Residential Photography Courses


Get creative with your camera

How to unlock the potential of your D-SLR

4th-6th November 2015 at Rivercatcher Luxury Holiday Cottages, Denbighshire, North Wales.


Three day (two nights) residential photography course in a luxury holiday cottage in the heart of the beautiful North Wales countryside, on the banks of the River Dee.

Under the expert guidance of myself and professional garden photographer, Joe Wainwright, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to move away from the automatic camera settings and explore more creative forms of photography.

You will discover the optimum settings for taking photographs in different light conditions, including indoors, outdoors, daytime and sunset (weather permitting). You will also have the opportunity to explore various types of photography, including portraits, landscape, architecture, still life and close up.

The highlight of the course will be a trip to the world famous Portmeirion village, with its beautiful Italianate architecture, ornamental gardens and stunning coastal views. Joe and I will be with you every step of the way as you put your newly acquired knowledge and skills into use in this truly unique setting.

Portmeirion - Pantheon from The Central Piazza

Portmeirion – Pantheon from The Central Piazza

You will also discover how to give your photographs a professional edit using commonly available software and how to create eye-catching works of art to share and display.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT OF £50. Book your place by 11.10.15 and use the code EARLYBIRD50 at the check out.

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Click here to view the course itinerary.

Who is this course suitable for

Ideally you have a D-SLR (with interchangeable lenses) or one of the new, smaller Compact System Cameras (also with interchangeable lenses). The course will be geared towards people who mostly use the AUTO setting on their camera, or who have perhaps just started experimenting with the Aperture and Shutter Speed modes and would like to do so with more confidence. We will also cover how to shoot in Manual as well as how to use lots of other camera settings. Please get in touch if you would like to check if this course is suitable for you.

Your luxury accommodation


The training room in the barn at Rivercatcher

Rivercatcher is a collection of beautiful and luxurious holiday cottages in Llandrillo, North Wales. The twin or double rooms are finished to a very high standard, with Villeroy & Boch ensuites, Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels and bath robes. Each cottage features a fully kitted out kitchen, lounge, wood burning stove, wireless broadband, LCD TVs and an outdoor hot tub. Breakfast, lunch*, evening meals and light refreshments will be provided. Photography “classroom” sessions will take place in the Lodge, which has a large function room and games room.

Rivercatcher North Wales

The luxury holiday accommodation

Your Tutors

jane_burkinshawJane Burkinshaw: I am a professional photographer specialising in portraits, commercial and food photography. I run a wide variety of photography courses and one to one bespoke lessons in my natural light studio in Cheshire and on location. Find out more about me on my websites: Jane Burkinshaw Natural Light Photography and Love Your Lens.


Joe portrait 500Joe Wainwright: Based in North East Wales, Joe is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer, with over 30 years experience. He specialises in producing garden and travel images, used by organisations such as the National Trust and Visit Britain, as well as a range of UK and overseas publications. Find out more about Joe and view his portfolio on his website Joe Wainwright Photography.


£450 per person, or £350 per person if sharing a room. Twin beds and doubles are available. Cost includes the following:

  • Three days photography tuition.
  • Digital copies of all course materials.
  • Two nights ensuite accommodation with breakfast, lunch* and evening meals and light refreshments.
  • Transport to and from Portmeirion.
  • Entry into Portmeirion.

Maximum number of participants: 12

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*Lunch is not provided on the trip to Portmeirion. There is a good choice of restaurants and cafes in the village.