Intermediate/Advanced high level Portfolio Course

Intermediate/Advanced high level, Mentored, Portfolio Course

Starting April 6th 2024 

Would you like to bring your photography to truly amazing heights! This course will examine ways to make better images and create a thoroughly top level Portfolio worthy of Exhibiting, Creating a book, Entering in Competitions or Distinctions and more! 

This Course is a Fully Mentored and Project based course aimed at photographers who are already of an Intermediate level, who want to bring their skills and understanding of photography to new heights.

The aim will be for each participant to create a finished portfolio of 12 A3 images with a view to this being a starting point for them to make high quality [both technically and artistically] images in the future for Exhibition, Distinctions and Qualifications, Creating a book or simply for their own satisfaction. Participants will choose the subject matter with assistance from the Tutor.

Limited to a max of 6 participants – Contact us now if this is of interest to you!! Full details below.

This Course will include the following.

  • Printing of 12 to 16 A3 [or similar size] prints of participants final portfolio. Also printing of a selection of smaller images for selecting the final portfolio.
  • An A3 size artists portfolio case.
  • 4 full day Workshops plus 4 evening sessions.
  • Assistance with choosing subject matter for the portfolio.
  • Personal mentorship of each participant in the formation of their work with 1-to-1 meetings.
  • Advanced photography tuition – see other content below.
  • Advanced Photoshop methodology for finishing your images to an excellent standard ready to print.

Course Details: This Course will be structured over approximately 3 months. This will include 4 full one-day workshops and 4 evening classes plus individual meetings with participants.

Start Date: Saturday 6th April 2024

Times:  4 full Saturdays and 4 weeknight evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm plus individual sessions with each participant – Dates to be decided with PArticipants – this is a slow, relaxed Course!

Location: Platform3 Studio

Course Tutor: Mike Brown – see below

Participants: Min 4 – Max 6
Course fee: €750

Course content will include:

Knowing your camera intimately.
Understanding Light – Advanced Exposure Theory.
Advanced composition.
Focussing for all subjects.
Searching for quality in your images.
What are you trying to achieve? – Project based work to create a high quality Portfolio.
Critiquing your own work – and being critiqued! Understanding the art of Editing your work critically.
Advanced Post production and  preparation of the final print.

To register your interest in this Course please contact us by email on or or contact Mike on 0868295039. Payment of a Deposit of €250.00 is required to book a place.


About your Tutor and Why you should do this Course:

Mike Brown has been a professional photographer for over 30 years. He has worked in many areas of the business including Press, Nature and Landscape, Weddings and Portraits and Commercial photography but also worked in projects within his personal work. This has resulted in 3 highly acclaimed and sold out books, plus a number of solo exhibitions in Ireland and France and his works have been exhibited in group exhibitions in the USA, Spain, Australia and many other places around the globe.

Mike also judges regularly on the club circuit in Ireland and for the IPPVA so he is well aware of the standards required for these. He has assisted photographers with their qualifications for both the IPF and the IPPVA.

For those who are interested in expanding their photographic view away from Club and national competitions, Mike also gets photographers to test their own photographic viewpoint. A recent quote from someone who attended a talk by Mike at a club is interesting:

“Hi Mike, I saw your presentation to the camera club on Wed night. It was so refreshing to hear somebody who is connected to the art form rather than the vanilla, prescriptive, competition approach. I really enjoyed it. It appears that most speakers are in the competition camp which takes from the enjoyment for me. So good to see the mix you spoke about!”