Peak District Landscape Photography Courses

Our next landscape photography courses will be taking place on these dates:

Saturday April 21st in and around Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Saturday May 5th around Stanton Moor near Birchover in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm. Fully booked.

Saturday June 16th in Lathkill Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

A tripod will be essential for these courses, but we will have several for loan if you don’t already have one, and we will also have a selection of filters for you to borrow.

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 training courses.

Monsal Weir photographed by Dave Jones on a landscape photography course in the Peak District run by Peak Digital Training

Monsal Weir photographed by Dave Jones on one of our recent courses

The course on April 21st will be held in and around Monsal Dale. While this beautiful valley is probably most famous for its viaduct, there is plenty of other subject matter for photographers. The large and impressive weir is one of the best in the Peak District, and a wonderful subject for practising photographing moving water. The height of the weir, and the speed of the water flow allow a number of different techniques to be tried out when photographing it, and there is good access from both banks of the river, allowing it to be photographed from a variety of different angles. We will be spending half the day there, then after a pub lunch, we will head to another nearby location – which will be chosen on the day according to weather and lighting conditions. The course will run from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Stanton Moor, where Peak Digital Training is running a landscape photography courseSpringtime is the best time of year for photographing woodland flowers, and on May 5th  we will be visiting one of the finest bluebell woods in the Peak District. After some time there, we will move on to photograph some fine ruined industrial buildings nearby – including the steam engine house of a former lead mine, and an impressive stone cutting shed and well preserved blacksmiths shop in a former quarry. After a pub lunch, we will head onto Stanton Moor to photograph some of its very photogenic rock outcrops (possibly using long exposures to get some nice blurred skies), and also a stone circle if there is time. The course will start at 10.00am, and finish at 5.00pm, and will be limited to only 4 persons.

Landscape photography course in Lathkill Dale, Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesOn June 16th, we will be in Lathkill Dale in the heart of the Peak District – which is always a very popular location with our clients. This National Nature Reserve is a steep-sided limestone valley with a wide range of subject matter – including numerous weirs and waterfalls for practising long exposure techniques, old mine buildings, caves and impressive cliffs. It is also the best place in Britain for seeing the rare and beautiful Jacob’s Ladder flower – which should be in flower at this time. There is also a special surprise subject for you to try your skills on – which is almost certainly unique to this course! 

The dale is long and narrow, with few access points, so the course will involve walking about 4 miles during 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 strenuous. The course runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Our landscape photography 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. On these intermediate level courses, we concentrate less on the settings on your camera, and more on the creative side of landscape photography. As the number of people on each course is limited to only 4 people, these courses are less structured than our beginners’ courses, and are flexible enough to address the individual needs of different photographers.  

As these are intermediate level courses 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.

Subjects covered on these landscape workshops can include:

  • composition for picture impact
  • creative use of lens apertures and shutter speeds 
  • how to get the correct colour balance in your photos
  • tips for shooting in RAW format
  • using different types of filters
  • proper use of tripods

Apart from your camera and any lenses you want to bring, a decent tripod is essential – though we will be able to loan you one if you don’t already have one – and we will also have some filters for you to experiment with if you wish. We will also be bringing a laptop (loaded with various photo software) to allow us to view your images during the day – or you are of course welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet if you have one.

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 digital photography courses in other parts of Derbyshire and the Peak District.



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