Saturday July 28th in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Please note: the date for this course has now passed, but you can see the dates for our upcoming photography courses here.
This course will concentrate on the creative side of landscape photography. It is suitable for anyone who is already familiar with the manual controls on their digital cameras, and who wants to concentrate more of the aesthetics of landscape photography – capturing mood and light, and using composition and colour to add impact and guide the viewer’s eye. If you are not already comfortable with the mechanics of setting exposure, selecting shutter speeds, lens apertures and depth of field, you are advised to come on one of our landscape and nature photography workshops before considering this course. If you are in doubt, please contact us and we will advise you whether this course is suitable for you.
The digital landscape photography techniques that you will learn on this course are suitable for all types of cameras that have manual controls, but are most relevant to owners of digital slr or other interchangeable-lens cameras (such as mirrorless cameras like the Sony NEX or Panasonic Lumix G series). The course tutor is a professional photographer who is familiar with most makes of digital slr cameras, having taught many users of the major brands such as Nikon, Canon and Sony. But this course is not about technical specifications – it is about developing your creativity, helping you to see the photographic possibilities of the Derbyshire landscape, and transform what you see with your eyes into a great photograph. We will concentrate mainly on the techniques that are applied when you compose a landscape photograph with your digital camera, but also a few that are best applied in post-processing using digital editing software – such as cropping, converting to black and white, applying vignettes etc.
The course will be held at a field centre in the Peak District, which is convenient to get to from anywhere in Derbyshire, as well as nearby cities such as Sheffield, Nottingham or Manchester. The building is a 170 year old stone cottage, in a stunning location on the White Peak plateau at over 1000 feet above sea level (see here for more details). Photographic subjects abound right outside the cottage door, so there will be very little walking involved on this course. We will also have a Mac laptop set up inside for viewing and evaluating the images that you take, and there will be demonstrations of simple ways to enhance the impact your landscape photographs using photo editing software – whether you use a basic editor such as Picasa or iPhoto, or more advanced photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.
The course will run from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, with a break for lunch. You can either bring a packed lunch, or go to the local pub which serves great food, and is only 10 minutes’ walk away across the meadows. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided during the day. And if we get some nice evening light, there will be the option to stay a bit later, as the cottage is a great location for sunset photography.
Numbers on this course will be limited to 4 persons, to allow plenty of individual attention for each attendee, and the cost per place is £95.00.
If you would like to reserve a place, please contact us and we will email you a booking form.