Beginners Landscape Photography Weekend at Mazzard Farm

From the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage cliffs and harbours of the Jurassic Coast, Devon has inspired filmmakers and photographers from around the globe. So unsurprisingly, people come from far and wide to visit and photograph some of the UK’s most treasured and beautiful landscapes.

Mazzard Farm, based in the heart of East Devon and just 15 minutes away from the coast, is very excited to offer a two day (three nights) photography weekend led by local professional landscape photographer, Gary Holpin. You can see a selection of Gary’s work on his website at The course is specifically aimed at beginners who want to develop the basic understanding needed to begin a journey into the joys of landscape photography, and how to begin turning your snaps into works of art.

Although flexible depending on the weather and your needs, the basic itinerary for the weekend looks something like this:

Friday evening

We meet for dinner (included in the weekend fee) to get to know each other and so that Gary can better understand what you want to get out of the weekend.


After breakfast at Mazzard Farm, we’ll spend some time looking at some of the basics of your camera, light and composition before visiting a great landscape location to try out your new skills. Locations may vary but could include the regency splendour of Sidmouth, the traditional fishing village charm of Beer, or the rugged beauty of Dartmoor. After our trip, we will return to Mazzard Farm to review our best photos from the day and consolidate our learning from the day.


Again after breakfast we’ll spend some time looking at some new landscape techniques, such as how to use filters and long exposures to produce artistic shots of moving water, trees or clouds, and how to blend multiple exposures to cope with situations such as sunrise and sunset when your camera simply cannot capture the true beauty of the scene. Afterwards we will visit another great landscape location where you can practice your personally chosen project for the day, such as experimenting with composition or trying some long exposures. Gary will of course be with you to answer questions and give advice. Finally, we will return to Mazzard Farm where we will again review our best photos from the day as well as taking a quick look at the role that post-processing can play in turning good images into amazing works of art.

In the evenings, you’ll be able to review and discuss you work in the comfort of the Mazzard Farm lounge over a glass of wine or a cold beer.

Who is it for? 

  • Photographers who have a new camera and not sure how to use it, or are simply new to landscape photography, through to intermediate landscape photographers.
  • Tuition is in small groups (up to six people), so that Gary can spend plenty of time with each photographer and allow for different skill levels.

What do you need to bring?

  • A camera which has manual control capabilities (a DSLR, mirrorless or high-end compact camera)
  • Walking boots, waterproofs, clothing suitable for the season, drink and snacks for a day at the coast, a notepad and pen to take notes, and a suitable bag to protect your kit if it rains.
  • If you have a tripod, additional lenses or filters it would be useful to bring these too.

Check here for some of the photos taken during a recent course.

Please contact us on if you would like to book or have questions.

Sue from St Ives, a recent student said ”I can thoroughly recommend this course with Gary, he is very patient and explains different processes very clearly. Before I started I was very confused and always reverted  to auto. Yet after two days with Gary I am now  shooting on manual and auto is a thing of the past. As a beginner I still have a lot to learn and a lot of practising to do, but Gary has given me the confidence I needed to start to really enjoy my camera.  Gary has a wealth of experience and whether you are a beginner or just want to sharpen your skills or try something new then this course is for you.”