Burbage – a one day landscape photography course

Another glorious day in the Peak District enabled our four course participants to capture the splendors of The Dark Peak at their best. Operating in a relatively small locale,  we still had the chance to see some glorious vistas and get up close to the flora and fauna.

Working with all types of camera, from a modest second-hand point and shoot, up to professional Nikon kit, Chris went through some of the basics of camera setup, while Simon chased around trying to locate our missing participants who had sailed past the rendezvous despite the rest of us waving tripods aloft (to the bemusement of hardened climbers sharing the car-park!)

Burbage millstone quarry taken on a landscape photography course by Peak Digital Training

Burbage millstone quarry taken by Robert Collins on the day, experimenting with filters.

The actual walk took us though the former hunting grounds of the Duke of Rutland, with stops along the way to begin the move from auto mode to setting exposure and checking histograms – as well as being amazed at the bullet ridden surfaces of some large rocks {a left-over from WW2 target practise when the beauty of the gritstone edges wasn’t quite so widely respected!)

Photographing heather on a Peak District photography course

Phil and Charis in amongst the heather and gritstone

We brought a selection of tripods along – from lightweight to quick release head professional model – so people could get a feel for an accessory which can make a huge difference to landscape photography in particular.

A picture of a road winding across moorland, taken on one of Peak Digital Training's photography workshops

A picture of a road winding across the moorland taken by Sam Brothill

Lunch-breaks were split, with some of us heading over to the tea-room at Longshaw Estate, and those with packed lunches enjoying far reaching views from the former quarry site.

After lunch we again split the group, allowing some to scramble up boulder faces and experiment with using filters, while the rest of us spent some time working in close-up modes, and trying out focus locking techniques to improve composition possibilities.

Time once again flew by, but as none of us were in a huge dash to get home, we opted to return to the near-by Fox House, a pub restaurant dating from the 1300s. There, using laptops, we could sit in comfort and discuss each others’ images for an hour. What makes doing these courses especially rewarding is seeing how – in just the course of a day – the photographs show a huge improvement. Phil also brought along his iPad, which enabled the rest of us to see the possibilities for quickly importing and viewing images. Both he and his teenage daughter produced several pictures which were really excellent.

Close-up photograph of heather taken on a Peak Digital Training photography course

A close-up of heather taken with her compact camera by Charis Male

Down from the quarries, Paul and Sam showed off the results of wide-angle lenses and filters capturing the brilliance of the greens and purples of the heather against the massive gritstone outcrops. Sometime after seven we realised that we’d been chatting for hours, and with long journeys back to London and The Wirral for some of our party, we called it a day.

If you would like to see details of our next photography courses, please go to our page at Peak District Photography Courses – New Dates

Heather in bloom taken on a Peak Digital Training photography course

Experimenting with close-up work on the heather, photo by Philip Male

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