Architecture and Abstracts

Event info

Manchester is a great city to photograph!

The workshop led by Colin Jarvis will begin at 9.30 AM and run until sunset. It starts by photographing some of the wonderful inner city architecture including Beetham Tower (Hilton Hotel), the commercial district of Spinningfields, Piccadily Gardens, the University buildings on Wilmott Street and the Chips building at Ancoates.

We will then head to Salford Quays for the late afternoon and dusk to be on location for when the lights illuminate the architecture, adding another dimension to this great location. This will include the Lowry theatre, Media City and the Imperial War Museum North which lends itself to some wonderful long exposure photography with the clouds sweeping past the shard at the top of the building.

We will be looking for abstract angles, careful framing, strong colours, leading lines and using filters to extend the exposure, balance the sky with the foreground and use polarisers to cut down on surface reflections and saturate the colours. 

We will break for lunch at a cafe.

Please bring / wear:

  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • Shutter release cable (if you have one)
  • Tripod
  • 6- and 10-stop neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Graduated neutral density filters (if you have them)
  • Warm and waterproof clothing suitable for the weather, location and time of year
  • Walking boots or other good footwear - you will be spending the day on your feet!
  • Cash or debit card for tram tickets

NB Although trams will be used at times, we will be walking between most locations, adding up to several miles over the course of the day.  Most locations visited on this day will be accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.

Toilets are available at various locations around the city.

This will be a group C event for up to 6 people.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

This station is wheelchair accessible.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by You

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


Deansgate-Castlefield tram station



M3 4LQ