Long exposure of the pier at Weston Super Mare
CREDIT: Andy Page

Long exposures on the North Somerset coast

Event info


This event will be subject to public health advice and, as such, is liable to potential postponement or cancellation. Please see our cancellation policy below for further details.

Long exposures have become increasingly popular in landscape photography over recent years since the introduction of extreme ND filters, such as the Big and Little Stopper, which allow for extended exposure times. With a little creativity, long exposures can change the way we look at moving objects and capture a real sense of time passing. The results can be highly effective, allowing the photographer to create some truly compelling images.

The stretch of coastline from Clevedon to Burnham-on-Sea, provides for the perfect location for long exposure photography. Clevedon's graceful Victorian pier, the magnificent long pier and vast stretch of beach at Weston-Super-Mare, and the striking Grade 11 Lower lighthouse at Burnham-on-Sea are our principle subject matter for this workshop, offering plenty of opportunities to make some wonderfully moody captures.

Our workshop has been timed, as best as possible, to take advantage of the tidal conditions of this area - the Bristol Channel being home to the second highest tidal reach in the world. We will photograph throughout the day stopping to for lunch before recommencing as the tide retreats, leaving behind wet sand and reflections of the pier, to capture sunset at Weston-Super-Mare.

You will learn how to perfect the technique of long exposures, making use of extreme neutral density filters to capture movement and effectively slow down the passage of time. Your tutor; Andy Page, will take you through the many considerations of composition, focusing and calculating exposure times, as well as combining the extreme ND filters with graduated filters to control exposure.

And for those of you who don't have any such filters of your own, don't worry - we will have some Lee Big and Little Stoppers on hand to lend you.

Event category C. Maximum group size: 6. Participants may be asked to provide information about their experience and equipment to the tutor prior to the event.

Lunch arrangements – please bring a packed lunch.

Clothing and equipment - please bring / wear:

suitable clothing
waterproof jacket/trousers
waterproof boots. Wellies may be useful at Burnham on Sea but not essential.


Your data

Please note: your personal data (name, email address and telephone number) that you supply when booking an event will be passed to the event / workshop leader in order to enable them to:

  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
  • contact you at short notice before or during an event in case of any emergency or last-minute changes (eg because of weather).

By booking this event you are deemed to consent to this transfer of your data.


Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information

Flat terrain, some steps/ramp to access Weston Super Mare beach and Clevedon beach. Sandy track to Burnham on Sea - Not suitable for wheelchair users.

Parking charges at Clevedon and Weston Super Mare will apply.

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 postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you.

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.


The Beach

Opposite Tiffin Tea House


BS21 7QU