Why this trip?
Get to Lancaster on the M6, and instead of going straight on towards the Lake District and Scotland, turn right. Soon, you are in the Yorkshire Dales. The landscape is breathtaking. Every bit as beautiful as the Lakes or Highlands. But also different. The roads are quiet, and the opportunities to capture fabulous drone photographs and video are abundant.
Even more so if you have Paul Barker, noted photographer, videographer, drone pilot, and Yorkshire Dales local by your side. Paul is a professional cameraman for Sky News and video journalist for one of the world’s largest news wire services, before which he was a professional newspaper photographer for 20 years. He is also founder and principal teacher at the Yorkshire Dales Photography School, so this course is ideal for anyone also wishing to improve their terrestrial, as well as their aerial photography and video skills.
The books of country vet James Herriot introduced the charm of the Yorkshire Dales to millions of people around the world, and the subsequent films and TV shows made clear how beautiful the area is. Many people have seen this stunning landscape from the ground. PhantomFlightSchool’s four-day Drone Photography Masterclass is the best way to experience photographing and filming iconic Dales locations from the air.
Paul says: “Over the years a lot of people have asked me what makes a good photographer. After much thought I can say that it is the ability to think in pictures, to be able to see a scene and visualise it as a photograph in your head, and then have the technical skills to reproduce that in the camera.”
The principals are just the same with a drone except that you have a whole three-dimensional world in which to place the camera, and also to create exciting camera movements that take drone video to another level. These technical and artistic skills will be covered in depth during the Masterclass.
The program schedule is designed to be flexible. The initial briefing session will include a jumpstart to taking better images, but whenever the weather is good the plan is to be out flying. We will be based in Askrigg in Wensleydale, which is the village where the exteriors for the James Herriot television shows were shot and is in the heart of the area where Alf White (the real James Herriot) practiced. From here we have ready access to enough amazing flying sites to keep us busy for the entire time, but if the weather is inclement we have access to a classroom where we can have more detailed tutorial sessions, review images taken and look at professional video and image editing image software.
We will have our £6,000 Matrice 200 drone with us, which is entirely waterproof. Clients will be welcome to fly and film using this during this Masterclass. Clients are also encouraged to bring conventional cameras since there will be plenty of opportunity for traditional photography. Most of the same principles apply whether the camera is in the air, or on the ground. Being good with a normal camera is a huge benefit when it comes to using a drone.
- Daily landscape and drone-photography masterclasses with Paul Barker, Longtime AFP Press Photographer, Sky’s North West Videographer, noted photography lecturer, and Yorkshire Dales photography expert
- Maximum group size 6
- Expert flying support from your PhantomFlightSchool PfCO qualified pilot
- Single-person ensuite accommodation in or around Askrigg, N Yorkshire
- Famous Yorkshire cooked breakfasts each morning
- All transport during the trip in our comfortable minibus
- Fly our waterproof £6,000 Matrice 200 drone if it is raining
- Expert advice on post-production in Lightroom / Photoshop / iMovie, if the weather is poor
What’s not included:
- Meals & drinks not mentioned