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 a Beginners, and at an Improvers/Intermediate level, 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. The Beginners course has just six participants, and there are eight on the Improvers/Intermediate course, thus allowing enough time and attention to be given to everyone.

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 for both candid portraits and landscapes.

You will travel to Goathland Station on the heritage railway for steam/diesel loco, landscape and station 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 trains passing through Darnholme, and there will be opportunities to photograph trains and NYMR characters 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, together with a couple of blank greetings cards from John’s range. Afterwards, John can offer e-mail feedback and support for your images taken during the workshop.

2018 One Day Course Dates
Beginners Improvers/Intermediate
23 August 31 August
6, 7, 20 & 21 September

Course Fee/Booking:

Pre-booking is essential as course places are limited. Places can be booked through the NYMR online ticket system, or over the phone with Customer Services at Pickering. The course fee is £125 per person, and this includes train travel and Tea & Coffee refreshments, but does not include any personal or equipment insurance. Participants should bring their own packed lunch and snacks for the day or consider purchasing items from one of our Station Tea Rooms.


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Tea, fresh coffee and biscuits are available throughout the morning session and 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 [email protected] 

Day Itinerary:

Morning Session
09:15-09:30 - Meet for coffee/tea and introductions at the Learning Centre, Pickering Station.
Learn the basics, including practical demonstrations and picture taking on Pickering Station platforms.
Learn about how Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CC can be used to modify your photographs.

Travel to Goathland via the train (travel tickets are included in the price).

Afternoon session
Photographing the station, trains and people at Darnholme and Goathland.
Complimentary tea/coffee break in the station tea room at Goathland.
Return to Pickering followed by a short wrap-up session in the Learning Centre.


  • Your own digital camera (with optional tripod)
  • 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
  • Packed Lunch


Occasionally we may have to make a last minute replacement of steam with diesel traction on some services.

As the course fee does not include any personal or equipment insurance, you are responsible for insuring yourself and any special equipment you may bring, especially for cameras and computers. We cannot accept any liability for any loss or damage to any personal possessions during your visit.

In the event of weather restricting outdoor photography in the afternoon at Goathland, John will lead you back to Pickering on an earlier train to do more photo processing using Photoshop and/or some Macro photography in the Learning Centre.


We expect to run all of these planned courses, but if there is any serious disruption to our train services, we may have to cancel. Naturally, in this event, participants will be fully refunded for the course fee.

If you will be unable to attend your course, please call us at least two weeks before your course to discuss transferring to a different date (if available). Should you wish to cancel and receive a full refund, please inform us of your cancellation at least two weeks before your course date, either by email to [email protected] or by telephone on 01751 472508 then * 242. We will not be able to refund your fee if you cancel less than two clear weeks prior to your course date.

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.

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