Beginners’ Digital Photography Courses near Sheffield

These courses are being held in the Peak District close to Fox House on the edge of Sheffield, and are accessible by public transport. Each course is limited to a maximum of 6 people, with places costing £85.00 per person (not including lunch).

See here for details of what is covered on each part of our beginners’ photography courses.

Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 1) – Getting off Auto Mode. 

Photographing a stream on a photography course for beginners near Sheffield. Photo © Chris JamesSaturday August 3rd – 10.00am to 5.00pm.

On this course, we will be enjoying a day of outdoors photography in a very accessible area with a great variety of subject matter. The course is suitable for all makes and models of digital cameras, and everyone attending will receive a printed sheet listing the most important controls and menu items on their particular make and model of camera, explaining in plain English what they do and – most importantly – exactly how to set them. While learning how to take control of your camera and get off the “auto” and “scene” modes, we will have fun photographing water, abandoned millstones, rock formations and much more. As an added bonus, the heather will just be coming into flower in August! There will be little walking involved on this course, and lunch will be in a local tearoom or pub (or you can bring a packed lunch). There will be a maximum of only 6 people on the course, and places cost £85.00 each. Please contact us if you would like a booking form.

We also run this course on various dates from May to October not far from Bakewell in the Derbyshire Peak District. See here for further details of our beginners’ photography courses in the Peak District.

Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 2) – Getting Creative.

Saturday August 10th – 10.00am to 5.00pm.

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. 

A tripod will be necessary for this course, but we will be able to lend you one if you don’t already own one. A range of filters will also be available for you to borrow on the day.

These courses are accessible via public transport from Sheffield. Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information.

We also run this course in other parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District. You can see more details of all our beginners’ digital photography (part 2) courses here.

If you are new to digital photography, or have only been using your camera in all-automatic modes until now, these courses will teach you in a practical way about the basics of photography. It doesn’t matter whether you have a compact “point and shoot” camera, a prosumer, bridge, mirrorless compact system camera, or a digital slr, you will learn what its most important controls are, what they do, and how to set them properly.

While most modern cameras can produce reasonably good results with average subjects when they are left in all-automatic modes, if you want to get more creative results, you need to take control over your camera. If you don’t understand what things such as shutter speeds, lens apertures, ISO and white balance are, moving away from the all-automatic settings can be daunting – and camera manuals are often little help – but these courses will explain in plain english how to take control of your camera and show you how to lift your photos from average to great. You will learn how to set and assess exposure correctly, where to set the point of focus, and how to get the best quality images that your camera is capable of delivering. See here for details of exactly what is covered on each part of our photography courses for beginners.

Photographing waterfalls on one of Peak Digital Training's photography courses for beginners near Sheffield.There will be a wide range of subjects available for you on all the courses, including (depending on the weather) stunning views of gritstone edges, abandoned millstones, an Iron Age hill fort, and waterfalls in one of the finest little valleys in the whole of the Peak District.

To make sure that you get plenty of individual attention and can have your questions answered, numbers will be limited to a maximum of six people on each of these courses. The day will involve some short walks over rough moorland and sometimes quite steep ground, so while it will not be strenuous, it is not suitable for people who have mobility problems. Stout footwear with good grip is strongly advised, as is appropriate outdoor clothing for the time of year.

Each course lasts a full day, with time for lunch in a nearby pub or tearoom – or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. We will be providing a laptop computer so you can check and assess your photos during the day.

The cost for the day will be £85.00 per person (excluding lunch).

Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information. You can also see here for details of all our other digital photography courses near Sheffield and in the Peak District.

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