Long Exposure Workshop, Blackpool, Cleveleys & Fleetwood, Lancashire


Sun 15th April 2018

Develop your long exposure skills in and around Blackpool and the Fylde Coast

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One of the advantages of being born and bred in Blackpool is that I know the coastline around the Fylde Coast of Lancashire very well indeed and there are several gems to photograph.

This workshop will take place over three fantastic locations, the iconic 150 year old Central Pier in Blackpool, the wonderfully recognisable 18 foot high beach art installation Mary’s Shell at Cleveleys and the hugely photogenic fishing boat wrecks at Fleetwood.

The day will start at 9am with an hour’s session at the iconic Mary’s Shell which nestles on the sandy beach at Cleveleys, not thirty feet out from the steps that lead you down to the beach itself. We will be shooting the shell as the tide comes in allowing us to create some wonderful long exposure images. I have a full set of Nisi filters on hand should anyone want to use them. There is a particularly high tide present during this workshop (8.7 metres) which will allow us more time to shoot our next location which will be the 150 year old Central Pier in Blackpool.

We will spend just an hour here capturing the underside of the great pier from an elevated concrete platform which allows a safe place to photograph from. Late morning we head to Fleetwood to photograph the boats (we will be standing in water so bring your wellies unless you would rather shoot from the dry elevated bank side), a spot of lunch will follow (bring a packed lunch) and to finish the day off, we will work in close up and detail shots of the wrecks themselves to capture some interesting abstract images. All in all, there’s something for everyone on this very popular long exposure workshop. Places are strictly limited to four for this workshop and free return transport is available from Preston if required.

Tour Details

9am – 3pm Sunday 15th April 2018


Mary’s Shell, Cleveleys
Central Pier, Blackpool
Fishing Boat Wrecks, Fleetwood


Melvin Nicholson



Exertion Level

Easy / Medium – All locations within a quarter a mile from the car, some much closer. Smooth, paved paths and some uneven grassy paths and grassland at Fleetwood. A reasonable level of fitness is required.


Professional 1-2-1 tuition
Free return transport from Preston if required
Access to private social media group offering advice and critique


Camera Insurance
Lunch and refreshments