Photography Weekend – Dodging Rain

We had another successful Photography Weekend Break here in Kirkcudbright just over a week ago – it's been a pretty hectic time, so I'm only just catching up so that I can post about it.


Despite the rain on Saturday – some great pictures were captured – some from beneath umbrellas


The weather on the first day was not the kindest, but the photography went ahead just the same, and on Sunday morning we were blessed with a dry period.


Photographer David Williams found plenty to photograph on the harbourside in Kirkcudbright

In fact on the Sunday morning we enjoyed some glorious light and we managed to get out with our cameras.


Out of the rain – we always find plenty of good subjects indoors when it's raining outside during these Photography Weekend Breaks in Kirkcudbright

It will be a little while before I will be able to arrange another Photography Weekend – I am putting time aside so that I am able to apply myself to my own photography for a while.

However, I will try to another weekend together later in the year.

Find out more about Photography Weekends


Last Chance to Join Photography Weekend

There are still places available on the Photography Weekend coming up at the end on this week 7-9th Feb.

This may be your last chance to join one of these very special weekends as I will be devoting more time in the future to my own photography and much less time running photography courses.

Based here in Kirkcudbright at the Selkirk Arms Hotel in lovely SW Scotland these Photography Weekend Breaks offer tremendous value and an emormous amount of photographic tuition.


Come and join us in Kirkcudbright for a great Photography Weekend

The weekend starts at 7pm – just before dinner on Friday we finish after lunch on Sunday afternoon.

The price of £409 is fully inclusive of ALL meals, accommodation, tuition, welcome drink and teas and coffees.

NO – Kirkcudbright does not get cut off by snow during the winter – and we are looking forward to a great weekend of photography




Photography Workshop and Weekend


Both my forthcoming Photography Workshops are now fully booked.

There are still places available for the Photography Weekend Break on February 7-9th. That's next weekend!


Above: photographing Kirkcudbright Harbour during a Photography Weekend Break

These Weekends offer great value with lots of photography tuition while you enjoy staying in the lovely Selkirk Arms Hotel here in Kirkcudbright.

Find out more about this Photography Weekend Break



Just 2 Places Available for Venice

There are now just two places available for the Photography Holiday in Venice.



5 Night Photo Tour
This 5 night Photography Tour of the most fascinatiing photo venue in the world will be based at the Hotel Al Codega right in the centre of Venice.

Second Year in Venice
This is the second year I have run these Photography Holidays in Venice and I am really looking forward to getting back there with another group of keen photographers.

I can promise you a great deal of photography and I know you will have a great time with a small group of like-minded enthusiasts.

Dates are March 13-18th, and booking will again be arranged by Arena Travel who can also fix your flights if you wish.

Photography Tuition
I will be on hand throughout the holiday to guide and help you achieve great pictures



Photo Competition Success


I'm happy to report more success for my photography students.



This time it's my photo student John Dean, from Manchester who has won the award for the Best Picture in the annual competition between the Cheshire camera clubs Romiley and Hyde.

John is a member of the Hyde club, and although he won the Best Picture, the Romiley Camera Club won overall.

John Dean's picture was taken on the harbourside here in Kirkcudbright during a Photography Weekend earlier this year.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk 2
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter Speed: 1/125sec
  • Aperture: f/4.5

Right: John Dean's competition-winning picture taken during a Photography Weekend with Philip Dunn in Kirkcudbright

"I am, to say the least, absolutely delighted," says John, who has been to several of my Photography Courses.

The Photography Weekends in Kirkcudbright are based at the lovely Selkirk Arms Hotel and the cost of £409 includes everything from tuition, meals, coffees and even a welcome drink of your choice. There are no single supplements and non-participants are made very welcome.


Left: Photographer John enjoying his competition success

We get out and about in the town and visit some incrediblly photogenic – and secret – venues.

There are still places available on the next Photography Weekend comning up on February 7-9th 2014 – so BOOK NOW.

I can't promise you'll be successful every time in your camera club compeetitions, but I can promise you some excellent photography tuition – and a lot of fun.


Above: Photographers hard at work during their Photography Weekend Break in Kirkcudbright SW Scotland. These photo weekends are a great opportunity to learn and share with like-minded photo enthusiasts – and enjoy the benefit of full professional tuition at every step

Find out more about Photography Weekends with Philip Dunn


Extra Photo Workshop Carlisle Cathedral

The Photography Workshop at Carlisle Cathedral March 1st 2014 is now fully booked.

I have arranged another date for the following week – March 8th.

So book now for this very special day of photography in one of England's most beautiful cathedrals.

Carlisle Cathedral is just a short distance from the mainline railway station and there are lots of excellent B+Bs in the town nearby.

Carlisle Cathedral Photography Workshop


Picture in Print for Photo Student


Another success for my student Gerwyn Jones – his motor-sport action picture has been published in Morgan Magazine.


Above: Action piicture by Gerwyn Jones


It's always a great feeling to see your pictures in print, and Gerwyn is delighted with his publication in the News section of the magazine.

The picture was taken at Crystal Palace during 'Motor Sport At The Palace' racing event earlier this year.

Gerwyn is a regular student of mine and has been to several Photography Courses over the past few years. He will be coming again to Menorca in September for the Photography Holiday.

Well done Gerwyn – keep up the good work.

Photography Holidays Menorca

Photography Courses


One Place Only on Cathedral Photo Workshop

There is just one place available for the Photography Workshop in Carlisle Cathedral March 1st 2014.

This a is a very special day of photography in one of the most glorious cathedrals in England.

The cost for the day including the tuition is just £60

You will be free to take pictures inside the cathedral itself and I will be there to help and guide you throughout the day.

We have exclusive use of a beautiful and historic room as our base and you will be allowed to use your tripods inside the cathedral.

The picture right shows the view of Carlisle Cathedral from The Prior's Study – which we use as a base and conference room.

Carlisle Cathedral is just a few minutes walk from the mainline railway station and, if you are coming some distance, there are lots of excellent B&Bs in the city.

Find out more about this Photography Workshop




Joe Dodgson – Stranraer Camera Club

I am deeply saddened to learn that Joe Dodgson of Stranraer Camera Club has died.

Joe Dodgson Stranraer Camera Club

Joe, the club's Internal Competition Secretary, was a true gentleman in every sense and I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Joe attended several of my Photography Workshops here in Kirkcudbright and his long-standing passion for photography was obvious.

For some years I have judged competitions at  the club and it was always a joy to work with Joe.

Our thoughts are with Gerry.

Right: Joe Dodgson – he will be missed




Photography at the Zoo

Our old friend Gerwyn Jones has been busy with his new camera.

Gerwyn is a regular on my Photography Holidays in Menorca and he recently downsized his camera gear from heavy DSLRs to a little FinePix HS50EXR. And he loves it.

A charming shot by Gerwyn Jones using his Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR with its incredible zoom lens.

zoo photography - tiger by Gerwyn Jones

Gerwyn tells me he has no more aching backs and he is much more likely to get out and about with his camera now that he is travelling light.

He recently spent a day at London Zoo and produced two cracking pictures with his new camera.

Left: Considering that this close-up of a tiger was taken at ISO1600, the quality is excellent. Photograph by Gerwyn Jones

With its 42x optical zoom lens, the little HS50 is a formidable piece of kit when you neeed to get in close the the animals and Gerwyn has used the camera to great effect in both these shots.


I think the Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR would make a great Christmas present for any photographer so I have put it into the PhotoActive Shop.

Click the picture of the HS50 (right) to see the camera in the PhotoActive shop.

Find out more about Photography Holidays in Menorca