Michael Cartwright Photography

Whitby - Last Light Workshop

Monday 29th April 2019 - 6.30pm to 9.30pm approx

The historic coastal town of Whitby, with it's gothic connections, offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities, especially under the illumination of a setting Sun. During this workshop you will be challenged to shoot in manual mode as the light fades and darkness sets in. We will be primarily focusing on the world famous Abbey and the viewpoint from the 199 steps as well as exploring the town after dark through the narrow, winding streets.

At this time of year, the alignment of the sun is great for photographs from the 199 steps. Filters will prove useful for these shots, helping to balance the bright areas and the shadows contained within your frame. After dark, we will be working with much slower shutter speeds to retain image quality in the limited available light. 

With a meeting time of 6.30pm at Endeavour Wharf car park, we will spend time at at sea level, shooting around the Harbour before heading up to the Abbey for the sunset. Our route back down to the town will give us an opportunity to shoot the classic viewpoint from the top of the 199 steps as dusk sets in.

The 6.30pm meeting point is...

Endeavour Wharf
Langbourne Road
North Yorkshire
YO21 1YN

Sunset time 8.35pm

The drive from Teesside takes just over an hour so please be advised to set off early. There are car sharing spaces available if require with a pick up and drop off point in Yarm High Street (first come first served basis).

A good level of walking fitness is required to fully enjoy our outings.

Suitable for all levels, from beginner to experienced and suitable for all camera types.

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29th - 29th Apr, 2019

£45.00 / £45.00 Deposit

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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!


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

A good level of walking fitness is required (there are 199 steps to climb)! 


Camera and Wide Angle Lens or mid range zoom lens (Range – 10mm to 70mm)

Zoom lens for shooting detail (Range – 70mm to 200mm)

Tripod is absolutely essential

Filters – ND Filters, ND Grads & Polarising Filter

Shutter release cable for 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