Photography Weekend Breaks

These Weekend Photography Courses in Scotland are designed to help you achieve more from your camera and produce better photographs from every photo opportunity – every time.

If you want to  take better photographs and learn how to take greater control of your camera in a happy*, relaxed atmosphere, then these Photography Weekend Breaks are for you.

Photography Weekend Breaks - photographing flowers

They are held in Galloway, SW Scotland, based in the Selkirk Arms Hotel where you can relax in comfort after a busy day taking photographs and learning new camera techniques.

The Photography Courses are led by award-winning professional photographer Philip Dunn, who for many years was The Sunday Times travel photographer.

You will NOT be sent off to fend for yourself with the excuse that you have been set a photo 'project'. The tuition is personal and Philip Dunn will be there to help the photographers at all stages during the photography courses.


Learn an effective way of taking better photographs

During these Weekend Photography Courses I'll teach you a method of taking photographs that's much more valuable and effective than a whole bagful of expensive camera gear. The way you see and capture pictures will be vastly improved.

If it's purely technical geeky photography tuition you want, these photo courses are not for you.

Along with extensive practical advice, this tuition will enable you to convert your thoughts into successful photographs… to THINK visually.

Photography courses - using tripod

These  Weekend Photography Breaks enable you to get much more from you camera gear? You will learn while having fun

  • Learn how to get more from your digital camera
  • How to use light more effectively
  • Improve your camera craft
  • Learn how to think in visual terms – the way the camera sees
  • Dramatically improve your picture composition
  • Maximum 10 photographers

Book Photography Weekend

Let's kill the myth that photography is a mysterious and elitist art. You'll be a far more competent photographer at the end of your weekend – and you will get a great deal more pleasure from your photography.

What Gear to Bring See Philip Dunn's check list of for these Photography Weekend Breaks

Non-participants Welcome
Non-participants partners do not take part in the tuition or field trips, but enjoy all the pleasures of a relaxing weekend in a lovely hotel.

Things to do for non-participants

Photographers' price includes:

  • Full tuition during the photography weekend
  • Illustrated talk/photo critiques
  • Full photographic tuition
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Welcome drink of your choice at the bar
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday and Sunday
  • Morning coffee and afternoon tea
Philip Dunn teaching photography

Philip Dunn giving personal tuition to a group of photographers enjoying a Photography Workshop in SW Scotland. There is always time for individuals during these photography courses

Your Hotel
For these Photography Weekend Workshop courses you will stay at the Selkirk Arms in the centre of Kirkcudbright, well know as Scotland's Artists' Town. The Selkirk is a really comfortable hotel whose staff are always ready to help and make you welcome. The hotel is well known for its fine food.

Photography Weekend Breaks - learning camera craft

Conference Room Facilities
We try to spend as much time as possible actually out taking photographs, but we do enjoy our own separtate conference room for the weekend for our photographic talks and demonstrations.

I refuse to have a rigid itinerary for these Photography Weekends – everything depends on the combination of photographers needs and where they are at with their skill levels. I know from long experience that this is the best way for everyone to get the most from their weekend.

We may cover a variety of subjects and situations which often include anything from portraiture to street photography. Whatever we cover, you will find challenging, instructive and very enjoyable.  – and there's the key to the success of these weekends – we do like to have some fun.

Read what the photographers have to say about their Photography Weekends

Watch and listen to what Philip's clients have to say about their photography weekends – just click the short (3 min) video below.


As you will hear in the very last comment on the clip, David Pennell is a mischievous chap* – this is what he said in an email to me:

"I enjoyed your photography week-end immensely. You have made me constructively think before pressing the button. It will be a little while before the improvements appear, but I feel very positive about entering the world of digital photography thanks to your guidance."



* We do ask that photographers come on these Photography Courses or Workshops with an open mind and a sense of humour – something David brought in large quantities. We like to laugh and prefer happy people