Causeway Coast Photography Workshop

February 26 – 28, 2016
October 14 – 16, 2016
led by John Dunne and Athena Carey


Rain threatens as storm clouds gather over what remains of the once mighty Dunluc Castle on the Causeway Coast in Northen Ireland

The Causeway Coast covers a large area of Northern Ireland, rich with culture, history and beauty.

On this two day photography workshop, we will take you to some of the most stunning sites: well known icons as well as captivating, less known gems.

In each location we will be there to help you find the best angles from which to shoot and if you desire, to aid you in your photographic decisions, from composition to lens choices, shutter speeds to filters.  The level of help you receive is entirely up to you.

This workshop is intended for all photographers, regardless of skill level or equipment.

Your workshop leaders will be Athena Carey and John Dunne, two international award-winning photographers who have lead workshops and courses around the world with a wide range of participants – young and old, experienced and beginning photographers. Travel with them to discover and photograph the stunning Causeway Coastline in Northern Ireland.


2 Day Causeway Coast Photography Workshops

In order to keep the workshops personal, only 7 spots are available for each one.

For the February workshop, the payment is due in full.

For the October workshop, a deposit of €150 is required to hold your place and the remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the tour’s start.

This workshop is open to every level of photographer, regardless of skill level or equipment. To get the most this workshop has to offer, you should understand how to use your camera and have some understanding of exposure and composition but the workshop leaders will be there with you in each location to teach you new tricks and guide you through the best photographic choices. If you would like to experience the Causeway Coast and return home with beautiful photos, this workshop is for you.

Before registering, please review our Terms & Conditions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us.


  • Extra Day

    We offer an exclusive extra day of shooting and tuition. This is limited to just 3 workshop participants, on a first come, first served basis. This is your chance to extend the workshop an extra day. We will take you back out to locations to reshoot, visit new locations, or do some additional post-processing instruction. The day is entirely flexible and will be built around your needs. If you’re interested please tick the box at the bottom of the registration form, and we will let you know if we still have availability.

  • Workshop Dates

    Feb 26 – 28, 2016
    Oct 14 – 16, 2016

  • Location

    Causeway Coast
    Northern Ireland

  • Places Available

    Limited to 7 Places

  • Tour Leaders

    John Dunne
    Athena Carey

  • Suggested Skill Level

    All skill levels are welcome

  • What’s Included

    2 Photography Instructors
    Composition Handout
    Hands-on, in-the-field tuition
    Post Production instruction

  • What’s NOT Included

    Food and Drinks

  • What to Bring

    Camera Gear
    Warm Clothing
    Waterproof Jacket
    Hiking shoes or boots
    Insect Repellent
    Adventurous Spirit


The sun rises just behind the rugged cliffs of the Antrim Coastline at Ballintoy Harbour

Friday Evening – Meet your instructors and fellow participants at the hotel, where you will receive a handout with compositional guidelines before we visit our first location for sunset – a gem hidden almost in plain sight!  We’ll have dinner together at the hotel afterwards.

Saturday –  Meet for our first sunrise shoot- the famous Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site. After this bright and early start, we will enjoy a relaxed breakfast together and then travel to our daytime location – Dunluce Castle, a now ruined medieval structure sitting precariously on the edge of a basalt outcropping. From here we will stop for a late lunch in the local café and then travel to Ballintoy Harbour  to shoot through till the last colourful rays of the day tuck behind Elephant Rock.  Finally, we will enjoy dinner together at The Smuggler’s Inn.

Sunday – We will begin our last day together by greeting the first light of the day at a mysterious, ruined mansion, Downhill House and then stroll farther on to Mussenden Temple, a beautiful old library, perched cliffside, and looking out across the beautiful north-western coast. After breakfast together, we will review images and have individual post processing instruction before ending the workshop in the early afternoon.

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“My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of attending a Copper Coast Ireland Workshop with Athena and John. I had taken an online course taught by Athena so it was a great pleasure to meet her in person. John and Athena have great teaching skills and take a true interest in helping to raise your photography knowledge or letting you roam freely if that is your choice. Both are engaging and fun to be around. Meals were always entertaining. The photography locations were well researched and when I came home to Montana I was enthused with new energy and ideas.

Thanks again Athena and John!”

Peter Hingle Montana, USAWebsite

“A big thanks to Athena and John from Light Land and Sea for a great weekend of long exposure photography at the Copper Coast Waterford.  Over the weekend we visited some fantastic coves along the copper coast which were excellent for long exposure photography.  The weather was in our favour, the people were friendly and extremely pleasant.  The workshop was certainly insightful and resulted in some excellent imagery.

 I hope to meet you on the North Coast workshop someday!”

Owen O’DonohoeWaterford, IrelandWebsite

Disclaimers: The above represents this photo workshops planned itinerary; however, the workshop organizers and leaders reserve the right to revise it without notice if needed.  The information on this page is also subject to change without notice. Participants are required to be in good health and capable of spending multiple hours exploring various locations whilst carrying their equipment.  The workshop may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not met.