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© Joe Cornish 2020

My Workshop Ethos...

Forty years' experience as a professional landscape photographer and twenty years as a photographic tutor mean that I am well qualified to teach the art of outdoor photography.


I led over 100 photo tours and workshops for Light & Land and a hundred more since I set up David Ward Photo Tours in 2011.

These experiences have taught me that there is no substitute for expert photographic tuition in the field if you want to dramatically improve your landscape photography in a short period.


Photography tutors work in many different styles. My approach is guided by the principle expressed in an ancient Chinese proverb:


“Give a man a fish you feed him for a day;

teach a man to fish you feed him for life.”

Instead of simply ‘showing’ my clients ‘the picture’, my workshops and tours are designed to help participants develop their own ideas and approaches.


On location I will provide cues and ideas to help open your eyes to different possibilities. Constructive critique sessions are a cornerstone of this approach so all workshops include sessions where I will examine participants’ images from both technical and aesthetic perspectives. 


In order for this to work well I just ask that you come with an open mind.

We will also spend time on post processing, using Lightroom and Photoshop. These sessions provide invaluable insights into how to make the most of your images.

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In the field, my aim is to offer full support to clients on both artistic and technical issues. I will help you not only to render the image in the the most technically accomplished way but also to realise your vision – ultimately a much more important and satisfying goal.


But please don’t think this will be a dry and dusty experience. I’m always aware that this is my clients’ free time, a chance to explore their passion but also a time to be savoured and enjoyed. There will be plenty of laughs and fun alongside great opportunities for making images.


Many of my clients have travelled with me for a decade or more, and more than one client has been on over 30 tours and workshops with me. These figures speak for themselves.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you.


"Anyone who wants to improve their landscape photography (and have the most wonderful time) should go on one of these trips.
I’ve been on at least ten trips with David, I like them so much.
Brilliant, brilliant teacher, mentor & tour leader."

Helen B

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