James Kerwin Photographic

Experiences

This is where you will find all of the information relating to my photography tours & workshops. Launched in 2018.

Now into the second year these tours are the extension to my photography talks and are what I like to call “A photography experience” as they combine adventure in a unique country with my passion, photography.

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During both my workshops and extended photography tours I cover subjects such as composition and camera technique, which element of the scene to focus on, working with the light, exposure blending and much more.

Each of my workshops and extended tours are meticulously planned to cater for all skill levels and to ensure that you take home not only new and improved skills, but also a superb set of images and memories that you will cherish forever.

After the successful launch of my tours that ran through 2019 (which sold out entirely) I am delighted to announce my adventure tours for 2020 - please check back regularly for updates, additional tours & dates.

Please also check the ’FAQs’ at the bottom of the page if you have any queries and if you have any further questions or require more information then please don’t hesitate to email me via my contact page, or on: info@jameskerwin.uk.


FIXED DATES:


 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
 

LEBANON UNCOVERED

21ST - 29TH MARCH 2020

1 PLACE LEFT!

Do you want to join a group of passionate photographers for a unique photography adventure? Maybe you have never seen what the Middle East has to offer?

Then join me on this 9-night “retreat style” photography tour. This option provides dates in the early spring so temperatures are lower.

I have chosen these workshop locations very carefully, and I have already booked a superb large villa North of Beirut. Please click the button below for more information:

 
 
 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
 

GEORGIA - 8 DAY TOUR

4TH - 11TH MAY 2020

A chance to join a group of like-minded photographers for a 8-day photography adventure tour through some of the most beautiful derelict locations in Georgia.

For 2020, I have teamed up with Matthew Christopher from Abandoned America to bring you a new action-packed 8- day tour. We have chosen this extended workshop location very carefully, making sure to scout and photographed the locations prior. Please click the button below for more information:

 
 
 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
 

GEORGIA Vs ARMENIA

5TH - 13TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Did you like the look of my 2019 tours to Georgia. but perhaps you couldn’t make it? Or perhaps you wanted to visit the Causacus region for a longer period of time. Then join me on my all NEW 9-day photography adventure tour to BOTH Georgia and Armenia!

I have chosen my extended workshop location very carefully, making sure that I have scouted and photographed the locations and visited the countries prior. These tours require a moderate fitness level and a real sense of adventure. Please click the button below for more information:

 
 
 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
 

LEBANON UNCOVERED 2.0

26TH SEPTEMBER - 4TH OCTOBER 2020

3 SPACES LEFT!

Maybe you can’t make my spring dates in March? Perhaps you would prefer to visit once the summer is over? Then join me on my last adventure tour of 2020.

Then join me on this 9-night “retreat style” photography tour. Limited to 5 people as well, this option provides many of the same locations and features as my first Lebanon dates.

Again, this group will be based at the luxurious villa North of Beirut. Please click the button below for more information:

 
 

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 British Fine Art Architecture & Location Photographer
 

WALKING TOURS IN TBILISI

MAY THROUGH OCTOBER 2020

Throughout the Spring & Summer of 2020, I am offering one-day walking tours through the city of Tbilisi in Georgia.

Here we hunt out architectural gems to photograph in the old town, followed after lunch by an afternoon of more photography tuition, image making and ideas sharing. For client testimonials and behind the scenes photographs, please see my TripAdvisor page.

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WORKSHOP FAQs

How experienced do I have to be to book onto a workshop?

Some very basic knowledge would be an advantage, however please read the details of the specific course. 

Will the workshop/tour be cancelled if the weather’s bad?

We plan to go ahead with the workshops even if it’s raining. Participants need to make sure they bring appropriate clothing for the weather and make sure their camera and equipment is properly protected from the elements. In the extremely unlikely event that a tour is cancelled due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, such as illness, we will book you on another suitable date of your choosing or arrange a full refund.

Are there any age restrictions?

Due to the nature and locations of the workshops the minimum age is 18.

What photography equipment do I need to bring with me on the workshop?

The following list of equipment are just suggestions:

  • A digital SLR or 'Bridge' camera.

  • Spare camera batteries and memory cards.

  • Tripod.

  • Small day rucksack or camera bag.

  • Snacks or food. 

On my architecture workshops a wide-angle lens or any sort a lens in the 16-35mm range for full-frame cameras or 10-20mm range for 'cropped sensor' cameras is a great place to start.

For the week-long tours, you may wish to bring a selection. Great lens options include: 

  • 16-35mm

  • 24mm

  • 35mm

  • 24-70mm

  • 85mm

  • 70-200mm on the ‘Adventure Tours’ could be beneficial.

Additional items you may wish to bring:

  • A tripod – 99% of my work is shot on a tripod. 

  • Filters - if you are undertaking a photography tour - as we include some landscape photography spots.

  • Water bottle. 

  • Torch. 

If you are taking a Lightroom & Photoshop workshop add on, ensure that you bring:

  • A laptop (with Adobe Creative cloud installed alongside Lightroom & photoshop)

  • Your laptop charging cable,

  • A mouse or similar tool

  • A back-up hard drive (optional).

Should I restrict the amount of equipment I bring with me?

I always suggest carrying as much equipment as you feel comfortable with. If you leave something at home, you can bet that’s the one thing you’ll miss during the trip! There’s always plenty of room in the vehicles that we use. If you are flying then always check the weight and size of hand luggage your airline allows.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots. Prepare for the weather – bring a hat and suntan lotion on sunny days, and layers and waterproofs if it’s looking rainy – the usual common sense!

Are my flights included in the workshop/tour price?

Flight prices are not included in my photography tour package prices. However we can suggest flight options and also recommend you use  tools such as  Skyscanner to find the best prices.

What is excluded on our workshops/tours?

  • Lunch - unless otherwise stated (usually on my one-day workshops only).

  • Flights - if the workshop or tour requires travel abroad.

  • Camera gear - although this can be hired to you (with some notice) if required, of course at an additional cost.

Is my accommodation included in the tour price?

If the tour/workshop requires it we will include accommodation in all of the prices.

The accommodation is stated and images are provided.

Are food costs included?

Check the full itinerary of the workshop that you are interested in.

A welcome pack shall also be emailed out once you have reserved your place.

My one and two-day photography workshops will include lunch only and my extended tours include some evening meals at recommended local restaurants.

On shorter workshops I shall send out an email about dietary requirements 7 days prior, please do get back quickly otherwise we cannot guarantee your wish-list. I do also suggest dinner locations if the tour requires you to take an overnight stay.

Alcohol costs are not included.

“What if I have to cancel?”

I recommend taking out full comprehensive travel insurance that covers you in case of illness or unforeseen circumstances. Partial refunds can be givens as per the terms and conditions as long as there is more than eight weeks notice on the cancellation, a full refund can be offered if the tour/workshop space is filled by a recommendation/guest of yours.

Will the Adventure Tour require early mornings?

Usually we will start at a decent time each day, this will be communicated at the start of the tour - but yes, expect to be up and shooting well before 9am on any given day. If we are running an adventure photography tour, then of course we must use the light - this may affect sleeping patterns as well. Please check your workshop itinerary, we also send you through a welcome pack once a space is reserved.

Will James be taking photographs himself during the workshop?

Yes, especially if we are running a course containing editing and post processing tips. I can then use these images during the next day’s session. I will occasionally get a third person to film the courses and in addition I may also film the occasional vlog whilst on tour. 

Will we cover any Photoshop techniques?

Yes, if the course you are booked on mentions it. I will also talk about this a little during any workshop and give tips where necessary. 

Are you insured? Do I need my own insurance?

My business is covered for taking photography parties/groups on workshops and photography tours. I hold public liability insurance with full accidental cover - but this covers my team and equipment only, unless I break something belonging to another person (For example I knock over somebody else’s tripod).

You should ensure that you have adequate personal insurance to cover yourself and your equipment.