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Coast & moors masterclass

A full day photography course, on location on the coast & moors of Devon, to help take your photography to new heights

A simple minimalist seascape: Photography training courses by Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography

Your training at a glance

Course name: Coast & moors  masterclass


Course description:  If you're an intermediate photographer looking to improve your skills, a photography course that includes location shoots could be the perfect solution. During the course, you'll have the opportunity to visit a variety of coastal and moorland locations, where you'll receive guidance on how to approach a location shoot from start to finish. This includes choosing the right location based on weather and lighting conditions, selecting the best shot, mastering composition, choosing the right filters, and adjusting camera settings. By sharing my own thought processes and techniques, I'll help you take your photography to the next level.

Course length: 7.5 hours

Who is it for? Intermediate photographers

When? As this photography course is mainly outdoors it is highly weather dependent. So, we will agree 2-3 dates and go with the one which has the most suitable weather.

Location: A variety or locations on the East Devon / South Devon coasts and Dartmoor (exact locations to be agreed)

What you'll need: Any mirrorless or DSLR camera, tripod, and preferably ND filters for at least one lens.

Price: £269 

Other photography courses that might interest you:

Creative photography masterclass

Advanced photography masterclass

Course content

This aim of this course is to help intermediate photographers improve their skills through guided shooting at a number of locations. Content will be tailored to individual needs but might include:

Selecting a location based on season, light, weather & time of day

Planning a shoot in detail

Working a location, looking for potential compositions

Shooting the scene and utilising different techniques, including long exposure and bracketing

The thought processes that a pro goes through to increase the chances of getting a great shot.





Full payment is required  at the time of booking, and should be made by BACS (bank transfer).

Various locations on the East Devon coast, South Devon coast, and Dartmoor. 


7.5 hours of training from a professional photographer

Travel between locations

Free follow-up by email / phone

Free access to private student Facebook group

What you get

  • What camera is required?
    For courses involving mobile phones, all you will need is a suitable camera phone. For camera training courses, generally any camera which has some level of manual control (usually a dial on the top which has modes such as 'A, P, M' etc is sufficient. See course descriptions for more details.
  • What prior experience is required?
    For all beginner level courses, no specific experience is required, just a suitable camera and the enthusiasm to learn.
  • How do I know if I'm a beginner or an intermediate photographer?
    There's no hard and fast rule, but I would say that an intermediate photographer: - Knows the basics of how to operate their camera - Understands at least a little about exposure, aperture, shutter speed and perhaps has a little experience with Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual - May understand a little about composition In general terms, an intermediate photographer should need less coaching in the basics of how to operate their camera, and more coaching in how to take great photos with it!
  • Where do you offer your training?
    I'm based in Honiton, and If you're happy to come to my home, that's great. If not then that isn't a problem as I'm happy to travel a reasonable distance to provide you with training (usually up to half an hour away). So, if you're looking for an Exeter photography course, then I'm happy to come to your home. If you're further away then I would normally arrange to meet at a suitable location half way between us, although I could still come to your home if you are happy to cover additional time and travel costs.
  • Is there an age limit for courses?
    No, but any child under 18 would need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • Are refreshments included?
    Some meals are included in residential courses (see course description for most details). All other courses do not include food or refreshments. It is recommended that you bring drinks and snacks, although most locations will have shops readily available if required. On nights where there is no food provided, quite often students will get together to either eat out at a local pub or get a takeaway.
  • Is transport required?
    Transport may be required between locations, but you can join me in my car if required. On group workshops, other students may also be able to provide transport to students who do not have any available,
  • What equipment do I need?
    For all beginner level courses, the only essential requirement is to have a suitable camera (along with a charged battery and memory card). A waterproof bag to protect your camera is also advisable. Intermediate courses may need some additional equipment such as a suitable tripod and ND filters (see course descriptions for full details).
  • Do I need insurance?
    My business is covered by public liability insurance, and my equipment is insured. I would strongly encourage you to consider insurance for your equipment. In addition, for residential workshops I would also strongly encourage you to buy travel insurance, as your fee may be lost if you have to cancel. This is so that courses don't become unviable due to last minute cancellations, and whilst you are able to insure for a financial loss, we are not.
  • What if the weather is bad?
    We can do outdoor shooting in most weather, but not in persistent rain. For most day courses, we can just agree an alternative date. For residential workshops, I will do my best to structure the learning so that we can make the most of any dry weather during the weekend.
  • What should I wear?
    Most courses involve some element of outdoor work, and so you will need to have clothing suitable for the season and the likely weather. As a minimum you will need stout shoes suitable for uneven ground, and a waterproof coat.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    For one-to-one courses, please do let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel, but there is no financial penalty to doing so. We will try and rearrange a mutually agreeable alternative date. For residential workshops, 28 days notice is required for a refund to be possible, and so it is strongly advised that you take out travel insurance in order to minimise any financial loss. It we can fill your place, we may be able to offer you an alternative course date but this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Which locations will we go to?
    I normally go to locations on the nearby East Devon coast, such as Sidmouth or Beer; this is to minimise the amount of training time that is used up by travel time. If there is somewhere in particular you would like to go on a shoot, please ask and I will try and accomodate your wishes if possible within the time available. Note that some short courses may not involve a trip to an outdoor location (see individual course descriptions for details)

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