Events in November 2019

Our events for November 2019.

But first, a note to beginners or if you are wondering if this group is suitable for you. We have a broad mix of experience from complete beginners to published photographers. Most of our meetings are based around practical activities, you can shoot at whatever level you’re at with whatever equipment you have. So if you have a phone, a point-and-shoot, a bridge camera or a DSLR/mirrorless camera, there will always be something you will be able to do, and there are always helpful people around if you have any questions.

We have a specific session for beginners coming up on the 20th, and then the following week we’ll try something new and have a beginner-friendly side-session while the main session is going on. But no need to wait until then, just come along to any of the meetings!

Coming up:

  • Wednesday 6 November: Food Photography Part I. This will be mainly watching and discussing videos followed by a quick go ourselves.
  • Wednesday 13: Food photography Part II. This will be a quick refresh followed by a longer go ourselves. We’re not experts, we’re just having fun exploring something different. And eating anything left over, of course!
  • Wednesday 20: Beginners session, looking at some photography basics. We have a conversation going on in the Facebook group around what everyone would like to cover.
  • Wednesday 27: Open Studio Session and Beginner’s Follow-on Group. Nothing particular planned, so come along with some ideas or something to photograph. We will also be holding the first side-session for any beginners that would like a smaller group.
  • Saturday 30 Nov – Monday 2 Dec: Photo North Festival, Harrogate. This is the second year that this has been running and a number of us will be going. Full details at

But really, our activities are an excuse for us as a group of friendly people to get together once a week and take some photos, so if you’ve not been yet then why not come along sometime. No need to book or make contact beforehand, just join us on the night.

Doors open from 7pm and we normally get going about 7.30. There is no entry fee as such, just a suggested pay-as-you-feel donation of £3. Teas/coffees and biscuits are included!

York Photo Studio
112-A Acomb Road (in the basement under the Yoga Studio)
York YO24 4EY

Events in March 2019

Here’s an update of what is happening this month.  The full programme is here.

This Wednesday (the 6th) we have a studio session where we are going to have a go at light painting inside and outside the studio. On the 13th March we are doing a table top session with driftwood playing around with textures. We are heading out to York University’s West Campus on the 20th March for an outdoor shoot of some of the recently Grade II listed buildings and finally on the 27th March we have a presentation from Steve W on video. 

As usual, the doors open 7pm and we’ll get started at 7.30pm.

The Photography Show is on at the NEC Birmingham between 16th – 19th March with loads of kit, demos and talks planned. A few of us will be going along, let us know if you are interested and we will see you there!

Programme for August

The programme over August is complete, although we may swap some of these around depending on availability. There will be something on every week, though. The programme for the rest of the year is also taking shape, watch this space!

01/08/2018 Open studio session. We’ll just go with the flow.
08/08/2018 I’ll rerun the Basics of Exposure talk.
15/08/2018 Another open studio session
22/08/2018 Outdoor – Uni probably
29/08/2018 Outdoor – York centre probably

All these events are also on Meetup, but there’s no need to join it, just come on along (although it does help us if you do sign up, it’s free)

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.

Getting Started With Video

This week was a slight change in format in that we had a presentation only. The topic was Getting Started With Video and we were given a very entertaining and informative talk by one of our regulars on how to video and record short interviews and how to edit them together afterwards. We had tips on how to pick a good person to interview, recording sound, synchronising sound and video with off camera microphones and some common pitfalls. Continue reading “Getting Started With Video”