Northumberland 3 Day Workshop
£499.00 per person
Location: Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Holy Island, Beadnell, Alnmouth, Cullernose Point, Alnwick Castle & Amble Pier
Max Attendees: 3
The stunning Northumberland Coast is my favourite location for landscape photography and so I’m really excited to be putting on these new workshops in 2018. With its amazing castles, rugged dramatic geology and golden beaches it certainly provides one of the most photogenic stretches of coastline in the UK.
Our itinerary is likely to include most of the following: Bamburgh Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle from the North and the South, Holy Island/Lindisfarne, Cullernose Point, Amble Pier, Alnwick Castle, Beadnell & Alnmouth. We are at the mercy of the weather for beautiful conditions and colourful skies but over the 3 days we'll enjoy 2 sunrises and 3 sunsets and so we'll have the chance of some lovely light at fantastic locations.
We will meet in Bamburgh early afternoon on day 1 and we'll finish after sunset on day 3. Because of the long journey there is the option to book an extra night B&B on either end of the workshop at an extra £55 per night.
Overnight accommodation will be either at the Glororum Guesthouse or the Victoria Hotel in Bamburgh. We will head out for dawn each morning and return for a cooked breakfast. In order to keep costs as low as possible lunches and evening meals are not included in the price although we will stop for lunch breaks and visit a local restaurant (where you can choose how much to spend) in the evenings.
We will cover taking control of your camera, focussing techniques (including hyperfocal focussing), composition tips, filters, bracketing, lens choices, the histogram (including exposing to the right), white balance and shooting RAW. Don't worry if this sounds a little complex I will make sure we go at a pace you are happy with. There will be time to find your own compositions if you want to and I will move around the group to see how you are getting on, answer any questions and offer any advice.
If we lose any photography time to the weather then there are several options for indoor tutorials including a demonstration of my processing workflow to maximise the quality from RAW images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Also, how to blend exposures and focus stack your landscape and macro images. I can also help you process any images we’ve already taken so bring your laptop along and we can also look at a tutorial on how to prepare and plan for landscape shoots.
Whether you are a beginner or more advanced I am sure that you will find this a very enjoyable workshop. I am used to running workshops of up to 10 people and so I have experience of helping participants of differing abilities including beginners.
What you will learn
Other than any specific requests you have I would expect to cover:
- Taking control and getting the best from your camera.
- Exposure and metering, switching to manual settings.
- Focussing and maximising depth of field.
- Using filters to enhance your photographs.
- Bracketing to achieve greater dynamic range.
- Histograms – an essential tool to ensure maximum detail is captured & nothing lost.
- Composition – some basic rules to help you obtain a well balanced composition.
- Understanding the benefits of shooting in RAW.
On the day you will need as much of the following equipment as possible:
- A digital SLR (preferably) or a camera capable of full manual control
- Lenses with a range of focal lengths including wide angle if you have one (for example 10-20mm or 16-35mm on a full frame camera).
- A sturdy tripod is essential. I have a spare which you can borrow, let me know if you'd like me to bring it along.
- Suitable warm/wet weather clothing including lots of layers, hat, gloves and waterproof leggings if you have them. Good sturdy footwear and wellies are also recommended.
- Filters if you have them (graduated, long exposure and polariser) - long exposure filters like the Lee Big and Little Stoppers are highly recommended for this workshop - they can be borrowed.
- A cable/remote shutter release is recommended especially as it is used to control your camera's bulb mode which is the usual method for extending your shutter speed beyond 30 seconds (which we will be doing). E-mail me back if you need clarification on this point.
- A spare battery and a spare memory card