Upper Swaledale is an exceptional location for landscape photography with a wealth of photographic opportunities from stunning views of Kisdon Hill and along the valley to flower filled meadows, signature Yorkshire Dales dry stone walls and barns and a variety of dramatic waterfalls along the River Swale. With a full weekend we’ll have the time to explore these opportunities to the full.
We begin on the Friday evening with an introductory talk and a look at some example images. Mark and Sam will discuss the itinerary and some initial skills to take out into the field over the weekend. With a full weekend at our disposal we can be a bit more flexible with the choice of subjects on each day to suit the weather than on our one day workshops, but a typical format will be:
Day 1 – Around Keld. Here the emphasis is on waterfalls with East Mill Gill Force just a short walk from Keld, Kisdon Force (weather permitting) and Wain Wath Force with numerous smaller cascades below it along the rocky Swale riverbed a major highlight. Depending on how far people want to walk we can also include Swinner Gill with its dramatic waterfall. Near Keld we also have lovely meadows dotted with field barns along the slopes of Kisdon Hill.
Day 2 – Around Muker. Here we’ll be concentrating on dry stone walls and delightful flower meadows around the beautiful village of Muker (founded by Norse Vikings, the name means narrow cultivated strip) along with dramatic views of the dale as the River Swale meanders through it.
If the light is favourable we’ll include an evening trip to Gunnerside to capture glorious side-lighting on the field barns during the weekend.
Throughout the weekend we’ll cover what you need to know about the technical side of landscape photography (exposure, depth of field) and discuss the more creative aspects of subject selection, lighting and composition. With a maximum of six participants there’s plenty of time for one to one tuition with Sam and Mark.
Approximate walking distance – Around 2-3 miles each day as a guide for reaching some of the locations.
Difficulty –Fairly easy walking throughout, though walking boots are definitely required!
What is involved – Please be aware that in places the ground is uneven and very rocky. The area around some of the waterfalls can be very slippery when wet. Driving may be required between the various locations on the workshop, but we’ll car share where possible. Please get in touch with us before booking if you won’t have your own transport available.
For a photographer, typically only around 20 per cent of your time is spent taking the actual pictures and the rest is devoted to post processing at a computer screen. It is a vastly important part of great photography and knowing a few tricks can transform your well-composed and exposed images into visually stunning works of fine art. Included in the weekend workshop is a discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. You’re encouraged to pick one or two of your favourite images from the first day’s shooting for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark.
There is also the opportunity to upload your images to a dedicated group on the image-sharing site Flickr, which is only accessible to workshop participants. This will enable you to continue discussing your work with your fellow students, so even after the workshop is over, there is continued support to help develop your photography further.
Weekend Workshop – £265 per person (tuition only)
Maximum – 6 persons
Minimum – 2 persons
Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation and food are not included in the
workshop price, allowing you the flexibility to choose
accommodation to suit your requirements.
Please note that Swaledale is very popular during
the summer so early booking is strongly advised.
You can book online by using the button below via PayPal,
or please tel: 01423 550138 or 07767 628764
Here are a few accommodation ideas from
our partners over at Yorkshire.com.
The Kearton Country Hotel in Thwaite and Keld Lodge at Keld
are ideally placed, but many places are situated just a short
drive away along Swaledale or over the pass into Wensleydale.
There is also camping at Keld – see:
http://keldbunkhouse.com for details.