David Purdie photography workshops


(also sent as an email to everyone on 13 july 2020)

An update on the workshop situation. You should have all received an email at the start of lockdown suggesting that we convert all workshops to indefinite pre-payment for any future workshop.That still stands but I have been thinking about ways of doing workshops and tutorials sooner than the far distant future to fulfill these bookings. I have come up with a couple of options.

THIS IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH EXISITING BOOKINGS For anyone with a workshop booking, or gift voucher that hasn’t been used yet, you might like to consider doing either of these instead, in exchange for the 1 day booking…

1 An online one-to-one tutorial via Skype for half a day (3.5 hours). We can share computer desktops so you can follow me or I can talk you through what you are doing. You can also record the whole thing if you want to be able to refer to it again later. 

For many people doing the regular style workshops, the last part of the day, computer post-production part is something of a revelation. You can’t make a terrible picture great but a half decent one can be dramatically improved. I can talk you through how to set up Lightroom or a similar program (the concepts of processing RAW files are similar across all apps that do it.  We can work on sorting out file management, renaming files as you import them, rating and choosing the best ones, organising folders to help keep track of your pictures….. deleting the junk, backing up, exporting and loads more besides. everything you need to do to have an organised workflow and how to then make the most of your best pictures. 

2   An actual half day/evening individual workshop for you (or you plus another if you booked together and were intending to come together). Using our own transport, no catering or coffee supplied by me, no talk after at the gallery and everything done from at least 2m distance out and about. This is also for 3.5 hours. I think this can be fun and useful. The only thing that can’t be done that normally would is looking through each others’ cameras or standing close to talk through camera settings. I am familiar enough with most camera brands to be able to talk you through this kind of thing from a distance if needed. After the day I can send you a Lightroom processing talk I have from many previous workshops that will apply to the kind of pictures we have shot and the light conditions. I have about 30 of these to choose from.

If you fancy doing either of these email me (david@purdiegallery.co.uk) with an idea of when you’d like to do it and we will sort something out. I am keen to avoid weekends because of crowds at the coast. Please note this is for people who have already paid for workshops only. 


All our workshops are hosted and run by David Purdie of the Purdie Gallery 

These are currently all cancelled but in normal times (soon hopefully).......

David Purdie leads photography workshops throughout the year which cater for all levels of expertise. In addition to your day’s shooting on location, the workshop includes an online video tutorial by David, sent to you to keep and re-watch if helpful. 

There are two types of workshop day… 

The general workshop days are designed to cover a broad range of subjects and techniques.
The themed days are much more in-depth, focusing on a single location, technique or theme. 

The maximum number of photographers on each day is six, so you are guaranteed plenty of personal attention and tuition. Advanced days are limited to four people. 
At the end of the workshop day we go back to the gallery for a short tutorial in processing pictures from the day. David screen records this and sends it to you later to download and keep on your computer. This means you can pause or wind back to re-watch the tutorial at your own pace. This is something that you will be able to keep and refer back to and provides a valuable reference tool for processing your own shots.

The cost of our workshop days is £140 for most days, £180 for the smaller advanced group days. Most day workshops are 10am to 6pm, night workshops 4pm to 11.30pm

Click on each day below for more details.....  


workshop day gift vouchers...

are a really popular present. They are vaild for 2 years and come as a stamp in a card, so you have something to hand over on the day. 

When the recepient chooses their day, they can book on the phone, or simply book on the website and enter the gift voucher number intead of going through the checkout payment on our site. Or they can book over the phone 01797 226 937. 

‘The workshop days are some of the most enjoyable times I have as a photographer. There is something very satisfying about helping someone to take their skills to new and exciting levels. I always benefit too from getting a different perspective on a familiar location. I have been running these workshops for over 10 years now and can say that no two days are the same. There is always something different to see and I have shot some of my most popular pictures while out in the field, with my workshop friends.’
David Purdie