Copper Coast Photography Workshop

April 22 – 24, 2016
September 16 – 18, 2016
led by Athena Carey and John Dunne


The Copper Coast is a diverse geological area in southern Ireland that is named for the historic metal mining industry of the area.  It is peppered with ruins of times past, glorious cliffs falling into the Celtic Sea and beautiful sea stacks.

On this two day photography workshop, we will take you around the area to shoot a bit of it all. 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 Copper Coast in Ireland.


2 Day Copper Coast Photography Workshops

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

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.


  • Stay with Us

    We have rented a 7 bedroomed house, all ensuite for the duration of the workshop, and we would love for you to stay with us. We find it offers our attendee’s a richer experience, and often appeals particularly to those traveling alone. If you’re interested please tick the box at the bottom of the registration form and we will let you know if there are rooms are still available.

  • 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

    Apr 22 – 24, 2016
    Sep 16 – 18, 2016

  • Location

    Copper Coast Geopark
    Co Waterford

  • Places Available

    Limited to 7 Places

  • Tour Leaders

    Athena Carey
    John Dunne

  • 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


Friday Evening – Meet your instructors and fellow participants at the hotel where we will enjoy dinner together. Before we leave for our first shoot, you will receive a handout with compositional guidelines. Just a short drive and we will be at one of the most beautiful sea stacks in the area for sunset.

Saturday –  Meet for our first sunrise shoot – a rocky coastline with offshore islands. After this bright and early start, we will enjoy a relaxed breakfast together and then travel to our daytime location – Tankardstown Copper Mine Ruins, a beautiful relic of the mining heritage from the early 19th Century. From here we will stop for lunch and then return to the hotel for an afternoon break.  We will meet again for dinner before a short drive to Caher Cove, where we will shoot the last light of the day over the rocky coast, sea stacks and islands.

Sunday – We will begin our last day together by greeting the first light of the day back at Ballydowane, a place worth far more than two visits.  After one last breakfast together, we will review images and have individual post processing instruction before ending the workshop in the early afternoon.

** Please note that due to the difference in daylight hours between April and September the order of events will be slightly different.  The locations will not change, however April, with it’s longer hours has the opportunity for a bonus location on Saturday.**

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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.