Donegal Photography Workshop

Discover the Enchanting Beauty of Donegal

Uncover the breathtaking landscapes of Donegal, Ireland, and learn the art of capturing captivating images on this exclusive 5-day, 4-night photography workshop.

LODGING
An Chúirt Hotel

DATE(S)
2nd – 6th Sep 2024

DURATION
5 Nights B&B

GROUP SIZE
Maximum of 4

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

5 Days, 4 Nights

Donegal Photography Workshop

Join the original Donegal Photography Workshop from 2nd to 6th September 2024 and immerse yourself in the untamed and unspoilt beauty of Donegal. With only four spots available, you’ll receive tailored instruction and guidance from professional photographer and Aurora guide, Tyler Collins, as you explore iconic locations such as Fanad Head Lighthouse, Great Pollet Arch, and the breathtaking Murder Hole Beach.

Experience the luxury of staying at the 4-star An Chúirt Hotel in Gweedore and travel in comfort and style in our Land Rover Discovery. Throughout the workshop, Tyler will impart his expertise on camera settings, composition, long exposures, low-light photography, and editing techniques. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to enhance your photography skills while discovering the captivating landscapes of Donegal.

Book now for just £1450 per person, with only a 15% deposit required to secure your spot!

Donegal Photography Workshop - Donegal Boardwalk

Places we’ll visit

  • Great Pollet Arch
  • Fanad Head Lighthouse
  • Murder Hole Beach
  • Muckish Views
  • Sheskinmore Nature Reserve
  • An Port
  • Assaranca Waterfall
  • Mount Errgial
  • Dunlewey Church

This is just an overview of all the potential locations that we will visit.  We won’t get to every single location as some of the locations depend on the correct weather/tide conditions.

Itinerary

I have now conducted over 50 photography tours and workshops, and based on my experience, adhering to a fixed daily itinerary can significantly limit your chances of capturing the best possible images.

Instead, I prefer to work in harmony with the weather conditions, choosing our locations based on the most favorable forecasted conditions. Each evening, I will carefully plan the next day’s itinerary and communicate the departure time for the morning. This approach ensures that we position ourselves in the right place at the right time to maximise our photography opportunities.

Day 1 – Arrival Day

Your journey begins with a flight to Belfast (BFS) International Airport either on the Sunday or Monday morning. Starting at 9 am, I will begin picking up participants from Belfast (BFS), and we will then proceed to An Chúirt Hotel, a highly-rated 4-star bed and breakfast, where check-in will be at 2 pm. In the evening, we’ll enjoy an early dinner at the hotel, followed by our first sunset photography session.

Day 2 to 4 – The Adventure

These three full days mark the heart of our photographic adventure. We’ll seize every opportunity to capture stunning images. Our daily routine will kick off with a sunrise session, followed by a hearty breakfast. Afterward, we’ll have a few hours of downtime before setting out around 11 am for our next shooting location.

Lunch will be enjoyed in the field to minimise disruptions to our photography schedule.

Later in the day, we’ll have an early dinner around 4 pm, followed by our sunset photography session, ensuring we make the most of the day’s optimal lighting conditions.

Day 5 – Departure Day

On our departure day, we’ll once again embark on a sunrise shoot, followed by breakfast. We’ll then check out of the hotel and embark on our final photography session together. This day will have a more relaxed pace, with all locations easily accessible on foot. The workshop will conclude around 2 pm, after which we’ll make our way back to Belfast (BFS) International Airport.

Overall, the workshop is designed to offer flexibility, enjoyment, and education. We’ll have dedicated time for reviewing and critiquing images, and you’ll have the opportunity to engage in discussions about your work with me.

Sunrise occurs at approximately 6:30 am, while sunset takes place around 8:20 pm, providing us with ample opportunities to capture the beauty of the landscape.

Your Guide

Photographer, Light Chaser, Aurora Guide, Web Dev, Biker, Daddy and I’ve got a very understanding girlfriend in no particular order.

What you’ll learn

On this trip I’m at your complete disposal to help and teach you everything I know about photography if you desire.

Here are a few of the key skills that I can cover.

Camera Settings: It starts with the basics. RAW, Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Learn how and when to use the various modes on your camera to get the shot you want.

CompositionComposition is everything in landscape photography. Learn what I’m looking for when composing a landscape photograph.

Long Exposures: Learn how to use long exposures so you can create dramatic and interesting photographs.

Histogram: Learn how to read your histogram so that you’re exposing correctly and capturing maximum data with no clipping.

Low Light: Learn how to photograph the night sky and if luck is on our side, we’ll also shoot the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Editing: Learn how I edit my photographs using Adobe Lightroom Classic with final touches in Photoshop. (Only during bad weather)

What’s included?

  • Airport Transfers
  • 5 days of tuition/guidance
  • Transport throughout tour
  • 4 Nights Bed & Breakfast in the 4 star hotel the An Chúirt Hotel
  • Any entrance fees.
  • Flights/Travel to/from Belfast (I can help arrange transport if needed)
  • Lunch/Dinner and alcohol or snacks.
  • Travel & Equipment Insurance
  • Visas (if necessary)

Good to Know

Flights: You will fly to Belfast (BFS) International Airport. You can also fly to Belfast City (BHD) but will need to get a taxi to the Belfast (BFS) which will cost you approximately £40.

For international guests, there is the option of flying into Dublin (DUB) and then catching a connecting flight to Donegal (CFN). Donegal Airport is 15 minutes from our Hotel. You are also more than welcome to meeting me An Churt Hotel at 2pm as well.

If you need help with looking for a flight, just drop me a message as there are multiple different routes and options.

Meeting Point: The meeting point for the workshop will be Belfast International Airport or accommodation in the surrounding area from 9am.

Accommodation: I’ve booked a 4 star hotel, An Chúirt Hotel, Gweedore.  Each participant will have their own room and breakfast is included each morning.

Packing List: A full packing list will be emailed to you after you complete your booking.

Hiking – Some of the locations require some short hiking of up to 30 minutes. (It’s worth it!) You must be able to walk on uneven, sometimes steep and slippery ground.

UK Mobile Network – If coming from the UK, your data roaming will work and come out of your data back home.

Donegal Photography Workshops Dates & Prices

Prices quoted are per person. Only a 15% deposit is required to secure your spot on the tour. The remainder of the balance is due 8 weeks before the start date of the tour.

Date

Duration

Price

Places Left

2nd – 6th September 2024

4 Nights / 5 Days

£1450

4 Spots Left

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Highly Recommend Chasing Lights Tours. Just recently home from 7 Nights in Lofoten Islands, Norway and it was absolutely incredible. Tylers knowledge of the area and skies allowed us to capture the Northern Lights on more than several occasion's throughout the course. Accommodation was perfect for the trip, A home from home with a supermarket and coffee shop right on our doorstep. Tylers enthusiasm for photography and the love of the outdoors was very refreshing and infectious, As a commercial photographer by traded I went into this course looking to learn as much as I could and Tylers wealth of knowledge and patients allowed me to learn so much in such a sort period of time. I would like to thank Tyler again and I look forward to going on another course very soon.

Richard Lavery January 29, 2024
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I was lucky enough to go on a photography tour to Lofoten last month with Chasing Lights Tours and I couldn't have asked for a better guide than Tyler. He is a knowledgeable and experienced photographer, and he provided valuable tips and advice on everything from camera set-ups through to post-production techniques. Throughout the tour, Tyler was easy going, generous and had a great sense of humour. He was also a confident and safe driver, taking us to some great locations in the archipelago. Thanks to his knowledge of the best viewing areas and an understanding of the necessary weather conditions, I was able to see the northern lights on two occasions! I had an amazing trip and felt that I learnt a lot during the tour. I am now more confident in using my camera kit and have some beautiful photos and memories of taking them which I will cherish. I can't recommend Tyler and Chasing Lights Tours highly enough - it was a fantastic experience, and I am very grateful to Tyler for making it so enjoyable.

Chloe True February 1, 2023
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The Lofoten Photography Tour with Chasing Light Tours was excellent! Tyler is an accomplished and creative photographer who is extremely professional and very knowledgeable. The entire tour was packed full of relevant information that was presented in a very accessible and user-friendly way, about focusing, aperture settings, shutter speeds, ISO settings and much, much more. This enabled me to use my camera to its full potential. The tour was also enjoyable and fun. Tyler looked after everyone extremely well and drove with care and skill on the icy roads. He took us to well-chosen locations that he had previously researched and visited to maximise photographic potential. The spacious accommodation that we stayed in was great and had all the amenities that we needed. I highly recommend going on a photography tour with Chasing Light Tours!

Deborah True January 31, 2023
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Tyler led us through a trip to Lofoten in the end of January 2023. His experience within this area, his patience with clients and aurora borealis (northern lights) forecasting skills made it a once in a lifetime experience. Tyler’s workshops consist of small groups, so he can pick everyone up at his/her photography level. Whether you are experienced or not, he‘ll improve you. Thanks for the great trip!

Franz Pointner January 29, 2023