Photography Weekend at Mazzard Farm

From the rugged beauty of Dartmoor National Park to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage cliffs 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 2 day (3 nights) photography workshop lead by local Devon landscape photographer, Gary Holpin. You can see a selection of Gary’s work on his website at The key aim of the course is for you to get to know your camera, your subject, and – through post-production – turn your photos into truly eye-catching pieces of art.

After breakfast at Mazzard Farm, you’ll travel out each day to visit different locations from the white regency splendour of Sidmouth set against the red cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, to the traditional fishing village charm of Beer, and rugged beauty of Dartmoor.

The workshop will concentrate on landscape photography and will allow you to hone, practice and improve your field craft and technical skills whatever your level of ability and experience. 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.

Once you have arrived at Mazzard Farm, the course base, all transport on photography course days will be provided. Lunch is not included in the rates and will be taken out ‘on location’ at one of Devon’s many fine cafes or pubs.

Who is it for? 

  • Tuition is in small groups (six people max), so Gary can spend plenty of time with each photographer and allowing for different skill levels
  • Photographers who are new to DSLR photography or new to landscape photography, through to intermediate landscape photographers

Workshop topics

The workshops contents is completely tailorable based on your requirements, but topics could include:

  • Basic camera settings for landscapes, basics of exposure and depth of field
  • Kit essentials, including tripods, filters and lenses
  • Light and composition
  • Camera modes and getting off auto
  • Putting it all together in the field including filter use, and long exposure photography
  • Post production using Lightroom

What do you need to bring?

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

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 practicing 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.”