cottage Studio
based: Merseyside, UK
Creative photography courses linked to nature, with a focus on finding inspiration from natural surroundings. These courses are designed to help people get more from their digital SLR cameras and are suitable for beginners with a new camera, or those that want to move on from auto mode.
| photographic | USA |
Greek Island Photography
based: California, USA
Digital photography workshops in Greece for beginners and experienced photographers.
| photographic | Greece |
Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris
based: Washington, USA
Worldwide photographic safaris, offering a range of trips and tours designed exclusively for outdoor and nature photography enthusiasts.
| photographic | photographic safaris | Worldwide |
A photography tour which includes seven nights cruising in the Galapagos National Park (exploring the west and central islands), hikes to volcanoes and over dramatic volcanic flows, snorkelling with turtles and sea lions and relaxation on white-sand beaches.
For keen photographers there will be expert guidance and photography tips from host, Gary Arndt (founder of the Everything Everywhere blog and travel photographer of the year for the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Society of American Travel Writers). Gary will provide ad-hoc photography workshops throughout the trip, with a focus on getting the ideal shot, composition and lighting. He'll also provide some insights into the world of travel blogs.
The package includes the services of a certified Galapagos National Park Service guide, all landings, excursions and transport, snorkelling gear and a visit to a wildlife interpretation centre.
An 11-day photographic holiday accompanied by an experienced National Geographic photographer. This trip is designed for photographers of all abilities, and the trip itinerary may be adapted to make the most of the photographic opportunities. Excursions are timed to take advantage of the best light conditions, special photo shoots may be arranged, and the tour will take its time in picturesque spots.
Photographic opportunities are everywhere in Japan, from the neon lights of downtown Tokyo, to ancient shrines in the pine forest. The trip starts in Tokyo, and goes on to visit Asuka, Osaka and Kyoto; and includes forest hikes, temples and shrines, rural villages, markets, taiko drummers, a tea ceremony and many other visual delights.
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If you don't want to commit to an entire holiday of photography, or if you just fancy a quick brush up on your photography skills before you head off on your own trip, why not try a short course?
The one and two-day courses and tours listed in this short article encompass a broad range, covering particular interests, destinations or photographic challenges. These may include animal and wildlife photography, taking photos at night or during the evening, city tours that focus on capturing the tourist sights at their best. There are also more in-depth beginners and introductory sessions, and private photography tuition with an overnight stay included.
These photography courses are available in a range of locations across the UK. They vary in content but most are designed for people with compact or DSLR cameras and offer expert tuition from working photographers. The courses listed are packaged as gift experiences, but can equally be purchased for personal use.
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