First Photography Workshop Carlisle Cathedral

Twelve photographers from all over Britain got together on Saturday for the first of my One Day Photography Workshops in Carlisle Cathedral.

photography workshop Carlisle Cathedral - using tripods

Photographer Steve McGregor gets down low to photograph Carlisle Cathedral ceiling. Permission to use tripods within the cathedral is rarely granted, so it was a special privilege for our photographers

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.

group of photographers Carlisle Cathedral

Our group of photographers pose for a 'team group' outside Carlisle Cathedral during a break on their One Day Photography Workshop

Our base was the Prior’s Tower, which has a large conference room – ideal for our classroom.

Photographing Carlisle cathedral ceiling though mirror

Photographer Eszter Sandoz photographs Carlisle Cathedral's wonderfully colourful ceiling through a special viewing mirror

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.



  1. It was a pleasure to have you with us Steve and we hope to see you again soon.
    Good luck with the camera club competition and please let me have the pix so that I can post them here on the PhotoActive blog.

  2. Such a great day, loved the train journey there, not so keen on the way back :(

    Met some lovely people, and although I thought that I didn’t take any particularly good photos at the time I will be entering 2 of them into my local camera club’s projected image competition next Monday…. I’lll let you know how I got on…….

    I know it was not a good time for you Philip but you came through as a real star…hope to see you again soon..


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