Dartmoor Workshops

 Photographs of Dartmoor scenery

Please note: My wife and I are currently in the process of moving to Greece. Due to the demands of what is required over the coming months, I have decided not to line up any more Dartmoor workshops as from the 1st June. I am, however, intending to be offering workshops in the beautiful area of Greece where we will be based, hopefully starting towards the end of 2020. The Mani peninsula in the Southern Peloponnese offers dramatic mountainous landscapes with deep gorges, rocky coastlines and charming traditional villages with their chapels and stone, fortress houses. See my Southern Peloponnese portfolio for some examples taken during my previous time there. These are likely to be either 5-day ones for those enjoying a week's holiday there or 1-day ones for those resident in the area or passing through. If you are likely to be interested, please contact me so that I can provide you with more information and let you know when they are up and running. 

Being based very near Dartmoor, Richard is able to offer half-day or full-day workshops in Landscape Photography in beautiful moorland scenery and settings within this National Park in Devon. These can be arranged at relatively short notice and can either involve one-to-one tutoring or be for a small group of two or three individuals.

Tuition is very much tailored to your needs, focusing on areas that you feel you need to work on. The aim is not to tell you what to photograph and from where but to assist and encourage you to construct your own compositions, taking into account light direction and quality and what it is that impacts you about each locality. It is also an opportunity to practise and perfect some of the technical aspects of this genre of photography. Richard would also give an illustrated tutorial (and critique session of your photos if required) at a pub or café during a lunch or coffee/tea break.

Typically the aim would be to take in about 4 locations for full day and 2 for half day workshops. Timing and locations explored will depend on sunrise and sunset times and the forecast and also on any specific requirements you may have or techniques you want to work on.

Photos showing variety of moorland scenes

A moderate level of fitness is required as to explore a location will generally involve a fair bit of walking on hilly and uneven ground. Normally you would need your own transportation as you would meet up with Richard at an agreed time and location on the moor (directions provided). Alternative arrangements may also be possible, however.

During the summer months, Richard is also able to offer half-day ‘close-up’ or macro nature photography workshops at a few chosen locations in South Devon.

Photographer overlooking Widecombe        Photographing a waterfall

Participants at Great Staple Tor        

Full day of tutoring (up to 10 hours) - £150 for one person, £170 for 2 (£85 each) or £190 for 3 (£63.33 each).
Half day of tutoring (up to 6 hours) - £110 for one person, £125 for 2 or £135 for 3.

Half fee payable in advance as deposit. Rest on the day.

For enquiries and bookings email Richard or phone him on the number below.

Photographer capturing early morning mist        Instruction in photographic technique

Your passion for the moor and tors meant the whole day was most enjoyable and inspiring. Your knowledge of Dartmoor enabled us to make the best of the conditions and your familiarity with the best angles enabled me to get some shots I am very pleased with. And with your relaxed, friendly manner I look forward to another day with you sometime in the future.
ABL, Wiltshire

Morning, Richard. Thanks again for yesterday. You do live in such a beautiful part of the country and we saw some amazing and varied landscapes across the moors and came away with some fabulous shots. I really enjoyed myself and felt my photography skills progressed a lot in one day - a great reflection of your teaching skills and the relaxed and enjoyable environment you created. I look forward to joining you again perhaps next time in Africa on one of your safaris.
Best wishes, Gordon Sheret, London

Just a quick note to thank you very much indeed for the workshop yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it but more than that I have learnt some very important compositional skills that I can take forward to help me improve my landscape photography. You have a very quiet and thoughtful style of teaching, paying attention to your clients needs.
Liz@Sherston, Sherston

We both very much enjoyed our time with you and we felt that we had greatly benefitted from your instruction, done in such a relaxed and informative style, thank you. You have an easy and likeable manner and we found you really good company so for us a great success (and you write good books too!).
AJB, Wiltshire

Just a short note to thank you for yesterday. I really enjoyed the day. Your advice and tips were very helpful and it was good to be able to put some of the theory into practice.
AgnetaW, Devon

Just a quick note to thank you very much for the Dartmoor workshop with visits to Staple Tor, Dewerstone & Leather Tor. The workshop was very informative and your passion for photography really came through which made for fantastic teaching.
I look forward to next time.

Alex Woolcock, Devon

Thanks for a great day, Richard, and I am looking forward to putting some of your tips into practice when I go out on my own.
Cathy O, Devon

Great half day workshop with Richard Garvey-Williams. Started with river shots then on to Bowerman's Nose at sunset. Very helpful and patient, has made me think more about composition. Richard knows all the best places. Hopefully do it again sometime.
Carol S, Devon

We both thoroughly enjoyed our day and really benefited from Richard's knowledge of the area. Richard was able to deal with our contrasting needs informatively, professionally and in a relaxed manner. A great day.
Trevor & Gillian H, Dorset

Oscar and myself thoroughly enjoyed our workshop with Richard, his knowledge and passion for photography and the environment are infectious and we found ourselves looking at our surroundings in a new light. We came away with a selection of images we would be proud to print and hang on the wall along with the knowledge to take many more in the future. If you are considering doing one of Richard’s workshops whether here in the UK or further afield, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Andrew Camden-Smith, Wiltshire

 Sunrise over Haytor with mist


Photographic Safaris in Africa for 2019

Due to other commitments, I am not lining up any further safaris for 2019. However, please do contact me to register any interest for 2020.

Kenya - the prime reserves of Amboseli and the Maasai Mara - February 2020.

Dates – Saturday 8th to Saturday 15th February, 2020.

On this 8-day photography safari we visit two of Africa’s most famous reserves, which provide unrivalled opportunities to photograph the continent’s most iconic wildlife in wonderful and dramatic settings.

Group size – 5 participants

Namibia's Etosha National Park and Namib Rand Reserve - November 2020

Dates: Sunday 15th November to 24th November 2020

Namibia offers unique opportunities for both wildlife and landscape photography. It is a vast country with a population of only 2 million. Large parts are desert with much of the rest being open savannah country dotted by dramatic mountain ranges. Its colour palette of blue skies, orange sand-mountains and yellow grasslands contributes to some unforgetable vistas. Much of its wildlife is uniquely adapted to this arid environment and wonderfully photogenic.

Group size 5 participants