Michael Cartwright Photography

Seascapes 4 Week Workshop

4 WEEKS DURING APRIL/MAY 2018 - 6.30pm to sunset every Tuesday - Commences April 30th 2019

Create a portfolio of images with a 4 week SEASCAPES Workshop this Spring on the North East Coast.

Taking in locations on the North Yorkshire Coastline, we'll be spending time working on a Seascapes photography project based around this area. Each week, a different location will provide us with photographic interest and an opportunity to shoot new compositions and to hone our skills. The entire four weeks will be spent shooting on location. 

Our journey will take in the following locations....  Paddy's Hole at the South Gare, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Saltburn with the aim of documenting this excellent stretch of coastline during the Spring/Summer period. This is a great time of the year to be shooting this area, as the sun position gives the opportunity to shoot sunset light on the East coast. Over the course of 4 weeks, the ultimate aim is produce a body of work that encapsulates Seascapes of the North Yorkshire Coast.

We had a wonderful time last year and I'm hoping for more of the same in 2019. This workshop is really popular so early booking is advised. 

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30th Apr - 21st May, 2019

£145.00 / £145.00 Deposit

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The weeks running schedule will be as follows..

Week 1 (April 30th)- Location Shoot - Staithes

Week 2 (May 7th) - Location Shoot - Paddy's Hole (South Gare)

Week 3 (May 14th) - Location Shoot - Runswick Bay

Week 4 (May 21st) - Location Shoot - Saltburn

Meeting points will be given upon booking and car sharing is possible. I have space for 4 in my car if required. Pickup and drop off in Yarm High Street, these are available on a first come first served basis. You are very welcome to drive your own vehicle and meet on location.


I will be available to help, guide and assist throughout the sessions, offering advice on composition, technique, filtering, camera settings and equipment. My local knowledge will lead us to great viewpoints for photographs. 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 working in coastal locations and as such the terrain may be rocky in certain areas. 


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


My advice would be to attach your most useful lens to your camera body before we arrive on the beach. This will likely be a wide angle lens, somewhere between 10-24mm (APS-C sensor cameras) and 16-35mm (full frame). Further lenses can be added to your kit bag and can be changed in a sand free environment (i.e the car). 

Tripod - A sturdy tripod is highly advised. A tripod will be essential at sunset and for creating movemnet in slow shutter speed images. Ensure that the tripod has sufficient strength to carry your camera with its heaviest lens plus filters attached. Be aware that the wind on the coast can be much stronger than inland wind speeds. With this in mind, a solid tripod and a cautious approach is required. 

Filters – ND Filters, ND Grads & Polarising Filter - Please be advised, filters will generally be required for sunrise/sunset shots plus any creative long exposures.


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

I thoroughly enjoyed my first photography holiday to Budapest.  It was a beautiful city with plenty of opportunities to take fabulous photos.  Having Michael and Scott on hand to help you create that perfect photo and to give you advice was so valuable. It was a great group of people and a fantastic experience. Thank you!

Kathryn Barnes

I had a great time in London with plenty of opportunities to photograph architecture and try my hand at street photography. The London skyline after dark is something special.  Michael is knowledgeable and enthusiastic and readily on hand to give assistance and feedback throughout the trip.  

Debbie Stogden