I joined two others and Rodney on a workshop in Iceland that he led in March this year. Prior to the trip I was kept fully informed via a detailed itinerary and I was particularly impressed with the Facebook page that he set up so that all of us could engage with each other before meeting in Iceland. This forum enabled us to raise any questions that we had and these were answered promptly and informatively; and the gentle banter that evolved between us all before flying out removed all nerves about meeting as strangers.
The trip was a photographic experience of a lifetime! The landscape was simply breathtaking, and due to the careful preplanning conducted by Rodney, we were taken to a series of places - some well known and some not - that were simply awe inspiring.
Whilst I am an experienced photographer, I had come out with the aim of mastering a new skill - that of long exposure photography. Rodney was a master at explaining the steps to take, pitched at a pace that was easy to take in and with plenty of reinforcement and encouragement to embed the learning. Always patient, knowledgeable and invariably good humoured, he was an example of what a great teacher looks like when working with each of us. And as a teacher myself, I certainly know one when I see one!
As well as being enriched photographically, I can safely say that the three of us who went on the workshop had a fantastic time - great 'craic ' as the Irish would say!
I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Rodney's workshops to any photographer who wishes to improve their technique and creative process. I'm already in discussion about when I will be joining Rodney for my next workshop with him!
I am probably in a unique position in that I have visited Iceland twice - the first time on my own and the second with Rodney. Both times were to take photographs. While going on your own sounds like a good idea, you have to do your research (hours of it), find and book accommodation, check out where to eat, hire transport, try to have several versions of 'plan B' for when the weather throws you a curve ball, etc., etc. On top of this you will probably need to scout the locations to see where the best vantage points are. I came back with about 5 decent shots the first time.
Or ....... you could go with Rodney. All you need worry about is bringing your camera gear. He has done all the rest and on my trip there were three 'students' to one 'teacher'. He is relentless in his goal to make sure you get great pictures. No sooner had he driven us to our first accommodation than we were out again to our first shoot location. He checked on all of us to make sure we got the pictures and then we went to eat. We were supposed to go to bed early so as to be up early for a sunrise shoot but before we settled in we were out again to shoot the Aurora Borealis. This infinite energy lasted the whole week. Determination that we got the best shots. The accommodation we were in was always great. We ate well. We got on well and had a bit of craic.
The cost of the workshop with Rodney turned out to be less expensive than my solo trip and produced a lot more photographs too.
I highly recommend it and am considering other workshops as well.
Back in 2016 i was an amatuer photogrpher in every sense of the word..i knew how to turn on a camera and i knew or at least i told myself i knew how to take a photograph...how wrong was i....it was around then i decided to attend a Seascape workshop on the Copper Coast with Rodney and his partner in crime Eimhear Collins...it was one afternoon of shooting and tuition but for me it was the catalyst to changing everything i thought i knew about photography...Rodney was a fountain of knowledge...with just the right amount of info and guidance and a little nudge here and there he instantly made me more confident in myself...you see i believe you can teach anyone to use a camera but not everyone can learn to take a good photograph but with Rodney looking over my shoulder and guiding me and sharing his knowledge i felt like i was becoming a better photographer right away.....it was to be the start of a great friendship....i continued progressing but like all new photographers i fell into silly habits..too much saturation too much vibrancy poor editing etc and Rodney in his wisdom had the guts to call me on this....not many would be brave enough to do this but he recognised a flaw in me that could have made me a terrible photographer....its this moment in our friendship i value the most and its a testament to the kind of man he is....one thats willing to be a mentor and one thats not afraid to make the tough calls when needed....i've been fortunate enough to attend more workshops with Rodney since then and i'll advise anyone reading this....do one.... it'll be the best decision you ever make....thank you Rodney and best of luck with your new website
I first met Rodney in Spring 2017 on a workshop that he was co-hosting with fellow photographer Eimhear Collins on the Copper Coast in Co Waterford. I was introduced to seascape photography for the first time combined with the proper use of filters etc to achieve the necessary back wash and motion in the waves The one day workshop transformed my photography and from then I was hooked. I am literally now seeing the world around me in a different light!
I had first noticed Rodney’s work on Facebook from posts that he was uploading while on a scouting trip in Iceland The weather conditions during his trip were very extreme, even Reykjavik airport was closed down just after he had arrived into the country! This did not deter Rodney though, so long as the roads were not officially closed he managed to keep moving from location to location posting up amazing images during his trip… I was so inspired by this I made contact with him while he was still out there to book myself and my wife onto a workshop that was coming up within a number of weeks which was on the Copper Coast.
Since then my wife and I have been to workshops with Rodney to the Antrim Coast, Northumberland and Iceland and we have become good friends along the way… He is a very knowledgeable photographer and a great instructor He knows when you are in need of some help and when just to leave you alone! He gets great personal satisfaction from seeing your photography improve and is very keen to impart his knowledge when and where it is appropriate. When you go on a workshop with Rodney his clients are his only priority and ensuring they get every opportunity to capture the shot. He prides himself that he will not be found taking shots to add to his own portfolio while clients are struggling. If he does take a few shots they will only be to help show various compositions at a location
I am so glad I met Rodney when I did as I feel I have been fast tracked along the photography learning curve which admittedly can be quite frustrating at times. I am also really lucky that during this process I have managed to make some new amazing like-minded friends. It has also provided me with a way to help destress from modern life with the added bonus of photographing some of the world’s most wonderful locations with equally wonderful people!
Thank you Rodney…
I have joined Rodney on various workshops in Ireland over the last few years which were most enjoyable and rewarding. These workshops were well planned, action packed with plenty of variety but most important is the “one to one” tuition that Rodney manages to give to each participant.
Rodney caters for all levels of photographers both in capturing the image to the all important post processing .
I am looking forward to joining Rodney on further workshops including the UK as his knowledge and expertise are excellent.
I enjoyed the 2 days one to one training I did with Rodney this year. Rodney is a great teacher, very professional and well prepared. I learned a great deal, it brought on my photography a huge amount and I was much more confident with my equipment afterward.
I went on Rodney's week long workshop in Iceland in March 2018. Rodney had been to Iceland numerous times before location scouting to ensure that his workshop participants would get the most out it. Rodney had a very detailed itinerary planned out for us and kept in close contact before going to ensure that any questions we had re gear or what to take were well answered. The itinerary was superb with lots of variety of locations and lots of potential to stop on route or head off the beaten track. One of the many things that sets Rodney apart is that he gives his participants full attention and does not take any photos himself. The workshop size is small to ensure everyone has lots of time with Rodney to make sure they learn some tips or get their questions answered. At the end Rodney sent on a really nice video collage of our adventures which really captured the essence of the fun we had and was a really nice unexpected gesture that finished off a trip that was truly a trip of a lifetime. No matter what your level of photography I would highly recommend Rodney's workshops.
2018, Terry MacSweeney, Kerry, Ireland
I retired five years ago and decided to follow my dream of learning to take some decent landscape photographs. I was lucky to meet Rodney, because not alone did he teach me the technical skills of how to take good images he taught me something even more valuable. Rodney is a passionate photographer and his love and enthusiasm for photography is contagious. When you are on a workshop with him he has the ability of pointing out the beauty of the surrounding landscape/ seascape, teaching you how to capture it and empowering you with the joy and pleasure of the experience.
I have attended workshops with Rodney and Eimhear Collins along the Copper Coast, Antrim Coast and Donegal. I also had the most wonderful experience last February when, along with two fantastic photographers we did a week’s workshop with Rodney in Iceland. Like all of Rodney’s workshops it was superbly organised with a detailed itinerary where nothing was left to chance because of Rodney’s in-depth knowledge of each location and his total commitment to ensuring that we the participants, came away with the best of images as well as having a most magical experience. Other workshops I have attended the tutor would have his own camera and tripod capturing images for himself. With Rodney, his gold standard is to be constantly available around his clients to provide whatever advise, support and encouragement is needed. He is natural born mentor who can easily impart knowledge and skill sets to any level of photographer.
As well as being an excellent learning experience these workshops are great fun, each day ends with a gathering of likeminded people sharing stories over some good food and drink. Whatever level of photographer you are, you will come away from Rodney’s workshop feeling enriched in knowledge and experience. I would highly recommend any of his workshops and like myself you will find when you attend one you will then eagerly look forward to attending another.
Sheila O Connor
I have taken three workshops so far with Rodney. Two have been in Ireland, one based on the Donegal coastline and the other along the Antrim coastline . These were run by Rodney along with Eimhear Collins. The third workshop I attended was a week-long one in Iceland which was run by Rodney alone. In all three of these workshops I have found Rodney to be a wonderful companion and coach.
Firstly getting away from the photography side of the workshop he is a complete gentleman who pays great attention to how his clients are enjoying there long weekend or week away. He will endeavour to help everybody with whatever small problems they might run into, from forgetting some piece of photo equipment to having a bit of trouble with their car, (I seen him getting one started!). He is completely aware that if a person is having some small annoying problem, such as forgetting something, then they are unlikely to be enjoying their photography.
In terms of the photography side of the workshops Rodney is super. He is a wonderful photographer himself and he takes every effort and opportunity to help his clients improve their craft . He will help you on the technical side with your camera settings etc and goes to great lengths to give full understandable explanations. He was wonderful at helping us to evaluate a scene and how to explore it in order to capture a really strong image. Even when environmental conditions are not perfect Rodney will challenge you to make the best image you can in the circumstances.
I think that I, and many other people who go on these workshops, often have some feelings of uncertainty or a lack of confidence, especially in the midst of other photographers. We are often aware of our weak points, in my case understanding camera settings, and are almost afraid to ask in case we appear a bit stupid .However Rodney is wonderful with clients like myself, he teaches, supports and helps his clients in the most gentle and interesting way. Then when one's confidence is growing and we feel more comfortable in the workshop, he will challenge us to push ourselves and gradually over the weekend you find yourself developing in a way you wouldn't have thought possible.
Rodney's workshops are always great fun too and you get to visit the most wonderful and beautiful places and meet some really nice people. I look forward to taking another one or two with him before too long.
I attended Rodney O’Callaghan’s Cumbria workshop in October 2018.
Rodney’s knowledge of the area allowed us to visit mutable locations every day with great results despite the poor weather (storm Callum). He possesses that very rare gift as a workshop provider, in that. he can very quickly evaluate each participant’s photographic ability, allowing him to direct his advice where and when its needed most. He seemed to be at everybody’s shoulder just at the right time.
Each evening he would run through some images from the day and get some lively discussion going. The next days locations would be discussed and preparations made accordingly. The weather forecast for Saturday was for a washout, so, Rodney proposed to move the workshop to the East coast of the UK! This saw us on the road for 5am and we spent the day shooting from Whitby to Sunderland in what turned out to be a very warm fine day with some fantastic photographic opportunities. This foresight on Rodney’s part was a master stroke and far beyond all our expectations.
I cannot recommend Rodney’s workshops highly enough. From the moment I meet him at Dublin Airport his passion for photography was infectious. His professional approach and dedication towards his participants ensures that everyone regardless of ones photographic level comes away with a better understanding and knowledge of all aspects of photography.
Charlie O Donovan
Just back from a great 3 day workshop in Donegal. Eimhear and Rodneys choice of venues for the various shoots were excellent. They know all the best locations to go to. They are great coaches.
I learned a lot from them. I had a great time and made some new friends. This is the third workshop that I attended with them and I look forward to future trips.
I would recommend their workshops
To anyone Interested in Photography..
I feel the need to provide this unsolicited testimonial.
I am an experienced Artist. My photography to date has largely been of the point and shoot variety
I wanted to improve this so recently attended a 3 day course in Achill and North Mayo with Rodney O Callaghan
I was most impressed with all aspects -the prior research, the organisation, the accommodation, the tuition etc
No effort was too great -e.g Rodney drove the 3 participants to North Mayo for a particular site - a 4 hour round trip.
For myself ,the level of personal attention, patience,tuition, demonstrations was such that my awareness was transformed
and i will be much more aware and capable in future.
Lastly the craic and rapartee between the participants added to the enjoyment.