Surf, Adventure and Environmental photo workshops,


We’re changing the weekend workshops this year, all of the usual bits are covered, but we’re putting more emphasis on getting the water on the surf specific weekends, and we’re adding more environmentally angled weekends as well, to truly complement the plastic project. I now have several waterhousings that can take every make of camera, so regardless of what your model, we can get you in shooting. I’m also introducing a second sort of workshop, which covers surf/adventure, but places a bigger emphasis on the environment as well. We cover the environment and the importance of photography in the regular workshops, but these build on it.

There are going to be three next year in Cornwall and two in Hossegor France. I’m very fortunate to now have Sony, Canon and Nikon on board to provide lens and camera support, as well as Salty Surf Housings for the water side of things. They are all in aid of The Plastic project and cover environmental photography as well as surfing.

The workshops are also going to follow a slightly updated format as well, with a new business side of things as well as more focus on the environment and adventure aide as well as pure surf photography. It brings around a broader and more complete workshop to help you either improve as a hobbiest or make a step towards professional photography. They still retain the overall idea of fun, and just getting the most out of your equipment and simply improving as a photographer.

The dates are as follows –

27/28th January – Newuqay Cornwall 2 Places left

31st march/1st April (easter weekend) – Newquay Cornwall – 1 PLACE LEFT

5/6/7th May – Hossegor France (more enviro angled)

19/20th May – Hossegor France

11/12 August – Newquay Cornwall – 2 Places (more enviro angled)

1,2,3rd September – Thurso Scotland more enviro angled

6/7th Ocotber Quik Pro Hossegor France

There are five places on each and we ar enow able to offer them at a reduced rate thanks to our sponsors of £150 for the weekend (£75 to book) Drop me a line – to book.

The two/three day workshop is designed to take you photography up a couple of notches, so if you’re a beginner/novice it will give you the confidence to shoot at a more proficient level likewise if you’re an intermediate or want to be pro, it will give you a boost to those levels. Basically I like to think of it as giving you access to my couple of decades of experience, so you improve and create incredible photos.


We do three weekend workshops, one is based in Cornwall, which is a great place to work on all aspects of surf photography, the stunning scenery makes for epic backdrops, and using pro surfers as subjects we get to work both in and out of the water. The second workshop is based down in Hossegor in France, and we round 2-4 workshops depending on demand, around the Quiksilver Pro, which takes place in October every year. France is a great place to shoot the best surfers in the world, and in incredible light most of the time. The third is a single weekend in Thurso Scotland which focusses more on adventure and the environment, with surf in there as well.

Micah Lester
Micah Lester, France

Both workshops cost the same – £150 for the two days, accommodation isn’t included in that, but I do all the driving around when we are there. I can provide all gear for you to use, although it’s generally better to bring your own if you have it. If you do have your own I get extra lenses for you to try out. I also have water housing setups that everyone can use.

Shooting at perfect Fistral last year

On the days we try and shoot at least twice a day, with some classroom activities in between, but I’m a firm believer that actually getting out and shooting is the best way to learn. I keep the numbers low, generally 3-5 people so I can spend plenty of time one on one. The days break down as follows, although if conditions are better for shooting int he water on day one, we switch –

We do switch around the itinerary to take advantage of the conditions, and as most people want a go at water photography if possible we shot in the water on both days.

Day 1

– We talk about where everyone wants to go with their photography

– A look at gear

– Talk about shooting surfing from the land, working on angles, using light, developing relationships with good surfers.

– We go shoot with a pro surfer, for 2-4 hours depending on conditions.

– Come back, look at shots and learn about basic processing.

(we break for lunch and there is tea and coffee on tap)

John John Florence During The Quik Pro

Day 2

– Talk about shooting surfing from the water, different lenses, using cameras from Gopros to Pro setups. I will have gear on hand.

– Get out and shoot.

– Come back and look at and process shots

– Talk about the commercial side of photography from turning it into a paid hobby or full time pro. Look at how to contact editors and build up relationships to get work published. Look at social media practices and self publishing.

At the end of it you get a book which gives you a detailed summery of everything you we go through, and I am always happy to help going forward with advice.

We also look heavily at how adventure and outdoor photography in conjunction with surfing can play an important roll in storytelling around our changing natural environment. So for anyone who wants to get more involved in environmental photography these are absolutely ideal to become part of an active campaign and learn how your photography can make a difference.



All these questions relate to every workshop.

Who Is Tim Nunn?

Tim is a surf, adventure and environmental photographer from the UK. He started life off as a film maker before turning to stills. He spent three years as a photo editor on books and Wavelength Surfing Magazine, before spending seven years as editor of the magazine. He has written and photo edited five coffee table books, and has had images run in major surfing and outdoor titles world wide. After leaving the position of editor he went to work for Nike, both as a photographer but also managing editorial content across their European surfing channels resulting in an in depth knowledge of the business behind using content within a major brand across social and web based platforms. He has shot campaigns for brands like O’Neill, Finisterre and Jaguar and now runs a not for profit called The Plastic Project, which uses photography and film to raise awareness especially amongst young people about plastic pollution. Not only has he got an in depth technical knowledge around photography but he also has invaluable experience commercially and editorially which is passed on in the workshops.

What level of photo/surfing experience do I need to come on a workshop?

The workshops cater for everyone, you can come along having never picked up a camera or been in the water surfing, or you could be an experienced photographer wanting to develop photography as a career. We spend a lot of one on one time during shooting so it really does cater for everyone.

What sort of gear do I need?

You don’t have to have any gear at all but it is better if you do,  it’s always good to have a camera to learn on that you’ll be using after the workshop though. If you haven’t then I have gear you can use. If you have a basic setup, or lack a few lenses, I’ll bring them along as well, so if you have loads of gear or not much, we have you covered. A laptop is also handy fro processing work, but again i have a computer as well.

I also have a full range of Sony Cameras available to use, lenses for Canon and Nikon Cameras which can be arranged to suit. I also have water housings that fit –

Canon Compatible Camera Models:
EOS 1300D / 1200D / 1100D / 1000D / 760D / 750D / 700D / 650D / 600D / 550D / 500D / 450D / 400D / 350D / 300D / 100D / 80D / 70D / 60D / 50D / 40D / 30D / 20D / 20Ds / 10D / 7D Mark II / 7D / 6D / 5D / 5D Mark II / 5D Mark III / 5D Mark IIII / 5DS / 5DS R

Pentax Compatible Camera Models:
K-500 / K-200 / K-100 / K-50 / K-30 / K-20 / K-10 / K-7 / K-5 K-5 II / K-5 IIs / K-3 / K-1

Nikon Compatible Camera Models:
D7200 / D7100 / D7000 / D5500 / D5300 / D5200 / D5100 / D5000 / D3300 / D3200 / D3100 / D810 / D800 / D800E / D750 / D700 / D610 / D600 / D500 / D300 / D300s / D200 / D100 / D90 / D80 / D70s / Df

Sony Compatible Camera Models:
A6300 / A6000 / A3000 / A900 / A850 / A700 / A580 / A560 / A550 / A500 /A450 / A350 / A300 / A200 / A100 / A99 / A77 / A77 Mk II / A65 A58K / A58Y / A57 / A55 / A37 / A35 / A33 / A7 / A7R Mk II / A7S / A7S Mk II

Panasonic Compatible Camera Models:
GH4 / GH3

Fujifilm Compatible Camera Models:
XT-2, X-T1, X-E2, X-M1, X-A1, X-Q1, S1

Do I need a Water Housing?

If you have one great, but it’s the one bit of gear which I can give you loads of advice with if you haven’t. I also have three or four housings at the workshop, so you can use your camera in one, or use one of my cameras in the water. We also go into some depth in how to get the most out of GoPros as well.

Why do you do these workshops?

I believe in sharing knowledge amongst the creative community, photography shouldn’t be about just the latest gear, or who you know to get to places. With that in mind the workshops are designed to be a fast track with regards to technique and the business side of photography, so you can focus on taking amazing shots.

There are Four Key Areas –

  1. Technical – A look at the gear you need/don’t need to take amazing shots, and how you can take great shots with even entry level or very basic camera equipment.
  2. Technique – What to think about when taking a great shot, that will look good on a wall, will fit an ad brief, get chosen as a dps in a magazine or just make you standout form the crows. This is also the focus of the practical side of the workshops.
  3. Water Shooting – We look the basics to getting in the water, right up to what it takes to take shots using long lenses and fisheyes. Tim has swum everywhere from Pipeline to Widemouth, so understands the craft very well.
  4. The Business – This can how to sell prints successfully, submit to magazines so you get published and make money, dealing with advertiser/brands and building your own personal brand with good social media practices.

It’s a total fast track tacking tim’s years of experience.

How Does The Payment Work?

When you book we need a deposit which is usually 1/3rd or 1/2 of the total price depending on the trip. This is then held in a trust account, which we have no access to until the workshop starts and you are present. The balance of the workshop is required a month before departure, at which point the deposit becomes non-refundable. Although many people prefer to pay the final amount over several months to spread the costs, when this happens that money is also held in trust.