Twelve photographers from all over Britain got together on Saturday for the first of my One Day Photography Workshops in Carlisle Cathedral.
The day proved a great success and the venue lived up to all my expectations as a superb photographic location. It is conveniently situated near the train and bus stations – but best, and most important, of all it offers the most wonderful photography opportunities.
It was great to see so many new faces among the old friends, some of whom: Cathy Robertson, Margaret McKinney, Gerwyn Jones, Mary Hartley and Christine Manby, have either been to me before on Photography Holidays in Menorca or Photography Courses in Scotland. Steve McGregor and Gerwyn travelled up from London for the day, while David Newbegin and John Spittle were, surprisingly, the only local photographers.
We spent the first part of the morning going through some photography basics so that people could get the most of their photo shoot in the cathedral. Yet again there was a tremendous desire for an understanding of the use of Manual exposure settings, which I hope I was able to fulfill. By mid morning we were out in the cathedral grounds taking pictures. The light was beautifully soft and directional for most of the time and this certainly helped everyone get some highly textured photographs of the cathedral stonework. The buildings in the cathedral grounds also provided some great subjects.
Our base was the Prior’s Tower, which has a large conference room – ideal for our classroom.
After lunch in the Prior’s Kitchen restaurant, we really got to work inside the cathedral. Everyone had their own ideas of what they wanted to photograph and I moved from one photographer to the next making sure got the instruction and help they needed.
The highlight of the day was the hour between 3 and 4 in the afternoon when we had special permission to set up our tripods inside the cathedral. This is a rare privilege and one that was greatly appreciated – and very well used – by all the photographers.
The ability to use tripods opened up the most fantastic opportunities to take pictures of some of the darker, more mysterious corners of the cathedral, as well as providing the chance to get excellent photographs of the stained glass windows and the ornate ceiling.
I have not yet seen many of the finished pictures from the group, but I am confident that there will be some great shots among those taken.
It’s always a great feeling when a new project proves a success, and I am already looking forward to our next One Day Photography Workshop in Carlisle Cathedral – that is arranged for November 12th 2011 and there are still a few places left – so please don’t leave it too late to book.
The cost of the Photography Workshop is just £58 for a great day of photography and tuition. Hopefully, Norene can be with us next time.