Beginners Digital Photography Courses (Part 2) – Getting Creative

Saturday September 28th in and around Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Saturday October 26th on the edge of the Peak District near Sheffield. 11.00am to 6.00pm. See here for more details.

Saturday November 23rd near Matlock in Derbyshire. 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Students photographing a weir on one of Peak Digital Training's beginners' photography courses in the Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesPlaces cost £85.00 each (not including lunch), and there will be a maximum of only 6 people on each course. See below for further details of each course.

Please contact us if you would like a booking form, or if you require further information about any of our other courses.

We will be in Monsal Dale in the heart of the Peak District for our course on September 28th. This beautiful valley has many attractions for photographers – including the famous viaduct – but on this course, we will be concentrating more on its impressive weir. Not only is it easy to reach (only about 15 minutes walk from where we will leave our cars), but it can be photographed from both sides of the river thanks to a nearby footbridge. We will spend the morning photographing the moving water experimenting with different shutter speeds, and then after a pub lunch, we will go to a another nearby location (chosen on the day depending on the weather conditions). That location will also involve little walking and be easily accessible.

Here are a series of pictures of the weir taken on one of our previous courses by Howard Orridge using just a 24-70mm lens:

Our course on November 23rd will take place in a sheltered little valley near Matlock, which although quite short, drops over 200ft in height from the top to the bottom. It contains some of the finest waterfalls and weirs in the whole of Derbyshire, so you will be able to get some beautiful shots of moving water using slow shutter speeds. There are also several picturesque old mills in the valley, whose stonework and mosses provide some lovely textures for still life shots. Autumn is really the best time of year to photograph this valley, as the carpet of colourful leaves really enhances the other subjects. We don’t need a sunny day for this course (in fact overcast conditions would be best), but as the sun sets about 30 minutes before the end of the course, we will also be able to get some great golden hour and sunset shots if the light is suitable.

As the valley is so compact, there is little walking involved, and although it is steep in places, there are good paths and steps – so it should be well within the physical abilities of most people. Here are a series of photos taken on a previous course by Laura Wharton:

These one day courses are the logical next step for anyone who has already been on Part 1 of our beginners’ digital photography courses, but they are equally suitable for other photographers who already understand the basics of photography, as they teach how you can start using your camera’s controls for more creative results. The courses all involve a full day’s outdoors photography, in locations that have been carefully chosen and timed so that their range of subject matter is looking at its best. They all feature photographing moving water (always one of the most popular subjects with our clients) so you can learn how to control sharpness and blur in your images for creative effect by your use of shutter speeds and lens apertures. To help you, we will also have tripods and filters available for you to borrow if necessary.

Photographing Monsal Wier on a photography course in the Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesAny 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, Sony and Samsung). 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), and we also have a range of filters that you can borrow as well.

As this is Part 2 of our beginners’ digital photography courses, you will get a lot more from the course if you are already familiar with your camera’s basic controls and the things which are covered on our Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 1) courses – 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, you are strongly advised to come on one of our Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 1) courses  first. You can see the dates of those courses here, or contact us for advice on which course would be most suitable for you.

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