David Speight Photography
One thing that has been very encouraging and re-assuring over the years is the number of clients who have returned not just for a second workshop, but in some cases now up to a staggering eight or nine times! I am so very grateful for your continued support, and would really like to say a big thank you firstly for attending, but also for taking the time to write down your thoughts and comments regarding the workshops.
If you have attended any of the workshops past or present, and would like to leave a few comments on the testimonials page, it would be greatly appreciated. Your personal details will not be published or passed on to any third parties.
Spent a great day in the Yorkshire Dales with David. Learnt loads and came away inspired. Lots of tips on camera use, thinking creatively when looking for and setting up shots and how to take the time to develop good habits. All immensely helpful. Will no doubt be back.
Having just returned from the 3 day Autumn workshop in the Lake District with David and being quite a novice and put at ease very quickly by David. Firstly the accommodation at Lane Head Farm was first class, and I would highly recommend. Even having a couple of damp days you always found some stunning locations, you introduced me to parts of my camera I wouldn’t touch, but now enjoy taking manual pictures, I will keep practising on every opportunity and hope to book again in the near future. Thanking you again for your expertise and friendship through the whole 3 days.
For various reasons (mainly involving work!) I had fallen out of love with photography. I just didn't have the time needed to feel happy with the outcomes. I am pleased to say that the Lake District course with David has successfully re-awakened my interest; I picked up plenty of tips, the most important being to take greater control of the process. David introduced me to some new techniques as well as helping me to brush up on the many others. If you, like me, feel you are in the photography doldrums, I can fully recommend David to sort you out. Equally, he clearly has the knowledge and experience to help you move forward with your photography, whatever your need.
Thanks David for inspiring me to get out and about with my camera. I spent a full day with David meeting before Sunrise near Malham and visiting some amazing places I didn’t know existed. I learnt so much during the day despite having spent 30+ years as an amateur photographer including some really simple but effective techniques to really get the most from the location and the camera. Highly recommended and I will be back for more!
I spent last Friday with David up near Malham. I am a complete novice at photography. I felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information David gave me but I have retained much more than I expected. I have taken photographs every day since I returned. I am borrowing a camera from my husband who is a keen photographer and we now intend to make it a joint hobby. Much to my surprise, a real interest was sparked off by David. I would highly recommend him. His knowledge is amazing and he is a very easy person to spend time with. I'll be booking another workshop when I develop more expertise, meanwhile the beautiful autumn weather is an inspiration.
My wife and I had a 1-to-1 workshop with David last week. As novices we learnt so much about how to use our camera, as well as the opportunity to take some very interesting photos in and around North Yorkshire, coast and inland. The day flew by and after the day together we couldn't wait to put some of our new found skills into action. Everything makes so much more sense now. Excellent value for money, stress free and David went the extra mile to make sure we got the best out of the day. Thank you!
Juan and Chelo
Just returned from the Heather photography workshop in the Dales. This is the third one day workshop I've attended with David and I have to say that once again it was very enjoyable and informative. David has an excellent knowledge of the area, and always seems to have a good selection of locations available to suit the conditions and the particular interests of attendees. His passion and enthusiasm for both photography, and the Dales area are contagious. He has inspired me to return and explore on my own, and to learn to see the potential in my own local area. He sees opportunities that most would miss or not consider. I hope some of his enthusiasm and unique way of seeing the landscape will rub off on me. Thanks David. All the best and hope to see you again soon.
Swaledale Meadows, early June. This was my 5th workshop with David. I started as a complete novice 4 years ago. He is always enthusiastic, helpful, patient and I always feel I have learned so much in a long day with him. Just working out what he has available in the next couple of months.
Booked the beginners landscape photography course for my boyfriend and myself for his birthday. Learnt a staggering amount in our day workshop... more than we learnt several months reading books and struggling on our own! Can’t wait to put our new learning into action! Thanks so much David! Highly recommended.
Thank you for a brilliant day in the Hebden Bridge area. Part of a group of 4, Davids enthusiasm and obvious passion for photography was clear. He took his time with everyone, answering any number of questions and took us to numerous different locations to get good shots. He is such a professional but has a refreshing, easy going approach that made it such an enjoyable experience. I most definitely came away from the day wanting to put everything into practise and learn more. Very highly recommended.
Dear David, Many thanks for two excellent days in the Dales. What I enjoyed was your enthusiasm and real effort in trying to find venues that would ‘work’ in the prevailing conditions. You worked very hard to make it a worthwhile workshop, tirelessly thinking what might work best. Your tutor role was informal but effective and you are the first ‘leader’ I’ve encountered who ever asked his clients whether they would mind if he used his own camera! I’ve failed [to date] to access the RAW files but time has been short - but I’ll be sure to ask for help if I don’t succeed. May the coming weeks bring you great skies and gentle weather.
A great 1-1 day during which I learnt a huge amount from David and we went to some excellent photographic locations in Northumberland that I'd not been to before. Up to now I've just used basic techniques but I now understand a lot more about my camera and how to get the best out of manual settings, as well as finding out how long exposure settings and filters can enhance shots. Highly recommended.
Highly recommended David. I am a complete beginner to photography. David explained the settings on my camera in a way I understood. It was a brilliant day out in the Yorkshire wolds. I got some great photo's and loved every minute of it. Informative, encouraging and inspiring. Thank you, David.
My wife Deb and I spent 2 days with David on the Yorkshire coast around Whitby area at the end of March 2019. We were picked up at silly o'clock to be on location for sunrise and stayed out until sunset. As the clocks went forward that night we asked David for a slightly later start the next morning, all locations, times and breaks for refreshment were highly flexible. It was just the 2 of us on the workshop. Deb had next to no experience of using a DSLR, I have a reasonable amount, although not landscape. So our needs were very different. David did an excellent job of working between us both and whilst Deb became more confident working in manual mode on the basics, I also got the opportunity to listen in, and re-learning some of the basics. I found this to be a very valuable as I had forgotten a lot or not learnt it in the first place. We now have experience and greater confidence in using our cameras in manual, using filters, slow exposure, how to better frame and compose landscape shots, as well some very good advice in how to process using Lightroom and Photoshop. Thank you David, we had a great time and hope to share some more time with you.
I have just come back from the three day course in Northumberland. I found David to be very knowledgeable, patient and above all a great teacher who really cares that his students get excellent value for money. I will certainly be back for more.
It was my first ever 1-1 and I found it a very good day with David. He didn't use his camera all day but concentrated on helping me fill in some gaps in my knowledge. I've been taking photos for years now and wanted someone to help fill in the gaps in my knowledge. He explained the mysteries of hyperfocal and tilt shift focusing techniques to me clearly and with enthusiasm in a way that I could understand, even though it was -1 and icy while we were sitting on limestone pavement on a blustery January afternoon. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm.
Great day. Dave was really patient and looked after me totally (despite being a Londoner who had never been near a Yorkshire Moor before and made a drama out of the dark and the weather!) I used what David showed me the very next day and my photos were great. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back!
I would never have imagined that on a rainy, misty november day I could take photographs in hebden bridge and calderdale, of old mill buildings and waterfalls, that are, to my eyes, stunning! I would never have achieved this without the patient, dedicated and knowledgeable teaching, guidance and coaching that David gave through nine hours of cold, dull West Yorkshire weather. I'll certainly be back for another course.
I really am a beginner when it comes to photography so, during the course of what was a very enjoyable day, David patiently explained the functions of my camera and showed me how using them can create better pictures. I'm pretty sure I won't be shooting in automatic again!!
Just had a tremendous day in Northumberland... Howick, Alnwick Castle and Holy Island. Expert tutoring from a real professional who shares his extensive knowledge fully. Opened my eyes to the potential that my camera has to offer, which hitherto had been a mystery. Tremendous. Just need to fix a date for another workshop.
I joined David on his Whitby workshop. A great day, I came away feeling far more confident about photography in general. I hope to do another day with David in the future.
I have just been on a one to one with David to the Flamborough area. To say it was a good day is an understatement. If you want a day out with somebody who fully understands all aspects of Photography and wants to share it with you this is your man. Nothing was too much trouble. Very many thanks David.
I ordered two large mounted prints from David and am thrilled with the quality of the photos and David’s service. The photos arrived carefully packaged and within a week. I had a couple of queries when buying them and he was able to respond to my emails quickly making the service really personal. I have already recommended David’s photographs to friends and I will certainly be back for more prints in the future.
I ordered 4 large prints from David and from the start he was fantastic. His commitment to customer service was outstanding and he was extremely helpful in tailoring my order to suit me. The quality of the prints and framing are exceptional, they really make the photos stand out so you get the full impact. I had a lot of commitments and David worked around them exceptionally, delivering to the door all on my terms. I bought photos for a work living space and I have only received amazing comments on the pictures and their quality. I cannot recommend him enough and would definitely buy from David again. Thank you so much !
David organised two one-to-one workshops for me. Both were well planned and adaptive to my needs. I found that the workshops focussed on helping me to improve as a photographer rather than just taking me to commonly photographed spots. David was also very helpful around the workshops; for example helped me when my Sony broke days before a workshop and the manufacturer was not being helpful. I was able to also try the Canon system that he has during the workshop to get an idea (swapped systems after the Sony fiasco!). Thank you so much for being so helpful with these!
Many thanks for an excellent two day workshop in the Lake District. It was not solely about composition and technical development ( and it was very much tailored to individual needs) but also the introduction of some stunning new locations and view points for me. I cannot recommend this weekend enough.
Many thanks once again for another excellent couple of days out with you. Your knowledge of the Yorkshire countryside and the best places to take photographs must be unique and unsurpassed. Amazing places so close to the 'Industrial North' and some great pics. Thanks for introducing a couple of techniques new to me that were a great help and which I will go on using. See you next year!
Ken B - Cambridge
A second trip out with David, what a find! Not being one of life’s professionals in the camera/ photography field, he completely understood my requirements which he treated with kindness, patience and understanding. I have learned so much, including the search for that “ special “ photograph - one you are proud to show off. I still have a long way to go, and David, I hope, will put up with my inexperience .
Mrs Judith Auty
David thank you for a fabulous day in the Yorkshire dales. I was lucky to get a 1-2-1 session and being new to photography you certainly showed me the basics of what a DSLR camera does, how to use it and how to get the maximum out of a fantastic piece of engineering. You certainly know your stuff and where the best spots are. I had a fantastic day and I really appreciate your patience with my basic understanding, hopefully you will agree I did get the hang of it and took some good pics. For anyone contemplating a photography course or workshop, I cannot recommend David enough. There is no better way than getting out there and getting hands on with a camera in the environment you are going to shoot. I am now planning to book on one of David’s extended workshops hopefully in the Lakes or Scotland now that I have purchased my own equipment. If you are in the same position as I was in terms of not owning any equipment, I would suggest speaking to David who will be able to advise you based on his vast experience. David thanks once again, keep up the fantastic work. See you soon on another workshop.
Just returned from a weekend workshop with David in the Dales. Challenging weather conditions but Davids knowledge of the Dales meant we could still photograph interesting sites. The first time I have been on a workshop when the guide leaves his own camera behind, meaning that he is concentrating on helping his guests learn new skills in both camera technique and composition. I look forward to meeting David again and learning a bit more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I imagined that on my first workshop it would be mostly showing me how to work the camera and use manual setting, de-mystifying focus, iso and exposure. This was the case but alongside the technical aspects of using a camera I was also getting a lot of information about how to look at landscapes. I had no idea how to see an image. David showed me how to make the best of an area and I came away with an image I now have on my wall. I have been on several trips with David now, from the Yorkshire coast to the Wolds from a hike up the hills to exploring a waterfall. David is patient and knowledgeable, he makes you see in a different way. Generous with his knowledge, and locations. David has helped me see there is much more to learn and he has a passion for the landscape that is infectious. I have learned more in a day with David than I have reading loads of books on landscape photography. There is no substitute for getting out there and wrestling with the conditions presented to you by nature and no better companion than David to show you the way. Michael White
David, Many thanks for organising the week long trip to Scotland. How you manage to organise a dry Scotland with blue skies for a whole week in November is a mystery to me but you achieved it. It is a credit to yourself and the dedication you put into preparing your workshops that for such a distant location you were able to take us to ideal spots in the middle of nowhere to take shots of breath taking scenery in both Glencoe and on the Isle of Eigg. This was my 3rd workshop with you and again I appreciated the knowledge and skills you were able to pass on to all of us (as well as the loan of some of your equipment). Not only was it educational from the photography point of view it was also an excellent weeks holiday - well that's how it felt, tiring but great fun. Looking forward to going to the lakes with you in the near future. Phil W
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.
Hi David, I cant say how much I enjoyed the workshop, even in the wet morning conditions. You are a natural teacher, that is quite a rare skill. The advice was constructive and never judgemental and we both felt that we could ask for help without feeling stupid. I was physically tired after such a long day - don't know how you do it and keep up the enthusiasm when working on consecutive days. I will be coming on some future workshops. Thanks again Lyn
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!
Dear David, The Acrylic panel arrived on Monday thank you, as scheduled. I am very pleased to say that the picture has even exceeded our aspirations! It is a very vibrant and colourful print and the acrylic mounting format is stunning, and will act as a vivid reminder of a trip we had there last year on a bright sunny day. My normally difficult to please partner (who it was a late Christmas present for) described it as the most beautiful picture she’d seen. I was initially concerned about the very high-gloss finish acting like a mirror, as the location we bought it for is on a reflection line next to our living room bay window. I ordered this finish, following your initial suggestion, mainly as the canvas version wasn’t available in my favoured size. However, the appearance when viewed from other angles in the room and in artificial light, more than makes up for any surface reflection issues. We have an existing ceiling spotlight located directly above it which further helps to enhance it in artificial light. Many thanks for your assistance and advice during my order. 36"x24" Acrylic Panel
We are pleased to be associated with David Speight Photography and have recently received two exceptional pictures, shortly to have pride of place in our offices. No doubt we will fill more space by selecting from Davids collection, particularly since a lot of his work reflects the local landscape in a beautiful part of the country. Equally important is his choice of frame which enhances the quality of the picture and his workmanship in particular. Our business is based around high quality product and we wish to portray that throughout the factory and offices – David’s work perfectly fits in with that ethos. David Wadsworth, Mangaing Director, Flow Technology L.T.D Framed Prints and Acrylic Panel
First off, David is an extremely talented photographer who produces some wonderful images – just check out his gallery if you haven’t already done so. He is also a top guy, very friendly with a great sense of humour, and someone who really cares about making sure that the clients on his workshops get the very best experience possible. He tailors the tuition to suit everyone’s ability and is extremely generous in sharing his experience and know-how (this is not the case with all photography tutors in my experience). We had a great day around Robin Hoods Bay. David knows his locations intimately and made sure we were in the right spot at the right time. The practical advice was supplemented with examples drawn from his own work to explain principles of composition etc and we even managed to squeeze in a really useful photoshop tutorial over lunch in a cafe overlooking the bay – wonderful! All in all a totally absorbing day which was great fun and has moved my photography skills on in leaps and bounds!
Hi David, Just wanted to say thanks for a fab day in Whitby. Alfie and I really enjoyed it (can’t believe he is using manual mode!) and I will send you a couple of pics via email. Thanks again, and look forward to another one soon!
Dear David, thank you for Sunday – another great day where I learned some more & managed to take one or two reasonable photographs. I must say that I very much enjoy going out on photography trips with you, you are patient and, despite the fact that I must frustrate you at times, you never show it. Need to practice more on focusing (some efforts better than others!) & just introducing myself to layer masks. Thank you once again, I’ll sign up for an Autumn course on Erratics in the Yorkshire dales.
Joined David on his workshop to Flamborough yesterday. Although a bit cloudy the sun did come out for a bit. Fantastic day with David who was so happy to teach and very patient with a complete novice. Learned loads and really enjoyed myself. Thank you so much!!
Hi Dave, Just wanted to say thanks for a great day on your Malham workshop, it was good to have another persons view on things and the different techniques you showed me for different situations came in very handy. Hopefully after such a great day I can go on and keep improving my photography skills. A very good experience and I would highly recommend, many thanks Dave.
Really enjoyed my day with Dave on the Robin Hoods Bay workshop. Apart from being a good instructor and an enthusiastic coach; he is one of those guys who has the ability to put you at ease as soon as you meet. Dave knows the location well which allowed us to visit a number of different areas during the day. I would recommend a workshop with Dave to everyone.
Well David, I have found time to sit down and thank you for a great day out at Malham in early February. When I say early I also mean early in the morning. The day was absolutely brilliant. You pitched the day just right for my knowledge. I now have more confidence when using my camera on ‘manual’ mode. If anyone wants a great day out learning about landscape photography, book a day with David. All the best David and I hope to share another day with you in the future
Hi David Thank you for the ‘eye opening’ workshop. Given that I was (and am) a complete novice, I am just very thankful you didn’t try to complicate it for me. I was worried I wouldn’t understand the technicalities of a camera but I am feeling a lot more confident about experimenting with the various settings now. Thank you also for sharing the thought process behind shooting landscapes, alongside other useful tips and techniques S Barker – Swaledale Workshop
Hi David, I thought you might be interested to know that two of the pictures I took during the workshop with you last year formed part of my successful RPS ‘L’ distinction portfolio this summer. They have just appeared on the RPS website if you would like to see how they came out you can see them here Best wishes, Ken …
I had a one to one session with David. Im new to photography and was worried that i would struggle with the lessons. But David really brought it down to my level and by the end of the day I was taking some amazing shots and understanding what was been taught… I can’t thank David enough for the day I had and as soon as I’ve saved some more money i will definitely be booking my second lesson and hopefully go to the coast!!! I cannot recommend this man enough!!! You will not regret any money you spend on a day with him!!! Thank you so much David!!!
I have just returned from a one day workshop in the Yorkshire Dales, where it threw it down and blew a gale all day. Despite this, I had a great time thanks to David Speight, my instructor. David is a very talented photographer, but his knowledge of the subject and calm patience also make him a great teacher. He knows the Yorkshire Dales like the back of his hand and so we were able to switch location several times during the day to make the most of the bad weather. Throughout the day, David made every effort to ensure I met all of my objectives from the workshop, he clearly cares about his clients satisfaction. I left with some great shots, but also with the confidence to go and develop my skills further on my own. Having said that, there is always more to learn and so I will be looking forward to my next workshop with David, maybe during a spell of better weather.
I’ve recently been on one of Davids “one to one” courses and I can honestly say it was a superb day. David is a great teacher with masses of knowledge on camera techniques, composition and Photoshop. His character comes through on the day and this sets you at ease so you don’t feel like your being taught, but you are. One last thing, his choice of locations have some spectacular images to capture. I’ll definitely be booking one of his courses in Whitby next year.
I have recently completed a one to one workshop with David in the Yorkshire Dales, this guy has a passion and love of his craft and this enthusiasm is offered plentiful and on a plate. If you’re interested in experiencing the north of england and landscape photography or improving your landscape photography, this is your guy. Honest, funny and generous in his advice and choice of locations. David Alderson, (Swaledale / Ingleborough Two Day Workshop)
Thanks so much for the Yorkshire Dales one to one workshop on Saturday, I really enjoyed it. The locations you took us to were superb and the help and advice you offered was excellent. The way the day was split up made it feel like we were there for longer than we really were. I’m just working through my photos now and am really pleased with them. I think we’d both really like to come back up in the Autumn and spend some more time with you doing another workshop. Thanks again for a great workshop and the information you have sent over in the email, will certainly keep in contact and see you later on in the year. Cheers, J Jackson
Hi David Thanks for the links and attachment. I was with the gang who paid for the day with you today. I showed them the images on my laptop (quickly blended and minimally worked on in Photoshop) and they were very impressed – as am I! They’re the best images I’ve ever deliberately (as opposed to accidentally) achieved. It was a brilliant day as far as I’m concerned (even with the soaking!). I’m going to work on the images in photoshop and then post them online. I’ll definitely send you a link so you can see too what we captured. I don’t know when I’ll get chance though as I’ve been loaded up with lots of work to do today, so it might be a while as I want to take my time over them and experiment with the raw files. Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening day – I learned lots! All the best Lynne
Hi David, Thank you for sending the links and thank you very much for a great photo workshop. Thanks for your clear explanations (as I said in the Questionnaire I dislike studying manuals) N also managed to achieve some great photos (actually more than achieved, I am actually ecstatic! – especially with the waterfall but also the Hawthorn tree) we had been hoping to get. Your enthusiasm really helped us to understand the cameras settings so much better. Again – thanks for that! Unfortunately – or fortunately I should say – lots of work was waiting for us coming back, so all I managed up to now is downloading the photos but I did not have any time for editing. I’ll be in touch soon, Best wishes, R & N (Shetland)
R & N Verheyen