Michael Cartwright Photography

North York Moors - Photographing Heather Moorland

Spend a day capturing the captivating sights of the North York Moors in late summer, under a blanket of beautiful heather. The BEST time to shoot landscape images in this part of the world. 

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18th Aug, 2024


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As late summer brings floral blooms to North Yorkshire, we will concentrate on photographing one of the most striking plants in the region, the miles of wonderful Heather that explode throughout this landscape. The moors will be doused in a mesmerizing shade of purple and I will guide you to some of the best viewpoints and locations for photography. We'll be looking for Bell Heather, Cross Leaved Heath and Ling, the three varieties of Heather that can be found here. I'll be on hand to share knowledge on composition, camera settings and inspiration for creating your own signature style images. 

No matter what skill level you are at, from the beginner just starting out to the seasoned enthusiast looking to capture stunning Heather shots, this workshop is designed to help you elevate your portfolio and learn how to capture the beauty of nature through your lens. 

The workshop will begin early in the day and will run through to sunset with plenty of breaks for refreshments along the way. We'll be exploring the moors and adpating our plans to account for the light and conditions. There are countless opportunities at this time of year and we'll spend an entire day making the most of them. 


Travel - Provided in our comfortable mini bus 

Pick Up Time/Location - Approx 8am from Yarm (home pick up is possible) - shooting until sunset with plenty of breaks.  

Max Number Of Attendees - 6 (Group of 7 including Michael) 


Full kit recommended. Lenses to cover ranges 18mm to 200mm. Macro lens for close up work. Filters and tripods required to make the most out of potential opportunities. A polarising filter will be helpful.

Our main focus will be on landscape images and macro flowers. 

Walking boots and outdoor clothing. 


We will largely stay on good paths. You don't need to be super fit to enjoy this trip but a good level of walking fitness would be advantageous. 


I have just returned from a trip to the Arctic Circle arranged by Michael. The best I can say is that this was a trip of a life time! The tour was friendly with lots of laughs. Michael, Scott & Joe passed on their knowledge freely. Nobody was left out, there was something for everyone to do and along with the photo opportunities we had great fun on snowmobiles at midnight on a frozen river going from Finland to Sweden, a dog sled ride through a frozen forest , reindeer sled ride and so much more.
Would I recommend Michael Cartwright Photography?? Hell yes!! A trip I will never forget & many new friends made.

Mike Cook

Over the last 18 months I have been on a number of courses, workshops and photography holidays with Michael Cartwright and his team Scott Bonner and Joe Fletcher. Over that time my photography skills have really improved with their generous and friendly help and support. I have learned so much and met some great people along the way. The latest holiday in Arctic Finland / Sweden has been the icing on the cake. Well organised from start to finish with a range of activities and challenges. It was the most wonderful experience and I have some photographs that I really like. Huge thank you to the team and I can wholly recommend Michael Cartwright Photography!

Gill Davidson

Michael has a unique ability to take complicated subject matter and deliver it in a simple, passionate and infectious manner. He has taken me on a journey with his workshops from ‘extreme novice’ that was absolutely clueless to a confident enthusiast. I will be eternally grateful for all of Michael’s efforts in going the extra mile throughout my learning journey. He is a credit to his profession and he sets the standards for the rest of his industry to follow. Oh, and he is a thoroughly likeable chap too!

Stephen Smith

Great weekend away and I’m really pleased with my photographs! Thanks for a fantastic workshop, everything was first class, including the hotel, the food and the weather! I really enjoyed learning about different ways to compose my photos for a more professional feel. The workshop was well planned and was extremely informative and interesting. The fact that Michael kept a close eye on everybody's progress was an extra bonus. Thanks Michael

Uma Mannan

Both myself and my husband have been friends of Michael's for many years now during which time we have been on numerous photography trips with him! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single trip from the Lake District, Paris, Budapest but my absolute favourite was the trip to Finland, we may not have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights but what a fantastic adventure it turned out to be!! Each trip has been made extra special with the fabulous group of people that we have had the pleasure of making friends with, aside from that there is of course the excellent opportunity to take some amazing photographs of simply stunning scenery and architecture. The trips are always well organised and thoroughly thought through from beginning to end, as well as coming away with some truly amazing photos you will for sure meet some lovely people and make fantastic memories......

Jayne Stephenson

I  attended my first camera course as a complete beginner, I didn’t even know how to turn the camera on! The initial course was perfect for me, very well explained throughout and left me wanting to know more. Michael and the team are brilliant teachers, they are all very patient and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Since learning how to use my camera I have progressed on to landscape workshops and now class myself as being very confident with my kit. I’ve joined Michael on many occassions and would definitely recommend these workshops! 

John Conlin