Best photography courses in Britain

Your expert guide to Britain's best landscape and wildlife photography courses, from snapping otters in the lochs of Argyll to capturing reed deer in their autumn rut

Red deer stag, Cervus elaphus, the autumn rut in Richmond Park.

1. Otters – Argyll and Bute

The otter is a much-coveted but elusive wildlife sighting. Unless, of course, you have the help of Philip Price of Loch Visions. He’ll give you a rundown of their behaviour and how to track them, before teaching you the art of capturing the charismatic beasties as they frolic in the lochs of Argyll and Bute. 


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2. Puffins – Farne Islands, Northumberland

Playful puffins are one of our favourite birds, and there’s nowhere better to see them than the rugged Farne Islands, Northumberland. Up to 70,000 puffins nest here in the summer – snap these charming birds up close with a Photographers on Safari workshop. 


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3. Landscapes– Lake District

Lakeland Photographic Holidays is owned by John and Gail Gravett and set right in the heart of the Lake District, this is the perfect location to attend landscape and nature photography workshops. With a choice of limited and active walking photography workshops, everyone can have the chance to learn to take beautiful photos in breathtaking surroundings.

4. Seals and deer – Lincolnshire and Midlands

From photographing seals on a remote Lincolnshire beach, to deer in the East Midlands, Natures Images offers the chance to attend workshops and holidays taught by professional nature photographers. A number of the holidays focus on birds of prey, including owls in mid-Wales and wintering birds in Scotland.


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5. Butterflies – Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

If the beautiful minutiae of the animal world are your thing, sign up to Wild Arena’s butterfly workshop for an introduction to macro photography. Capture some of the 250 species that flit about the Stratford Butterfly Farm and learn to use different lenses to immortalise their delicate colours. This course is suitable for wheelchair users. 


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6. Highland landscape – Scotland

Wilderness Scotland is a specialist adventure travel company offering a range of holidays and wilderness experiences, including photography holidays, in some of the most beautiful regions of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Colin Prior, the foremost landscape photographer in the UK, leads many of their photography holidays.


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7. Scenic landscapes – South West England

Run by two of the UK’s leading professional landscape photographers, Dawn 2 Dusk Photography holds workshops mainly in the South West of England, along with a few in the Lake District. One, two and three-day workshops are available, with settings including wild Dartmoor, the South Hams, rugged North Cornwall and Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline.


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8. Adventure – Cairngorms, Scotland

Based in the heart of Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, Northshots aim is to provide holidays that are ‘a true photographic adventure’. With friendly and knowledgeable guides, tours visit some of the most scenic spots in Scotland and provide ample opportunity for all abilities to take some amazing photographs.


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9. Forests and flowers – South England and Wales

Artescape Photography offers workshops in the South of England and Wales, with locations including the New Forest, Suffolk coast, Brecon Beacons and Dorset coast among others. These location workshops are a great chance to make the most of the British countryside, with opportunities to photograph everything from woodlands and flowers, to rivers and seascapes.

10. Underwater photography – Wales

Andy Davies is a professional photographer in Wales, specialising in wildlife and landscape. Snorkel on the waves at the Skomer Marine Conservation Zone, Pembrokeshire. Andy teaches you how to take great photos of everything
from jewel-like anemones to inquisitive grey seals. 


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11. Island life – Shetland Isles, Scotland 

Shetland Photography Holidays provide wildlife and landscape photography workshops and tours that explore the Shetland Isles. There are chances to photograph everything from lochs and wildflowers to minke whales and puffins. Courses are based at the Orca Country Inn in Hoswick, and workshops teach a whole range of skills using a digital SLR. 

12. Red Deer – Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

Ever seen stunning photos of stags rutting against a golden dawn and wished they were your own? Nature’s Lens can’t guarantee the sunshine, but they can teach you everything else about photographing red deer – join a workshop this October as the rut begins.


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