Swaledale: Muker Meadows

11th November 2015
Learn to photograph the famous views of Swaledale with local landscape photographer - Mat Robinson. With years of experience in photography and 4 years experience of teaching groups of various sizes - you couldn't be in better hands.

This workshop should be largely accessible to all - with no steep ascents and only a limited amount of walking. Most of the views we stop off to make the most of are almost roadside - although who can resist a meandering walk through the lowland meadows themselves? We will take in a number of spots around Keld, Thwaite, Muker and possibly even down towards Gunnerside and Reeth. These workshops will be roughly 4-5hrs long 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 both at beginners - those wanting to get to grips with their camera in this beautiful scenery and learn to make the most of some amazing locations whilst they're at it - and those with a little more experience who would like some input on improving their composition and eye for an image. The length of the workshops is dependent on conditions, and may be extended if post-sunset light is still good, so 4hrs will be the minimum.

The cost for the workshop alone will be £80 but you're welcome to book the additional processing tutorial for a total of £95. 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.

Swaledale is one of the most dramatic of the Yorkshire Dales - its steep sided v-shaped valley in sharp contrast to many of the major southern dales. But in the places where the valley opens out, the fertile land means that in the summer months the dale comes to life as wildflower meadows take over. Large swathes of the meadows are protected and so care must be taken not to trample them - sticking to paths where possible - but this does not limit the still endless photographic opportunities.

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. Keld and the surrounding waterfalls are hardly the worst backup plan in the world!

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 £110 for the workshop alone and £135 for the workshop plus processing tutorial.

Sat 9th Jun 2018
Other dates available upon request - don't hesitate to get in touch.

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.

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.