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Photography on the Silver Coast, Portugal

in 2018 we have 2 courses tailored for different levels of experience.

Introductory (1-5 June): this course is ideal for those with little or no experience of DSLR photography, and also for those with some experience who wish to refresh their knowledge of the basics. Great for people wanting to start at the beginning. Prerequisites: you´ll need to have a DSLR camera.

Intermediate (6-10 June): this course is for those with some experience of DSLR photography, who want to progress further.  

Each course runs over 3 days and includes 15hrs tuition. You can attend the courses in any of 3 modes:

  • lessons only (€250pp)
  • lessons + main daily meal (€310pp)
  • lessons + main daily meal + 4 nights hotel accommodation (bed and breakfast)  – Total €680pp single room (€600pp shared room)

You will have an authentic experience of Portugal, sampling local food and drink with genuine Portuguese hospitality.

1 June – Arrive and welcome drink
2, 3 and 4 June – Photography workshops (Introductory level)
5 June – depart (or extend your stay if you wish)
6 June – Arrive and welcome drink
7, 8 and 9 June – Photography workshops (Intermediate level)
10 June – depart (or extend your stay if you wish)

Whilst you are here in Portugal, who not maximise your experience by doing both courses? Twice the fun and twice the learning. And you benefit from a discount of 15% of the total price. (eg both courses with 8 nights accom, single room = €1360 – 15% = €1156).

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The detailed content of each will vary slightly according to the needs of the group. 

Below you will find information on the what was included in our photography courses last year.


Day 1 at Casa Oasis – Depth of Field, ISO and Exposure

Day 2. Obidos We visit the charming and very picturesque local town of Obidos.


Day 3. Sao Martinho – Theme Atmospheric Lighting conditions early evening

Sao Martinho is a magical place to photograph the sunset. We will walk out to the lighthouse: from this headland we can observe the sun going down and look across the bay as the town lights up at night. There will be opportunities to experiment with low light photography using time-based exposure and manual mode.

Day 4 – Buddha Eden: Theme Lifestyle and Creative Photography – The largest oriental garden in Europe, with a huge collection of Buddhas, pagodas, terracotta statues and a fantastic African sculpture garden which will take your breath away. You will be truly enchanted by the peace and tranquility of this unusual place.




Day 5. Sitio and Nazare. Theme street and landscape photography followed by review of images

Enjoy the course!

Note: Whilst this is a typical itinerary, variations may occur due to weather conditions or preferences of the tutor.

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Nigel Harper

Nigel by SamNigel took the plunge into professional photography on January 1st 1988 (to be precise). Beginning as an amateur photographer and movie-maker, the many competitions he won in the photographic press made his future path clear. Nearly 28 years later he has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share: a treasure-trove of information and advice. Nigel is exercising his craft every day, and his love of new technology ensures that his knowledge is bang up-to-date.

Nigel´s speciality is wedding, portrait and landscape photography. He particularly likes to produce short movies incorporating video clips, stills and time-lapse.

Nigel is very familiar with the locations that we visit along the Silver Coast of Portugal. Since falling in love with Portugal in 2006, he has been a regular visitor, staying in his apartment by the Lagoa d´Obidos.

Nigel is the recipient of many national awards with Fuji, Kodak, The Master Photographers Association and the British Institute of Professional Photographers. He has also lectured extensively throughout the UK and overseas. Visit Nigel´s site:

What People Are Saying:

×  “I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it. Good friendly people who mixed well, lovely weather and interesting, photogenic, locations. The tutor Nigel is a good enthusiastic communicator and an experienced photographer who clearly knows his stuff. The hotel was at a good location in Sao Martinho do Porto and the town is easy and comfortable to walk around. We visited beautiful locations, particularly Obidos, which was worth a full day visit. The meals were relaxed, with good food and conversation. – Derek, Photography Holiday, April 2016.
×  “Thank you for providing a great course! I thoroughly enjoyed the course and having the opportunity to be out taking photographs with the experienced tutor, Nigel. We visited some great locations, it was a lovely group of people and it was good to spend time together over the meals. I have already recommended the course to a friend. I am definitely interested in doing a follow-up course with you. – Sharon, Photography Holiday, April 2016.
×  “I have just spent an enjoyable 5 days (6 nights) with Kit and Samantha Jennings at their home, Casa Oasis, just outside Sao Martinho do Porto. I was on a Photographic holiday with tutor Nigel Harper, a professional photographer from UK. We were a small group, with the participants staying at Casa Oasis which has a charming cottage and spacious studio in a lovely rustic setting with far reaching inland views and just 3km from the beautiful sheltered sandy bay and waterfront of Sao Martinho. The 5 days were a good mix of tuition at the studio with expeditions out to surrounding towns where we could try out what we had learnt with help and encouragement from Nigel, who was a charming and enthusiastic tutor. There was also time out when we could do our own exploring and photography as we wished. Kit and Samantha were super hosts who went to great lengths to ensure that everyone was happy and nothing was too much trouble. Samantha provided several delicious meals and we were also treated to several meals out. Her bubbly and extrovert personality made for some great laughs and added a definite sparkle to the whole stay. A great time all round. – Fran, Photography Holiday, Sept 2015.

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