Northumberland Photography Workshops
Iconic Castles And Coastline
Small group photography workshops
Photograph the stunning Northumberland coast
Northumberland’s heritage coastline cannot fail to impress any landscape photographer. A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not only it is of significant geological importance, it features some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country. Best known for its sweeping sandy beaches, rolling dunes which fringe the coast, rugged cliffs and isolated islands, it also contains some imposing castles such as Bamburgh and the evocative ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle with its distinctive boulder beach.
You will learn…
- Appropriate camera settings (semi auto & manual)
- Working with the available light
- Composition techniques
- Lens choice
- Understanding depth of field & focusing
- Exposure and use of the histogram
- Using filters
- Controlling water movement
- Suitable for all except the complete beginner
- Moderate – walking on the flat, beach boulders & potential slippery rocks to navigate
- Sarah Howard
Learn photography along the beautiful coast of Northumberland
Long a place of artistic interest, the landscape here was painted extensively by Turner and Thomas Girtin on their north-country travels. It’s not hard to see what attracted them. At its best in the winter and early spring months, the light here can be outstanding, with often-spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The beaches are long, broad, and out of season, relatively empty, the shifting sand patterns and rock pools making for some fabulous images.
Stunning coastal landscapes
Together we will travel to Holly Island, accessed via a tidal causeway, where we will explore its wealth of history. The fascinating harbour is a treasure trove for photographers. From it can be seen both the ancient castle of Lindisfarne, and the ruins of the old priory.
We’ll visit traditional fishing harbours, picturesque Embleton Bay with its golden sands and dramatic Bamburgh Castle with its grass covered sand-dunes in the foreground. We’ll also be taking in the distinctive geology of Howick Scar and Cullernose Point, making use of long exposures to record the movement of the sea as it washes around the incredible rock formations to be found on the beach.
Wild and Remote
If you’ve never been to this area, then you must. Why? Because it is beautiful, wild and remote and worthy of your time and effort to get there. The opportunities presented by this fabulous coastline are endless so why not join us and find out for yourself why landscape photographers return here time and time again.
Northumberland Photography Workshop - General Information
The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography so photographers of all levels of experience are welcome. It is not suitable for the complete beginner.
Over the course of the workshop we will help you to get the most from your camera, and work with you on composition and camera technique to enable you to capture the best images possible ‘in-camera’. We will give you both practical and technical advice, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field, at locations chosen to both challenge and inspire you. We will also look at composition and developing your vision.
We will meet at 6pm on the first evening in the bar at the Sunningdale Hotel, Bamburgh, for with an introductory talk and discussion before dinner, on each participants needs and aims – an essential aspect of ensuring that every participant gets as much as possible from the course. You will also at this stage be briefed on the programme for the next 3 days.
Our photography commences the next morning and runs through until 4:00pm on the final day. We will visit a number of diverse locations, all of which will offer you numerous challenges and provide you with ample opportunity to practice a number of techniques. There will also be the opportunity for a dawn (weather and conditions permitting) and dusk shoots.
We will have the chance to review your images in our image critique sessions, when you’ll be able to discuss them with your tutors, and fellow photographers, and receive constructive feedback as we look back on our photography.
The workshop has a relaxed format and is designed to be enjoyable as well as well as educational, so aside of improving your photography you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and most importantly have fun! There will also be time to relax and chat over dinner in the evenings.
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We will have two – three vehicles to take us between locations each day. A volunteer driver will be required if numbers dictate, and fuel reimbursed, currently at the rate of 22p per mile.
Our base for pick ups and drop offs will be the ideally situated Sunningdale Hotel, located in the village of Bamburgh, overlooked by its magnificent castle. 3 nights single occupancy ensuite b&b accommodation is included here.
We recommend that you have a reasonably good level of fitness to join this workshop. Some of the ground will be uneven, particularly on the beach, and there will be a degree of mostly flat walking to access some of the locations. The pebbles and rocks are also likely to be slippery. The pebble beach near Dunstanburgh is particularly so and great care is needed here.
- DSLR or mirrorless camera with ideally both wide angle and telephoto lenses.
- Cable release
- Whilst not essential, you will benefit from bringing neutral density graduated filters; a polariser and a neutral density filter.
- It is recommended that you also bring a rain cover for your camera.
- A laptop and card reader is useful to select and review your images for the purpose of our image critiques but not essential.
Before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email email@example.com for more information.
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