Few who aspire to make images from the high tops have the know how required to venture into the mountains and return safe and sound at the end of the day. A seasoned mountain photographer will have spent hundreds of days acquiring the experience needed to operate safely in the upland arena before they even thought of honing their photographic skills. It’s a long apprenticeship and there are no short cuts to experiential learning but I am here to help kick start your journey. 


Our ‘Hill Skills for Landscape Photographers’ course is a wonderful opportunity to experience the thrill of capturing images in the mountains. As your guides we will introduce you to amazing places as you take your first steps into the sublime world of the mountain photographer. With an emphasis on safety you will be introduced to the tools and techniques needed to become an independent mountain photographer and for those less experienced with their cameras technical support and tuition is also available.



The Hill Skills for Landscape Photographers Course

The courses are held over two days in Snowdonia National Park and cover the following topics


Nick Livesey

Coming from a mountaineering background Nick became obsessed with mountain photography a decade ago and since then his work has featured in magazines such as Outdoor Photography, On Landscape, Trek and Mountain, The Great Outdoors and Summit. He is a regular contributor to the routes section of TRAIL magazine and has extensive knowledge and experience of all the Snowdonia mountain ranges.


Nick is also the author of hillwalking and photo-location guidebook ‘Photographing the Snowdonia Mountains’, a qualified mountain leader and Rec 2 Emergency Outdoor First Aider. He was a regular visitor to Snowdonia for 10 years before moving to Capel Curig in the heart of the national park in 2013.

  • How to plan a walk in the hills and mountains of the UK


  • Moving safely and effectively over rough terrain and steep ground


  • Nutrition, clothing systems, footwear and solutions for carrying your photographic equipment in the mountains


  • Forecasts and how the prevailing weather influences route choice and ground conditions


  • Not getting lost - maps, compass work, relocation and the art of micro navigation 


  • Responsible hillwalking and environmental awareness

  • How to respond to emergencies in the mountains


At the end of the two days you will take with you all the information you need to become independent in the mountains and gain first hand practical experience of the concepts and techniques covered during the course.

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Helen Iles

Helen was born in Wales and has spent most of her life on the sea or in the mountains. A member of the Barmouth Lifeboat crew for over 20 years and more recently part of South Snowdonia Search and Rescue team she spends a lot of her time using her Mountain Leader skills guiding Photographers and walkers  through the Snowdonia area. 


Her images have been published in magazines such as Outdoor Photography, The Great Outdoors and she has been shortlisted in ‘Outdoor Photographer of the Year’ and ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ on numerous occasions.