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Whitby; Day and Night

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An on-location workshop for up to 6 participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 October.

Whitby is a gem of a seaside town nestled around a small harbour at the mouth of the River Esk on the North Yorkshire coast. With its sweeping piers, Victorian architecture, Benedictine abbey and cobbled side-streets, Whitby has attracted artists and photographers from around the world for over a hundred years! Due to its amazing Goth weekends held twice a year and one of the locations of the famous book, Dracula, Whitby has built a lovable reputation with a more sinister, dark side.

During the day, we will explore Whitby and discuss composition and technical skills as well as explore the area for potential night scenes. We will also take photographs along Whitby's West and East pier - particularly leading up to sunset. After dark, we will visit a number of my favourite streets and alleyways where I will demonstrate low-light photography to create a more intimate image with a more foreboding feel!

We will find a nearby cafe for lunch (not included in the price of the workshop) but if you prefer to bring your own packed lunch please feel free.

There are public toilets at various locations in Whitby, generally with a 40p charge.

This workshop is wheelchair accessible but please notify Mark Banks in advance to organise a suitable rendezvous point in the harbour.  From the Whale Bone Arch main meeting point, access to the harbour is via a gently sloping path via a few flights of steps. Once in the harbour, the streets are generally level but there are cobbled areas to be aware of in certain sectors of the town.

There is free parking in most areas of Whitby at this time of year but please check local signs.

Please bring / wear:

  • Packed lunch
  • Camera, charged batteries, memory card
  • 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
  • Headtorch (essential after dark)
  • Small change for toilets


Social distancing:

The workshop leader will be following safe practices in line with social distancing guidance and will require participants to do the same.  Please do not book if you do not wish to comply.  


This will be a category C event for up to 6 people.  Category C means events that focus on a particular skill or technique (such as long exposures, composition or night photography) and/or on getting the best from a particular location. The event leader will have good location knowledge to ensure that the best is made of the prevailing conditions and will be a skilled landscape photographer able to offer tuition at all levels. These events are usually led by professionals but sometimes by volunteer members of the landscape group.  


Ticket prices for this event include a £2 carbon offsetting charge.  For more information click here.


Your data

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  • contact you in advance of the event to remind you or notify you of joining instructions (or changes thereto) etc.
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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


Venue Information
  • This workshop would be suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility but please notify Mark Reeves in advance to organise a suitable rendezvous point in the harbour
  • From the Whale Bone Arch meeting point, access to the harbour is via a gently sloping path via a few flights of stairs. Once in the harbour, the streets are generally level but there are cobbled areas to be aware of in certain sectors of the town.
  • There is a number of public toilets in Whitby and they can be expensive (up to 40p), so please bring some change with you.
  • Parking should be free at this time of year but please check nearby signposts for up to date information.
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.


Whalebone arch

East Terrace


YO21 3HA