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).
Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 1) – Getting off Auto Mode.
Saturday August 3rd – 10.00am to 5.00pm.
This course has now taken place, but we also be running it on September 7th and October 5th 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 31st – 10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday October 26th – 10.30am to 6.00pm
The area around Fox House is one of the prime spots for photographing heather in the whole of the Peak District, and the course on August 31st 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.
In contrast, the course on October 26th is timed to capture the colours of autumn at their peak. This area has plenty of oak and birch woodland (as can be seen in the image at the top of this page – taken on one of our courses by Mike Bailey), which provides a colourful carpet of leaves once they fall from the trees. Our day will be divided between photographing the waterfalls and woodland in a sheltered valley, then (after lunch in a local pub or tearoom) we will photograph some of the millstones, gritstone edges and rock formations in the nearby area. The locations we will be using are all quite accessible, so we will spend the minimum time walking to locations, and the maximum time taking photographs. However, we will be on moorland, so the paths are rough and uneven, and there could be some muddy and boggy areas. The course will run until 6.00pm, so we will be able to capture photographs in golden hour and at sunset if conditions are suitable.
A tripod will be necessary for these courses, 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.
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.