An Introduction to cave photography workshop with Mark Burkey (2 day)


Date: March 5th - 6th

Location: YSS - The Old School House Helwith Bridge

Places Remaining: 3 (of 8)

Cost: £45

Booking Deadline: 25 February 2022

An incredible opportunity to spend 2 days with award winning and renowned cave photographer Mark Burkey.

This workshop is aimed at anyone who is looking to improve their cave photography using DSLR / mirrorless type cameras.

It is suitable for people new to cave photography and also for people with some experience who want to improve their current skill set.

The main focus (pun intended!) for lighting will be the use of strobes

Format :
DAY 1:

A breakdown of each piece of kit you need and the different options available.
Selecting the right kit for the type of photography you want to do, and how this can change and be adapted dependent on the trip (I.e photographing a pitch shot is very different from shooting a large chamber, which is different to taking macro shots of formations and so on)

How to protect your expensive toys when caving. Again different options for dry walking trips than diving sumps, or tough arduous passages

Light Sources:
Use of strobes, fixed light, bulbs, light painting and tip n tricks when doing each and again the various options out there.

Making the most of your team:
Tips on how to brief your helpers on using your kit and stop them getting 'too' cold and bored.

At the end of this Mark will give a slide show of examples and tips of how to light different types of shots and the mistakes to avoid.

After this its time to head underground to put some of the above in to practice.


Review and discuss the shots taken from the previous day.

Head back underground to try and put everything learnt in to practice, finish the day with a return to the hut to review what has been learnt over the weekend and look at post processing options when shooting in JPG or RAW formats.

It would be most beneficial to bring your own kit set up, to discuss how to get the most out of it. Mark will also bring a spare DSLR, Lenses, strobes, bulbs, torches etc for people to try so they can also have a try with kit they may not have.


You will need your own transport to get from the YSS to the cave and also your owning caving kit (No SRT kit required)

Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds or transfer of workshops. However if you are unable to attend you are welcome to pass your place onto someone else.

Meet at YSS Saturday 5th March at 9.45am


Ian Patrick

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