Saturday March 24th in Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Saturday April 14th in Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm. Only 1 place still available.
Saturday June 30th in Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Saturday July 28th near Fox House on the edge of Sheffield. 10.00am to 5.00pm. More details can be seen here.
These one day courses, (which are the second part of our beginners’ digital photography courses) will teach how you can start using your camera’s controls for more creative results. The course locations have been carefully chosen for their range of subject matter – which will help you to learn how to control sharpness and blur in your images for creative effect by your use of shutter speeds and lens apertures. The courses will all feature photographing moving water – which is always one of the most popular subjects with our clients – and we will have tripods and filters available for you to borrow if necessary.
See below for more details of each course. Places cost £85.00 each (not including lunch), and there will be a maximum of only 6 people on each course. Please contact us if you would like a booking form, or if you require further information about any of our courses.
We have two courses scheduled for Monsal Dale over the next few months. As winter gives way to spring (hopefully!), our first course will be on March 24th. Monsal Dale is beautiful at any time of year, but it has a special quality at this time of year – when there should be plenty of water coming over its magnificent weir, and the first wild flowers of spring are coming into bloom. The second course will be held on June 30th, at the height of summer. On each course, we will spend half the day at the weir practising using long exposures to photograph the moving water – which is always extremely popular with our clients. Then after a pub lunch (not included in the course price) we will go to another nearby location – chosen according to the light and weather conditions on the day. The courses run from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The course on April 14th will be held in beautiful Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. The dale is a National Nature Reserve, and a large part is also a Scheduled Monument because of its important lead mining remains. Those are best seen and photographed before the vegetation grows up in summer, and on this course we should also have plenty of spring flowers to compliment them. There are also numerous weirs and waterfalls (a great subject for practising long exposure techniques), so we will spend half of the day photographing moving water, and the rest of the day on other subjects. The course runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm and lunch will be in a local pub.
The course on July 28th will be held on the moors close to the edge of Sheffield (near Fox House). This is a great area for heather – which should be starting to come into bloom at this time, turning the moors purple. We will divide the day between the moors – with their abandoned millstones and gritstone edges – and a beautiful little valley with plenty of waterfalls for practising long exposure techniques with moving water. The course runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and is accessible via public transport from Sheffield.
Any sort of digital camera is suitable for these courses, but the most flexible ones are digital slrs (e.g. Nikon, Canon, Sony or Pentax) or mirrorless compact system cameras (eg Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Samsung and Sony). Compact and bridge cameras can still be used, but they do have certain limitations due to their small sensor sizes. A tripod will be essential, but we will be able to lend you one if you don’t already have one (please let us know when booking if you need to borrow one). We also have a range of filters that you can borrow as well.
As this is Part 2 of our beginners’ digital photography courses, it is assumed that you are already familiar with your camera’s basic controls and the things which are covered on Part 1 of our courses for beginners – how to read histograms and set correct exposure, how to set focus and generally how to use your camera in other than “auto” mode. So if you are not sure how to do those things, it would be advisable to come on one of our Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 1) courses first. You can see more details of exactly what is covered on our photography courses for beginners here, or contact us for advice on which course would be most suitable for you.