CREDIT: Colin Jarvis

Long exposures on the Fylde coast

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Event info

An on-location workshop for 6 participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 1 September 2021.

Join professional photographer Colin Jarvis on this high tide workshop along the Fylde Coast. A high tide enables you to take great long exposure shots of various coastal structures including sewage pipes (yes really), piers, jetties and sculptures. We will begin at Blackpool to catch the incoming tide as it starts to surround the wonderful supports of the sewage pipe near Central Pier. We will then photograph Central Pier as the tide comes in. A quick hop to Lytham St. Annes to shoot the wooden jetty when it is surrounded by water and then up to St. Annes-on-Sea to photograph the pier and old landing stage. If we have time we will then be able to travel up the Fylde Coast to photograph the Wyre Wrecks when they are isolated by the high tide, if the tide is too low at this point we will go to Cleveleys for our last location to photograph Mary’s Shell.

Full tuition will be given and the use of Colin's filters if you don’t yet own any. The use of filters for dramatic effect will be explored. This will cover neutral density filters to slow the shutter speed creating atmospheric water movement, graduated neutral density filters to balance the exposure between the land and sky, and extreme ‘big stopper’ filters to create wonderful movement in the clouds and water.

Technical aspects will be explored including achieving accurate exposure using the manual setting of the camera along with making creative decisions regarding aperture and depth of field. There really is no better way to develop your craft than by ‘getting out there and doing it’. Colin will provide you with a friendly, fun and informative workshop experience that should leave you with some memorable images to add to your portfolio.


This event is wheelchair accessible as shooting in most (but not all) locations is possible from the promenades and other paved surfaces instead of from the beaches.  A long focal-length lens will be required in some locations.

The beach locations can be muddy and slippery.  Toilets are available nearby at most of the locations.

In planning your day(s) out, you should expect to bring/wear:
- Packed lunch and refreshments
- A DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera
- Filters if you have them
- Tripod
- Extra memory cards and spare batteries.
- Suitable warm and waterproof clothing along with spare socks
- Wellies

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.


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Event Organiser

Mark Reeves


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.


St Annes Pier

The Promenade

St Annes on the Sea

Lytham St Annes