Peak District Landscape Photography Courses

Our next landscape photography courses will be taking place on these dates:

Saturday January 20th 2018 in Lathkill Dale, in the heart of the Peak District. From 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fully booked.

Saturday February 24th 2018 in and around Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Saturday March 24th 2018 near Fox House on the edge of Sheffield. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

A tripod will be essential for these courses, but we will have several for loan if you don’t already have one, and we will also have a selection of filters for you to borrow.

All of these intermediate level courses will be limited to just 4 people. Places cost £85.00 per person (not including lunch) – click here to request a booking form for our landscape photography training courses.

A landscape photography course run by Peak Digital Training in Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesOn January 20th, we will be in Lathkill Dale in the heart of the Peak District – which is always a very popular location with our clients. This National Nature Reserve is a steep-sided limestone valley with a wide range of subject matter – including numerous weirs and waterfalls for practising long exposure techniques, old mine buildings, caves and impressive cliffs. The lower part of the dale often floods in winter – so that may be an additional bonus for us on this course. There is also a special surprise subject – which is probably unique to this course!

The dale is long and narrow, with few access points, so the course will involve walking 3 or 4 miles during the course of the day, and you will need to bring a packed lunch. However, the walking is pretty gentle, and we will be stopping to take photos at regular intervals, so it will not be strenuous. The course runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Monsal Weir photographed by Dave Jones on a landscape photography course in the Peak District run by Peak Digital Training

Monsal Weir photographed by Dave Jones on one of our recent courses

The course on February 24th will be held in and around Monsal Dale. While this beautiful valley is probably most famous for its viaduct, there is plenty of other subject matter for photographers. The large and impressive weir is one of the best in the Peak District, and a wonderful subject for practising photographing moving water. The height of the weir, and the speed of the water flow allow a number of different techniques to be tried out when photographing it, and there is good access around the weir, allowing it to be photographed from a variety of different angles. We will be spending half the day there, then after a pub lunch, we will head to another nearby location – which will be chosen on the day according to weather and lighting conditions. The course will run from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Millstones on moorland near Sheffield in the Peak District. One of the subjects on a landscape photography workshop by Peak Digital Training. Photo © Chris JamesMarch 24th will find us on the moors on the edge of Sheffield, near Fox House. Half of the day will be spent photographing the waterfalls in a lovely wooded valley, and the rest of the day photographing the gritstone edges, rock formations and abandoned millstones which abound in the area. This is the best time to see and photograph them, before the bracken grows up and partly hides these wonderful features. The course runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and lunch will be in a nearby pub. This course is also accessible by public transport from Sheffield.

Our landscape photography courses are most suitable for owners of digital slrmirrorless or any type of camera that has interchangeable lenses – whether it is Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung or any other make. As intermediate level courses, we concentrate less on the settings on your camera, and more on the creative side of landscape photography.  As the number of people on each course is limited to only 4 people, these courses are less structured than our beginners’ courses, and are flexible enough to address the individual needs of different abilities of photographers.  They are also an ideal follow-up for anyone who has already attended one of our beginners’ digital photography courses. Please note that lunch is not included in the course price of £85.00.

Subjects covered on these landscape workshops can include:

  • composition for picture impact
  • creative use of lens apertures and shutter speeds for picture impact
  • use of different focal length lenses, filters, and tripods
  • how to get the correct colour balance in your photos
  • shooting in RAW format

We will also be addressing some of the challenges that landscape photographers face in getting correct exposure, using filters and shooting for HDR. Apart from your camera and any lenses you want to bring, a tripod is essential – though we will be able to loan you one if you don’t already have one, and we will also have some filters for you to experiment with if you wish. We will also be bringing a laptop (loaded with various photo software) to allow us to download and view your images during the day – or you are of course welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet if you have one.

As these are the next level of course above our beginners courses, it is assumed that you are already familiar with the basics of photography and how to use your camera in modes other than “all-automatic” mode. If you are not confident about how to set correct exposure, read histograms, and set the focus point, please see here for details of our beginners’ digital photography courses which would probably be more suitable for you.

Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information. You can also see here for details of our photography courses for beginners or more experienced photographers in other parts of the Peak District.



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