We rarely get one day the same as any other along the Wild Atlantic Way and even over a couple of hours we can experience any number of different conditions, changing skies and varieties of light which make for great landscape and travel photography.
The weather can change very quickly, it’s these rapid transformations that make for exciting and dramatic photography so the odd shower or spell of rain is inevitable! There’s always time to shoot rainbows before seeking the shelter of the minibus (which is always handy) and during longer tours and workshops we might wait out a spell of rain indoors with a hot drink and make the time up later!
Even on a fine summer’s day, a sea breeze can come up and it’s good to have a layer or two of clothing to put on if you feel cold, especially towards the evening. During sunny spells a wide brimmed hat (can be useful for flare control as well) and sun cream are advisable.
From autumn to spring a few layers of clothing topped off with a warm hat, coat and gloves work well (fingerless gloves with a fold away mitten tops are what I use, they let you control the camera settings without having to keep taking them on and off).
Strong footwear is recommended although wellies or waterproof boots are great for the shoreline.
It’s a good idea to bring along a drink (especially in warm weather) and a snack if you wish. On activities over 3½ hours, we’ll usually find a village or town to take a break, where a wide variety of food & refreshments are to be found.
Ensure cameras and mobile phones are fully charged and have ample storage available for photography.
Carry extra batteries, a charging pack and spare memory cards as required.
Wherever possible, we’ll collect you from your accommodation or base, please check before booking, if you’re staying any distance (over a mile or so) from any local meeting points described in the activity.
When planning tours and workshops around Ireland one of the most important aspects alongside scouting the superb scenery and locations is easy and regular accessibility to facilities. While every effort is made to provide this, it’s not always possible to provide this easy access in some of the more remote locations.
Participants may leave spare clothing and bags in the minibus for the duration of any activity, but are requested to never leave photographic equipment or items of value in the minibus. Dingle Darkroom accepts no liability for lost, damaged or stolen items left in its premises or vehicles.
Aside from the landscape photography workshop, any camera with control of the aperture and shutter is advised to get the very best out of the workshops. Any DSLR or Mirrorless camera is ideal. Please email us with the make & model of your camera if you’d like to check the suitability of your camera.
We have a few older DSLRs that can be used on these workshops if you want to get a feel for the settings amd techniques before you buy a camera.
We have tripods available for using during workshops as well as a range of filters to experiment with.
If you’d prefer a more relaxing beginners workshop experience which includes touring around the Dingle Peninsula or indeed another area, please see our Beginners Workshop & Tour.