This week at YPN

This week on Wednesday the 30th we’re out and about in York city centre taking photos as we go along. Let’s hope it’s warmer than the last time we did this back in March! We’ll meet at the Cross Keys on Goodramgate from 7pm and the head off about 7.30. The best car park is Monk Bar car park, St John’s Street, York, YO31 7QR. Continue reading “This week at YPN”

Speedlight Workshop 23 May 2018

Unfortunately Mark has injured his back and is now unable to make the Pixapro workshop on Wednesday. However, we will be running a speedlight workshop instead presented by professional photographer Mike Lester.

Mike will be demonstrating how to get the best from speedlights by using them off camera. There will be the opportunity for some practical activities too.

We will be rescheduling Mark’s event for later in the year, but in the meantime we wish him a speedy recovery.

Off-Camera Flash Workshop 23 May 2018

York Photography Network is delighted to present an Off-Camera Flash Workshop with Mark Ratcliffe and Sarah Swift.

Mark is a professional event photographer and runs lighting workshops for individuals and clubs ( He also represents Pixapro as a brand ambassador. Sarah is a professional model and is the owner of Swifty Productions (

In the first part of the workshop, Mark will talk a little about his background and event photography business before explaining about Pixapro lighting and trigger systems. He will then explain lighting setups and posing and interacting with a model.

In the second part he will discuss on-location portraiture, high speed sync and balancing ambient and flash exposure.

The evening will finish with a general discussion and question and answer session, and if time allows, the opportunity for the audience to come up and take some photos of their own.

The workshop will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 May in the Private Meeting Room at The Knavesmire pub on Albermarle Road, South Bank, York YO23 1ER.

Doors open at 7pm. The cost is £5 per person on the door, no advance booking is required.

A bit about Mark and his event photography business

Part 1
Studio flash demonstration with Pixapro lighting and triggers
Studio based lighting setups explained
Posing/interaction with a model
Posing to the light

Part 2
Discussion on location portraiture
Balancing ambient and flash
Shooting in high speed sync

General discussion and Q&A

If time allows – Photoshoot with Sarah with advice from Mark

About York Photography Network
The vision of York Photography Network is to create a community with an interest in any aspect of photography. We meet weekly with the emphasis being on practical activities in a collaborative and supportive environment, although the activities are really just an excuse to get together, make some new friends and above all get shooting! We welcome photographers, smartphone users, videographers, models and make-up artists, or anyone else who’s interested, or thinks they might be, with any level of experience from absolute beginner through to professional.