Let me know what you want to get out of a workshop and I will tailor the tuition according to your exact needs so you get the maximum benefit from the photography course. You will find that you also benefit from the mixed abilities of the group whether you are a beginner or an experienced amateur.

The Short Break is £350. This runs from 2pm on the first day to around midday on the third day. It includes accommodation and meals.

The Tuition Only Short Break is £199. This runs from 2 pm on the first day to around midday on the third day. It does not include accommodation or meals. When you book I will give you a list of preferred accommodation.

The Malham Mon 17 – Thu 20 September is £595. This runs from 2 pm on the first day to around midday on the fourth day. It includes accommodation and meals.

Just an example of what to expect on a short break here.

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Discovering Hawes

Hawes is the popular heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

The views, waterfalls seem to be bigger and wider than in any other Dale with softer rolling hills.

The highlights of the area are Aysgarth Falls, Semer Water, Hardraw Force, Freelanders Wood and the views around Hawes itself.

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Swaledale Photography Workshops

Swaledale is one of the jewels of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

It’s one of those places where you think “how can I have not been here before?”. There are just so many opportunities for big landscape as well as micro landscape shots. Barns, walls and waterfalls to your heart’s content.

The River Swale has its roots not far from Wain Wath and storms down ravines to a slow ox bow crawl at Reeth.

The meadows are proper flower-rich sit and disappear buttercup meadows and in summer gild the sides of the valleys. Ok, not one for hay fever sufferers – sorry!

It’s a place where the only noises seem to come from sheep, curlews, oystercatchers and the farmers quad bikes! No mobile phones ringing as there is no signal deep in the valley.

It is remote being the most northerly of the Dales and sits west to east from Richmond to Keld, and includes the villages of Low Row, Gunnerside, Keld and Muker.

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Yorkshire Coast

From Flamborough Lighthouse to Bempton Cliffs there are secretive bays and coves to explore and photograph. The dates have been chosen with low tides and optimum sunrises in mind.

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Malham Photography Workshops

Mentioned in the Domesday book as ‘Malgun’, Malham has been a settlement for at least a thousand years. Traces of Iron age boundaries are still visible today. One hundred years ago, Malham was a place of mills and mines. Nowadays, hill farms and tourism are the main activities.

The most famous places are Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet’s Fosse and Malham Tarn and a tree!

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Wharfedale Day

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Torridon

With a wealth of unspoilt beauty, the area is famous for its craggy mountains, picturesque lochs and abundant wildlife. Many visitors find it hard to believe that such rugged wildness still exists. Indeed, Kinlochewe lies on the edge of the area recognized as Europe’s last great wilderness.

If you have never visited Kinlochewe before then you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. If you are familiar with the area you will know the riches that await your return. Whatever the reason for your visit.

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Discovering Hawes

An excellent opportunity to practice shutter speeds for those creamy waterfall shots.

Features: Aysgarth Falls, Cotter Force, Barns, Semer Water
Start/Finish: The workshop starts Friday at 3pm and finishes at Sunday lunchtime
Cost: £150 per person
Cost does not include insurance, accommodation, transport or meals.
Fitness level: General fitness and come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, polariser, walking boots/wellies, waterproof clothing.
Equipment nice to have: ND filter, ND Graduated Filters, remote release, spirit level.

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Swaledale Day Photography Workshops

An excellent opportunity to practice shutter speeds for those creamy waterfall shots.

Features: Waterfalls, Barns, Stone Walls, Kayakers!
Start/Finish: The workshop starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 6.30pmish
Cost: £70 per person
Cost does not include insurance, transport or lunch.
Fitness level: Nothing too strenuous. You may be paddling in a stream or walking on moors. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, polariser, walking boots/wellies, waterproof clothing and packed lunch.
Equipment nice to have: ND filter, ND Graduated Filters, remote release, spirit level.

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Swaledale Hay Meadow Day

An excellent opportunity to practice macro and landscape techniques in the wildflower meadows.

Features: Traditional Hay Meadows, Barns, Stone Walls, Cake and Tea the sound of Curlews and Oystercatchers.
Start/Finish: The workshop starts at 9.30 am and finishes at 6.30pmish
Cost: £140 per person which includes afternoon tea in Muker at the village teashop which serves all local produce and scrummy homemade cakes.
Cost does not include insurance, transport or lunch.
Fitness level: Nothing too strenuous. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, walking boots/wellies, waterproof clothing and packed lunch.
Equipment nice to have macro lens, remote release, reflector.

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Swaledale Midweek/Weekend Photography Workshop

This area is very popular with Coast to Coasters/Pennine Way so please book a few months in advance to avoid disappointment.

Features: Waterfalls, Barns, Stone Walls, the sound of Curlews and Oystercatchers. No mobile signals. Dark nights. Bonus photoshop session worth £60.
Cost: (includes all accommodation, all meals) : £350
Deposit: £150 with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course.
Cost does not include: insurance, transport
Fitness level: Nothing too strenuous. You may be paddling in a stream or walking on moors. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, polariser, walking boots or wellies & waterproof clothing are advisable, laptop (if you have one) for processing images.

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Swaledale Wildflower and Landscape Midweek Break

YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION AT LEAST 3 MONTHS IN ADVANCE

Booking closes March 2012

Features: Traditional Hay Meadows, Barns, Stone Walls, Cake and Tea the sound of Curlews and Oystercatchers. Free photoshop session worth £60.
Start/Finish: The workshop starts on Tuesday at 9.30 am and finishes on Thursday at 4.00 pm
Cost: £199 per person and includes afternoon tea in Muker at the village teashop which serves all local produce and scrummy homemade cakes.
Cost does not include insurance, transport, accommodation, alcohol and meals.
Fitness level: Nothing too strenuous. You may be paddling in a stream or walking on moors. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, walking boots or wellies & waterproof clothing are advisable, laptop (if you have one) for processing images.

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Yorkshire Coast Midweek/Weekend Photography Workshop
We will be staying at the Flaneburg which is by Thornwick Bay in Flamborough so not far to come back for breakfast.

Features: Bonus photoshop session worth £60.
Cost: (includes all accommodation, all meals): £350
Deposit: £150 with bthe alance to be paid before the course.
Cost does not include: insurance, transport
Fitness level: Medium as there is some walking up and down cliff paths.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, walking boots or wellies & waterproof clothing are advisable, laptop (if you have one) for processing images.

Itinerary :
Friday afternoon: Meet, afternoon camera session and dine.

Saturday:
We will gather early for a sunrise outing. This is optional should you wish to have a leisurely breakfast.

The brave ones will then head back for breakfast.

There will be a few hours in the afternoon to gather breath should you wish explore some more of the area before we assemble for a sunset outing.

After dinner there is an option to review the days shoot or just chill out.

Sunday:
Sunrise is not optional!

The afternoon will be split into separate sessions which will guide you through the digital workflow from setting up colour management, processing your images from RAW.

Wharfedale Day

Features: Waterfalls, Stone Walls, a Gorge, Limestone Pavement and a Tree!
Start/Finish: 9:30 – 5ish
Cost: £130 per person
Cost does not include: insurance, transport or lunch/dinner.
Fitness level: Nothing too strenuous. You may be paddling in a stream or walking on moors. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, walking boots & waterproof clothing are advisable, packed lunch.

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Malham Day Photography Workshops

Malham days are organised around the times of a sunset, so from August onwards the day may start in the afternoon and finish late in the evening to optimise the best light. Although we don’t cover such an extensive area as on the weekend, we will be exploring waterfalls, limestone pavements and fabulous scenic views back to Pendle Hill and Skipton.

Here’s a quick look at a Malham photography workshop location.

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Features: Waterfalls, Stone Walls, a Gorge, Limestone Pavement and a Tree!
Start/Finish: The workshop is geared around a sunset so may start later in the day. Times will be sent when you book.
Cost: £80 per person
Cost does not include: insurance, transport or lunch/dinner.
Fitness level: Nothing too strenuous. You may be paddling in a stream or walking on moors. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, walking boots or wellies & waterproof clothing are advisable, packed lunch.

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Malham Midweek/Weekend Photography Workshop

No two breaks are exactly the same.

This is why you will get unique shots on your course.

You may go to the same places but they may be at different times of the day.

Before the course, I plan sunrise/sunset times, where they are going to rise or set and which Dales will get the best light at that time of year which can be quite challenging due to the orientation of the area.

I will do a quick check around the course area to make sure what I think is best works. If not I find alternatives.

This is the area that is covered on the Malham Short Break. This gives you plenty of opportunities for sunrise/sunset shots.

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One thing I can’t control is the weather unfortunately.

We go out in sun, rain, mist, fog, snow, blizzards, hail and due to the location, these usually hurl themselves in fairly short chunks which are easy to deal with. In the rare times, it is dense fog, or very heavy rain we will go and have a look at our location anyway as weather systems can change from Dale to Dale and if necessary make a joint decision on what to do.

We will be staying at the Buck Inn or Miresfield Farm.

There are no sharing of rooms, you have your own ensuite room.

We dine at the Lister Arms (the black pudding fritters melt in your mouth) or the Buck Inn (Malhamdale sausages in a big Yokshire pud).

I only take 5 people on these short breaks to maximise individual attention.

We don’t do route marches but we will be walking at a comfortable pace for the maximum of 20 minutes at some locations. There are some hill ascents, again these will be taken at the speed of the slowest walker.

Here is an example itinerary from an April Workshop. As it happened, we had to change locations due to the weather but it does give you an example.

The main changes during the year, as you can guess, are the sunrise and sunset times ie getting up times!

What to bring to get the maximun experience from the short break?

  • Believe me, even in summer it can get cold very quickly in the hills so please extra fleeces, gloves, hats, scarves, hand warmers, thermals.
  • A spirit level for your camera.
  • Remote release.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Extra cards.
  • Tripod.
  • Polariser.
  • Graduated Filters.

If you want more information on the above please get in touch.

Malham is a very popular place and you are advised to book at least 2 months in advance to guarantee a room.

The Malham Mon 17 – Thu 20 September is £595. This runs from 2pm on the first day to around midday on the fourth day. It includes accommodation and meals.

Features: Waterfalls, Stone Walls, a Gorge, Dales, Limestone Pavement and a Tree! Dark nights. Free photoshop session worth £60.
Cost: (includes all accommodation , all meals) : £350
Deposit: £150 with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course.
Cost does not include: insurance, transport
Fitness level: Medium. You may be paddling in a stream or walking a mile on moors. Come prepared for English weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, polariser, walking boots or wellies & waterproof clothing are advisable, laptop (if you have one) for processing images.

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Torridon Photography Workshop

This photography workshop is held from Sunday evening to Thursday evening.

Set in the heart of the magnificent Torridon Mountains and at the foot of Beinn Eighe, we will be staying at the Kinlochewe Hotel which is ideally situated for exploring the wild and breathtaking scenery of the North Western Highlands of Scotland.

With a wealth of unspoilt beauty, the area is famous for its craggy mountains, picturesque lochs and abundant wildlife. Many visitors find it hard to believe that such rugged wildness still exists. Indeed, Kinlochewe lies on the edge of the area recognized as Europe’s last great wilderness.

And what is a real treat is that you can capture fantastic shots close to the road without having to walk a Munroe.

Torridon is a very popular place and you are advised to book at least 2 months in advance to guarantee a room.

Dates: Sunday 21 October – Thursday 25 October 2012
Features: It’s Scotland so expect dramatic scenes mixed with beauty, sunlight mixed with storms. Sunrise/sunset shoots. A bar with 50 brands of whiskies and big relaxing sofas in the lounge. Free photoshop session worth £60.
Group size: 5 maximum
Cost: (includes all accommodation – single rooms, all ensuite): £899
Deposit: £200 with the balance to be paid before the course.
Cost does not include: insurance, transport, evening meals, lunch (after a Scottish breakfast you may not want any lunch anyway!)
Fitness level: Medium. You may be paddling in a stream or walking a mile in the hills. Come prepared for Scottish weather.
Equipment needed: Digital DSLR camera, tripod, walking boots or wellies & waterproof clothing are advisable, laptop (if you have one) for processing images, ND filters, ND Graduated filters, waterproof cover for the camera.

All diets are catered for. Please remember to state any special diet on the booking form.

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The Outline of the Workshops

My photography workshops are spent 100% in the field. It is the only way to truly improve your photography outdoors, to learn how to make the most of our unpredictable weather, to be very aware of how accessible your kit is and to prove to you there are opportunities even under an umbrella!

The day will start in semi-automatic mode, that is, Aperture or Shutter Priority, but you will quickly move onto Manual mode for the rest of the day.

You will have time to explore finding your own compositions as well as having lots of individual attention and hot refreshments.

During the day you will:

  • Learn how to best plan for landscape images
  • Learn new techniques in exposure and metering
  • Learn why the difference between film and digital is important
  • Learn how a composition is structured or not

  • You will learn how to control movement
  • Be aware of different light sources
  • Learn how to use polarising filters
  • Learn how to use ND Graduated filters
  • Learn how to soften backgrounds with Depth Of Field

I only have a maximum of five people per course to ensure you all get lots of personal attention.

I try to maintain an informal feel with a mix of abilities on each course.

It’s also your time out taking photographs in stunning countryside relaxing, meeting like minded people and mucking in together.

I provide comprehensive notes after the photography workshops for you to consolidate your learning experience, and you are always welcome to contact me via email or phone for further advice for up to 6 months after your course.

Hot and cold refreshments are provided throughout the day.