Tricky conditions

The weather was against us on Saturday for the last Castle Howard event of the year. A beautiful morning gave way to a rainy afternoon. Given the choice I think most people would have stayed inside but we carry on, no matter what.

Ray wood was fantastic in the rain. The water helped saturate the autumn colours which are really coming through strongly now.

The Temple of the Four Winds provided lots of good shots which will work really well in black and white later on.

The lesson from the day I think is to go out anyway. Working in challenging conditions will only improve your photography skills. If we waited inside for the perfect light and weather combinations, we would get very little done indeed.




New venues

We are working hard at planning next year already and are pleased to announce some new venues for 2018.

We will be working with Sledmere House, Helmsley Walled Garden and Yorkshire Arboretum. 

We are really looking forward to adding these alongside our existing venues to give a wide range of experiences for next year.


Rainy days

We hosted our second workshop of the year at Castle Howard last weekend.

The weather was less than optimal but we still got out there and concentrated on depth of field initially before moving on to composition in the second half of the workshop.

Despite the weather, the group got some good shots and enjoyed the experience of having the grounds largely to themselves.

John Regan was kind enough to send over a couple of the images which he took on the day.


Our next session at Castle Howard will be an afternoon session on the 30th of September. We also have an afternoon session at Scamptson Walled Garden on the 14th of October.


Scampston Hall and Walled Garden

Saturday had me heading out for the second photography workshop of the year. This time, it was at Scampston Hall and Walled Garden.

We had a lovely mixed group of enthusiastic photographers who wanted to learn more about how to use their camera effectively. We discussed the basics of aperture and composition. We used some filters to explore the possibilities of longer exposures as well.

We had a good explore but there was plenty more to look at, even after 3 hours. Having the garden to ourselves first thing was also a lovely experience.

Photography day

We had a good day out on our first morning session of the year. The weather was mixed with some sun, some cloud and a little rain. We did get plenty of shots of daffodils, rhododendron and of course, Castle Howard.

Students picked up tips on composition and some of the technical aspects of working their camera. We got someone from always shooting on auto to always shooting on manual in the space of a couple of hours.


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