Autumn in the Yorkshire Dales: one day photography workshops

Autumn in the Yorkshire Dales: one day photography workshops

Autum in the Yorkshire Dales is always a favourite. The emphasis for these workshps will be on photographing woodland an we will spend good time in two or at the most three locations. We will take in the odd big view as well, but details and a different perspective are the leaders here.

The Yorkshire Dales boasts a wonderfully diverse landscape and, whatever this Autumn brings, there are many amazing locations for making the most of the season’s colour and light. There are many areas of beautiful woodland in both Nidderdale and I will be monitoring the colours and conditions beforehand, to ensure we make the best of these locations.

Even where trees have lost their leaves, there are wonderful images to be made, focusing on the structure and colours of trunks and branches. Moorland grasses also look fabulous in their Autumn guise - particularly if we can catch them with a little jack frost or a hint of mist! We will also be looking at how to create most abstract compositions of the trees and leaves.

Working with such a small group (maximum five) I’m able to cater for both the very experienced and less experienced photographer. Given the challenging nature of woodland photography, these particular workshops may not best be suited to a complete beginner - but, if in doubt, please do get in touch. I am there to give you as much help as you would like and the day is both about learning and experimenting but also about having fun!

I have in mind some specific locations but plan to keep a bit of flexibility, given that weather and leaf colour can all vary enormously from year to year. One of my key aims for the day is to help you to see the potential for images in all types of location and across all types of subject and, in particular, to help you identify and capture the more intimate, abstract landscapes, macros and nature shots that can be made almost anywhere.

We will look at how to make the most of conditions on the day - ensuring any kind light can be exploited to its best advantage. Almost without exception, there is no such thing as bad light! We will also spend a little time learning about processing techniques and looking at the various options available. I will finalise a start time and place nearer the time - but the day will include at least 8 hours tuition. We will meet at an agreed location and can either travel in my car or people are welcome to travel in their own cars should they prefer.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about what to expect on one of my workshops, please have a look here.

Practicalities

  • What time does the workshop start and end?

    The plan is to aim for a dawn start (around 6.30am), although a final decision will be made in the days before the workshop, in case conditions dictate otherwise. We would look to finish around 3.00pm in that instance.

  • What should I bring?

    Camera and a selection of lenses - ideally covering wide angle to telephoto and macro if you have one.  Tripod, spare batteries and memory cards. Good walking boots. Clothing for any kind of weather. Comfortable backpack or shoulder bag .Waterproofs for you and your gear. Plenty of water and sandwiches / snacks

  • How fit do I need to be?

    There will be several miles of walking - this will vary according to conditions - but expect a minimum of 3 miles and a maximum of 5/6; some of the paths are quite steep, but we will take our time. You may not want to overload your camera bag.

  • Can I borrow a Lee filters kit?

    You are welcome to borrow/share a Lee filter kit - including big stopper, little stopper and ND grads. Please note this is at your own risk, although we've had no breakages to date! Please ask in advance and advise of the filter ring sizes of any lenses you may be bringing.