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North Yorkshire Photography Workshop

Yorkshire’s Coastal Treasures

Photograph the stunning North Yorkshire coast

A Photography Course Set Amongst Glorious Coastal Scenery

The Yorkshire coastline encompasses some of the UK’s most rugged and dramatic scenery, from tiny fishing villages clinging to rocky cliffs, to glorious beaches, and traditional seaside resorts. This three day Yorkshire photography workshop takes in the very best of the Yorkshire coast and offers a wealth of opportunities for developing your photographic technique.

You will learn…

  • Appropriate camera settings
  • Working with light
  • Composition techniques
  • Depth of field & focusing
  • Exposure & the histogram
  • Use of filters
  • Long exposures with water

Ability level

  • Suitable for all except the complete beginner

Fitness level

  • Moderate/good – some steep hill climbs


  • Sarah Howard

Workshop Details

Group Size

Max 7




Three days


Deposit 30%

Meeting Place

The Arches Guest House, Whitby

Main Photographic Locations

Whitby piers/harbour, 199 steps, Saltwick Bay, Staithes, Sandsend, Robin Hoods Bay, Saltburn by the Sea


3 full days of photographic tuition and demonstrations, lunch x 3.


Accommodation (£60-80 per night) evening meals, transport to and from Whitby, personal insurance, equipment insurance, drinks from the bar


Recommended accommodation is The Arches Guest House. Contact Sarah if you would like accommodation arranged for you.

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Learn photography on the rugged and dramatic Yorkshire Coast


We will be based in the historic fishing port of Whitby. Developed as a shipbuilding port in the eighteenth century, Whitby has a colourful and diverse history. Aside of its rich maritime heritage, it has also operated as a centre for whaling, and has links to Captain James Cook and also Bram Stoker who found his inspiration for Dracula here. With its Gothic charm and quaint streets, it’s true to say that the old town has a unique atmosphere and bags of character with its whitewashed cottages and red pantiled rooftops.

Explore Timeless Fishing Villages

Once one of the largest fishing ports on the North East coast, the quaint coastal hamlet of Staithes has long been a powerful draw for artists. Staithes has the air of a place lost in time with its steep cobbled streets, huddled fisherman’s cottages and old harbour, complete with traditional fishing boats (Cobles). Behind the village, Cowbar cliffs provide for great panoramic views over the red roofed cottages in the village below and out to the harbour.

An Architectural Delight

Further north lies the Grade II* listed Saltburn Pier. This Victorian pier was the first iron pier to be built on the North East Coast and is the only remaining pleasure pier in the area. Here we will be able to experiment with the use of neutral density filters for slowing down shutter speeds to record wave motion and also, if we are lucky, capture the surfers who brave the cold easterly winds to ride the waves.

The pier at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, north Yorkshire, England, UK
© Andy Page

Dramatic Coastal Scenery

Located just around the headland from Whitby, Saltwick Bay offers striking coastal scenery. The sea stacks of Black Nab and Saltwick Nab are particularly photogenic subjects, but here you’ll also find shale rock platforms, fossilised boulders, and even the wreckage of an old trawler; the Admiral Von Tromp, which ran aground in the seventies. There’s certainly no shortage of interesting subject matter here with the possibility too of numerous intimate, abstract landscape scenes.

Yorkshire Coast 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. 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 the creative side of photography and developing your vision.

We will meet at 5:30pm on the first evening for 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 dawn (conditions permitting) and dusk photographic shoots.
We will have the opportunity to review your images in our image critique sessions, when you’ll be able to discuss them with your tutors, 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 evening.

We will have one to two vehicles to take us between locations each day. A volunteer driver will be required if numbers dictate, and fuel reimbursed at the rate of 22 pence a mile.

Our base for pick ups and drop offs will be the conveniently located Arches guest house in Whitby. Please make your reservation directly with Dave, telephone 01947 601880, quoting “Image Seen” when you book to get the best rates (currently £80 double rm/£60 single rm).

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 downhill walking (followed by uphill!)to access some of the beaches.and locations. The pebbles and rocks are also likely to be slippery.

  • Digital SLR or mirrorless camera  
  • Wide angle and telephoto lenses
  • Tripod
  • Cable/remote release

Whilst not essential, you will benefit from bringing neutral density graduated filters; a polariser, a neutral density filter. It is also 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 info@imageseen.co.uk for more information.

Please ensure that you insure your photographic equipment. It is also recommended that like with any holiday, you take out personal insurance in case you need to cancel. You may wish to consider Staycation Plan

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