Northern Ireland Workshop - 22-24 March, 2019

Welcome to Northern Ireland! The north is full of myths, folklore, and breathtaking beauty. Northern Ireland has it all. From rugged coastlines, beaches with white rock cliffs, mountains, ruined castles, and more. Within recent years the popular HBO series Game of Thrones created numerous film sets across the North, such as the Dark Hedges.

We will focus on landscape & seascape photography during this workshop with a post-processing session at the end of the weekend.

Main Locations:

Giants Causeway | The Dark Hedges | Dunluce castle | Mussenden Temple & More!

Day 1

Arrival: 16:00 at the latest

We will all meet at the Hotel by 16:00 (4pm) to check in and drop off our bags! From here we will welcome you all to Northern Ireland and introduce ourselves and the rough agenda for the next few days. Afterwards we will get right to it and head down to the legendary Giants Causeway for golden hour and sunset. (Weather permitting, as Ireland likes to keep things interesting!)

The giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which contains around 40,000 basalt columns. These were formed around 50-60 million years ago when Ireland was subject to intense volcanic activity.

Others say they were formed by the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool) after he was challenged to a fight by the Scottish giant Benandonner. Fionn accepted the challenge and built the causeway across the North Channel so that the two giants could meet! Whichever you believe, this will be the location of our first evening!

We will all have dinner together and further discuss photography & our sunset shoot!

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

Giants Causeway

Day 2

We will start very early as sunrise is around 06:24! I would advise to snack on something before we leave! Our sunrise location will be the legendary Dark Hedges, a beautiful tree lined road that was used in the Game of Thrones series. If we are lucky and have clear skies, the sunrays will come from the side, otherwise we will get some nice moody shots!

After sunrise we will head back to the hotel for our much needed and deserved breakfast!

The afternoon is fairly open. We can stop at a few locations to shot during the day, maybe even some long exposure shots! Possible locations: Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge, Portrush Beach, etc.

We will shoot a sunset at Dunluce Castle (ruined castle on the coast overlooking the ocean), which is also used in the filming of a Game of Thrones!

After our evening shoot we can all recap the days events over a nice dinner in town or at the hotel!

Dark Hedges by Neil Tapman @Neiltapman

Dark Hedges by Neil Tapman @Neiltapman

Day 3

Our last Morning will be spent trying to catch a sunrise at the Dark Hedges again if the weather was not good the day before, otherwise we will all have breakfast the at hotel before kicking off our Post-Processing seminar at the Hotel. I will cover both Lightroom and Photoshop and discuss my workflow, techniques, and tips and tricks! This will also be a time to edit your photos and ask questions!

After this the workshop is finished and you are free to continue exploring the area or make your way back home, or elsewhere!


What’s Included:

  • Lodging for 2 nights in Portrush + breakfast (Only 1 single rooms are available for an extra cost. The rest will be shared twin rooms)

  • Transportation from the hotel to our shooting locations over the weekend

  • 1 Workshop Instructor for the weekend (Topics: Camera settings, Compositions, Focus Stacking, Long Exposure, Filters, & more)

  • Post Processing (editing) seminar (half day) (My workflow, tools, tips & tricks, & more - Lightroom + Photoshop)

What’s not included:

  • Airfare to and from Ireland

  • Transportation to the hotel (However, we can pickup those at Belfast Airport around 14:00)

  • Visas (If applicable)

  • Lunches & Dinners

  • Travel Insurance

Pricing:

*Special Deal: 15% off the below price when booking in February*

Total Price: €650 per person - twin room shared (same gender) | €800 per person for single room (first come first serve - Only 1 available)

Registration Payment: €250 to book and hold your spot. The remaining balance is due on the 1st of March, 2019.

Maximum Number of Participants: 6

Difficulty: Easy

Cancellation, Refund Policy & Payment:

  • Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus €150 service fee.

  • 60 days or more: 50% refund

  • Less than 60 days: no refund

  • Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.

  • Your “Registration Payment” is to confirm and hold your place in the workshop and will be applied to the total overall balance. The remaining balance is due in full 30 day prior to the start of the workshop.

  • If you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop,  we will advertise the opening to others. If someone else signs up to fill your spot, we will refund you your deposit, minus €150 service fee. Please note that cancellations inside 60 days of the workshop are very hard to fill due to the international travel involved with this trip.

What to bring:

Gear:

  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera

  • Wide Angle, mid range lens, and a telephoto if you have one! (Examples: 16-35, 24-70, 70-200mm)

  • Tripod

  • Filters

  • Chargers! (And adapters if you need!)

Wear:

  • Waterproof boots and clothing (Rain jacket, rain pants)

  • Extra socks

  • Casual cloths for dinner and around town


Workshop Instructors:

Neil Tapman: Instagram

Neil Tapman is a freelance photographer currently based out of Dublin, Ireland. He grew up on the east coast of the USA and has spent the last 8 years living between the UK & Ireland. Neil travels and captures landscape images from all around the world, including places such as The Faroe Islands, Patagonia, Iceland, Norway & more. His work has been published by GEO magazine & also shared online by National Geographic Magazine & NatGeoYourShot.

Disclaimer:

We can’t guarantee that the weather will work out in our favor, as Ireland is very unpredictable. Our aim is to provide you with the best photos and experiences as we possibly can. We have a few backup options/locations in case of rainy/windy weather. Of course with some creativity you can also get a unique and interesting image!

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