Whitby/Saltwick Bay


7th February 2019


(Landscape) Group member: £17

RPS Member: £47

Non RPS member: £58

Max Group Size


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Book via the RPS website here. 

What's included?

Approx 7-8 hours of tuition by Mark

What's excluded?

Transport to/from location
Travel insurance

Exertion level

Moderate with a couple of steep inclines at Whitby and Saltwick 



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Whitby workshop for the Royal Photographic Society

Whitby & Saltwick Bay
(Royal Photographic Society Members)

7th February 2019 - FULLY BOOKED

Mark is a proud member of the Royal Photographic Society and runs practical photography workshops for them around the UK. These workshops are a great way of accelerating your photographic skills along with meeting up with like-minded RPS members with a passion for landscape photography. If you are a member of the RPS these workshops offer great value for money!


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.

Saltwick Bay

Saltwick Bay is a small, quiet beach made famous for its towering Nabs, Erratic boulders and an old shipwreck.

On this workshop, you will be encouraged to think a little deeper than the obvious and also consider both colour and black and white image options to suit your way of thinking, the location and the mood that the weather presents on the day. Mark will be on hand all day to help you with your ideas and technique in order to make successful images.

Whitby & Saltwick
Whitby & Saltwick
Whitby & Saltwick
Whitby & Saltwick
Whitby & Saltwick


After a small introductory talk by Mark, we will head on down to the beach at Saltwick towards Black Nab, where there is the remains of an old shipwreck as well as a plethora of rock-pools and flat slate ideal for including in big vistas as well as close-up abstract work. Mark will be on hand to discuss everything from composition to the use of graduated filters. After lunch, we will head for Whitby Abbey car-park before walking down into Whitby and towards the harbour and west pier to practice discussed methods and techniques.


Full joining instructions will be sent prior to this workshop but participants should meet on the grassy headland next to the entrance to Whitby Holiday Park (Google maps at 9.30 am. for Sat-Nav, please use postcode YO22 4JX.

In order to maximise photo opportunities due to shorter daylight hours, participants are asked to bring a packed lunch and drinks with them.

Warm clothing, comfortable footwear, umbrella and any medication necessary (wellington boots would be advisable for the beach). The workshop will aim to finish just after sunset (if there is one) or around 5pm - weather dependent. 

Please note that access to Saltwick Bay and Whitby in both cases is via steep paths of around 300 yards in length, which may not suit those with breathing difficulties or poor health. If you're unsure please contact Mark prior to making a booking.


To book onto this workshop please check out the RPS website