CREDIT: Carmen Norman

Black and white landscapes

Event info

This is an on-location workshop for up to six participants.  Tickets will go on sale on 15 November.


Black and white images can be striking and engaging and they hold a timeless quality. There is no distraction of colour to help viewers focus on other aspects in a photograph, so composition, textures and shapes are more important to achieve a powerful black and white image.

The fundamentals of photography will get you so far but there are some additional techniques that you can use to help you achieve an outstanding black and white image. This workshop will teach you those techniques.

We will visit a Lake District location to capture some new images, concentrating on edges for shapes, clouds and water. Then we will work in the studio to process the images to master the practices needed to create a spectacular black and white image.  Teaching will cover:

  • Composition
  • Working with the light
  • Working with filters
  • Manual settings and camera customisations
  • Editing photographs with Adobe products:
    • Lights and Shadows/Dodging and Burning
    • Profiles and Colour management
    • Contrast/Curves/Levels
    • Luminosity, Layers and Masks
    • Noise and Adobe filters

There will be some walking along rocky and gravel paths with slight inclines which will not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Please bring / wear:

  • Packed lunch and refreshments
  • A DSLR, mirrorless or bridge camera
  • Tripod
  • Extra memory cards and spare batteries.
  • Suitable warm and waterproof clothing and footwear
  • Laptop with Lightroom Classic/Camera RAW and Photoshop


This will be a category C event..  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.


Social distancing:

If still applicable, 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 attend if you do not wish to comply.  

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 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.


Carmen Norman Gallery


North Row


CA12 4RJ