Feedback from Carol, a student on the June 2021 Mazzard Farm Photography Weekend “Gary your knowledge & enthusiasm is fantastic, you’re inspiring & my knowledge & confidence have increased hugely”

Residential workshops

Small group photography weekends in beautiful Devon

Residential weekend workshop, East Devon ( 13 hours of training over 2 days + 3 nights accomodation + Friday eve welcome dinner, £349)

Who is the course for?

This is a residential photography weekend, led by a professional photographer, and aimed at giving beginner and intermediate photographers all the skills they need to start taking great photos, and is based at the award winning Mazzard Farm Cottages near Ottery St Mary in the heart of the beautiful East Devon countryside.

The weekend is aimed at beginners and anyone with an interest in improving their photography, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a small group of like minded people. If you want to have a weekend in East Devon, immersed in photography, learning how to get off automatic modes, explore your camera's capabilities and take your photography to the next level then this course is for you. Although the tuition is based around shooting landscapes, much of the learning is equally applicable to many other types of photography, and short lessons on other genres such as macro or night sky photography can be built in.

What do you need?

Any bridge, DSLR or mirrorless camera which has manual controls (usually 'M' on the function wheel on the top) 

Where is it held?

At the award winning Mazzard Farm near Ottery St Mary in East Devon (see

What does it cover? 

Understanding camera settings

Understanding exposure and depth of field

Kit essentials including tripods, filters and lenses & how to use them

Understanding light and composition

Taking creative control by shooting on manual

Planning photo shoots around tides, weather & seasons

Advanced creative techniques such as long exposure, multiple exposure blending, focus stacking & panoramas

Post production in Abobe Lightroom to create stunning works of art

What's included

3 nights accommodation (Fri, Sat, Sun) at Mazzard Farm

Dinner on Friday evening where you will meet the course photographer and the small group of students you will be learning with

Two days (10am to 4.30pm approx) of tuition from a pro photographer in a relaxed atmosphere of no more than 5 other students

Two photography sessions on location, where you can put your new skills into practice and have some great photo to take away with you. Locations are usually Sidmouth (Saturday) and Beer (Sunday)

Handout summary of course content

After the course

Free follow-up questions by phone / email

Access to student closed Facebook group

Course dates & availability

Friday April 22nd to Sunday April 24th 2022 - FULLY BOOKED

Friday May 6th to Sunday 8th May 2022 - NEW DATE, JUST ADDED

Friday May 13th to Sunday May 15th 2022 - ONE (MALE) PLACE REMAINING

Friday Sept 30th to Sunday Oct 2nd 2022 - GOOD AVAILABILITY

To book

1. Complete the booking request form below, including your name, email address and the name /date of the course.

2. I will be in touch by email with an invoice for payment of a £99 deposit (by bank transfer or debit / credit card).

3. The balance of payment will be requested around 28 days before the course date.

Payment terms & cancellation policy

A £100 deposit is requested by BACS (bank transfer) at the time of booking. The balance is requested 28 days before the course date. Payment by  card can be arranged on request.

Please note that fees for residential courses are only refundable, or transferable to a later date if at least 28 days notice is given, or if the spare space can be filled by another student before the course runs. This is in order to ensure that late cancellations do not make courses unviable.