The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is the only truly coastal Park in the UK and really lives up to its Welsh name of "Gwlad Hud a Lledrith, the "Land of Mystery and Enchantment. The prestigious National Geographic Magazine rated it as the world's second-best coastal destination in 2012 in recognition of its outstanding rugged cliffs and golden beaches, backed by hidden valleys and rolling mountains.
But the Park also has inland areas which provide great potentail for the landscape photographer. The Daugleddau, known locally as the Secret Waterway, has many serene settings and whose source can be found in the Preseli Mountains in the north which abound with ancient cromlechs and standing stones.
This short-stay can includes a day on Skomer between April and July. Further details are here and the dates on below with the Skomer days in brackets.
Your tutor and guide is Andy Davies, a professional photographer and lecturer, who has an indepth knowledge of the Park as he has been photographing and exploring its landscape since 1999 when he moved to West Wales. Many of the Park's locations are featured in a book he produced in 2008 called Coastline Wales.
This two day workshop caters for all skill levels, from complete beginners to aspiring professionals. Hands-on expert tuition is provided to small groups who are initially taken back to the fundamentals of photography, rapidly progressing to having full creative control of either digital compact cameras with manual capability or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses.
There is plenty of time throughout the weekend for one-to-one tuition when topics of your interest can be explored. Instruction on picture editing will be given as well as group image critique sessions.
Please contact me as this can be run throughout the year for
groups of two or more. It can be combined with a day on Skomer during April, May, June and July.
£210 per person for the weekend or participants can attend for just one day at £95.
How to book
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andy on 01269 871870 or 07977 562321. Numbers are limited so please book as early as possible.
These will be issued closer to the workshop date.
If this is part of a day on Skomer, we meet at the top of Martins Haven beach which is down the road from the National Trust car park at 8.30am at the latest. I will give you your landing ticket - please do not go to the desk in Lockley Lodge to ask for this. Please put your island landing fee in an envelope and I will hand this in at the end of the day. This also guarantees your place on the Dale Princess on the first crossing of the day, returning on the last boat giving us the whole day on the island.
The workshop does not involve day long hikes but will require the abilitity to walk along the coastal footpath to various locations where steep gradients may be encountered.
Digital compact cameras or digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) with interchangeable lenses. We will be covering a variety of subjects so bring all the lenses you have! Lead to connect your camera to a laptop's USB port. Please ensure that batteries are fully charged. Camera manual and software installation disk. Tripod.
Please bring a laptop computer if you have one loaded with Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite, Elements, Lightroom or other photo editing program. Trial versions can be downloaded from the Adobe website.