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Photography courses

A range of Devon photography courses  for beginner & intermediate photographers, tailored to your needs 

Drone photo of Haldon Belvedere by Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography

Looking for photography courses in Devon?

Are you interested in photography but don't know where to start? Or maybe you're a more experienced photographer looking to take your skills to the next level? Whatever your level, I offer a range of photography courses to help you achieve your goals. From short 2-hour taster sessions to full-day photography masterclasses, I can tailor the content to meet your individual needs. Before any course, we'll have a discussion to ensure that the course is customized to your specific requirements. Let's start your photography journey together!

If you're not local to Devon, then why not make a weekend of it, on one of my a residential photography workshops? I run photography workshops for beginners and photography workshops for intermediate photographers in spring and the autumn.

If you're ready to learn photography, but not sure which course is right for you, please get in touch; I'm always happy to chat!

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Photography courses for beginners

Training tailored to you

The courses below are examples of what I can teach you in 2-hour, half day or full day sessions. However, all sessions are tailored to your individual needs, and any session can cover the topics that you wish to learn.  If you're not sure what you want to learn, that's fine too, we'll work together to understand your needs.

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2 hours

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Beginners

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£119

With the advancements in technology, smartphones have become powerful tools for photography. This phone photography course aims to help you take brilliant photos using just your phone. By providing you with a deeper understanding of your camera app and unlocking your creativity, you'll be able to capture stunning images that rival those taken with professional cameras.

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2 hours

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Beginners

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£119

Aimed at beginner photographers, this course is designed to help you take better photos in no time. With a focus on understanding your camera's capabilities and improving composition, you'll learn key skills that every photographer needs to know. By the end of the course, you'll have a solid foundation to build upon and start capturing stunning images.

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3.5. hours

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Beginners

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£169

Are you tired of taking simple snapshots and ready to unleash your creativity with photography? This half-day course will provide you with all the key skills to start utilizing the full power of your camera. The content will be tailored to your needs, but typically includes understanding basic camera controls, proper focusing techniques, moving off fully automatic mode, and using composition to take better photos. With these skills, you'll be on your way to creating photographic art that you can be proud of.

Photography courses for intermediate photographers

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Female Photographer
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7.5 hours

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Beginner / intermediate

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£269

Whether you're a beginner or intermediate photographer, this masterclass is designed to help you take your skills to the next level. With personalized content tailored to your individual needs, you'll learn everything from shooting on full manual mode to composing better photos and understanding light. For intermediate photographers, the course also covers more advanced techniques like using filters for long exposure photography, exposure and focus blending, and post-processing. By the end of this course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to capture stunning photos and take your photography to new heights.

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3.5 hours

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Intermediate

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£169

For intermediate photographers looking to enhance their creativity, this course offers personalized instruction on a variety of topics. Learn how to use filters to capture stunning long exposures, experiment with intentional camera movement, master exposure and focus blending for landscape photography, explore the basics of night sky photography, or get an introduction to the exciting world of drone photography. Whatever your interests, this course will help you take your photography to the next level.

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A Dartmoor landscape, by Devon photographer Gary Holpin Photography
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7.5 hours

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Intermediate

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£269

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.

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3.5 hours

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Intermediate

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£169

Are you a competent photographer looking to take your photography skills to the next level? Our advanced photography course is designed to help you improve your technique in specific areas. During the course, you'll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of techniques of your choice, including post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, capturing the perfect sunset, long exposure photography, and an introduction to drone photography. Whether you're looking to take your hobby to the next level or pursue a career in photography, this course is the perfect way to enhance your skills and take your photography to new heights.

Why book your photography training with me? 

What previous students say...

Exceptional training

If you're thinking of joining me for a  Devon photography course, here are just a few reasons to consider choosing me as your trainer:

I make technical concepts easy to understand

As I am self taught, I know how confusing the technical aspects of photography can be, and I know how to make complicated concepts easy to understand.

I'm a Devon specialist

 I know Devon like the back of my hand. so If you join me  for one of the longer training courses, as well as helping you to improve your skills,  I will also introduce you to some beautiful and photogenic Devon locations. 

My enthusiasm for photography

Feedback from previous students has often pointed out that my enthusiasm not only makes the training more enjoyable, but it also helped them to learn more effectively.

I consistently get great reviews

My students consistently give me glowing five star reviews. You can read some of  my five star reviews on Google. 

Excellent Google ratings for photography training by Gary Holpin Photography

100% of past students were 'Very satisfied' or 'Satisfied' with their training.

 

97% of past students ranked their training as 'Very high' or 'High' quality

 

94% of past students ranked Gary's knowledge and training style as 'Excellent' or 'Very Good'

 

92% of past students ranked their training as 'Excellent' or 'Above average' value for money 

Beautiful locations

One of the best things about being a Devon photographer is having the excuse to get out and enjoy so much beautiful scenery (you can read about my photography journey here). On my Devon photography courses I will make sure that I take you to some beautiful locations, so that as well as learning photography, you can also enjoy some of the natural beauty of Devon. 

A beautiful sunrise on Sidmouth beach
A misty morning in a Devon bluebell wood
A snowy Dartmoor morning at an old engine house

Student feedback

"Informative and tailored to each student's needs so well! Excellent!."

"Brilliant training. Your experience and enthusiasm shone through. All in all, really enjoyable"

"A big thank you Gary for sharing some of your huge knowledge with me and making the process so enjoyable. Your help, and importantly, for me as a novice, your super informative support was priceless. Thanks for keeping it fun!"

  • 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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