I have been asked on more than one occasion to lead Dartmoor Photography Workshops but have then been told.I cant walk far,is that a problem?. Dartmoor is a large landscape, some parts are remote, certain photographs require walking, but on the other hand it is very accessible.I am now able to run workshops from a number of interesting locations out of the back of the car. I can limit walking to locations to around 20. Minutes, often less, with waterfalls, tors, bridges, and moorland scenes all possible. Using the car as a base we can leave non essential items between shoots in the boot. The car becomes a mobile coffee and snack bar, and on a recent winter workshop was a welcome relief from the cold and wind.
I am able to cater for small groups, 3 people, 4 at push unless you elect to use your own vehicles.
On the easy access photograph workshop we can still visit most Dartmoor landscapes, and cover all aspects of landscape photography. Full day and 1/2 day options are available, formats include traditional workshops, Digital SLR Taster with cameras to borrow.
I am able to cover the same content as I currently cover on my traditional workshops
For further details please contact me.
( Note: I provide photographic instruction only. You must be able to get around unassisted, taking care of all your personal needs )
This is not a workshop to help you photograph families (but if you want to try a bit of environmental portraiture I’m sure we could fit it in). This is a workshop to get families out taking photographs and learning together. You could be single mum / dad with a burning desire to get out and learn about photography, have a child embarking on a GCSE, or your just looking for a new family hobby.
Photography is a great way to spend time together. A healthy pastime that teaches your children about the outdoors and the environment. It also sharpens the senses it gets them to look and actually see the details in the landscape around them.
I’m now in a fortunate position to be able to offer two camera bodies that can be borrowed by children or adults during the workshop, both are full spec DSLR’s and can be used in full manual or auto depending on age, ability and what the family would like to get from the workshop.
“Note: Digital SLR’s are best suited to older children ( 10+ ) smaller children may struggle with the size of the camera, it is perfectly acceptable if you wish to bring smaller compact cameras for them to use”
Family experience workshops are best saved for good weather, so my dates are flexible and if bad weather is forecast we can arrange another date.
What do I cover?
This is supposed to be fun! It’s not school, so the focus is on taking lots of pictures of what ever you want, the idea is at the end of the day to have some photographs, but more important the whole family should Walk away having had a great experience, and maybe want to continue photography as a hobby. Of course it goes without saying that you have full access to me during the day and I will help you get the best out of the locations, and maybe learn something new.
If you are looking for something more serious then check out my I can arrange a huge discount for a family based traditional workshop.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the child during the workshop.Images taken during the workshop on borrowed cameras will be uploaded to a secure file ready for you to download, or can be supplied to you on USB memory stick at additional cost.
“ I choose to inspire the and support the photographic community, by inspiring and passing on my knowledge to other photographers”
I have a range of photography workshops held on Dartmoor to suit your own circumstances and preferences. I have experience of running photography workshops for complete novices and experienced photographers looking to improve their technical skills or work on some specific aspect of Landscape or Monochrome photography; my specialist areas.
The starting point of my workshops - even before we are out shooting, is to understand where you are starting from. The base line for all my photography workshops is that by the end of the day you will have stopped using the auto or scene modes and switched over to the Manual, Tv (shutter priority) , A (Aperture Priority) modes on your camera; putting you very firmly in charge, and able to make decisions for yourself
We progress to analysing the Histogram and understanding more about exposure so we can capture the very best digital files for processing latter, we experiment with filters to see how they modify the histogram, and balance exposure, use tripods properly, and learn about the craft of photography and employing a robust workflow so silly mistakes don’t ruin your images
With a firm grip on the technical we can progress onto the basics of composition, covering the basic rules. We will look at how you can use different apertures and shutter speeds creatively, selecting exposures for creative reasons. We will discuss the deeper meaning of your photography and look at developing photographic style, to set your apart from your peers.
This is not all possible in one day if starting from the beginning so I can offer multi-day workshops that can be split up over 12 months to build your own photographic course.
I now have two Canon SLR’s available to borrow during workshops, so if you only have a phone camera and want to progress, join me and you can try out an SLR first and learn what it can give you to see if this for you before taking the plunge. Having cameras to borrow now allows me to offer family experience days - so you do not need to exclude your family for my workshops, bring them along and everyone can join in. (Full details)
With so many options and possibilities I will not even attempt to set a fixed price. My base price starts at £40 for a 1/2 day individual workshop. There are significant price savings on group bookings, multi-day workshops and tailored packages. Please contact me with your requirements.
My Dartmoor Photography Workshop experience begins here when your first contact me, so please be bold tell me what you want and need. The options are limitless and in your hands. Ask Ill do my very best to acheive it, and be honest if I can't.
Final thoughts & Summary
First off all lets look at what a traditional photography workshops is not. Maybe this seams a strange way to start introducing a product, but I believe there are many misconceptions about photography workshops, and with so many available it all gets a little confusing. I should point out that these are my views - ask another workshop leader - and you will get a similar but different answer. My Dartmoor Photography Workshops, are not a formula for instant photographic success. I’m not going to take you to the perfect location show you exactly where to stand or place the tripod feet, tell you what settings to use, and send you on your way. You would would have learnt nothing, and essentially just taken the photo I would have taken - If that’s what you want then ok, pop along to my gallery now and buy one! My time is yours, when I’m leading a workshop, I take my camera equipment but only for demonstration purposes. You’re not here to fund my day out! If I’m doing it right I don’t have time to take my own pictures so I don’t. But lets be honest with you upfront - if we come across something remarkable, unrepeatable and too good to be true, I will ask you if I can take a photo, but ill talk you through what I’m doing and thinking at the same time.
So if you’re not guaranteed to come back from a Dartmoor Photography Workshop with stunning images what’s the point? I believe there a few core competencies to master on your photographic journey. Depending where you are on that path depends what you will get from a workshop. If you’re thinking about a workshop, I will ask you about your photography, and what you’re expectations are from a workshop - you’re already reading this so you must have some expectation - tell me what they are. Brian Northmore Photography Workshops, fall into three main categories; beginners, improvers, and building creativity
Beginners Photography Workshop
The photography workshop begins right at the start - in fact your don’t even need a camera, I can let you borrow one (Ask about 1/2 day Digital SLR Experience) By the end of a full day workshop as a beginner you will be using your camera in full manual mode, have an understanding of shutter speed, aperture, ISO settings, and the “other” modes on your camera, as my photography workshops are flexible depending on your progress we progress onto other topics
Improvers Photography Workshop
So this is a follow on. It maybe you did Beginners with me and signed up for this at the same time, (Major discount incentive if you do!) or you already had the basics sorted and come to me looking to build on this. As with everything in life realistic expectations are important, so if you’re not quite where you should be we may need to go back a bit and cover elements from beginners. We will introduce and practice, using the best combination of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO setting. Then introduce reading the Histogram, use filters, tripods. Finally discuss the digital file and capturing all the information you need to make a great picture
Building Creativity Photography Workshop
Modern cameras a capable of amazing quality. You will get technically competent photographs leaving your camera on auto, you will get even better photographs if you can work in manual, and manipulate the settings creating the effect that you want. It’s also likely that they will look and feel the same as all the other online imagery, and middle of the road photography which surrounds us all day. So how do you break the mould. This workshop is all about you. I will assume you have mastery of your camera so we can concentrate on the art. Creating compelling compositions is only part of elevating your photography to a new level. In this workshop we will question your reason for taking photographs and what you are trying to achieve through your photography. We will work on finding your photographic voice, connecting with your subject and audience & Developing your photographic style. This is way to much complete in a day, but asking the right questions and challenging your perceptions, will start you on the path to achieving your photography goals
I am available for bookings now so please Don't delay. Contact me Now.
The Author and Photographer does not accept any liability for loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this website. The descriptions and maps are designed to be an aide to finding good photographic locations in the Dartmoor National Park and should not be use as the sole method of navigation. Take care on Dartmoor, the weather can change fast, the landscape is often featureless and difficult to navigate. Ensure you carry an Ordinance Survey Map and compass at all times and that you can use them. Wear good supportive footwear ideally walking boots and always carry waterproofs drinks and snacks.