NEWCASTLE
PHOTOGRAPHY
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Upcoming Events

St Mary's Lighthouse Photography Meetup

St Mary's Lighthouse Photography Meetup

Saturday the 29th of January
St Mary's Lighthouse, Whitley Bay - 2pm - 2 hours
Head across Whitley Bay to learn and take some beautiful photos of the iconic St Mary's Lighthouse. What we are able to do very much depends on tide times. If the tide is in we'll take photo of the island from a variety of different locations, exploring focal length and interesting composition. If the tide is out, we will head down onto the beach, taking photos from a variety of different angles and head onto the island itself, taking photos of the lighthouse at interesting perspectives.
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£18pp     10 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Introduction to Light Painting, Portraiture

Introduction to Light Painting, Portraiture

Sunday the 13th of February
Castle Keep, Newcastle - 4.30pm - 2 hours
Come and spend an evening with us learning some simple light painting techniques that anyone can do with with portraiture, with very simple tools that anyone can get hold of. We will be creating ghost portraits with speed lights, painting onto skin with led lights, and drawing with fairy lights and torches. We will hopefully have a couple of models volunteer to come along, however please come prepared to also have your photo taken by others.
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£18pp     10 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Bird Photography

Bird Photography

Sunday the 27th of February
Leazes Park, Newcastle - 2.00pm - 2
Join us for an afternoon in Leazes Park, Newcastle to learn how to take photos of the birds there. We will be start by the lake taking photos of the water birds both in the water and in flight. We will then head into the trees to try and capture photos of the local song birds. I will be coming armed with with some birdseed and peanut butter to stick seed to low tree branches.
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£18pp     11 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Street Photography Challenge

Street Photography Challenge

Sunday the 13th of March
Newcastle City Centre - 2.00pm - 2 hours
When you go out doing street photography, it can be very easy to find yourself taking photos of the same things all the time, not pushing your boundaries and creating work that is very samey. On this Street Photography Challenge, dip your hand into the bag and choose a word that will inspire the photos you take during that section of the session. Our first location will be around Haymarket Metro with up to two other locations in the town centre which we will vote on. Number of challenges we do will depend on how much time we have, but we will aim for three challenges each.
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£18pp     12 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Spring Photography Walk

Spring Photography Walk

Sunday the 27th of March
Saltwell Park, Gateshead - 2.00pm - 2 hours
Come join us on a walk around Saltwell Park. We will be having a very relaxed attitude to the session, seeing what spring has to offer us. We'll spend time taking photos of many of the springtime flowers the park has to offer and other spring time wildlife. Feel free to bring some nuts and seeds on the off chance that we might meet some of the park's squirrels and birds.
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£18pp     12 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
ABOUT NEWCASTLE
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.
Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations across the region.
New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month.
And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

Join the Newcastle Photography Facebook Group here to share your photos after the session.



Our classes and photography sessions are limited to a max of 5 students - due to current COVID restrictions
We ask that everyone attending a meetup follows social distancing guidelines:

Stay home if you're sick.
Keep 2 metres away from others.
Don't make unnecessary physical contact with others. Avoid physical greetings, such as handshakes, hugs and kisses.
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol-based sanitiser.
Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Use a flexed elbow or a tissue; if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.
REVIEWS
Enjoyed this event. Learnt some new skills. Nice group of people. Good locations and good tips on maximising the photos at the locations.
4/5
Carla Mather
January 17th 2022
Loved it was fun and I learned so much in 2hrs. Jenny was a very attentive and encouraging .
5/5
Mrs S Goodall
January 17th 2022
Loved it was fun and I learned so much in 2hrs. Jenny was a very attentive and encouraging .
5/5
Mrs S Goodall
January 17th 2022
I learned settings for nights photography and how to use my camera for night shots
5/5
Brian Thompson
January 17th 2022
Very friendly, lovely to meet new people and learn a few new skills. Would recommend to others and would book again
4/5
Devin bower
January 3rd 2022
Fantastic first event for a newbie like myself. Everything was very relaxed and at a nice pace to be able to learn about different features of my camera.
4/5
Fiona Gibson
January 2nd 2022
loved it , the weather was cold and damp but found that we still managed to take great photos and learned so much in the 2 hr session.
5/5
Susan Goodall
December 19th 2021
It was great, I got 2 excellent shots i am really happy with and learned some stuff I didn't know, what's not to like.
4/5
Lee
November 8th 2021
well thought out, great choice of locations, very helpful and friendly tutor
4/5
Rob Hatcliffe
November 8th 2021
Really knowledgeable instructor, with an honest love for photography . Jenny was a delight getting everyone to try different things and sharing amazing tips.
5/5
Soraia
November 8th 2021
5/5
Caroline Taylor
November 7th 2021
The event at Jesmond was extremely enjoyable, the instructor Daniel was a genuinely lovely guy, he was very friendly, professional and helpful. He was very knowledgeable and was able to assist the group with their photography skills. He put the group at ease and we all enjoyed each others company, and had fun. I will definitely join the next workshop that Daniel runs. We were very lucky to dodge the rain and I came away with a photo I was very happy with, thanks to the tips I was given by Daniel.
5/5
Jules Brookes
August 10th 2021
INSTRUCTORS
Damien Wootten
Damien Wootten is a photographer based in North East England. He has worked as a photographic educator, and as a commercial and fine art photographer for over 30 years. He has exhibited work both in the region and nationally and has published several books. He has taught photography at all levels - from beginners through to advanced level and he currently teaches photography at Newcastle university. He is a great communicator and has a real passion for photography and sharing his expertise in all genres of photography - the landscape, nature, still life, the built environment and people.
Jenny Vest
Jenny first showed an interest in photography at 16 when her family got their first digital camera and at 21 she invested in her first DSLR camera. She started by documenting family events and as friends started having children, she started documenting their families, gaining experience as a family photographer. Knowing she had knowledge gaps she took on her first photography course at the age of 24. Over the years she has experimented with various styles and genres doing everything from event photography to more experimental photography including Light Painting and Levitation. She has taken photos at many prestigious venues and companies over the years including Sage Gateshead and BBC Newcastle.