Michael Cartwright Photography

Northumberland - November 2021 (2 nights)


Join me for 3 days of seascape and landscape photography on the rugged Northumbrian coastline this November. We'll be heading back for another trip to Bamburgh, looking at the classic locations and new viewpoints. There's always so much to shoot in Northumberland!  

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07th - 09th Nov, 2021

£285.00 / £50.00 Deposit

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This November i'll be heading back up to Northumberland and would love for you to join me for 3 days of intensive photography. It's a stunningly beautiful part of the British Isles, certainly a wonderful place for photography, with dramatic castles dotted along the seemingly unending coastline. We'll spend time shooting the classic viewpoints alongside working the lesser known locations that can provide excellent images. It's a great opportunity to practise your outdoor photography skills, working with tripods, long exposures, filters and with the natural elements playing a huge part in your resulting imagery. Staying in the area for 2 consecutive nights and rising early gives us a great chance to catch the best of what Northumberland has to offer under the best possible light!  


Reserve your space with a £50 deposit today. Total cost is £285 to include two nights accommodation with breakfast. Balance of £235 is due October 2021. 


Our accommodation is at the Sunningdale Hotel, Bamburgh. This is our third visit to this particular hotel and we can expect a warm service, beautifully appointed rooms and excellent food. The hotel also know that we will be up early to shoot sunrise and can prepare an early continental breakfast. Rooms are single occupancy unless travelling as a couple. 

Breakfast is included in the price. Evening meals and drinks are not included.

The hotel serves excellent food in the evening and have agreed to offer us a reduced rate 2 course menu, just for our group.


The itinerary will take in areas such as Bamburgh, Craster/Dunstanburgh, Holy Island and coastal locations with plenty of photographic interest. There are a huge range of options available to us in Northumberland and our base in Bamburgh provides perfect access to the coastline. A full itinerary will be planned closer to the time which will be subject to change as required. A flexible approach is always best when shooting on location as we are always at the mercy of weather, lighting and local conditions.


As ever, I will be on hand to offer tips and guidance as required. My sessions are friendly and relaxed while shooting in a group provides safety, support and enjoyable company!

Scott and Joe will also be on hand to offer further assistance. We try to encourage you to think for yourself and to create your own brand of images. With that said, sometimes a little nudge in the right direction can offer a much needed confidence boost! 

If you have any questions on technique or ability level please contact me via email. 


Suitable for intermediate to experienced photographers with a basic knowledge of semi-auto and manual settings.

A good level of walking fitness is advised to ensure your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. While the exertion level will not be strenuous, we will be up early and out late, covering a large area with plenty of breaks in-between.


Many images will be taken at the wider end of the focal range, with this in mind a wide angle lens will prove particularly useful. A focal length between 16mm and 24mm can be considered wide angle. There may also be an opportunity to shoot wildlife (on our last trip there were seals on the rocks at Holy Island and there are countless birds in the region) so a longer focal length of 200mm and upwards could be useful. On trips such as this, I personally like to travel light and try to cover a range from 16mm to 200mm. My most used lens on our last outing to Northumberland was a 16-35mm. 

Tripod - A sturdy tripod is absolutely essential, particularly after sunset and before sunrise. We will also be shooting long exposure images that require a tripod. Ensure that the tripod has sufficient strength to carry your camera with its heaviest lens plus filters attached.

Filters – ND Filters, ND Grads & Polarising Filter - I recognise that filtering is the biggest area that people need assistance with when planning a trip of this nature. Please feel free to contact me to discuss filters in greater detail. We can then work with you on location to help you make the most out of your system. At a very minimum, you will require ND Grads to hold back sunset/sunrise light and a polarising filter. I recommend long exposure filters for shooting during the middle of the day. 

Clothing - Suitable outdoor clothing and boots are essential. You will be outdoors for large parts of the day. Good quality fleece, base layer, jacket, trousers, gloves, socks and hat from a reputable outdoor clothing manufacturer are advised. Look for breathable, wind/rain resistant gear and use a layering system for maximum comfort.  

Car sharing from Teesside will likely be possible. Arrangements to be made closer to the time. 


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