Yorkshire Dales: The Big View

07th October 2015

Learn to photograph the Yorkshire Dales with local photographer, Mat Robinson. Having provided multiple images and the cover of The Visitor newspaper, the official annual guide to the national park, for the last 3 years there is nobody better placed to teach you how to photograph this beautiful landscape.

On this workshop we'll take in a few more local, intimate spots - all with the aim of being prepared to shoot the big sunset view once the evening arrives (so long as the weather plays along!). It's hard for anyone to promise a grand vista at sunset on a workshop as it's always dependent on conditions on the day - but I'd hope to, at the very least, prepare you for every eventuality to make the most of a grand sunset as and when one presents itself.

Places will be limited to just 3 people per workshop - to ensure that I have plenty of time to discuss things with each participant alongside the more general tuition. We'll cover a number of subjects - ranging from the basics of optimal exposure, composition and techniques to avoid lens flare and other problematic artifacts. It would be useful for participants to have some knowledge of layering images beforehand - but tuition on this can be provided as part of the workshop either before or after, when it comes to processing the images from the day.

Precise locations will be dependent on the weather, but in general we shall visit Twistleton Scar, Scales Moor, Ribblehead Viaduct, Souther Scales (below Ingleborough) and possibly Moughton Scar. These numerous limestone pavements provide some of the most famous views in the north of England alongside some lesser known viewpoints. If the weather is particularly horrible - we may also visit Catrigg Force, Waterfall Walk and/or Scaleber Force.

Meeting at 3.30pm at Ribblehead train station, we will proceed to spend the next 5hrs exploring the local views. They will cost either £100 for the trip alone, or £120 to include the processing tutorial which can be taken either before or afterwards - from the comfort of your own home via Skype.

There will be some walking over uneven ground - especially the often slippery limestone pavements - so if you're unsure on your feet, it's probably a good idea to get in touch and discuss your requirements before booking. For other guidance and necessary equipment - please see the bottom of the page.

A precise itinerary will be made available in the days leading up to the set dates once a vague weather forecast has been released. Every effort shall be made to continue with the big views theme - but it may be necessary to spend our time exploring the nearby waterfalls if the weather is particularly horrible.

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 20th May 2017

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.