Bolton Abbey Autumn Workshop

Bolton Abbey Autumn Workshop


On the banks of the River Wharfe in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales stand the ruins of Bolton Abbey. Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire the estate itself has 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside and is our backdrop for the Bolton Abbey Autumn Workshop
.

Following an initial briefing of the day over tea and coffee, our tour begins at the abbey itself, making the most of the morning light (weather permitting). This is a good opportunity to find strong compositions, using the surrounding landscapes to frame the ruins. The building itself was a priory founded in the early 12th century and took a number of years to complete.

We continue up into Strid Wood against the flow of the River Wharfe and find ourselves in among fresh spring foliage (with the chance of bluebells in April and carpets of wild garlic flowers in May) or spectacular autumn colours. There is so much to observe here as a photographer with no shortage of interesting subjects and by using certain exposure techniques you can create works that are quite abstract.

Where the broad river narrows we have the famous Strid, so named because it is said to be a stride wide (although we don’t recommend you testing this). It was formed by the circular motion of smaller rocks, eroding away at the softer surrounding rock creating hollows which eventually became a series of larger potholes that eventually joined together forming a deep chasm.

All along the river we are rewarded with some great shapes created by the ancient woodland and the movement of the water. This is a site of special scientific interest, as one of the largest areas of acidic oak woodland in the Yorkshire Dales and from the bridge we make our way back via the opposite side, to observe and shoot the Abbey as the sun sets, marking the end to a long and rewarding day.


Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Bolton Abbey Autumn Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Bolton Priory ruins, amazing autumn colours in Strid Wood, The spectacular Strid on the River Wharfe
Approximate walking time:2.5 hours
Difficulty:Easy – mostly on made paths along the River Wharfe.
Notes:Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.
N.B. This workshop starts at 9am to make best use of the available daylight.

Aysgarth Autumn Workshop

Aysgarth Autumn Workshop

Aysgarth Falls and West Burton are areas of outstanding natural beauty found in Wensleydale, which is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Set among forests and farmland, Aysgarth Falls are a one-mile stretch of cascading waterfalls carved out by the River Ure and are quite spectacular in any weather. On our Aysgarth Autumn Workshop we find an abundance of photographic opportunities and our circular walk takes us through many contrasting scenes with varied subjects.

After an initial briefing and refreshments, our tour begins at West Burton village in the Walden Valley, which is home to the beautiful Cauldron Falls that was once immortalized by the artist Turner during his tour of the North of England. We will attempt to do the same using the medium of photography, before continuing through farmland to Aysgarth.

Once we arrive at Aysgarth you soon see why it has been used in television programmes and movies such as Robin Hood Prince of Thieves! Carved out over several thousand years, the long stretch of falls give us plenty with which to practice our exposure skills and find out how small changes to camera settings can make a dramatic difference to the final image.

We make our way back to West Burton via a different route, coming across some old barns which offer the epitome of a rural Yorkshire scene.

Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Aysgarth Autumn Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Aysgarth Falls, Cauldron Force (or West Burton Waterfall)
Approximate walking time:3 hours
Difficulty:Easy – just a few Wensleydale undulations to negotiate!
Notes:Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.

Ribblehead Workshop

Ribblehead Workshop

The Three Peaks area provides some of the most dramatic scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Rugged limestone pavement, lone trees, flat-topped fells and a famous viaduct are some of the highlights of our Ribblehead Workshop based on a circular walk around the Ribblehead area.

After an initial briefing and refreshments, our tour begins with a look at the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, the 32m high twenty-four arch bridge carrying the Settle-Carlisle railway across the valley at Batty Moss at the head of the Ribble valley.

Our walk continues around the Ribblehead area, with the viaduct visible in the distance for most of the route taking in areas of limestone pavement with dramatic views toward Whernside, the highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks in one direction and toward the flat-topped Ingleborough hill in the other.

Along the way a couple of lone trees and numerous larger boulders add interest to the limestone scenery. We also catch a glimpse of the third of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Pen-Y-Ghent in the distance and finish off the day back at Batty Moss with a fine view toward Park Fell, Simon Fell and Ingleborough as the sun sets.


Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Ribblehead Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:The spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, Views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Lone trees and limestone pavement.
Approximate walking time:3 hours
Difficulty:Medium to strenuous
Notes:There are no particularly steep hills to climb, just a few inclines as the path makes its way across the valley but note that some of the terrain is very heavy-going across access land.

Malham August Workshop

Malham August Workshop

Malham is a small village nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by some of the most dramatic landscapes that provide the photographer with many fascinating subjects – carved out over some three million years from glaciers! Our Malham August Workshop offers no shortage of opportunities to hone your photographic skills, from the wide vistas to small observations.

We begin our tour from Malham village, which has been a settlement for around a thousand years and is full of traditional Yorkshire charm. Over a cup of tea or coffee to kick-start the day, Mark and Sam will discuss the itinerary and some initial skills to take out into the field. Whatever the weather throws at us, we head towards Janet’s Foss, named after Jennet who was believed to be the queen of the local fairies who lives behind the fall in a cave. The pool was once used to wash sheep before shearing, but we will use this location to practice our exposure and depth-of-field skills.

From the shady woodlands we move out into the open air and magnificence that is Gordale Scar. Carved by glacier meltwaters, this began life as a huge cavern which later collapsed, leaving behind 260 feet high vertical cliff faces and the very picturesque Gordale Beck that cascades over masses of fallen rock.

In the afternoon we continue around to Malham Cove. Standing some 80 metres high and 300 metres wide, this dramatic amphitheatre was formed after the last ice age by water mainly from Malham Tarn falling over the edge and cutting backwards – it’s this erosion from the lip that gives Malham Cove its curved shape. The cove is probably most famous for the limestone pavement on the surface that provides the photographer with an abundance of shapes and patterns to play with.

We then descend back to our starting point at the village, filled with knowledge and excitement to get home and see the work produced. Optional – there’s also a couple of homely pubs in the village which offer great food and drink, for those who want to socialise afterwards and discuss the day’s adventures.


Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Malham August Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss Waterfall
Approximate walking time:3-4 hours
Difficulty:Medium to strenuous – there’s one big hill to climb (but the view is amazing)!
Notes:Please be aware that in places the ground is uneven and very rocky. At the top of Malham Cove the limestone pavement has very deep fissures which can be extremely slippy when wet. We will also be in areas where there is a large vertical drop and therefore if you are uncomfortable with heights please let one of your tutors know (in private if preferred).

Malham July Workshop

Malham Workshop

Malham is a small village nestled in the Yorkshire Dales, surrounded by some of the most dramatic landscapes that provide the photographer with many fascinating subjects – carved out over some three million years from glaciers! Our Malham July Workshop offers no shortage of opportunities to hone your photographic skills, from the wide vistas to small observations.

We begin our tour from Malham village, which has been a settlement for around a thousand years and is full of traditional Yorkshire charm. Over a cup of tea or coffee to kick-start the day, Mark and Sam will discuss the itinerary and some initial skills to take out into the field. Whatever the weather throws at us, we head towards Janet’s Foss, named after Jennet who was believed to be the queen of the local fairies who lives behind the fall in a cave. The pool was once used to wash sheep before shearing, but we will use this location to practice our exposure and depth-of-field skills.

From the shady woodlands we move out into the open air and magnificence that is Gordale Scar. Carved by glacier meltwaters, this began life as a huge cavern which later collapsed, leaving behind 260 feet high vertical cliff faces and the very picturesque Gordale Beck that cascades over masses of fallen rock.

In the afternoon we continue around to Malham Cove. Standing some 80 metres high and 300 metres wide, this dramatic amphitheatre was formed after the last ice age by water mainly from Malham Tarn falling over the edge and cutting backwards – it’s this erosion from the lip that gives Malham Cove its curved shape. The cove is probably most famous for the limestone pavement on the surface that provides the photographer with an abundance of shapes and patterns to play with.

We then descend back to our starting point at the village, filled with knowledge and excitement to get home and see the work produced. Optional – there’s also a couple of homely pubs in the village which offer great food and drink, for those who want to socialise afterwards and discuss the day’s adventures.


Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Malham July Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Malham Cove, Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss Waterfall
Approximate walking time:3-4 hours
Difficulty:Medium to strenuous – there’s one big hill to climb (but the view is amazing)!
Notes:Please be aware that in places the ground is uneven and very rocky. At the top of Malham Cove the limestone pavement has very deep fissures which can be extremely slippy when wet. We will also be in areas where there is a large vertical drop and therefore if you are uncomfortable with heights please let one of your tutors know (in private if preferred).

Aysgarth Summer Workshop

Aysgarth Summer Workshop

Aysgarth Falls and West Burton are areas of outstanding natural beauty found in Wensleydale, which is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Set among forests and farmland, Aysgarth Falls are a one-mile stretch of cascading waterfalls carved out by the River Ure and are quite spectacular in any weather. On our Aysgarth Summer Workshop we find an abundance of photographic opportunities and our circular walk takes us through many contrasting scenes with varied subjects.

After an initial briefing and refreshments, our tour begins at West Burton village in the Walden Valley, which is home to the beautiful Cauldron Falls that was once immortalized by the artist Turner during his tour of the North of England. We will attempt to do the same using the medium of photography, before continuing through farmland to Aysgarth.

Once we arrive at Aysgarth you soon see why it has been used in television programmes and movies such as Robin Hood Prince of Thieves! Carved out over several thousand years, the long stretch of falls give us plenty with which to practice our exposure skills and find out how small changes to camera settings can make a dramatic difference to the final image.

We make our way back to West Burton via a different route, coming across some old barns which offer the epitome of a rural Yorkshire scene.

Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Aysgarth Summer Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Aysgarth Falls, Cauldron Force (or West Burton Waterfall)
Approximate walking time:3 hours
Difficulty:Easy – just a few Wensleydale undulations to negotiate!
Notes:Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.

Bolton Abbey May Workshop

Bolton Abbey May Workshop


On the banks of the River Wharfe in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales stand the ruins of Bolton Abbey. Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire the estate itself has 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside and is our backdrop for the Bolton Abbey May Workshop
.

Following an initial briefing of the day over tea and coffee, our tour begins at the abbey itself, making the most of the morning light (weather permitting). This is a good opportunity to find strong compositions, using the surrounding landscapes to frame the ruins. The building itself was a priory founded in the early 12th century and took a number of years to complete.

We continue up into Strid Wood against the flow of the River Wharfe and find ourselves in among fresh spring foliage (with the chance of bluebells in April and carpets of wild garlic flowers in May) or spectacular autumn colours. There is so much to observe here as a photographer with no shortage of interesting subjects and by using certain exposure techniques you can create works that are quite abstract.

Where the broad river narrows we have the famous Strid, so named because it is said to be a stride wide (although we don’t recommend you testing this). It was formed by the circular motion of smaller rocks, eroding away at the softer surrounding rock creating hollows which eventually became a series of larger potholes that eventually joined together forming a deep chasm.

All along the river we are rewarded with some great shapes created by the ancient woodland and the movement of the water. This is a site of special scientific interest, as one of the largest areas of acidic oak woodland in the Yorkshire Dales and from the bridge we make our way back via the opposite side, to observe and shoot the Abbey as the sun sets, marking the end to a long and rewarding day.


Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Bolton Abbey May Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Bolton Priory ruins, Strid Wood with wild garlic flowers, The spectacular Strid
Approximate walking time:2.5 hours
Difficulty:Easy – mostly on made paths along the River Wharfe.
Notes:Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.

Bolton Abbey April Workshop

Bolton Abbey April Workshop

On the banks of the River Wharfe in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales stand the ruins of Bolton Abbey. Owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire the estate itself has 30,000 acres of beautiful countryside and is our backdrop for the Bolton Abbey April Workshop.

Following an initial briefing of the day over tea and coffee, our tour begins at the abbey itself, making the most of the morning light (weather permitting). This is a good opportunity to find strong compositions, using the surrounding landscapes to frame the ruins. The building itself was a priory founded in the early 12th century and took a number of years to complete.

We continue up into Strid Wood against the flow of the River Wharfe and find ourselves in among fresh spring foliage (with the chance of bluebells in April and carpets of wild garlic flowers in May) or spectacular autumn colours. There is so much to observe here as a photographer with no shortage of interesting subjects and by using certain exposure techniques you can create works that are quite abstract.

Where the broad river narrows we have the famous Strid, so named because it is said to be a stride wide (although we don’t recommend you testing this). It was formed by the circular motion of smaller rocks, eroding away at the softer surrounding rock creating hollows which eventually became a series of larger potholes that eventually joined together forming a deep chasm.

All along the river we are rewarded with some great shapes created by the ancient woodland and the movement of the water. This is a site of special scientific interest, as one of the largest areas of acidic oak woodland in the Yorkshire Dales and from the bridge we make our way back via the opposite side, to observe and shoot the Abbey as the sun sets, marking the end to a long and rewarding day.


Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Bolton Abbey April Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Bolton Priory ruins, Strid Wood with bluebells, The spectacular Strid
Approximate walking time:2.5 hours
Difficulty:Easy – mostly on made paths along the River Wharfe.
Notes:Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.

Aysgarth Spring Workshop

Aysgarth Spring Workshop

Aysgarth Falls and West Burton are areas of outstanding natural beauty found in Wensleydale, which is part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Set among forests and farmland, Aysgarth Falls are a one-mile stretch of cascading waterfalls carved out by the River Ure and are quite spectacular in any weather. On our Aysgarth Spring Workshop we find an abundance of photographic opportunities and our circular walk takes us through many contrasting scenes with varied subjects.

After an initial briefing and refreshments, our tour begins at West Burton village in the Walden Valley, which is home to the beautiful Cauldron Falls that was once immortalized by the artist Turner during his tour of the North of England. We will attempt to do the same using the medium of photography, before continuing through farmland to Aysgarth.

Once we arrive at Aysgarth you soon see why it has been used in television programmes and movies such as Robin Hood Prince of Thieves! Carved out over several thousand years, the long stretch of falls give us plenty with which to practice our exposure skills and find out how small changes to camera settings can make a dramatic difference to the final image.

We make our way back to West Burton via a different route, coming across some old barns which offer the epitome of a rural Yorkshire scene.

Post Processing Session (Optional)

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. As a supplement to your day’s workshop, we welcome you to join us the following day for an afternoon discussion and presentation of how to boost your images using Lightroom and Photoshop. The session is held in the centre of Harrogate and we invite you to bring along your favourite images from the workshop for helpful feedback by Sam and Mark. There is a small additional charge of £35 for this session.

For an overview of what we offer on all of our workshops, including the post-processing session, take a look at our About page. Each workshop is restricted to a maximum of six participants with two tutors on hand throughout, giving plenty of time for one to one tuition. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs page!

Aysgarth Spring Workshop at a Glance

Highlights:Aysgarth Falls, Cauldron Force (or West Burton Waterfall)
Approximate walking time:3 hours
Difficulty:Easy – just a few Wensleydale undulations to negotiate!
Notes:Please be aware that in places around the waterfalls it can be very slippery when wet.