David Speight Photography
The historic fishing port of Whitby on the east coast of Yorkshire has masses to offer photographically. There is the Olde Worlde charm of the whitewashed cottages with their red pantiled rooftops which give the ‘Old Town’ its distinctive character. On the clifftop above the town itself there is the imposing presence of Whitby Abbey, and of course there are the iconic and instantly recognisable east & west piers which mark the entrance to Whitby Harbour. Travel no more than a stones throw up or down the east coast from this most picturesque of Yorkshire Coastal towns, and you have the expansive beach at Sandsend to the north with it's battered sea defences, and the fantastic geology, cliffs and sea stacks of Saltwick Bay to the south. With so much photographic potential available, Whitby and the east coast of Yorkshire are the perfect area to learn all aspects of landscape photography whatever your ability level.
We tend to try and react to prevailing weather conditions and circumstances rather than sticking rigidly to any kind of shoot location plans and times, but it's nice to have one or two details on how a workshop on the Yorkshire Coast breaks down, so Just to give you an idea of a possible itinerary and what to expect here is a brief outline.
We will start by meeting at our pre-agreed point in Whitby. From here it's possible that we'll head down in to the town on foot, but the walk is not very far taking around ten to fifteen minutes. There's a number of areas we can begin the workshop but we'll possibly head for the harbour or the piers to start with. Depending on your ability level and experience, I can start with the basics of showing you how to best set up your camera to photograph landscape if necessary. I can go through the basic techniques needed to achieve professional standard, ultra sharp, top quality images, such as aperture selection and manual focusing for maximum depth of field (Hyperfocal focusing), the advantages of shooting in raw format and full manual mode. Clients tend to pick up the technical aspects of using the camera very quickly, and within an hour or two are comfortable shooting fully manual. While we are photographing the views around the harbour walls and piers at Whitby, this provides a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the correct use of various filters. We'll most definitely use Neutral density graduated filters to balance exposures at some point. There's a good chance that we'll also use standard Neutral density filters in various strengths. I have a couple of sets of Lee Filters kits plus the Pro Glass, Big and Little Stopper NDs that I can loan out to clients so you can try these out for yourselves without the initial cost.
After we've made the most of the area around the piers and the harbour, possibly focusing on long exposures we can head to one of a number of other locations around the Whitby area. We'll still concentrate on honing the techniques you have picked up earlier, but we'll now also focus on the broader subject of composition and seeing images. This can include some examples and demonstrations of different photographic rules, lens choices and the reasons why as well as using depth, distance and perspective to achieve dramatic results.
Throughout the day it's possible we'll visit between three and five different locations around Whitby. There's plenty of cafes, restaurants etc around the town so it's always possible to find somwhere to eat. If time permits, I also demonstrate some of the basic steps used to process images using Photoshop/Lightroom. This will also give us the chance to review the images we've already captured.
The exact format of the Whitby photography workshop will depend upon the time of year. In summer the workshop will conclude with us putting all the different techniques from throughout the day into practice, possibly photographing the wider views over Whitby Town or Saltwick Bay at sunset. With the shorter days of the Winter months the day will start with us meeting before sunrise and we will then work right through until sunset.
Please see below a selection of previous client testimonials.
"Hi David. Thanks very much for the two day North Yorkshire Coast workshop last weekend. I absolutely loved the weekend. With your help, advice and knowledge, I have hopefully moved on now from someone who only shot photographs in automatic, to someone who is now beginning to understand and explore the real potential of my camera. The photographs I took are stunning and by far and away the best I have ever taken.
I now need to practice further all I learnt from you, but recognising there is still more to learn, I will be considering booking another course with you, just waiting for slightly warmer weather!"
"Hi David. A big thank you for the one-to-one course held on the East Coast on Wednesday. You started with really basic help on manual shooting and helped me understand what my micro four-thirds is capable of. Much more than I thought, and I can't wait to keep practicing non-automatic images!! We had amazing weather, but your knowledge of the tides and the timing of the sunset set me up for some beautiful sunset shots that I didn't think I would be able to get. You have really fired my imagination with your references to patterns and lines, and I can't wait to get the tripod out again in Scotland next week. Thank you very much. Sue."
18th Jul 2020 - Available
£120 / £30.00
Full Days tuition
Transport to Whitby
Low - Average - No long walks
One Day Workshop