Photography Holiday in Dordogne

From £1069 pp

France

8 Days

Small Group up to 4 People

What you'll do

Unleash the creative within on this fantastic 7 night photography holiday set in the Dordogne and allow your photography skills to develop and flourish through small group and individual tuition during fun, organised excursions to fantastic local sites in this stunning region of France.

This photography holiday beautifully combines intensive teaching sessions with plenty of free time to ensure that you get the most out of your photography holiday. The small class sizes mean that this holiday can be tailored to your individual needs and preferences and you will receive large amounts of individual advice and attention.

Your hosts believe that despite the fantastic development of the digital camera, the basics of taking a good photograph remain as fundamental today as they were a century ago. During this 7 night / 8 day photography holiday you will be given expert tuition to improve your understanding and use of light, technique and composition in order to transform your photographic abilities.

Your photography classes will have no more than 4 students to maintain a high level of one-to-one tuition and you will develop your photograph composition and technique as well as your ability to manipulate and adjust your photographs using state of the art technology in the onsite studio set up.

In addition, you will be taken on 6 planned excursions. Enjoyable visits to stunning countryside locations, a traditional French chateau and the vibrant local market will give you the opportunity to take beautiful photos and learn how to put your newly found photography skills to the test on the go.

You can to stay in your lovely accommodation with WiFi, a flat screen TV and ensuite bathroom and there are no single supplements for solo travellers. A reduced price is available for a non participating partner who would like to join you without taking part in the photography lessons.

Paul & Pam

Your Local Host:

Paul & Pam

Your hosts, Paul and Pam, look forward to welcoming you to their fantastic photography school and warm home environment. Paul has worked as a professional photographer for the last 18 years and before this he was also the chairman of his local Photography Society before moving to France to pursue his passion for photography. Paul will provide yo.. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Course introduction and welcome dinner

– On arrival, you will be given a short introduction outlining the week ahead and the opportunity to tell your hosts what you hope to gain from your stay
– You will be assigned to and given a brief introduction of your work station
– The rest of the day is free for you to explore the hamlet of Les Ages
– The day will end with a delicious 4-course meal and wine where you will get to know your hosts and fellow guests

Accommodation

Stay in charming 17th century accommodation. All rooms are en-suite and have been lovingly restored, offering rustic charm with modern day comforts.

Features
– All rooms with WiFi and a flat screen TV
– Reduced rate for a non-participating partner available
– No single supplements for solo travellers
– State of the art software, computers and photographic equipment
– Access to your own dedicated Apple Mac Workstation with Photoshop CS6 for the duration of your stay
– Delicious homemade 4-course evening meals with wine
– Accommodating hostess Pam ensures vegetarian/gluten free and low calorie meal options always available (please inform us of dietary requirements at time of booking)
– Less than 50 miles from Bergerac and Limoges airports

Explore the local area

– After breakfast, you will be studying the fundamentals of photography and the structure of what makes a ‘good photograph’
– You will be comparing classic photos to modern digital images to understand how today’s technology emulates the basic rules
– Then it’s off to Brantome to put into practice your photography skills
– If the weather permits, the lunch will take the form of a picnic
– In the evening you will review your images from the day with your tutor and look into the basics of editing in Photoshop
– End the day with another sociable 4 course meal with wine cooked by Pam

Accommodation

double bedroom in French photography holiday accommodation

Free day

– Today is a free day where you will have a chance to do your own thing
– Work at your computer, explore the delights of the local area (perhaps visiting a lovely Chateau) or just relax in the garden
– One to one tuition will be on hand in the evening where you can ask advice on any aspect of your photography
– The day will finish with a delicious 4 course meal with wine

Accommodation

twin bedroom in French photography holiday accommodation

Off the beaten track

– Today you will be exploring the local area which offers good photography opportunities, off the tourist track
– At 5pm, it’s back to the house where you will review the day’s photos and look into ‘Photoshop adjustment layers’ and learn how to apply and control ‘non destructive’ editing
– You will then head off to a local postcard village to take photos
– Enjoy a delicious 4 course meal dinner

Market day

– Photograph a bustling French market this morning
– A visit to a French market is a delight for the eyes and you will be surrounded by colours and practice capturing the atmosphere of the bustling market goers
– A light lunch at a local restaurant is included in the price
– The day will finish with a delicious 4 course meal with wine
– In the evening after dinner, head out to Brantome to capture the atmosphere with night photography

Free day

– Enjoy the flexibility of a free day
– You can spend the day in the studio learning more about photo software or go out and take more photographs in the lovely local area
– At 5pm you will review the photos of the day and look into portrait photography
– Enjoy another fantastic 4 course meal with your fellow guests this evening

Accommodation

bathroom in French photography holiday accommodation

Early morning shoot

– There is an option to do an early morning shoot to capture the dawn light if you feel like
– You will be taken to areas where you will be able to catch best the rising sun
– Return for a hearty breakfast
– You then head to the market of Brantome where you will capture its vibrant colour
– Return to the house for lunch
– In the afternoon you can pick your top 4 photos from the week to print
– Enjoy your last 4 course meal and say farewell to your fellow guests and hosts, ready to return home with new memories and expertise

Departure

– Check out at 10am after breakfast and take your newfound photography skills and memories home with you

Reviews (2)

b mcrae

Tuesday 21st January, 2020

This workshop was all I'd hoped for,and so much more!! The home/studio is located in a medieval dream location.Paul, is a master photographer in all genres, and a patient, excellent instructor. Pam, is a gourmand with her meals, and charming!! If you love photography, GO! You will not regret it:)))

J Frampton

Tuesday 16th July, 2019

Paul and Pam are the most amazing hosts. Paul's patience is endless and Pam's cooking is fantastic and beautifully presented. I have gone from a very nervous beginner to a more confident photographer in just a week. I was made to feel welcome from the outset and with just one other person on the course, there was ample time for help and tuition, without being overbearing. Having said that, when your co-guest is a world renown wildlife photographer, I still feel the need to improve! I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in photography, but also to anyone who would like to enjoy a taste of rural France, as they live in a beautiful and peaceful part of the country Thanks again Paul and Pam and, as Arnie says, I'll be back!!

Location Info

This charming photography school in the Dordogne region of France provides top quality facilities, accommodation and cuisine. Set in a pretty and traditional village just 6 miles from Brantôme, the photography school provides peaceful countryside..

  • 7 nights accommodation in twin or double ensuite room with WiFi and a flat screen television
  • 6 photography excursions into the surrounding villages and countryside
  • All transportation for photography excursions
  • One-to-one photographic tuition and advice from cameras and lenses to the fundamentals of successful composition and getting the best from state-of-the art software
  • 24/7 access to your own dedicated Apple Mac workstation with Photoshop CS6 for the duration of your stay
  • A full studio set up for you to link your camera into and use at your leisure of with tuition
  • Access to Epson R3000 A3+ printer
  • All meals are included
  • Daily choice of breakfast and a 4 course evening meal
  • Arrive on day 1 from 3pm and check out on day 8 at 10am

Photography Holiday in Dordogne

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