Training & Education

This page covers training and Education provided by the society and members


 John Wesson 

One of our members is running photographic tours and training  in Ireland, that may be of interest to website visitors and members alike

Photographic Tours of South West Kerry

Valentia Island, off the Iveragh peninsula, offers some of the best landscape photography in the British Isles. It is a perfect base from which to explore and photograph parts of wild South West Kerry. Much of Kerry remains undiscovered and untouched by the lens, yielding many original photographic opportunities. With over 25 years of living in and exploring South West Kerry, my

in-depth local knowledge and numerous discoveries will help you capture Kerry at its best.

Landscape photography

The Atlantic edge offers rugged coastline, mountains, and ever-changing light. Huge vistas and even bigger skies are on the doorstep, so you’ll need to bring along your wide angle lens.

Archaeological gems are plentiful: ring forts, Ogham stones, standing stones, Mesolithic tombs; they’re all here.

Kerry also has lots of very photogenic, decaying old abandoned houses which may appear rather sad on first viewing, but which actually make great photography subjects. I currently have permission to take photographs inside some of these buildings and am constantly seeking out new additions.


 Wildlife photography

If wildlife photography is your interest or you just fancy having a go there is plenty here, (too much to list). Spring is the best time for sea birds and the famous Skellig puffins. UK rarities like choughs and otters can be found all year round and there is always a good spot to watch Gannets diving for fish.


Boasting some of the darkest skies in Ireland, the Iveragh peninsula is also believed to be the best place in the British Isles for astro-photography. Combine this with a standing stone in the foreground and you will have a winning shot.

Street photography

The classic characters and personalities historically peculiar to these islands can still be found. If you enjoy photographing people and are confident in your approach, you will find some great subjects here, but be prepared to spend some time in conversation afterwards!

It is the wild, unruly nature of Kerry that best suits it to the photographer’s eye. Every aspect of Valentia Island and the surrounding area feels untamed; from the weather through to the wildlife. Even the people fit this aesthetic, being themselves characteristic of the unique charm associated with Ireland.

If you’d like to capture some truly original photographs, then this tour is for you.


Curlew Cottage has all that is required and is situated only 100m from the foreshore. (Please see Curlew Cottage details on website).

Alternative local accommodation can be arranged if preferred.

Price – please contact me to discuss.

Price includes twin-bedded room and a days tour of the local area. Destinations to be discussed, or arranged for you if preferred.


Pick up and drop off at Cork airport is possible (110 miles each way approx).

Car transportation by ferry can also be made available, depending on my own travel requirements. Car hire is approx £65 to £100 for a small car per week. Ryanair fights East Midlands to Cork also currently available and very affordable.