Peak District Landscape Photography Courses

Our next landscape photography courses will be taking place on the following dates (all Saturdays):

February 23rd near Matlock in Derbyshire. 10.00am to 5.00pm. Only one place still available.

March 23rd in Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

April 13th in Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fully booked.

All of these intermediate level courses will be limited to just 4 people. Places cost £85.00 per person (not including lunch) – click here to request a booking form for our landscape photography coursesor if you need any further information. See here for details of all our digital photography courses in other parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District.

If these dates are not convenient for you due to other commitments, why not consider some one to one photography training at a place and time to suit you?

Photographer on a landscape photography course in Derbyshire © Chris JamesOur landscape courses are most suitable for owners of digital slrmirrorless or any type of camera that has interchangeable lenses – whether it is Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Olympus, Fuji, Samsung or any other make. A tripod is essential, but we have several for loan if you don’t already have one, and we also have a selection of filters (neutral density, graduated neutral density and polarising) that you can borrow as well.

We aim to spend as much time as possible actually taking photos on these courses (rather than walking to locations), so they are not physically demanding and do not involve long walks – and should be well within the physical abilities of most people. However, some walking is usually necessary to get to such great locations, so please contact us in advance if you have any mobility or health problems that could be relevant.

Each of these courses is limited to only 4 people, so they are less structured than our beginners’ level courses, and flexible enough to address the individual needs of different photographers.  They are intermediate level courses, so we concentrate less on what the buttons and dials on your camera do, and more on the creative side of landscape photography. Subjects covered can include:

  • composition for picture impact
  • creative use of lens apertures and shutter speeds (including long exposures)
  • how to get the colours looking the way you want them in your photos
  • tips for shooting in RAW format for maximum quality
  • how and when to use different types of filters on your lenses
  • the proper use of tripods

Below are more details for each individual course.

For our first landscape course of 2019 on February 23rd, we will be in a lovely sheltered little valley near Matlock in Derbyshire. Here are a series of photographs taken there on one of our previous courses by Laura Wharton.

Autumn and winter are probably the best time of year to see it – once the leaves have fallen from the trees and they provide a colourful backdrop to the stream and old mill buildings. The valley drops 200ft in just a couple of hundred yards, and there are numerous spectacular weirs and waterfalls (including one of the highest in Derbyshire) to practise long exposure techniques. As the valley faces west, it is also a very good location for afternoon light and sunsets. Lunch will be in a local pub, and since the valley is so compact, there will be little walking involved on these courses. Although it is quite steep in places, there are steps and good paths, so it is not difficult – and well within most peoples’ capability. 

We will be back in the heart of the Peak District in Monsal Dale for our course on March 23rd. The morning will be spent in the sheltered valley photographing the impressive weir – one of the best in the Peak for photography. These photographs were all taken on our last course there in September by a client using a single 24 – 70mm zoom lens.

The course will involve a walk of just over 1/2 a mile to the weir from our meeting place, but we can take a route which goes along the river and is fairly flat, so it is quite easy. After a pub lunch, we will go to another nearby location – which will be chosen on the day to reflect the weather and lighting conditions. That will also involve very little walking.

Remains of Mandale Mine engine house on a Peak District landscape photography course by Peak Digital Training. Photo © Chris JamesOn April 13th, we will be in beautiful Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. This National Nature Reserve is always a very popular location with clients – and early spring is one of the best times to see it. There are numerous weirs and waterfalls to practice long exposure techniques with moving water, ruined mine buildings, impressive limestone cliffs, the cave which the river will (hopefully) be flowing out of and early spring wildflowers. We can also expect to see some good wildlife (including dippers), and there will even be an opportunity to try out some light painting using a torch to light the subject!

The dale is long and narrow, with few access points, so the course will involve walking about 4 miles over the course of the day, and you will need to bring a packed lunch as there are no facilities in the dale itself. However, the walking is fairly gentle, and we will be stopping to take photos at regular intervals, so it will not be very demanding.

As these are intermediate level rather than beginners’ level courses, 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 set correct exposure, read histograms, and set the focus point, please see here for details of our beginners’ level digital photography courses which would be more suitable for you.

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