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Photography Holidays

Photography holidays at Gartmore House give you the chance to improve your skills in relaxed company and comfortable surroundings. We offer both weekend breaks and holidays up to 5 night stays.

Your tutor is professional Edinburgh-based photographer Ewan Barry.

You’ll learn about the following topics:

– Theory and approach to photography
– Identifying potential subjects
– Creative composition
– Understanding light
– Mastering camera controls
– Image processing and finishing

The photographs you will take will be specific to Gartmore and the surrounding area, however the approach and techniques learned can be used anywhere. Your course could focus on the following, dependent on the weather and interests of the group: Gartmore House landscapes, architectural and natural details, image processing; landscapes and water movement at Loch Katrine; still life, studio and interior work. During the course students will review, discuss and give feedback on their photographs.

Tutor Ewan says: “There’s no absolute right or wrong when you’re making pictures but that’s not to say a little technical knowledge isn’t important. Your camera is the tool that you use to capture images and you’ll be more successful if you know how to make it do what you want. I explain why I shoot a subject in a particular way and demonstrate my way of doing things, and I hope the ideas and techniques I share will act as a starting point for you to discover and make your own photographs. Reviewing the images we’ve taken at the end of a day’s shoot is one of the most valuable aspects of shooting in a group – you get to see the same subject though someone else’s eyes.”

Dates and prices 2019

Sunday 10th – Friday 15th February – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September – £385 per person (2 nights) – BOOK ONLINE
Sunday 6th – Friday 11th October – £550 per person (5 nights) – BOOK ONLINE

Above is based on single occupancy of an en-suite room (full board basis), should you wish to bring a companion who is not taking part in the course, then they will receive a reduction in the above price; please contact us for details.

How to book

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A £100 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. For craft & activity breaks booked within 6 weeks of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Craft & activity breaks are subject to availability and subject to change.

What’s included?
Courses are based at Gartmore House; all rooms are en-suite with tea and coffee making facilities and many have wonderful views over Flanders Moss Nature Reserve, towards Stirling. Your course includes full board; all meals are freshly prepared by our chefs. Enjoy a glass of wine as you relax in the dining room looking out over the views and discussing your day’s work. Bar facilities are available during dinner. 5-Night (or more) courses include an optional visit to Loch Katrine (with one hour cruise) or The Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle (transport is provided).

Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00 for 5-night breaks, and at 16:00 for 2-night breaks).

Weekend Course
Friday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Saturday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Sunday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out. Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day. Make your way home

5-Night Course
Sunday
16:00 Arrive late afternoon to afternoon tea in the lounge
18:00 Welcome talk in the lounge and meet your tutor
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Monday & Tuesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Wednesday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 12:30)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
12:30 Lunch
After lunch there is an optional visit to either Loch Katrine (includes a 1 hr sailing on the loch) or the Scottish Wool Centre in Aberfoyle. Alternatively you can opt to stay at the House and continue your work in the studio (untutored)
18:30 Dinner
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Thursday
08:30 Breakfast
10:00 Course begins (course will run until 16:00)
11:00 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
13:00 Lunch
15:30 Tea/coffee and cake/biscuits
16:00 Course ends for the day, however you are free to continue your work in the studio if you wish
19:00 Celebratory dinner with entertainment
21:00 Tea/coffee in the lounge

Friday
08:30 Breakfast then check-out
10:00 Latest check-out

 

Equipment needed includes:

– A camera – ideally digital with a manual control option, but whatever you usually shoot with will be fine. Ewan loves to shoot on film but the opportunity to process and review images during your stay will be limited. Make sure you have spare batteries too.
– Laptop computer – to download, process and review images. If you don’t have laptop, you can add images to Ewan’s for reviewing and feedback but the image processing you’ll be able to do during your time at Gartmore will be limited.
– Tripod – useful for longer exposures, recording the movement of water etc. Ewan has a couple that guests can use but if you don’t want to share or wait your turn then it would be best to bring one with you.
– Weather appropriate clothes – you will spend as much time as possible outdoors in the beautiful landscape with your cameras, and it’s nice to be dry! Bring a few layers, something waterproof and walking shoes.

Tutor – Ewan Barry

 

Your tutor is Ewan Barry, a professional photographer based in Edinburgh. Ewan shoots for all kinds of businesses across Scotland. Following a successful exhibition in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 Ewan began running photography tours and workshops, attracting clients of all abilities from beginners to fellow professionals.

You can find out more about Ewan by visiting his website http://teteatetefoto.com/blog/

 

‘I hada brilliant break. Blessed with the weather and great company with Ewan’. 
Andrew, Photography Course, November 2018

‘Exceptional value for money. You made us feel welcome from booking to departure. Nothing ever appeared too much trouble and that level of service is something to be exceptionally proud of. We will return next year to enjoy the house and crafting courses. With heartfelt thanks.’

‘A lovely old house brought back to life, well done.’

‘Lovely atmosphere for learning and relaxation. Afternoon tea ‘treats’ much appreciated.’

‘With regard to the accommodation, this was more than comfortable, the food delicious and plentiful and all the staff warm, friendly and helpful.’

Our team is here to help with any queries that you may have about the course or your stay at Gartmore House. You may also like to take a look at our FAQs blog post to see if we answer any of your queries there. Don’t forget that our team are happy to assist with any questions – please feel free to get in touch.

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