Waterfall Workshops

One to one workshops



The aim of these workshops is to introduce you to the techniques used to capture images of waterfalls and moving water.
We will cover the use of manual settings on your camera, and the advantages of shooting in RAW
We will use long exposures to portray the movement in water, and look at how to control exposure using Neutral Density Grads, ND filters, polarisers and the much talked about 10 stop filter.

What is provided
Full tuition throughout the day. A handbook with information covering the techniques that will be highlighted on the day.

I will have a selection of filters, some Cokin, some Hitech, some Lee, as well as circular polarisers. They will be available for you to try but will be limited in numbers so if you have your own please bring them along.

and What is not
First and foremost you are advised to organise your own insurance to cover your travel, equipment etc. See terms and conditions
Transport to and from the Workshop. There are good parking facilities at Bowlees.
Meals & refreshments. The Bowlees Visitor Centre has a cafe where drinks and light meals can be purchased. (Subject to their seasonal opening hours) If you prefer, the picnic area beside the car park is a good location to enjoy a packed lunch.

What do you need
This workshop is aimed at the beginner/intermediate user of a digital camera, who wants to improve their knowledge of how to photograph moving water. You will need a camera, and a DSLR or bridge camera will be best suited to this. Don't forget to have fully charged batteries and a good stock of memory cards. We will be using long exposures so a tripod will be needed. If you don't have one then please let me know as I have a limited number that I can provide for the day.
A cable shutter release goes hand in hand with this. There are ways round this one but they can be purchased for a few pounds and you will find them essential kit for most landscape photography.
Your camera user manual could be useful on the day as we will endeavour to use as many manual settings on your camera as possible to give you control of your images. Your user manual will save us time in being able to access these controls.

The weather in Teesdale can be fairly unpredictable, and as there can be some lengthy periods spent standing by (or in) a river, then I strongly recommend a few layers to keep you warm and dry. Stout shoes/walking boots will be a must. Although there are well maintained paths, this is a rural location and there will be some uneven terrain. I often use wellies or even waders to get into the water and capture an image from a different view point.
Please Note: This location is not suitable for wheelchair users as there are some steep slopes and steps to negotiate.

Bad Weather
If there are poor conditions on the days immediately prior to a workshop and the forecast is not better, then you will be contacted with a view to rearranging the visit at no extra cost.
If on the day we experience showers, then be prepared with a good plastic bag to cover your kit from the worst of it. We will use umbrellas to keep cameras dry whilst in use. Sometimes the light during a shower is quite magical so don't discount photographing in the rain.

This venue is not good during the Summer months as the light is too harsh and is a popular spot for other visitors to the area and becomes quite busy. Autumn and early/late Winter are superb, and Spring months offer a different pallet of colours.


The cost for a one to one day is just £145 per person. I will accept bookings couples or friends at a cost of £210 per couple. To book a place, a deposit of £25 (non refundable) is required with the balance due 10 days prior to the workshop.
This can be paid through this site using your credit / debit card even if you do not have a paypal account.

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