When digital cameras arrived many of us thought our photography would instantly improve but if you’re anything like me, that’s definitely not the case!
I find it so frustrating to see a scene or experience an event but my images don’t even begin to convey the sense of that moment.
Thankfully there are plenty of excellent photographers who are willing to share their skills and teach composition, how to use light, exposure levels and other essentials as you explore some of the most photo-worthy parts of the Yorkshire Dales.
After 30 years working as a professional photographer for national media, Mike Barker founded the Yorkshire Dales Photography School near Hawes in Wensleydale to pass on practical photography skills. He has a purpose-built classroom so students can enjoy an indoor theory session before heading out to put lessons into practice outdoors in the beautiful surrounding area.
Paula Beaumont has a slightly different approach. She likes to share her love of her trusty ‘Landy’ (Land Rover Defender to those not in the know) and to use tracks and trails barely used by others to find the perfect spot for her pictures. Paula offers tuition tailored to suit any level from novice to aspiring professional. She comes from a family of photographers and her love of the Dales and her craft shine through her images. Paula will teach you about creative light, exposure, composition and how to use the right filter when necessary.
I particularly admire Guy Carpenter’s ability to really capture the essence of the Yorkshire Dales, to freeze a special moment at a country show in an atmospheric image or to focus the eye on a particular texture in the landscape. He offers very flexible one day photo tutorials tailored to individual’s needs whether they want to learn basic or more advanced techniques.
Ingleton-based photographer Stephen Knowles uses a variety of settings for his one to one tutorials including Ingleborough Cave and Nature Reserve, promising to help participants ‘get out of auto mode’, teaching anyone who wants to get the most out of their DSLR and improve their skills.