Nightscapes in Norfolk Workshop

7 Fabulous Nights of Astrophotography and Landscapes - The Milky Way and Noctilucent Clouds!
Last updated: 4 May, 2024

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Dates & Times


1) Fri 26th July – Fri 2nd August 2024

Guaranteed Departure!

Fitness Level


Low – Moderate

Price


Single Occupancy – £1250pp

Twin Share – £950pp

Availability


Single Room – Sold Out!

Twin Share – Sold Out!

Waitlist Available

Included

Professional Photo Guide

Transportation (return from London)
Cottage accommodation (incl own room)

Astro lenses available (Canon, Nikon, Sony)

Kase filter kits for each participant

Small tour (max 5-6 participants)

Join Us

Join us on this amazing 7-night photo tour capturing some of the most stunning night-time landscapes that Norfolk has to offer! 

In this landscape astrophotography workshop, we’ll be making the most of the dark skies of Norfolk’s Coastal Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a protected picturesque landscape well known for its lack of light pollution, and boasting two official Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

During the evenings we’ll explore multiple locations for stunning nightscape opportunities, including Milky Way photography, and star trails, as well as capturing some bonus sunsets using a set of Kase filters (available to each participant).

We’ll be staying in a spacious modern barn conversion, just 5 minutes from one of our favourite feature locations, the picturesque Happisburgh Lighthouse, allowing us to quickly take full advantage of the clear skies before moving on to other locations, such as the Norfolk Broads windmills/windpumps, ruined churches, and unique decades-old sea defences on the beaches.

Nightscapes in Norfolk. Milky Way over Horsey Windmill in Norfolk

It won’t just be the Milky Way we’ll be hunting. On the workshop we’ll be keeping an eye out for the elusive Noctilucent Clouds, extremely rare high clouds of ice crystals that are lit up to produce a spectacular blue/silver display in the night sky. These are only visible at certain latitudes and times of year – and we’ll be there at peak season!

Nightscape Photography Norfolk. Horsey Windpump Milky Way reflection

What we’ll cover on the tour:

 

  • Intro astrophotography equipment
  • Apps used for planning
  • How to focus at night
  • Settings for correct exposure – manual mode in astrophotography
  • Effect of choosing different shutter speeds
  • How to combat noise in astrophotography
  • High ISO vs single shot with star tracker
  • Advanced astrophotography tequniques
  • Use of star tracker
  • Filters – Light pollution and other filters to try
  • Lighting our subjects at night (light painting)
  • Editing our pictures using software (Lightroom Classic + plugins, but methods transferable to other software, plus free dedicated astro software)

Equipment to borrow!

To help our workshop participants capture great shots, we have a selection of lenses to borrow, including the highly regarded 14mm f/2.8 lenses for Canon EF mount, Nikon F mount, and Sony E mount.
We also have a star tracker that we’ll set up and use to get longer exposures of the sky.
Astro filters! – Kase Light pollution filter and Kase Star Glow filter.

This astrophotography workshop is a relaxed learning atmosphere and is suitable for beginners/intermediate/advanced photographers. Participants will need to be able to change their settings in manual mode, such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

 

But what if we’re unlucky with the weather? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered!

There’s a great selection of fantastic photographic opportunities in Norfolk that we can visit during the day in addition to our sunset opportunities if clear night skies are not in our favour, so we’ll make the very best of staying in Norfolk’s AONB. This may include using our award-winning Kase filters for long exposure seascape photography (one set of filters for each participant to use), or exploring the nearby beaches to watch the famous Norfolk Grey Seals.No matter what you’ll be sure to improve your photography!

Noctilucent Clouds above silhouetted groynes at Happisburgh Beach
Recommended Equipment
  • Wide angle lens – 16-35mm, 10-24mm, 14-24mm
  • Walk around/kit lens – 18-55mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm
  • Longer focal length lens – 70-200mm (less used)
  • Tripod
  • Remote shutter release – we prefer a wired trigger as it saves battery over using your phone with wifi/bluetooth or a wireless trigger to reduce camera battery drain.
  • Spare camera batteries – the multiple long exposures taken during astrophotography and the cold evenings will reduce battery life.  You may also consider bringing your battery charger as we have a dedicated power station that takes wall sockets and USB. 
  • Extra Batteries
  • Battery Charger (we have charging facilities on our vehicle)
  • Extra memory cards
  • ND Filters – optional/recommended for long exposures during the day – we have multiple sets of Kase ND filters available to borrow (please let me know the filter thread size of your lenses prior to the workshop)
  • Full wet weather gear – just in case! 

A full packing list will be provided prior to the tour.

Included / Not included
  • Included:
    • Professional photo guide & tuition.
    • Return transportation from central London in our comfortable 8 seat vehicle.
    • Cottage accommodation with own room.
    • Kase filter kits if required
    • Battery charging facilities in vehicle

    Not included:

    • Personal & travel insurance
    • Food & drink
    • Travel to start point or from end point of tour.
    • Anything not specified as “Included”
Fitness Level
Easy to Moderate

This tour involves walking of up to 30 minutes along paths/trails and requires occasional short steep steps or inclines.  A person of average fitness level should have little difficulty.

Where We'll Meet

The collection point for the tour is outside West Acton Station at 10:30 am. West Action Station is on the Ealing Broadway branch of the Central Line.  The post code is W3 0DS.

The return journey will have two drop-off points.  The first is in central London, close to Warren Street, Euston Square, Euston, & Great Portland Street tube stations. The second drop-off point will be West Acton Station.

We expect to return to London around 1-2 pm.

Happisburgh Lighthouse Milky Way
Milky Way above Happisburgh Lighthouse in Norfolk on Astrophotography Workshop
Noctilucent Clouds above silhouetted groynes at Happisburgh Beach
silhouette of Happisburgh Lighthouse against intense orange sunset
Happisburgh Lighthouse stunning sunset reflection
Star trail of windmill
Thurne Windmill in Norfolk at dawn with reflection
Happisburgh Lighthouse black and white long exposure
Horsey Gap Windpump Milky Way - Norfolk Astrophotography Workshop

Testimonials

I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful trip which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I have learnt so much on this trip – taking the most amazing photos! Yourself and Phil gave me so much help which I am very grateful for.

If you do another trip to the Lake District I would love to join you again!

Debbie A.

Many thanks for a wonderful trip last week, I really enjoyed it and have taken away so much 😊.

I’m about 80% through post processing, it’s really difficult to choose as there are so many great shots!

I’ve been considering buying Kase filters too!

Siu C.

Guide

Dion Hitchcock - Owner of UK Photo Tours and Photography Workshop Guide

Dion Hitchcock

UK Photo Tours is owned and operated by professional photographer, Dion Hitchcock.

Dion brings over a decade of expertise in teaching and guiding photography. He is an expat Australian and when not running photography tours, resides in London, UK, running photography workshops or as a locum pharmacist. His extensive travel experiences, spanning over 40 countries, ignited his passion for photography as a means to chronicle his journeys. This passion quickly evolved into a profound interest, leading him to actively participate in various camera clubs, assisting them in conducting workshops. Today, Dion independently operates his own workshops mainly across the UK, and occasionally internationally.

His London-based photography Meetup groups have 7,000+ members and over 500 5-star ratings.

Dion still maintains his registration as a pharmacist professional, dedicating his time to aiding patients and educating pharmacy students. However, he has transitioned his time into the realm of photography, where he assists clients in understanding the craft’s technical and artistic aspects. This shift, though unconventional, aligns with his upbringing; both of his parents were artists who nurtured his appreciation for the world’s inherent beauty. His extensive photography experience, professional background, passion for teaching, and numerous five-star reviews ensures you’ll be in the best of care whilst on tour.

You can reach Dion at info@uk-photo-tours.com

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