The Liverpool photo walk combines a photography lesson with a short or longer walk around the city. I aim to have between four and six people on the walk, and no more. It’s suitable for photographers at any level of achievement and is always a friendly, sociable event. All you need is a camera, compact or DSLR. The standard price is £45 for the three hour walk.
Meeting point: Outside the front entrance to Lime Street Station, at the top of the ramp (See photo).
Lesson in Exposure with free handouts and crib card.
Lots of ‘over the shoulder’ feedback from Aidan.
Friendly, relaxed, sociable, informal.
Ask as many questions as you like.
Choose your ‘Star photo of the day’!
£45 per person for the 3-hour walk.
Any camera suitable: compact, bridge, DSLR, film.
Dates and times
The walks take place generally Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10.30am or 2pm. Some afternoon walks in winter take place during the dusk period. To book simply get in touch via the contact form or text 07779 290082.
We meet at either 10.30am or 2pm at the front entrance to Lime St Station, and then walk to the steps of St Georges Hall or alternatively to the Walker Art Gallery cafe. We will do an introductory lesson in Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and Exposure Compensation. You will learn many things they don’t tell you in the manual! You will have a much better understanding of exposure which is the key to photography. We can either stay around the St Georges Hall / St John’s Gardens area , or alternatively go on a longer walk down to the Pier Head or over to one or both cathedrals and Chinatown. If the weather is very cold or rainy, there are indoor options which include the Walker Art Gallery with its sculpture hall and cafe, the Central Library and the visitor route inside St Georges Hall. All offer great opportunities to practice and experiment. The walk lasts for three hours.
Start times 10.30am or 2pm, please check. Walk length: 3 hrs.
First part of the walk is the Lesson in Exposure.
Learn things they don’t tell you in the manual!
Learn the simple principle of exposure and how to use the camera in Manual mode.
We can explore the area around St Georges Hall / St Johns Gardens.
Alternatively we can walk to the Pier Head or cathedrals.
Make sure you are dressed for the weather conditions and wear a good pair of shoes!
If the walk is during daylight, a tripod is probably not necessary.
The Dusk Walk
Some walks in winter start during daylight and end after dusk. We meet at 2pm outside the main entrance to Lime St STation and walk to either the steps of St Georges Hall or the Walker Art Gallery cafe. We begin, as with the lesson in Exposure, focusing on techniques for low light photography using long exposures. As dusk approaches we will prepare to do some low light photography. Subjects include St Georges Hall, the Walker Art Gallery, Lime Street Station, the Kingsway Tunnel. If the moon is out we will photograph it! All the dusk and night photography will be done in the pedestrianised area around St Georges Hall which is safe and away from traffic.
Meet at 2pm. In winter, dusk is between 4 and 5pm.
Meeting point: Outside the main entrance to Lime Street Station.
First: Lesson in exposure focusing on night photography.
Learn the things they don’t tell you in the manual!
Next: Take photos practicing principles covered in the lesson.
Plenty of ‘over the shoulder’ feedback from Aidan.
A tripod will be very useful and offers the most flexibility for night shots.
Always text 07779 290082 to confirm on the day.
Who is it intended for?
The walks are attended by many beginner, some intermediate and a few advanced level photographers. I encourage the more experienced members to help the beginners, because teaching is a great way of learning. It’s a social event too. You will be in a small group of 4 to 6 people that share your enthusiasm for photography. I love meeting new people and I do my best to take an interest in each person. My goal is to help everyone at any level to learn, improve and achieve great things. To get the most out of the walk, you should bring a camera, any camera from a cheap compact to a top of the range DSLR. Film cameras are also welcome, but rare these days!
For beginner, intermediate, advanced photographers.
Advanced photographers can help the less experienced.
It’s a sociable event for people who share an interest in photography and the city.
If you’ve recently bought a camera and don’t know how to use it, this course is for you!
Group size 4 to 6 people – big enough to be sociable, small enough for individual attention.
A place on the walk makes a unique and memorable present for a friend or family member.
What people say
“Thank you for today, I really enjoyed the course, it was really informative, I now have a much better understanding of exposure, shutter speeds, aperture and ISO readings.”
“I would not hesitate to recommend your sessions to others. From not knowing Fstops from bus stops the tuition session with you gave me more confidence along with more knowledge of my camera. I am sure that I will get more pleasure and less frustration from now on.”
Deryk A. Jones
“Hi Aidan, Just a quick note of thanks for today’s Liverpool walk, being a complete SLR novice I thought I may be out of my depth but your explanations and instructions were comprehensive and clear, I would certainly recommend any budding photographer to join one of your walks.”
Aidan O’Rourke has been running photography walking tours in Manchester and Liverpool since 2010. He has been seriously interested in photography since 1981 and is very experienced with film, including developing and printing in black and white. He has been using Photoshop since 1995 and digital cameras since 2000. He has documented the development of Liverpool, Manchester and the North West. He has contributed photos to books including ‘Liverpool Then and Now’. His weekly ‘Eyewitness’ column appears in the Manchester Evening News. He is an experienced teacher and German speaker who turned his interest in photography into a major part of his freelance career. His background in languages helps him to explain complex photographic subjects clearly.