Beginners Digital Photography Courses (Part 2) – Getting Creative

Saturday June 8th in Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Saturday August 10th near Sheffield on the edge of the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm. See here for more details.

Students photographing a weir on one of Peak Digital Training's beginners' photography courses in the Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesThese 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 and timed  so that their range of subject matter is looking at its best. The courses will 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. We will also 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.

Moving water will feature heavily in our course on June 8th, which will take place in beautiful Lathkill Dale Nature Reserve in the Peak District. The images below were taken on one of our courses in the dale in winter by Andrew Procter. On these courses, we will spend the morning photographing the numerous weirs and pools at the bottom end of the dale, experimenting using long exposures with the moving water. Then after lunch at the Lathkil Hotel, we will head back into the dale to photograph some of the lead mining or quarrying remains, limestone cliffs, or the beautiful and very rare Jacob’s Ladder flowers in June (Lathkill Dale is the best place in Britain to see them). We should also see plenty of wildlife – including dippers. Some walking will be involved on this course, as the dale is steep-sided with few access points, but it will not be more than a mile at most.


Millstone on moorland near Sheffield. Photo © Chris JamesThe area around Fox House is one of the prime spots for photographing heather in the whole of the Peak District, and this course is timed to catch it at its peak – when the moors will be turned purple and looking at their very best. We will divide our day between a sheltered little valley photographing waterfalls for practising long exposure techniques with moving water. After lunch in a local teashop or pub – where we will have a chance to look at the morning’s work on the laptop –  we will head out onto the moors (weather permitting) to photograph the gritstone edges and abandoned millstones. 

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, 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). 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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