Photographing Richmond

09th November 2015
Learn to photograph Richmond with local landscape photographer - Mat Robinson. With years of experience in photography and 6 years experience of teaching groups of various sizes - you couldn't be in better hands.

With this workshop being run around the town - it's accessible for all although does include some uphill walking. In all likelihood the whole workshop will take place on foot - but depending on conditions we may take a short drive to some of the outer reaches of town. We will cover some very well known locations, including some of the following: the falls, Maison Dieu, Easby and the fields above, Billy Banks Wood, the Oliver Ducket folly, Westfields, Downholme viewing point and Willance' Leap. These workshops will be half day workshops with the option of additional tuition on the processing of the images - something many find useful as understanding layers and layer masks is a key part of my workflow.

Places will be limited to 3 people per workshop and will be aimed primarily at beginners - those wanting to get to grips with their camera in this beautiful town and learn to make the most of some amazing locations whilst they're at it. Those with a little more experience who would like some input on improving their composition and eye for an image are also very welcome. The workshops will be roughly 4-5 hours long, dependent on conditions, and will involve some walking - but shouldn't be too strenuous.

The cost for the workshop alone will be £60 but you're welcome to book the additional processing tutorial for a total of £80. The secondary tutorial can be taken from the comfort of your own home via Skype in the following days - and can be very useful in terms of understanding merging photos and exposures to get the best out of the photos you take on the day. Group discounts may be available too, contact me to find out.

Richmond and the surrounding area can be a photographer's paradise - the mix between the historic architecture and the natural landscape around it, with the castle keep standing proudly above lower Swaledale gives limitless possibilities - being photographable from almost every angle. Never mind the Swale and falls themselves. By participating in this workshop you will learn to view these well known scenes in a new light - taking care to clean up compositions and focus on what you want out of the photograph.

You will be responsible for bringing your own lunch/snacks/drinks and insurance is not provided. If the weather is particularly bad then more time may be spent by the river rather than taking in the grand vistas, but hopefully this will be avoided. Billy Banks also provides an excellent wet weather alternative, if a little complex.

Rather than the group workshop, you're welcome to book this as a 1-1 tutorial on a date of your choosing. This would cost £100 for the workshop alone and £125 for the workshop plus processing tutorial.

If you'd like to book your workshop just drop me a message with your preferred date and I'll organise payment. Gift vouchers are available and come with a free greetings card.

Sat 5th May 2018
Sat 14th July 2018
Other dates are available upon request!

Required equipment:
  • DSLR or compact camera which allows manual settings.
  • Food & drink.
  • Waterproof clothing, decent walking boots and plenty of warm layers.
  • Tripod
  • Waterproofing for your camera - even if this is just a sandwich bag!

Advisable extras:
  • Polarising filter - very useful for the water photography. Highly recommended.
  • Headtorch/torch. If there's a good afterglow we may be out late. Get in touch if you don't have a headtorch and I'll recommend some.
  • ND filter (screw on or not).
  • Spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Selection of lenses (covering 17-200mm).
  • Cable release.

Workshops are rarely cancelled - only in the most extreme of weather might this happen and refunds/rearranged dates will be available - but if you need cancel, refunds will be available on the following basis:
  • More than 4 weeks beforehand - 50% of the total cost refunded.
  • 2-4 weeks beforehand - 25% of the total cost refunded.
  • Less than 2 weeks before the workshop - no refund.
  • If you'd like to rearrange, this may be possible depending on future bookings, but is far from guaranteed. Contact us as soon as possible if this might be necessary and we'll do our best to sort it out - but we reserve the right to withhold your refund on the conditions laid out above.