Yorkshire Through a Lens

Would you like to get pictures like this, and enjoy the Yorkshire countryside?

Local photographers launch ‘Natural Light’ photography workshops.

Two experienced local photographers have launched ‘Natural Light’ photography walking workshops to help enthusiasts get the most from Yorkshire, and their camera.

Knaresborough landscape photographer Mark Sunderland and travel photographer and tour guide Sam Oakes from Harrogate, whose passion for their home county is reflected on each of their professional portfolios, have teamed up to offer unforgettable photography experiences in some of the most beautiful places in North Yorkshire, starting from July 2011.

In addition to experiencing Yorkshire at its most idyllic and rugged, groups can glean tips and advice from the experts and get the chance to immediately put those new skills into practice. The main aim of the workshops is to provide a day out with a difference as well as equipping enthusiast photographers with skills that will benefit their pictures for years to come.

These walking-based workshops will be run initially in Malham, Swaledale, Aysgarth and at Bolton Abbey.  They are open to beginner, enthusiast and amateur photographers of all ages, with a maximum of eight people permitted per group, allowing more one-on-one time with their tutors.

Techniques taught include seeing your subject, composition, exposure and how to get dramatic shots, whatever the weather. The tours are ideal for users of DSLR, or high quality compact cameras, with Mark and Sam able to offer advice on both and associated equipment such as tripods and filters (for DSLR).

An additional session is also available for participant to learn about post-processing using Photoshop and Lightroom, held the day after at Harrogate’s West Park Hotel. This is also an opportunity for members to have their work critiqued by their tutors. Plus, each workshop is assigned its own dedicated group on photo-sharing website Flickr, allowing participants to continue to share and discuss their photos after the workshop is over.

Each tutor brings a wealth of experience to the Natural Light venture.

Sam Oakes has travelled extensively for his photography, both in the UK and further afield. His work has been published both as artwork and editorial, including in a number of national magazines such as Digital Photographer, BBC Gardens Illustrated, and Glimpse. He is also a tour guide for one of the UK’s most respected adventure travel companies, a role for which he underwent rigorous training and quickly became one of the firm’s highest standard tour-leaders, noted particularly for his local knowledge, organisation and people skills.

Mark Sunderland has been a full-time professional freelance photographer since 2004, producing fine art landscape prints, greetings cards, calendars and stock landscape and travel images. Mark has been published in numerous magazines and books and was highly commended for his abstract composition of Antelope Canyon in Arizona in the Composition and Form category of the 2000 BG Wildlife Photographer of The Year Competition. He also has a self-published book of landscape photographs entitled ‘Yorkshire Through The Seasons’ and has recently collaborated on a series of Yorkshire local history books.

Sam said: “We launched these tours for those who love outdoor photography but feel they could get more from their images. There’s nothing more rewarding than exploring the Yorkshire countryside on-foot and coming back with stunning photographs that even a professional would be proud of.”

Mark said: “My focus with Natural Light will be to help people achieve stunning landscape photographs that they would be happy to see hanging on the wall.  It’s great to be able to team up with another experienced photographer like Sam on this who also brings his extensive tour leading skills our workshops.”

For dates, information or to make a booking.

For dates, information or to make a booking, visit: http://natural-light-workshops.co.uk/

Contact Sam Oakes on 07767 628764 or email samoakes@hotmail.com
Contact Mark Sunderland on 01423 550138 or email contact@marksunderland.com

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