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Devon landscape photography workshops (for improving photographers)

Weekend residential photography workshops for photographers who already know the basics

Man with a camera: Photography courses by Devon photographer, Gary Holpin photography

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Course name: Residential landscape photography workshops for improving photographers

Location: Mazzard Farm, Ottery St Mary, East Devon

Course description: If you're a photographer who already knows the basics of how to use your camera, but looking to improve your landscape photography skills, this residential photography weekend at Mazzard Farm in East Devon is the answer! With a small group of up to six students, you'll spend two days learning and practicing photography techniques in the beautiful countryside surroundings of East Devon and Dartmoor.

The workshop begins with a review of camera basics and landscape techniques, but the majority of the weekend is spent out in the field, receiving personalized coaching on how to capture stunning landscape photos. Back at Mazzard Farm, you'll have plenty of time to process and discuss your images with the group. Don't miss this opportunity to take your photography skills to the next level!

Course length: Friday evening to Sunday late afternoon (you can also stay Sunday night if you wish)

Who is it for? Photographers who already understand the basics of using their camera., but want help to improve their landscape photography skills.

What you'll need: Any bridge, mirrorless or DSLR


Your trainer: Professional Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography

Price: £399 residential, £219 non-residential (pay just £139 deposit to secure your place)

What's included? 3 nights accommodation, 16 hours of training over 2 days, some meals and drinks, & free follow-ups.

Why book a photography workshop with me? 

Award winning accomodation

All photography workshops are based at the award winning Mazzard Farm,, located deep in the East Devon countryside. You'll stay in one of a handful of high quality & comfortable cottages, clustered around a pretty courtyard, and set in 17 acres of woodland, orchards & gardens. 

Mazzard Farm Cottages, location of Devon photography workshops run by Gary Holpin Photography
Mazzard Farm Cottages, location of Devon photography workshops run by Gary Holpin Photography
Mazzard Farm Cottages, location of Devon photography workshops run by Gary Holpin Photography

Exceptional training

If you're thinking of joining me for a  weekend immersed in photography, here are just a few reasons to choose 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. 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  on a weekend workshop, as well as helping you to improve your skills,  I will also introduce you to some beautiful and photogenic 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

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 photography workshops 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 sunset on Sidmouth Beach, Devon
A misty morning in a Devon bluebell wood
A Dartmoor photo by Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography

A bit more detail

Group size





Transport from local rail station (Honiton) may be available on request. Transport during the training (to photo shoots) can usually be accommodated.


Groups are limited to a maximum of six students

Accommodation is in a in self contained holiday cottage.You may need to share the cottage with one other person of the same sex (with your own bedroom, but sharing other facilities).


A welcome meal on the Friday evening is included in the fee. A breakfast hamper and tea and coffee making facilities are also provided. You will need to arrange your own refreshments for the remainder of the weekend, but we can provide plenty of ideas of options, and often students get together to eat as a group.



Training time is normally 9.00 am until

5.00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The rest of the time is yours to explore the local area, or chill in your comfortable cottage accommodation.

There may be an opportunity to also shoot a sunrise or sunset, however, this is season and weather dependent and is optional.



A £139 deposit is required at the time of booking in order to secure your place. The balance is due 28 days before the date of the course. Please see our cancellation policy (in the FAQ's) and consider taking out travel insurance.


Workshop itinerary

Students learning photography on a Devon photography course with Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography


  • Late afternoon: Arrive at Mazzard Farm & check into your cottage

  • Evening (around 7 pm): Meet and greet meal at a local Ottery St Mary pub


  • 9.00 am: Training refresher session at Mazzard Farm (basic camera skills & landscape photography techniques)

  • 12.30 am: Location shoot at a coastal location. I am on hand to both coach and advise as required.

  • 3.30 pm: Back to Mazzard Farm to review, edit and provide constructive feedback on the  photos taken

  • 5.00 pm: Finish for the day


  • 9.00 am: Meet at Mazzard Farm before travelling to around 3 classic landscape photo locations (locations are decided based on the weather & season but may include woodland, waterfalls, reservoirs, moorland, and coast). I am on hand at all times to provide coaching and advice as required.

  • 3.30 pm: Back to Mazzard Farm to review, edit and provide constructive feedback on the  photos taken

  • 5.00 pm: Prize awarded for the best photo of the weekend & finish


Depending on the weather conditions, I may suggest meeting locally for a sunrise or sunset shoot on Saturday morning / evening or Sunday morning, although this is totally optional!

  • 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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Students learning photography on a Devon photography course with Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography
Students learning photography on a Devon photography course with Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography
A student learning photography with Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography
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