Washburn Valley in springtime : one day photography workshop

Washburn Valley in springtime : one day photography workshop

The Washburn Valley is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and rightly so. It's an area I never tire of exploring, boasting an extraordinarily diverse and beautiful landscape, with some wonderful areas of woodland, and a huge variety of reservoirs, tarns and rivers.

We will probably divide our time between only two locations, exploring different photographic opportunities at some depth. There will be plenty of opportunity to cover a number of different creative techniques and to work on more complex compositions. I am there to give you as much help as you would like and to show you some of my favourite parts of this less well known area in Yorkshire

We will plan to meet at or near Blubberhouses, which gives us quick access to a variety of superb locations. You will have ample opportunity to work on new techniques and learn how to make the most of your camera gear and develop your vision to create striking images - both wider and intimate landscapes.

One of my key aims for the day is to help you to see the potential for images in all types of location - to look not just for the spectacular grand vistas but also for the more intimate, abstract landscapes 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! If time allows, we may also spend a little time discussing processing techniques and looking at the various options available - this will depend a bit on weather and the wishes of the group.


  • What time will the workshop start

    The plan is to aim for a dawn start, although a final decision will be made in the days before the workshop and according to the wishes of the group.

  • What level of photographer does this workshop suit?

    Some of the woodland scenes are relatively chaotic and challenging (in a good way!) but we also have plenty of water to work with, with rivers and reservoirs. Probably ideally suited to those who are comfortable with their camera settings. That said, I will be there to give you as much help as you need on the day, both with technical and artistic decisions.

  • How fit to I need to be?

    There is a reasonable amount of walking, but mostly on relatively flat terrain and good paths. Depending on how we structure the day, there may be a couple of very small hills but mostly reasonably easy going walking.

  • 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

  • Are there any facilities nearby?

    We will probably get the chance to go into Pateley Bridge at some point but for most of the day, we will not be near any loos, shops or cafes.

  • Can I borrow a Lee filter 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.