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Urban Nights, York

Urban Nights, York

From GBP 80.00



Oct 03 2024 19:00 - Oct 04 2024 01:00
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This event will be led by Mark Banks with a maximum of 6 participants.

This workshop concentrates on photographing after dark when compositions are harder to find. Based in the centre of York, we will work from dusk through to the early hours of the morning to explore this fascinating location when there are less people about. We shall explore the many streets, ginnels, courtyards and snickleways that York is so famous for including the Shambles - one of the best-preserved medieval streets in Europe.

I will discuss the best ways to achieve pleasing urban compositions at night using my tried and tested techniques. Personally, I prefer to create moody black and white images with lots of atmosphere! Most images taken will require using Lightroom Classic (or similar) to get the best out of them. Although we won’t be covering post-processing, I will explain the method I use to create an atmospheric look.

Full joining instructions will be sent near the time.

Please note: This workshop will not be cancelled due to wet weather. In fact, wet cobbles can look great!

Meeting Point: 
Nunnery Lane Car Park (Postcode YO23 1AA). Google maps

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Accessibility: As this is a city centre mainly on flat ground, getting around is relatively easy. Walking distances are typically between 10 and 20 minutes between locations.

Wheelchair users are very welcome on this workshop. My wife (and business partner) will be on hand to help where/if required. All locations we visit are wheelchair accessible.

Extra costs: Parking for the duration costs around £4.                                             If you prefer not to travel after the workshop, there are numerous hotels such as Premier Inn close by which you should book in advance.

Toilets: There are toilets at the car park. Please bring £1 coins to use.

Food: If you feel it necessary, please bring food & drink to last the evening.

Equipment: A head torch is vital for this workshop. Ideally, one that can glow red as this is less intrusive for other participants. An umbrella if it’s raining

Clothing: It can be chilly at night at this time of year, so be sure to wear plenty of layers and waterproof outer layers. Walking shoes/boots would also be useful (but not compulsory). Hats & gloves would also be useful.

Terms for RPS Landscape Group Events:

Carbon offsets

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Cancellation by You:

If you wish to cancel your booking PLEASE let the event leader / organiser know with as much notice as possible. If nothing else, this can avoid them delaying the start of the event while they wait for you.

If you have paid for an event, please note that this fee/ticket price is non-refundable unless we are able to sell your place to somebody else. You are welcome to sell your place yourself but, again, PLEASE notify the event leader / organiser in advance of any change.

Cancellation by us:

Event leaders are asked to make plans for alternative activities or locations in the case of poor weather and, in most cases, events will proceed despite poor weather unless, in the view of the event leader, the weather will lead to unacceptable safety risks or very little chance of successful photography. It is inevitable, however, that occasionally an event will be cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control.

Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to lack of bookings. So if you wish to attend an event, don’t leave it till the last minute to book as it may be too late.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of lack of interest we will aim to give at least three weeks’ notice wherever possible.

Please note we are NOT able to refund any associated or consequential costs including but not limited to travel, accommodation, insurance premium or other costs incurred by you in order to attend the event.


You are responsible for your own health and safety and must appraise your own strength, fitness and mobility. The event leader is NOT responsible for your safety, welfare or attendant medical conditions. Strictly the event leader is there to introduce you to a location and/or to teach you particular skills.

Liability for any accident, injury, medical condition, loss or damage to property, inappropriate behavior, dress, equipment and third party liability is accepted by you when signing up for the event. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Royal Photographic Society from all claims of whatsoever nature.


You are advised to consider having insurance to cover: event cancellation by you or by us, accident, medical, personal equipment and public liability.

In particular you should also consider, in the case of high cost events, the likelihood and consequences of you having to cancel or not attend at the last minute because of accident, medical or other unforeseeable circumstances.

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If you do not want your details to be shared with the event leader please cancel your booking immediately. You will not be eligible for a refund as this information was provided on the web page where you made your booking.

Thank you

RPS Landscape Group Committee


Events organised by the Landscape Group of the Royal Photographic Society.


York, Nunnery Lane Car Park, YO23 1AA York


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