Next One Day Photography Courses in the Sheffield and Peak District Areas

Despite the uncertainty caused by the Covid pandemic, we are still able to offer group photography courses in small groups to allow for proper social distancing , as well as one to one training. So here are the dates of the next digital photography courses we have planned in the Derbyshire Peak District and on the edge of Sheffield for the next few months. They are all one day courses, led by an experienced professional photographer with extensive local knowledge. You can read what some of our hundreds of clients have said about our courses here on Google.

You can contact us to request a booking form for any of our training courses listed below. Just click on the links for more information about individual courses. 

Beginners' photography courses in Matlock Derbyshire. Photo © Chris JamesSaturday November 7th beginners’ digital photography – getting off auto mode in Derbyshire. This beginners‘ level course assumes no previous knowledge of photography, and will help you get your camera off the “all-auto” mode for more creative and reliable results. Very little walking involved. Suitable for all makes and models of digital stills cameras – from compact, bridge and superzoom cameras, to mirrorless and dslr models. Limited to only 5 students to allow for adequate social distancing. £95.00 per person. Places still available.

Waterfalls on a landscape photography course in Derbyshire. Photo © Chris JamesSaturday November 14thwaterfalls in autumn. An intermediate level course photographing some of the finest waterfalls in Derbyshire – right up to sunset! With very little walking involved, this course is limited to just 4 photographers. £90.00 per person. Fully booked.

A waterfall in Lathkill Dale © Chris JamesSaturday December 5thwinter landscapes in Lathkill Dale. An intermediate level course in one of the Peak District’s most beautiful valleys. Waterfalls and weirs, old mine buildings and some spectacular limestone cliffs are just some of the subjects available. Limited to just 4 photographers to allow for adequate social distancing, and running until after sunset. £95.00 per person. Places still available.

Beginners' photography courses in Matlock Derbyshire. Photo © Chris JamesSaturday December 12th beginners’ digital photography – getting off auto mode in Derbyshire. This beginners‘ level course assumes no previous knowledge of photography, and will help you get your camera off the “all-auto” mode for more creative and reliable results. Very little walking involved. Suitable for all makes and models of digital stills cameras – from compact, bridge and superzoom cameras, to mirrorless and dslr models. Limited to only 5 students to allow for adequate social distancing. £95.00 per person. Places still available.

More course dates are added on a regular basis, so if you would like to be kept informed of all the training courses we are running when they are announced, please sign up to our newsletter.

We are also able to offer one to one training either face to face outdoors, or via video link.

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Winter Landscape Photography in Lathkill Dale

Saturday December 5th – 10.00am to 5.00pm. Cost £95.00 per person. 

This course will be limited to just four photographers, so everyone will receive plenty of individual attention and get their questions answered – and also to allow for adequate social distancing. Please contact us if you would like to be sent a booking form.

Peak District landscape photography course in Lathkill Dale. Photo © Chris JamesJoin us at the start of winter for a landscape photography course in one of the jewels of the Peak District. Lathkill Dale (most of which is a National Nature Reserve) has a wealth of subjects for us photographers – from the numerous weirs used to manage the water levels on the river, to waterfalls, woodlands, caves and impressive limestone cliffs. It has also been the scene of industrial activity for hundreds of years, and the remains of the two largest lead mines are today a Scheduled Monument for their significance. One of them still has the parts of a large steam engine house standing, while the visible remains of most of the other features have been made more attractive for photography by being reclaimed and softened by nature during the 170 years since mining here finished. Continue reading

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Beginners’ Digital Photography Courses in Derbyshire – Getting off Auto Mode

Our next beginners’ level courses are being held on the following dates:

Saturday November 7th – 9.30am to 4.30pm. Places available.

Saturday December 12th – 9.30am to 4.30pm. Places available.

A misty morning in the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire. Photo © Chris James

All these one day courses are being held in the village of Tansley, near Matlock in Derbyshire. They are run in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and designed to bring together people with similar levels of ability. Group numbers are deliberately kept low so that the workshops are flexible and easily adapted to suit the specific needs and level of experience of the participants.

To enable proper social distancing, there will be a maximum of only 5 people on each course. Places cost £95.00 each, and please contact us if you would like to be emailed a booking form.

These beginners’ level courses are not just for owners of digital slrs – they are suitable for any type of digital camera provided it can be used in other than “all-auto” or “scene” modes – whether it is a compact “point and shoot” camera, travelzoom, bridge, mirrorless, or dslr – on these courses you will learn about the basic controls and settings that will help you make better and more creative photos. Our emphasis is always on teaching solid photographic techniques – techniques that are relevant not just to your current camera, but also to any others that you will own in the future.

The courses assume no prior knowledge of photography – so they are ideal for people who have just bought their first dedicated camera and have only been using their smartphone to take photos, as well as those who have only been using their camera in “auto” mode and would like to learn how to use it to its full potential. Everyone on these courses receives a printed sheet for their particular make and model of camera, telling you which are its most important controls and menu items, showing you where to find them, explaining in plain english what they do, and showing you exactly how to set them. You will learn:

  • what the different shooting modes are, and when to use them
  • how to get correct exposure in your photographs by using the correct combinations of shutter speeds, lens apertures and ISO
  • how to avoid blurred pictures by setting the correct shutter speed
  • how to set the focus point exactly where you want it
  • get colours in your images the way you want them to look
  • learn about the information your camera gives you both before and after exposures, and how to understand it

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