Waterfalls in Autumn

Saturday November 14th near Matlock in Derbyshire. 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

Places cost £90.00 each (not including lunch), and there will be a maximum of only 4 people on the course to allow all participants to get plenty of individual attention and for adequate social distancing. Postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

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

Waterfalls on a landscape photography course in Derbyshire. Photo © Chris JamesThe course is designed to teach you how to get beautiful effects when photograph moving water – one of the most popular subjects on our courses. You will learn the secrets to getting those beautiful shots using slow shutter speeds to blur the water and create a lovely soft effect – or use faster speeds to convey the speed and power of the water as it races down the valley. 

The course is being held in a sheltered little valley near Matlock which contains some of the finest waterfalls and weirs in the whole of Derbyshire. Although quite short, the valley drops over 200ft in height from the top to the bottom. In several places, it is possible to get right down to the edge of the stream (or even in it if the water levels are low enough). There is even gritstone paving right to the water’s edge in one spot – which makes life even easier for us photographers!

In addition, there are numerous picturesque old mill buildings in the valley, whose stonework and mosses provide some lovely textures for still life shots. All of these subjects are enhanced by the colourful carpet of fallen leaves in autumn – making it the best time of year to photograph this valley. We don’t need a sunny day for this course (in fact overcast conditions would be best for the waterfalls), 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.

Because it is so compact, there is little walking involved on this course, and although the valley is steep in places, there are good paths and steps – so it should be well within the physical abilities of most people. However, its steepness means that this course is not suitable for people with knee problems. Stout footwear with good grip is strongly advised, as is appropriate outdoor clothing for the time of year.

For lunch (coronavirus restrictions permitting), we will go to a local pub, cafe or tearoom – or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. A break at lunchtime will also allow us to review the photographs you have taken in the morning on the laptop I will bring along.

Here are a series of photos taken on a previous course by our client Laura Wharton:

tripod will be absolutely essential for this course, 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 some filters that you can borrow as well.

Photographing a waterfall in Derbyshire on a landscape photography course run by Peak Digital TrainingAs this is an intermediate, rather than beginners’ level course, it is important that you are already familiar with the basics of photography and how to use your camera in other than the “all-automatic” mode. If you are not confident about how to use shutter speeds, lens apertures and ISO to control exposure, and how to focus your camera, please come on one of our beginners’ digital photography courses first, where we teach those skills. See here for details of all the digital photography courses we currently have scheduled.

On these landscape photography courses, we concentrate less on what the buttons and dials on your camera do, and more on the creative side of photography. Subjects covered include:

  • composition for picture impact
  • creative use of lens apertures, shutter speeds and different types of lenses
  • how to get the colours looking the way you want them in your photos
  • tips for shooting in RAW format for maximum quality
  • shooting in fully manual (M) mode
  • how and when to use different types of filters on your lenses
  • correct tripod technique

Our landscape photography courses are most suitable for owners of digital slr or mirrorless cameras that have interchangeable lenses – whether they are a Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Ricoh, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung or any other make. Compact and bridge cameras may also be suitable, but some have certain limitations due to their small sensor sizes, and whether or not filters can be attached to them. 

Please contact us for advice or to request a booking form, or if you need any further information about this course. 

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