Digital Photography Workshops.

The North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway line

These one day workshops are ideal for those wishing to learn to use their digital cameras more creatively, whilst photographing trains, stations, people and landscapes along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The workshops are designed for photographers of all abilities, and so are offered at beginners’ and improvers/intermediate levels so that you can choose the course that best fits your skills and experience.

Led by professional landscape photographer, author and teacher John Potter, you will learn how to take good quality location and landscape images, as well as characterful portraits both at Pickering Station and along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

On all courses the morning is spent at Pickering Station, working both in the Learning Centre and on the station platforms. John tailors the courses to the exact learning needs of the participants and each course is limited to six participants to allow enough time and attention to be given to everyone.

Course Fee

Pre-booking is essential as courses are limited to only six participants per date. Places are booked through our online ticketing system. Priced at £99 per person, the fee includes lunch, refreshments and train travel but does not include any personal or equipment insurance.

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Course AvailabilityJohn Potter - 5029 Sepia

Beginners courses – Sold out!
19 & 26 May, 2 June, 21 & 29 July, 18 & 22 August, 2 & 22 September and 20 October 2016

These one day workshops are for those who want a good grounding in the basic principles of digital photography. The morning is spent at Pickering Station, in both the Learning Centre room and on the platforms, where you will be shown how to set up your cameras to take good quality photos of moving trains as well as how to edit and enhance your photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements. You will be shown how to use the more creative modes of your camera, so that you can take control of ISO settings, exposure, depth of field, white balance and shutter speeds, and you will be given expert guidance on composition.

After a light lunch you will travel to Goathland Station on the steam railway for landscape and location photography. At Goathland John will demonstrate the best techniques for making top quality landscape images. There will be a short, fifteen minute walk across the moor to a viewing location for photographing steam trains passing through Darnholme, and there will be opportunities to photograph locomotives as they come and go at Goathland Station.

On returning to Pickering, there will be a short wrap-up session where John will process a few images from the day. There will be course notes to take away, and after the workshop John can offer e-mail feedback and support for your images taken during the workshop.

Improvers / Intermediate courses – Sold out!
20 & 27 May, 3 June, 22 & 30 July, 19 & 23 August, 3 & 23 September and 21 October 2016

These one day workshops are for those who already have a reasonably good knowledge and understanding of their digital camera, together with a basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop or similar photo editing software. The morning is spent at Pickering Station, in both the Learning Centre and on the platforms, where you will be given expert guidance on:

  • the best camera settings for photographing moving trains, and the station platforms and interiors
  • how to control Depth of Field, ISO, White Balance including correction using a target in Photoshop, plus how to set Custom White Balance in camera, for different lighting situations
  • Landscape Filters including Polarisers and ND Graduated Filters
  • the best aperture/shutter speeds for use with both portrait and landscape photographs
  • the best focussing techniques for landscape photography
  • a brief look at some essential photo-editing skills using both Adobe Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC, including how and why Camera Raw files are used by enthusiasts and professionals for producing top class images

After a light lunch you will travel to Goathland on the steam railway for landscape and location photography. At Goathland John will demonstrate the best techniques for making top quality landscape images. There will be a short, fifteen minute walk across the moor to a viewing location for photographing steam trains passing through Darnholme, and there will be opportunities to photograph locomotives as they come and go at Goathland station.

On returning to Pickering, there will be a short wrap-up session where John will process a few images from the day. There will be course notes to take away, and after the workshop John can offer e-mail feedback and support for your images taken during the workshop.

John Potter - 60007 B&WDay Itinerary for all Courses

09:45-10:00: Coffee/tea/introductions at the Learning Centre, Pickering Station
10:00-12.00: Morning session learning the basics. Start photographing around Pickering station. Learn about how Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC can be used to modify your photographs.
12:00: Light lunch in Learning Centre, Pickering Station
13:00*: Train to Goathland to practice outdoor and landscape photography
16:00*: Return by train to Pickering
16:40*: Arrive back in Pickering, short wrap-up session.
*timings are approximate, according to the actual day’s running timetable.

 

Lunch/Refreshments

Lunch is a light sandwich buffet. Tea, fresh coffee and biscuits are available throughout the morning session. Afternoon tea is taken at the NYMR tearoom at Goathland Station. If you have any dietary requirements, please email us after you have made your booking (info@nymr.co.uk).

Equipment

  • Your own digital camera
  • A tripod if you would like to use one, but not essential
  • A waterproof and/or warm clothes for the afternoon in Goathland
  • Comfortable shoes for walking in
  • Sun hat/sun screen/water if the weather is hot
  • A notebook/paper and pen

Courses are led by John Potter, B.Ed (Hons) LRPS

John Potter is a professional landscape photographer, author and teacher, based in the beautiful historic city of York. He is one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers, and his work is widely published in books, magazines and calendars. He runs photographic workshops in a range of locations throughout northern England, and teaches evening classes in digital photography and Adobe Photoshop at York High School.
See more of John’s work at www.jpotter-landscape-photographer.com

Scheduled Locomotives

Locomotives scheduled to run on Tuesday 26th July 2016

44806 - 4-6-0 Black 5

45428 - Black 5 - Eric Treacy

76079 - BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0

26038 - Class 26 Diesel

D7628 - Sybilla Class 25 Diesel

Timetable

Subject to change at any time. Updated at 08.45 26thJuly 2016

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