Behind the Scenes Dartmoor 2020

Includes accommodation, video tutorials, worksheets and RAW files to take away

£395 / Deposit of £100.00

  • 17th - 18th Apr 2020

Are you sick of trawling Youtube video tutorials that don't target what you need to know? Or wading through forums full of oversaturated, manipulated images in search of the truth? Well, look no further as help is at hand. I am running another Digital Weekender aimed at advanced digital processing, split over two days in the sleepy Devon countryside, near Newton Abbot and I would love to have you onboard. 

Yes, we all know we should shoot in RAW and save in 16bit, so let’s forget the basics and move straight to the core. The weekend is designed to amaze you with unrivalled state-of-the-art processing techniques, leaving you with the skills to make your images looking natural, evocative and lift your portfolio to a new and enviable standard.

The workshop will run from Friday into Saturday over the course of the day, but not in the evenings. We could potentially use the evening light to take some photos in the gorgeous Dartmoor countryside which is nearby to where the workshop is located.

FRIDAY - Hard at it on the computers all day (10am-5pm), leading into an evening of fun relaxing as a group with an evening meal.

SATURDAY - Extensive work with complex Photoshop, but again, with plenty of breaks, time for discussion and tea and coffees.


This workshop is for those who already have a good understanding of the basics of image editing and are tired of the same old tutorial boredom. It will be example driven, with us all working on my images before getting you to process your own. Watch a presentation or two; all this will be projected, so it will be easy to follow and understand.

Here’s what’s on the digital menu -
- How to create images with a punch
- Contrast masking and luminosity masking
- Creating images with a natural look
- Advanced Creative Exposure blending 
- Making complex selections
- Making actions to save hours of time
- Colour managing your images
- Super web sharpening techniques

Additional Information

  • Where is the workshop based?

    The workshop will be based at Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre with accommodation at the Northgate House. With access to Dartmoor and some spectacular coastline, this workshop location base can provide all manner of photographic opportunities just minutes away. Newton Abbot is approximately three hours on the train from London.

  • What level am I?

    I would expect someone who was at an advanced level in Photoshop to know their way around the interface and have a clear understanding of all the basics of RAW and simple Photoshop techniques, like simple Curves and Levels, Layer Masks, Adjustment Layers and Filters.

  • RAW files and worksheets

    Over this weekend of projector lead tuition, you will receive RAW files and worksheets (paper and PDF) which will cover the whole course. They are yours to keep to take home and practice with. Learning will take place in convenient slots with timed breaks to help absorb and reflect on what you have just learned. Some of us are visual learners, others prefer paper - the course will cater to both needs.

  • Computers

    A decent powered laptop with Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC / Classic. PLEASE ensure all updates are installed before the weekend to ensure a smooth start. Desktop computers are very welcome and there will be ample space and power availability.

  • Screen recorded videos

    When techniques become more tricky, I always record my laptop screen, tailor making a video for the entire class. After the weekend, the video is rendered down to MP4 format and given to you via email. This allows the learning to continue even after the workshop has taken place.

  • Shall I bring my camera?

    Yes. Although it’s not a photography workshop in the outdoor sense, let’s not waste the opportunity should the weather be favourable. If you have any technical questions about camera techniques in relation to Lightroom and Photoshop, such as calibration, I am very happy to help.

  • Camera clubs

    Many of these weekends are delivered directly to camera clubs, helping members to improve their knowledge and understanding of photography. If you wish to make a direct booking for your club with me then please get in contact. I can tailor make specific courses to cover all manner of photographic subjects.

£395 / Deposit of £100.00

  • 17th - 18th Apr 2020
  • Duration 2 days
  • Location The Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, Devon
  • Included Friday night accommodation
    All supporting digital material
    Tea, coffee and biscuits
  • Excluded Accommodation on Thursday or Saturday
  • Accommodation The Northgate House, Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre
  • Max Group Number 10