Tuition, Workshops & Photo-tours
Wastwater, Lake District -1 Day Creative Photography Workshop
Wastwater on the western edge of the Lake District has, for me, the remotest, most mountainous feel outside of the Highlands and Wales. It is a location which always delivers photographically. Not only will we be surrounded by beautiful mountains, including the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike, we will also witness the glorious hues of Autumn. Creative photography workshops are all about improving your craft, helping you to see and execute an image in the best way and in your own voice. We'll also look at improving your workflow to help you achieve this.
The great thing about this location is that as well as learning, you are guaranteed great photographs as this place looks fantastic whatever the weather may throw at us. Don't forget your wellies so you can get stuck in, just like in the photo above! And lastly I must say that several of my all time favourite images have been made here and I'm looking forward to sharing some of those compositions with you.
This workshop will take place on the 23rd October 2022 (9am - 3:00pm) and will be limited to 6 participants so you get plenty of 1-2-1 attention and tuition throughout the day. Fitness level - easy lakeside walking.
Cost £125 per person
Spurn Point - Coastal Visions 1 Day Creative Photography Workshop
Where to begin with Spurn Point!? This truly unique location does have a special place in my heart. The Spurn peninsula juts out into the North Sea, juxtaposed with the Humber estuary on the opposite side of this wild spit of ever-changing land which also happens to be the UK's newest tidal island. There have been times over the last few years when Spurn has felt like a second home to me. No two days are ever the same and I have witnessed amazing light even in the middle of the day. As well as the obvious seascape photography potential, Spurn has many other subjects worthy of our photographic attention, including; hidden bunkers, derelict structures on land and out to sea, as well as being an internationally important site for wildlife. And I mustn't forget the lighthouse - there is so much to see here! If you're a keen birder you will be in heaven, but I've also witnessed a myriad of other wildlife in this truly wild place.
In a purely serendipitous moment the date I've chosen happens to be the highest spring tide of the year according to my tidal planner. This means a very low tide too, which will be fascinating to explore and right in the middle of our day!
I may be a little biased but I've travelled the UK's coast from the most southerly to the most northerly and Spurn Point should be on every photographer's bucket list. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion for this magical place with you.
Something of note; participants for this workshop should be used to walking a few miles. It can often feel quite tiring if the elements are in full force whilst walking on sand. You don't need to be superhuman and the pace will be very leisurely indeed.
This workshop will take place on the 6th March 2022 (9am - 3:00pm) and will be limited to 5 participants so you get plenty of 1-2-1 attention and tuition throughout the day.
Cost £75 per person
Winter Solitude - 1 Day Creative Photography Workshop
Join me at one of my local woodlands where I created the Winter Solitude series of images.
Located near the village of North Cave, East Yorkshire, this woodland has varied habitat including ancient woodland and expansive heathland. This brings plenty of photographic interest with varied flora and fauna to appreciate along the way. I have an intimate knowledge of this woodland, in fact I used to volunteer for the local wildlife trust here when I was studying for a degree in conservation. Taking a mindful approach to photography we'll aim to really connect with the stillness of a winter woodland. I'll show you how regardless of the weather we can find beautiful compositions in this peaceful environment. There is always something worthy of our photographic attention in this mystical little-known woodland. The exact location will of course be made known to participants upon booking!
This workshop will take place on the 6th February 2022 and will be limited to 5 participants (9am - 2:00pm).
Cost £45 per person - SOLD OUT!
Zoom Creative Photographic Tuition Sessions
With the current situation shaking things up for everyone, particularly creatives, I've been forced to move with the times.
But when I actually sat down to think about what I can offer, which skills are worthwhile sharing and the experience I've gained over a lifetime, it seemed a no brainer: why haven't I been doing this all along?!
I am ready to share my knowledge with you face-to-face, albeit via the magic of Zoom. Whether you're a beginner struggling with the technical aspects of photography, or you'd like to improve your compositional skills to really give your images impact, you'll see improvement straight away. Furthermore, topics such as connecting with the landscape/subject in a meaningful way and the use of emotions in photography are incredibly important in creating an image that resonates with the viewer. Whatever it may be that you want to explore, get in touch. Besides the subjects below we can easily arrange something more bespoke to suit your exact requirements.
Introduction to Photography 1-2-1
If you're just starting out on your photographic journey and are baffled by the sheer amount of dials, buttons and menus on your camera, not to mention F-stops, ISO and shutter speed, this is the course for you. I'll help de-mystify the whole process and have you on your way with confidence. These 1-2-1 sessions are one hour in duration and arranged at a time to suit both our diaries.
Compositional Skills 1-2-1
Back when we were allowed to run workshops in the great outdoors, it seemed that most participants already had good knowledge of camera technique and wanted to work on compositional skills. With many people suggesting their images lack 'impact', in these sessions we'll focus on the creative aspects of photography. We'll learn to simplify composition using my Visual Mantra technique, stripping images back to the essential components. Additionally the use of emotion is important; if you don't feel anything when confronted with a particular scene how can you expect the viewer to appreciate it? These 1-2-1 sessions are one hour in duration and arranged at a time to suit both our diaries.
Connecting with the Landscape 1-2-1
We often hear the phrase 'Connecting with the Landscape' - but what does that really mean?
Having spent many weeks and months alone in wild places in all weathers, I've learned that to make meaningful and impactful imagery we must work with the conditions presented to us on the day. We must take the time to explore and become mindful of the atmosphere. Freeing our minds really gives us the opportunity to get into creative the zone before we reach for the camera. We'll discuss how we can work when the elements seemingly turn against us and how to simplify our kit choices when we're required to work quickly, preparing you for the best and worst that the weather can throw at us. These 1-2-1 sessions are one hour in duration and arranged at a time to suit both our diaries.
"I've just completed two of Karl's workshops and really can't praise him enough! I had a vision of what I wanted my photographs to be and portray but didn't know how to get those images. Karl's patience coupled with his expertise, enthusiasm and friendliness enabled me to take those shots', Tracy Wheldon. See many more testimonials below.
The workshops that I run are very much tailored to the clients requirements, as everyone is at differing levels on their personal photographic journey. You may be a beginner wanting to know the basics, or you may require furthering your experiences of proper use of filters for example, or simply improving workflow. Just as important as technical skills, in fact much more so in my personal opinion, is the ability to create engaging and well composed images. Anyone can acquire the technical skills required for photography, but the ability to 'see' an image is much harder to learn, and this is where I feel that I can help the most.
I'm Yorkshire based and have favourite destinations local to me, where I run my workshops. However, I am willing to travel, anywhere!
Should you have any questions, simply contact me by your preferred method, either via the contact button on this website, or any of my other media, Facebook Page, Instagram etc, or you could even call me!
Most of the workshops that I run are 1-2-1, and the cost for a day's tuition, tailored to your needs is £250.
However, I also cater for small groups of up to 4 people, this can work out cheaper per person.
"I've just completed two of Karl's workshops and really can't praise him enough! I had a vision of what I wanted my photographs to be and portray but didn't know how to get those images. Karl's patience coupled with his expertise, enthusiasm and friendliness enabled me to take those shots. Thanks to Karl I now have confidence to go out there and use my camera and other equipment to better effect, without relying on post processing image editing. I don't think anyone could fail to learn on these workshops, whether a beginner or someone with more advanced capabilities. And where else could be more beautiful and as accessible than the Yorkshire coast. Many thanks Karl, for two tremendous days" ~ Tracy Wheldon (8/10/2018).
"Having admired Karl’s superb work on Facebook, I decided to sign up for one of his Coastal Vision workshops at Flamborough Head and Thornwick Bay, and had an excellent day. Karl’s relaxed and friendly style creates the perfect learning environment and made for a really enjoyable day. Thanks to his expertise and patience, I learnt a huge amount about composition, taking impactful seascapes and how to make the most of a location even though the light on the day was far from ideal. We had a range of abilities on our group from beginners to more experienced photographers and everyone felt they had learnt something during the day. I would recommend Karl’s workshops to anyone and will certainly be booking again. Thanks for all your support Karl!" ~ Sharon Kerby, Birmingham (3/10/2018).
"Karl's workshop was extremely informative and rewarding. His vast knowledge of photography and his passion for the area meant that it was a day packed with inspiring moments. It resulted in some pleasing image capture that were very much in my own style, but these were vastly improved by Karl's suggestions or tips. He made it possible for me to hone my shot in a way that would otherwise have taken many more wasted shots and frustrated attempts. He has any easy manner and all his suggestions were designed to be no frills, stupidly sensible and simple advice that was easy to follow. It will now become ingrained in my way of thinking when planning and arriving on a photo shoot. I only wished that I lived closer to Karls stomping ground so that I could regularly take advantage of his workshops. To anyone wondering about making an investment to improve their skill set, I cannot recommend Karl enough" ~ Karen Rainbird.
"Wanting to try something new, I booked two of Karl’s one-day workshops on the Yorkshire coast. On the first workshop I went with an open mind as I hadn’t photographed any coastal landscapes, let alone in bad weather! My camera usually stays safely tucked away during these kinds of conditions, but not any more. Karl encouraged me to try something new and find my individual style whilst sharing his experience on composition and long exposure techniques; using shapes and textures to enhance the image and to create different perspectives. On the second workshop we built on the first and I was more focussed, confident and relaxed about what I was doing and what I was looking to achieve. Karl’s workshops cater for small numbers so he has more time to help individuals. His knowledge, enthusiasm and creativity helped me to see the landscape differently and become more focused on finding my own style of photography. For the best shots, be prepared to get your feet wet! Many thanks Karl. I’m looking forward to our next outing!" . Lynn Wraith, Yorkshire.
"I just wanted to provide you with some feedback about my experience of your Coastal Vision Workshop at Spurn Point.
Karl was informative and encouraging throughout the entire workshop, providing instruction and support, encouraging me to think a lot more about geometric shapes and natural composition. I learned that by taking time to move around, change level and perspective, I could gradually start to see things differently and create more impactful images with a professional feel to them.
Karl was very patient and offered constructive commentary throughout, and his fusion of interests such as photography and conservation coupled with his affinity with nature and the landscape was instrumental in making the day a meaningful and creative learning experience!
Meeting like-minded people enhanced the workshop further, as we shared experiences, tips and ideas through great conversation and mutual respect for each other’s skill levels. Karl helped me to fine tune my camera settings to get the most out of my equipment, and he also gave invaluable advice on the benefit of filters, tripods and lens settings, in order to create professional looking photographs and reduce post-processing work.
During the workshop I found myself connecting with the landscape in a very mindful way and this experience has stimulated thoughts and ideas that I will put into practice in my landscape and other photography projects". - David Trowsdale.
"I became aware of Karl’s work through Instagram. He is one of the photographer’s who’s work I loved and used to inspire me to greater things. When he announced the Coastal Visions workshops I booked one without hesitation. This is a diversion from what I would normally do. I would normally muddle through and learn things myself, the hard way, but what better way than to learn from someone who’s work inspires you. Karl has the ability to relate to anyone. We had four people on the course each at very different levels. Karl was able to pick out what everyone wanted or in my case needed and gave me sufficient advice and information over the day to allow me to move my photography on. The location was well thought out with lots of different things to photograph and challenge you. If you want to improve your photography book onto one of Karl’s courses. They are great value. I will be back again. Thank you Karl" - David Whittaker.
"Thank you for being a first-class mentor! Having followed you on Facebook for a while, admiring your inspirational work, I attended your workshop in the hope of learning something of how you create such magical images: I came away having learned much more than I expected, and am so pleased to have invested the time. I would not hesitate to recommend your workshop to others. You have that enviable ability to relate to anyone, regardless of their level of photographic ability, and the knowledge that you share is invaluable. So even beginners would gain massively in the confidence and inspiration that you would impart to them, and I suggest that anyone, especially beginners, should not hesitate in booking a place on your workshops". ~ David Royle.
"Karl, many thanks for the Flamborough Head workshop. Another enjoyable day where I learned so much about composition, taking long exposures, using filters ....and the difference between taking a picture rather than a snap. I would certainly recommend your workshops to anyone; I've been on 3 and will be coming again!" ~ Tim Wilson, York.
"I seldom book on Photography courses, either due to cost, incompatible dates &/or locations.I have been a long time admirer of Karl's work and when I saw the Coastal visions workshops advertised, I was immediately interested.The cost was affordable, the dates compatible and the Locations, close to where I live.I have managed to book on all three location and at present have attended one.Communication was great and the day started well, this being my first serious introduction to Landscape photography. This was a small group so it enabled Karl to spend quality time with each of the attendees.He was very generous in sharing his wealth of experience and shooting style.Karl was also generous with his own kit and keen to lend out filters to try, for different effects.I do look forward to the next two and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending these to anyone with an interest in improving their Landscape photography". ~ Adrian Sartain, Scarborough.
"I first met Karl at a very agreeable group workshop for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Spurn Point. I’m a big admirer of his work and Karl’s friendly, easy-going and enthusiastic personality made it a no-brainer when deciding to book a one-to-one session to work specifically on my approach to composing images. I felt that Karl put a lot of effort into understanding exactly what I wanted to achieve from the session, and crafted a day that would really suit me. The result was a hugely enjoyable day with Karl at various locations around Flamborough Head, where we fortunate enough to enjoy fantastic changeable conditions. Karl is an excellent tutor, and helped me to develop my technique, whilst still ensuring that the images I created reflected my own style. I wouldn’t hesitate to book Karl again". ~ James Daniel (@zenithaerialphotography )
Heather Barnes, Hull.
"Just to say a huge thank you for your patience and sharing your knowledge with me this morning during our workshop... I don't think the rain and cold bothered either of us and I learnt more in 3 hours than I have in years!! Looking forward to learning more soon....highly recommended to anyone wanting to develop their photography skills... thank you again"
Simon Crabtree, Bridlington.
"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Karl Holtby for the amazing one to one tutorial at Spurn Point and recommend anyone wanting to improve their photography to arrange a session as soon as possible. As somebody fairly new to Photography I have felt that to improve my photos I needed to grasp an understanding of how to do so from a professional. After seeing Karl’s photo’s on Facebook and Flickr, I contacted Karl to arrange a one to one day and look to improve my workflow and composition when taking pictures. Following correspondence we arranged to meet on a Sunday to hold the session. Karl very quickly made me feel at ease and started to show me the fundamentals of what is needed to take the pictures I wanted whilst doing so in a language that I could easily understand and at a pace that allowed me to take it all in.
We spent the day looking at all aspects of taking the picture we were wanting from camera settings, correct filter as well as getting the best out of the light and situation we were in. Karl quickly showed me how to get the right composition and that the most obvious photo opportunity is not always the best. It has given me a better insight into the way I need to work, approach and take the final shot simply just by watching and listening to what Karl had taught.
Throughout the day Karl was very informative, very professional and passionate about all aspects of photography and, willing to offer advice and teach skills in such a manner that made it all fit together to make the day very good value for money. Professionalism was evident right the way through the long day and is something that I would look to do again and recommend to everyone I know. I now have the confidence to go out and get the shot I want much quicker and confidently. Thanks again Karl and keep up the good work."