Gibside – Astro & Night Photography Workshop


Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gibside is a fabulous location for photography during the day, but it’s extra special at night, when it’s normally off-limits to the public.

The October workshop has been very popular, and sold out last week.  So, I’ve scheduled one more, for the 2019/20 season.

So, on Thursday, March 19th, we’ll have access to the Estate on a dark, Moonless night.  The Milky Way is still very prominent in November, and the winter constellations will be starting to make an appearance.

During the workshop, we’ll visit a number of buildings, including the Chapel, the Orangery, and Gibside Hall.  The latter is a derelict house, dating back to the 17th century.  It’s registered as a ‘Scheduled Monument’, and is normally partly concealed by a security fence.  We’ve been given special permission to shoot from inside the fence.

On the night of the workshop, the Sun will set at 18.20, and the Moon will have set in the afternoon.  That means is should get very dark, especially over the buildings.  The Rowlands Gill side of the Estate has very high quality dark skies.  We’ll start in Bloue Hour (twilight), heading into full darkness.


Many people come to workshops like this for the exclusive access, and need little to no tuition.  Others are new to night photography and will get all the help they need.  Regardless of your current skill level, you’ll get full tutorial support and will go home with some good photographs.

I’ve been trying to get Gibside as a night workshop venue for a couple of years now, so I’m pleased it’s finally happening.  If you’ve visited the site before, I’m sure you can imagine the possibilities.  If you’ve never been, it’s a beautiful location, with dark skies and some very unique buildings.

For this event, you’ll need a camera, a tripod and a torch.  It would be useful to have a choice of lenses, but we’ll work with what you’ve got.  An 18-55mm kit lens will do just fine.

I need to limit the number of places on workshops, to make sure everyone gets all the shots and support they need.  There will be a maximum of 18 places available on this one.

In the event of extreme weather being forecast (e.g. heavy rain or snow), the event will be postponed, in order to keep everyone safe and to protect your camera equipment.  In such circumstances, every effort will be made to provide a new date at the same location, which you can attend – otherwise, you’ll get a voucher to a future event of your choice.  We offer this as an extra service to you, to make it more likely you’ll be shooting in good conditions.

You’ll receive joining instructions around two days before the event, including the meeting point and what you need to bring with you.  Bookings may not be cancelled, but we’d be happy for you to give your ticket to someone else, if you’re unable to come.

Hope you can join us.  You’ll be glad you did.

(Photo credit: Gordon Welsh)

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