Photography Workshops

From the gallery in Cowes Yacht Haven Rick offers Photography Workshops and tuition aimed at amateur photographers that would like to improve their photography skills and have a great day out on the water.

Workshops: One day course for a maximum of five people provide the opportunity to learn from one of the top photographers in yachting. From setting up your camera, to how to work efficiently and safely on the water, Rick will show you how to take great photographs from onboard his 6.5m RIB. Back ashore he goes through a post-production workflow and offers useful editing tips in Photoshop.

Experience days: "Ride with Rick" accompanying Rick on a working day onboard the RIB . You will get close up to the action and with tips from Rick take your own pictures. On this day out you really get the experience of what its like to be a pro-photographer. Limited to just 2 people the exact schedule will depend on the weather and the daily picture requirements. Usually we leave the dock at 0930 and back around 1600, weather dependant.

Helicopter Experience days: The ultimate experience of shooting alongside Rick at a key event. Limited to just 2 people you accompany Rick on a helicopter photography sortie at a major event, usual duration around 2 hours, plus editing and processing time back at the studio. 2 people required.

One to One tuition: Based from the Gallery, or at your location, Rick spends a day offering his experience and advice on how to take great pictures and editing to get the most out of them, depending on the time of year there will be practical sessions either on or off the water. Call to discuss your requirements.

Forthcoming Dates for 2019:

April 19 Experience day at the Easter Challenge Regatta £250pp

April 20 Workshop day at the Easter Challenge Regatta £250pp

May 17 Workshop at the arrival day for the Cowes Spring Classic Regatta £250pp

June 29 Helicopter Experience Day for the Round the Island Race £1750pp

August 3 Helicopter Experience Day Rolex Fastnet Race start £1750pp

August 10-17 Experience Days during Cowes Week. Ride with Rick. Limited places available. £350pp

November: 2 week Workshop/Experience onboard Pelagic in the Falkland Islands, more details here

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Outline schedule for 1 day workshop:

0930 Meet at the Cowes Yacht Haven studio. Introduction to the workshop and advice on how to set up your camera before we go out on the water.

1030 out on the RIB taking pictures on the Solent where Rick will give ideas and instruction on taking pictures of the racing yachts.

1430 return to Cowes and review our work on the computer including post production, importing and editing on the computer, Photoshop techniques and digital workflows.

1630/1700 finish.

Groups of friends or club members, organise a group of 5 and one goes free. Workshops can be organised at your club and combined with Rick giving an evening slide show about his work to your members.

What is included:

1 day of tuition, printed course notes, onboard picnic lunch. Lifejackets. What you need to bring: Camera equipment, laptop (optional), warm clothing, boots and wet weather gear. It can be very wet on the boat. We can recommend B&Bs and local travel arrangements.

There is no age limit, lower or upper but you need to physically cable of being on a RIB for 4 hours, it can be wet, cold and bouncy and there is no loo. It's not all glamour being a Yachting Photographer!

Thanks to Debs Allen and Paul Keal for the photographs