Exclusive 3 night/4 day residential photography courses on

the stunning Yorkshire coast

Workshop Series: Yorkshire Coast (max 4 people per course!)

 

YC18-2     4 November - 7 November 2018 - sold out

YC19-1      17 Feb -20 Feb 2019

Summary

The Iconic Yorkshire Coast is a beautiful location for photographers.

Chris will take you to the perfect locations at the right time of each day and will assist you in finding the most engaging composition and making your best shots in each location.

The focus of this course is on taking photographs, including dawn and sunset shoots. Chris will work with you at your own pace, helping you get more from your camera as you also develop key compositional skills. A couple of overviews on RAW file editing and general Lightroom processing will give you an important insight into making that final, finished image.

In the evenings, the group can discuss their best (or most challenging) shots of the day.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to build your own portfolio whilst learning new techniques in the field, together with  some post-production tuition as part of a small group (max 4 people per course).

Cost (4 day course)

£ 685 per Photographer for the 4 days tuition and transport during the course, (see 'What's included' & 'What's not included', below)

£ 295/275/255 (deluxe sea view vs deluxe moorland room vs standard room - you can choose which you prefer when booking the course and I will advise the hotel of your choice) per Photographer for your own en-suite room at the Victoria Hotel, Robin Hood's Bay (see 'What's included' & 'What's not included', below)   for 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast in a private, en-suite room!!

(For double occupancy - if a partner would like to come along - then please check with Chris for the supplement for the extra person)

A £ 150 deposit* made out to Chris Ceaser Photographic Enterprises Ltd is due at time of booking together with a £50 deposit for the hotel to guarantee your room.

Non-photography partners are welcome, however a small surcharge may apply (see above).  Please ask for more info!

What’s included?

Your Yorkshire Coast Workshop Includes:

  • 3 nights’ lodging at the Victoria Hotel on the Yorkshire Coast in either a standard room, deluxe moorland  or deluxe sea view at the rates listed
    All bedrooms have private, en-suite bathroom.
    Full English breakfast is included.  3 course dinner is also included in the hotel restaurant (the food is excellent, with plenty of choice!!) See below for hotel details.
  • All travel throughout the duration of the course.
  • A sunrise, sunset and other field sessions during each day
  • Personal instruction by Chris in the field, including on the spot critiques and advice
  • 2 x 45/60 minute overviews on post-production workflow by Chris using Lightroom
  • 3 short group critique sessions, in which the shots you take during the workshop are discussed

What’s not included?

The following is not Included but we are happy to advise you on options, where appropriate:

  • Travel to the hotel - We can provide advice on the options available – please ask.
  • Meals/drinks - Lunch/drinks are up to you – we normally stop at a cafe/pub for a break at lunchtime!
  • Insurances for you and your kit. Please contact Chris to discuss this if you do not have adequate insurances. Cover is available form just £7.

Itinerary

Sunday

The course begins over a coffee at the hotel at 10am – meet the group and chat about the course and what we hope to achieve.

The rest of the day will be spent out in the beautiful Yorkshire landscape, shooting the wonderful scenery.

We will finish with a sunset shoot before heading back for a scrumptious dinner at the hotel.

Monday sunrise to Wednesday at sunset.

Sunrise

Sunrise is at around 07:15 each morning.

Your day will begin at around 06.00 as we leave the hotel for the sunrise shoot.

Locations will vary depending on the weather/light.

We head back to the hotel after shooting, for a hearty breakfast at around 09:00.

Day

The period between the sunrise and sunset shoots is broken up into small processing sessions and the opportunity to explore the area.

  • Chris will run a couple of 45/60 minute seminars on post-production workflow and techniques, back at the Hotel looking at Lightroom. The timing of this will be confirmed on the day as it may depend on conditions – if the light is good, we shoot! You might choose to pick up a sandwich in a local café to eat during the seminars.
  • Chris will also run a critique session at the end of each day, normally before dinner. This will feature the Photographer’s own work and Chris will give constructive feedback on the chosen images from each day.
  • Other field sessions with Chris will be available during each day. The emphasis of the course will be on taking photographs and having a great time away with your camera!
  • If you wish to have your shots critiqued in the evening, please bring your images either on a USB stick, or your ipad/laptop (there is no need to bring your own laptop unless you want to process images as you go). The shot can be straight from your camera or one that you have processed. We limit the critique sessions to two or three shots per day, per Photographer, to ensure that the discussions are useful. You may choose to submit a shot you are particularly happy with, or one that you would like help to improve.

Sunset

Sunset is at around 16:20 each day.

We will aim to be at our chosen location by 15:00 to allow us to work through the compositional process before waiting for the light and making that perfect image.

Your shooting day will end at around 17:30, and then we will head back to the hotel to look at processing and image critiques before dinner at around 20:00

Evening

    • Chris will run 2, 45-minute overviews on post-production techniques using Lightroom, back at the hotel at some stage during the course.  The timing of this will be confirmed on the day as it may depend on conditions – if the light is good, we shoot!

Critique sessions will be held back at the hotel at around 19:00 and should last around 30-45 minutes. After that, we will all take a short break before heading into dinner. Workshops ends at sunset on the last day.

Workshop ends at sunset on the Wednesday

Terms and Conditions

We insist that you purchase travel insurance for your workshop.  This can protect you in case of an unforeseen situation that would require a last minute cancellation (jury service, illness etc). Your gear will also be covered!

The workshops include: bed, breakfast and dinner lodging, all field sessions including transport and seminars/critiques which include thoughtful, personalised instruction from Chris. 

Not included:  Transportation to and from Hotel, lunches or drinks

Cancellation & Insurances

  • All deposits* are non-refundable
  • Chris Ceaser Photography does not offer cancellation refunds. Please take out adequate insurance to cover cancellations due to ill health, jury service etc. Please ask for recommendations and see below.

Insurances and refunds:
YOU are responsible for your own insurances. This needs to cover you and your kit for things such as emergency illness whilst away, theft of your kit, inability to travel due to illness etc. Should you not be able to travel at the time of the course you will need to claim on your own insurance. Chris will provide you with an invoice and a letter confirming you did not attend. There is NO refund should you cancel after paying your deposits and balances. This is why you need your own insurances in place.

WE are covered under our own EVENT INSURANCE in the case that Chris cannot attend (due to illness, etc). This also covers the whole group in case of travel being impossible (due to severe weather etc). It is important to understand that the insurance company MUST declare travel unsafe for this to come into force. If Chris can make it to the course location then the course is deemed to have started so you are back to claiming on your own insurances, cover permitting. (We did reimburse the group during the 'Beast From the East' in 2018, when we were advised by our insurers that travel was not safe)

Our event insurance is quite comprehensive, but it does NOT cover things such as rainy weather, overcast weather etc. In these cases the course goes ahead, just like a normal booked holiday would. Make sure your any operator you may use has such EVENT insurances in place or you may risk losing your money. You still need your OWN insurances in place to cover you and your kit (policies can cost as little as £9 for £5000 cover). Contact Chris on 07920  044094 to chat about insurances. You may already have such insurances in place, with your bank for example, but please check the policies cover you in case of illness or theft of kit either abroad or at home.

Chris runs his courses on a personal basis and normally provides all tuition etc personally. However, Chris Ceaser Photography reserves the right to replace instructors in the event of illness, emergency or death.

The Hotel

We will be staying at The Victoria Hotel, right on the stunning Yorkshire coastline. We have stayed here before and hope to stay with them many more times in the years ahead.

You will stay in your own room with private facilities. The Victoria offers great food and friendly service.

Check out the hotel website - www.victoriarhb.com 

Is this Workshop suitable for you?

Are you comfortable with your camera and its settings?

Yes - The workshop will help you develop your technical & compositional skills and allow you to develop your own photographic style.

No - Please contact Chris on +44 7920 044094 to discuss – a short pre-workshop session may be arranged to give you the confidence to join this Workshop.

Are you comfortable using Lee Filters?

Yes - The workshop will help you build on your experience to date, introducing you to new filters / techniques.      

No - Chris has filters available to borrow during the workshop and will teach you how to use them effectively.  Please contact him on +44 7920 044094 to discuss, prior to booking.

Do you have Lightroom on your laptop? (NB. It is NOT essential to bring a laptop)

Yes - The workshop will help you build on your editing/workflow experience to date – Chris will demonstrate his own workflow/editing techniques with lots of pro tips to help you improve.

No - Free trial periods are available on Adobe’s website. 
Please contact Chris on +44 7920 044094 to discuss, prior to booking.

Requirements

All Photographers must bring:

  • A digital SLR camera & lenses
  • Filters, if you have them – if not, please let Chris know so that he can arrange for you to borrow them
  • A laptop computer with lightroom if you want to work on your own images during rest periods.
  • A sturdy tripod
  • Cold weather gear
  • A moderate level of fitness – there will be lots of walking on the flat with the odd little bridge to cross

Remember – places are limited.
A maximum of 4 Photographers join each Workshop, so please book early to secure your place on this fantastic trip
 

Testimonials 

Just completed the Nov 2017 landscape photography course with Chris Ceaser on the North Yorkshire Coast. With his personal knowledge of the brilliant locations, coupled to first class friendly advice and guidance from Chris, the 4 days could not be bettered. The Lee filters loaned to me have given me a new approach to my techniques and the results are stunning.  Definitely a convert to filters. Grateful thanks for an excellent photographic experience. Graham Roberts (4 day course, Yorkshire Coast, Nov 2017)

Chris was very generous in sharing both his considerable photographic skills and his knowledge of locations for this four day course on the North Yorkshire Moors and coast.  The three of us probably started at different levels of photographic knowledge, but from the start Chris took time to understand our individual experience, our interest, and indeed our cameras. The core of the course was around sunrise and sunset shooting, and the associated use of graduated filters. Between these extremes of daylight Chris took us to several excellent locations for general daylight shooting, and also demonstrated processing of our own images in Lightroom and Photoshop. My understanding of noise reduction, sharpening, dodging, burning and HDR improved considerably in these sessions. Leaving the course with a few of my shots, processed by Chris, has given me a benchmark to aim for in my own processing, and some of the skills to achieve this. Finally, on the residential side the Victoria Hotel at Robin Hood's Bay was excellent, and Chris was also good company over a pint! - Andy Coatsworth (4 day course, Yorkshire Coast, November 2016)

The course was brilliant due to Chris' s vibrant personality, technical skill and encouragement. He presented a simple technique and was able to give individual attention to novices like me, as well as the more advanced, with the limitation of just four course participants. The hotel was superbly located and the sausages at breakfast were excellent! - David Newbegin (3 day course, Yorkshire coast, Mar 2011)

I think "Exhilarating, Enthralling, Enabling, Educational, Exhausting" sums up my feelings about the workshop at Ravenscar. It has been the best photo-course I have ever attended. Thank you, Chris, for not only your expert and patient tuition, but also the work you put in beforehand in planning the course. You have given me renewed enthusiasm to develop my photography and improve my printing skills. - Hayburn Wyke waterfall at first sight was unpromising with little water flowing, a lot of flotsam and poor lighting. However, on a closer look and a bit of log and plastic moving I found a dynamic angle by using a low vantage point with the tripod legs in the water and framing so that the chunky rocks gave a lead into the waterfall. The light improved and I was pleased with the result. - Julia Kaye (3 day course, Yorkshire coast, Mar 2011)

This residential photography workshop was superb. Chris was friendly, approachable and patient, demonstrating an outstanding knowledge of the image making process itself and the locations we visited. We always seemed to be in the right place at the right time! The small group of just 4 people allowed Chris to work with us all whilst we were out in the field, providing a 'critique' on certain shots as we were actually making them. He worked with each of us at our own level and his advice on how to break down the composition of a particular scene was extremely insightful. His overviews on RAW processing, (something I had not encountered before) and simple Photoshop techniques were delivered in an effective manner that was easy to understand. The hotel and the food were of a high standard and this added to the 'holiday' experience. All things considered I felt that the course offered excellent value for money, with the emphasis firmly on making quality images! If you are looking to spend time away with your camera as part of a small, friendly group then I would highly recommend one of Chris's workshops. Philip Thake. (3 Day Residential - Lake District March 2016)

Fancy trying out the LEE Filter system?

We have 2 full sets of LEE Filters to loan out during the courses. These filters will allow you to balance the different exposure values across an image, normally between the sky and the land. If you would like to try some of these fantastic filters then please mention it at the time of booking.