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 Your personal details will not be published or passed on to any third parties.

A great day out leading to a lot more confidence! My husband booked the beginners' workshop for me and I was pretty nervous, as well as excited, about it. I shouldn't have worried! David uses a pre-questionnaire to gauge your experience- I joked to friends that the only question I was confident to answer was the one about the camera itself - but it turns out, I was wrong about that as well! So you can understand that I was a total beginner! But after a quick chat and some camera basics, we were off and photographing! We visited great locations, I learned how to put the discussions into action and it was easy to experiment and see the impact of making changes. After lunch, David encouraged me to start experimenting myself with the choice of subjects, which felt great. I came away, with my expectations more than met, some great pictures and the understanding and enthusiasm to take my new hobby to the next stage. If you are considering one of David's courses, go on, give it a go!

Helen W

Hi David Just wanted to thank you for a great informative day. The workshop was well presented with great places to photograph (Malham) I've learn so much in one day, I didn't know my camera could do half the things you showed us. Just need to find the time to practice now. Can't recommend you highly enough, will be back for more workshops. Thanks again

Steve Masson

I did the Northumberland workshop and would like to thank David for the effort he put in to make it work. He delivers essential information in a relaxed style in the field. He loaned me filters and a tripod head so I could learn new techniques and shared his time equally. A great course.

Steve Hannam

I cannot recommend the beginners photography course with David highly enough, from the ease of booking and payment to communication about the days logistics. Starting with explaining the basics of any DSLR camera to explaining the functions easily on our individual camera types. Demonstrations of equipment and technique was thorough and Davids knowledge and experience in his field are second to none. We were guided through some spectacular scenery and venues to try all sorts of different styles of photography, different subjects, lighting and locations. A full, fun packed immersive day with a professional. I may not have had a clue about my new hobby before I went, but after my workshop I have a good overview of my equipment and the know how to go away and start practicing. Nothing was too much trouble to explain and no question too silly, I ABSOLUTELY loved every minute! I will be back! Thank you David for igniting a new hobby and passion in me! CJJ - 1/12/21, West Yorkshire

Claire JJ

Just returned from a Northumberland workshop tired but having learnt a huge amount. David's style was relaxed but he had plenty of time for one to one for us all. We got up early and went to just the right places to capture spectacular sunrises and sunsets. I returned with armfuls of superb images and a desire to do more. We even covered some non-landscape activities which were different and have widened my interest base.

Alistair How

I thoroughly enjoyed the Glencoe workshop and spent the 4 days with lovely company. We had some pretty wet weather to contend with but David always found somewhere for us to shoot. I finally learnt how to get the best settings out of my camera. David was very patient and very knowledgeable. The areas he took us to were stunning and I got some stunning photographs. I cant wait until I can do another workshop with him

Rosie Bentley

Going to the Lake District on a photography workshop on the wettest weekend, was quite an experience. David knowledge of the area, enthusiasm and patience, turn this weekend from a disaster into a brilliant workshop. David drove and drove, avoided areas of floods and searched the sky for spots of light clouds and maybe sunshine, so that we can take some photographs. And we did! Finding the best spot for THE right image and helping with camera setting when needed and any problems we encountered, provided us with some amazing images that otherwise we would have never achieved. Thank you very much David, looking forward to the next workshop.

Vivien Dacie-Ward

After a long delay due to Covid restrictions, David and I finally got together for a Basics for beginners one to one workshop. I thought I knew how to use a camera, but how wrong I was. I could ramble on about how much I learnt, but if like me, you love taking pictures, but are disappointed with the results, then this workshop is for you. David made me a promise at the start of the day, that by the time my workshop was finished, I would never use the 'Auto' setting again on any camera. He was right. I ended the day with some of the best pictures I have ever taken, and a lot of new knowledge. David is a patient man, and delivers the workshop in a very practical style.

Pete S

I’ve just returned from David’s Lake District workshop and can’t thank him enough for his knowledge of the area and the fantastic photographic locations he took us to and for all the tips and techniques he gave me which resulted in many images I am really pleased with. His relaxed and friendly manner made the whole experience a complete joy .

Mike Rose

I thoroughly enjoyed my workshop in Malham with David. He gave me loads of useful tips and advice on composition and getting the most out of my camera. His knowledge of the area is second to none and we visited some fantastic locations I’d never have found on my own. His amiable nature made it a real pleasure to spend the day with him and I’ve come away with so much more confidence and enthusiasm for landscape photography. I would definitely recommend David’s workshops for photographers of all abilities.

Emily Webster

I have been on a number of photography workshops with David; both on group workshops and on a 1-2-1 basis in Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland. David is a very patient and experienced instructor and I have learnt a significant amount about my camera and photography techniques in such a short time; which is testament to David's teaching skills and relaxed style. Whilst on a workshop with David, he will be flexible with locations to ensure that he selects the best locations to match the weather conditions each day, ensuring you can get the best out of your images. I started out as a relative beginner and through attending David's workshops, my photography has improved and I can now say I'm an intermediate photographer in a camera club, entering international competitions. Even on my most recent workshop, I still learnt new techniques from David and would thoroughly recommend David's workshops. You won't be disappointed with the fantastic photos you will return home with and the techniques you had learned from David along the way.

R Webb

June 2021. I have just returned from my first 1-2-1 tuition workshop with David in Swaledale. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, the advice, information and guidance offered by David in his relaxed, unpretentious manner. We visited some beautiful locations, and he left me with tips on where else to visit, which I did the following day with a new-found confidence in my photography. Thanks to the tuition I feel that I am now in charge of the camera, rather than it in charge of what I take. I am now about to book further workshops to develop my skills further.

Granville Orange

I have been on a number of photography workshops with David in the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Wolds and Glencoe which I feel with David’s tuition my photography has greatly improved. David has a in-depth knowledge of the locations we visited which allows you to take some great photos of traditional views and spectacular locations that he has scouted out making your photographs unique. David his an excellent tutor who spends time with all workshop attendees helping where required on the technical aspects of photography for the camera, the use of filters where required etc to the artistic side of photography in composition which he has given me a lot of encouragement and advice. What I particularly like is, his patient when he is working with you and his constructive advice when reviewing your work, David is very flexible whilst you are on workshops and he selects the best locations that can be photographed during the appropriate weather conditions, which can range, big vistas, waterfalls, seascapes, woodlands to more intimate and abstract photographs. He is fully converse with photo editing software such as Lightroom, Adobe camera RAW and Photoshop and he takes time with you to learn photo editing techniques to reflect the mood of the subjects you photographed. I have been very pleased with the images I have photographed on his workshops and he always spends time with you to ensure that you come away from the workshops with photographs you can be proud of along with a set of new skills you can further develop in your own time. I thoroughly recommend David’s workshops to any enthusiastic photographer and I’m and looking forward to attending some more of his workshops in the Lake District, Northumberland Coast and North Wales.

Phil D

I'm an average guy with pretty basic kit. David showed me how to get better pictures out of it, and how to think better about composition and light. His questionnaire drew out what I specifically wanted, and he made sure I got it without either going over my head or patronising me. As far as I could tell, he managed the same things just as successfully with everyone present, all while making it a pleasant occasion and taking us to some great locations I'd never have found. A brilliant day - I'll be back for more!

Vince Gilbert

I have attended two workshops and just completed a series of one to one zoom sessions. Invaluable experience for me and I am 100% sure that anyone wanting to progress their photography, at whatever level, can only benefit enormously from time with David. Always attentive, thorough, patient and of course with a wealth of knowledge and expertise it is a real pleasure to learn with David. First class service. Consistently superb! Thanks David.

Graham Cartmell

I recently completed a 3 day course in the Yorkshire Dales, and it was great. I'm not a beginner, and I've been using DSLR's for 15 years or so. But David taught me a lot of new techniques and introduced me to half a dozen features that I've never used on my camera before. And even though the course was mixed ability I always felt that I had personal attention, and suggestions. He also knew all the best spots to go to across the whole range of weather that we had, from gusty sunshine to pouring rain (and the best places for breakfast...). I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend David to anyone looking to take their next step in photography. It's reawakened my interest, and I'm back out there trying things out.

Jon G

I recently had a 1 to 1 with David over two days. It was great to get back out once again after the COVID-19 pandemic with my camera but wasn’t sure what to expect. It was very quiet and we hardly saw anyone else. David was very professional, we kept our 2 metre social distance and both used hand sanitisers. If any fine adjustments were needed he just talked me through any alterations with my camera at a safe distance. I had two fantastic days and I would recommend David to help you get the best out of photography at all levels. Thanks again David, you made me feel so relaxed and more confident during these surreal times. I cannot wait for my next 1 to 1 with him.

Richard Foreman

David is a great photographer had a great day out learning how to use my camera and taking great pictures, also on the editing front he’s the best! Highly recommend if you're wanting to learn more about photography or if you're a beginner!!!

Emily C

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.

Guy Petheram

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.

Les Hughes

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.

Richard King

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!

Howard Whiteley

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.

Judith Russell

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.

Richard Smith

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.

Lyn R

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.

Chantelle Holt

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.

Debbie Hall

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.

Catherine Earle

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.

Gordon Forsyth

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.

Michelle T

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.

Doug Marsh

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.

Trevor Sadowski

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.

Mike Morley

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!

Tracey Jones

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.

Janet Strickland

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!!

Rob Speight

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.

Tony Meeke

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.

Gill Benbow

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.

Paul Chadaway

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.

Rebecca Taylor

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 !

Rose Hawkins

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!

Jay Patel

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.

Mark Valente

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.

Kevin P

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

Neil Beadle

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

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

Phil Walker

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.

Sue S

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

Lyn R

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!

Nigel R

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

Ian R

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

David W

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!

Andy C

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!

Lydia J

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.

Nick P

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!!

Andrina G

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.

Andy G

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.

Colin S

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

Ron E

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

S Barker

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 …

Ken B

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!!!

Matt S

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.

Joel W

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.

Harry F

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)

David Alderson

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

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

Lynne R

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