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Digital Photography Holidays in Cornwall

Mullion Cove Hotel is exquisitely placed for capturing digital imagery due to its stunning cliff top position.  It’s also within easy walking distance of many picturesque coves and beaches which in sunny or stormy weather provide fantastic opportunities for capturing the perfect shot.

Our three-night photography holiday courses are for guests at any level of photography practise from complete beginners learning the basics to advanced photographers keen to improve their skills.

Digital camera enthusiasts who love using the landscape as their subject will be hard pressed to beat the panoramas offered on this break!

Dates Available:

  • Friday 4th April 2014 for 3 nights

Maximum numbers: 10 Photographers per course

Prices for all the courses:

Room Type
Single Occupancy Two
One Photographer and
Non photographic partner
Premier £615.00 £993.00 £891.00
Sea View £555.00 £855.00 £795.00
Partial Sea View £495.00 £777.00 £699.00
Standard £435.00 £669.00 £603.00


Price includes: Personal daily tuition by Bernie Pettersen, presentations and discussions, welcome drinks reception, dinner bed and breakfast for three nights in a twin or double room and VAT.

Price does not include: Transport to photographic venues on the Lizard chosen by Bernie. Guests are required to arrange their own transport in their own vehicles please with car share on location a popular option amongst guests.

Course Information:

Led by Bernie Pettersen, our courses are relaxed but comprehensive, the content of which is largely dictated by those attending.  Included within the sessions are workshops at the Hotel and fieldwork at Mullion Cove.  Visits further afield are also explored.

By the end of the course you will have improved your photographic knowledge, put this into practise and own fantastic finished digital images. The courses include tuition in exposure, composition and image editing.  Discussions and presentations are held at the hotel and photography instruction is given on location across West Cornwall.

On the first evening participants are invited to join Bernie for a Welcome Drinks Reception and “Ice- breaker” Session, followed by dinner, giving everyone the chance to get to know one another and explore what everyone hopes to gain from attending the course.

No experience of digital photography is required but the following equipment is essential:

  • A Digital SLR or Bridge Camera with its Instruction Manual, batteries and charger
  • Memory Cards
  • A tripod is not essential but useful
  • Comfortable walking footwear
  • Warm outdoor clothing

Recommended equipment:

  • Remote or cable release
  • Laptop with editing software

More information about your tutor

Bernie Pettersen was born in Liverpool in 1960. Living just over a mile from the sea and having grown up in the busy, hustle and bustle, urban life of Liverpool’s dockland environment of the 60’s -70’s; Bernie left Merseyside in 1976 and joined the Royal Navy.

Early in 1977 Bernie found the beauty, peace and tranquillity or Cornwall, being based at the Navy’s Helicopter base, RNAS Culdrose, near Helston.

For three years Bernie worked as an Aircraft Handler, working with helicopters, at sea on a busy ships flight deck whilst touring Europe and back on dry land at different bases and locations around the UK.

During this time Bernie bought his first camera. With little or no guidance and through a long and costly period of ‘trial and error ‘ he strived to find the answers to the mysteries contained within a little metal ‘box’ with a lens, a roll of film and the comparative resulting photographic prints returned in the post from the Photo labs.

With interest increasing and having found that the Royal Navy has a small body of Professional Photographers, Bernie applied to retrain as a Naval Photographer, after nearly a year of comprehensive, intensive City in Guilds style training Bernie rejoined the Fleet.

Whilst constantly returning to live in Helston, throughout the next 25 years, Bernie’s career evolved as a professional military photographer travelled the world.  Not only working in a Navy environment but being deployed to work with the Army in The Falklands, with the U.N. in Central Bosnia, detached as photographer for 42 Commando Royal Marines for a two and half years active duties. These deployments further Accumulated into a two year posting in London as the NATO’s Chief photographer for The Commander –in-Chief of Europe’s Eastern Atlantic area. Providing various military photographic responsibilities for more than 13 NATO alliance countries.

In May 2005 and after an extended time of military service, Bernie left the Royal Navy and established himself as self employed freelancer, working with many Cornish businesses and associates with Public Relations agencies; whom swiftly found his passion, self motivation, wide and varied experience and also his technical photographic knowledge, of great value in visually representing these companies.

Don’t miss out – book your place today!