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Speed & Motion Photography Workshop

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A one-day workshop to put you in control of your camera, in the picturesque setting of Lindale. Learn from professional photographer, Daniel Parker, how to capture those beautiful, eye-catching images of movement. You will be shown how to utilise shutter speed to produce motion blur in a creative, artistic way.

About the workshop

Spend the morning at Greywalls Studio, Lindale, exploring the controls of your camera with the emphasis very much on shutter speeds and effects. 

After lunch we will head outdoors to High Dam, near Newby Bridge, a beautiful location set in woodlands with a beck flowing down from the dam, where we will take photos to put into practice the theory from the morning.  To finish off the day we will return to the studio to look at the results.

 About the Tutor

Daniel is a professional photographer and experienced photography tutor who will guide and support you throughout the day.

 What to bring

Camera ! Digital SLR and tripod.  If you haven’t got a tripod let us know as there may be some spare

Dress for the weather for the afternoon session outdoors There are paths at High Dam and some are quite near the car park but it is uneven and a bit muddy at times. Warm clothing, hats etc. We will go out in the rain so waterproofs and an umbrella would be useful too.

Lunch  - please bring your lunch. The are no sandwich shops or cafes in Lindale ! Tea and coffee is provided in the studio

 Greywalls Studio

Greywalls is the studio home of artist Karen Lester where occasional art workshops are held. The studio is located in the centre of Lindale by the mini roundabout in between the Audi garage and the Lindale Inn. Post Code LA11 6LJ. Parking is on the roadside either up the hill to the side of the studio or elsewhere in the village. See for more information.  Phone 07811600719


£70 for the day, 10.30am to 4.30pm, includes tea, coffee and biscuits at the Studio and all car parking charges at High Dam


Allyce -The Thirty Minute Portrait Shoot

In our Creative Photography Workshop this week, I demonstrated a thirty-minute portrait shoot. Our model is the delightful Allyce, who is fifteen years old, and I had never previously met. The location was our usual meeting room at Tottington Library, with no photographic backdrops or props, only a red chair. 

Despite being watched by twenty onlookers and mum, Allyce soon settled in, and we achieved some lovely images.


Little Evy

Photographing children is always a real joy, especially when they're having fun. We decided long ago that posing children in the studio is totally not the way to go. But when they're showing you their toys, or playing in the park, they burst into life.

With little Evy, we started at her home where she made us some delicious imaginary tea with her little tea set. Next we ventured out for a walk along the canal tow-path where mum and dad were on tenterhooks watching her, not because of the canal, but because Eve loves dogs and fearlessly bounded over to every hound that came along – big or small.

We went home exhausted but with some lovely shots in the bag, having had a real fun day. 

10 August

Manchester Location Shoot


I've said so many times how much I love Manchester and that it has some fantastic locations for photography. Today we met up with MH and Aisha for their 1st anniversary portrait shoot and it couldn't have gone better. They're still very loved-up and both looked fabulous. Aisha wore a traditional hijab which accentuated her face and beautiful eyes. Though the top half of her costume was black, the lower half was a rainbow of colour. MH wore a more western outfit and looked really smart. We walked them both around the cobbled streets of Castlefield, stopping at various points to take photographs. We had an extremely enjoyable morning which resulted in some great images.

'The Room' a short film by the Wednesday Photography Workshop

I hold a photography workshop every Wednesday evening at Bury Adult Learning Centre. The learners are a great, good-humoured bunch and so I decided to exploit this nuttiness and put together this short stop-start animated film. The crew brought in their own props and all had some input into the order of events. 

The stills were shot on a Canon 5DII which does have very good HD video facility, but I wanted that staccato jumpiness that stop-start films have. The average movie has around twenty-four frames per second, whereas our little film has a new frame every 0.75 of a second. There is one hundred and ten individual frames, not including titles. The music was downloaded from, and the whole film was put together using Pictures to EXE.

Here's a little glimpse into the crazy world of the Wednesday Night Photo Workshop. It may not be original, but it was great fun to do and it makes us smile. Enjoy!