Peak District Landscape Photography Courses

Our next landscape photography course will be taking place on:

Saturday November 30th 9.30am – 4.30pm. Waterfalls in autumn. Only two places still available.

Please scroll down for more details of this course.

Photographer on a landscape photography course in Derbyshire © Chris JamesThis intermediate level course will be limited to just 4 people, allowing everyone to get plenty of individual attention. Places cost £85.00 per person (not including food or drink) – click here to request a booking formor if you need any further information. 

On our 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 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
  • 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 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. Compact and bridge cameras may also be suitable, but they may have certain limitations due to their small sensor sizes, and whether or not filters can be attached to them. Please contact us for advice if you are unsure whether your camera is suitable.

A tripod will also be 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.

As these are all 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, use exposure compensation, read histograms, and set the exact point of focus, please see here for details of our beginners’ level digital photography courses where we teach those skills.


Our course on November 30th is being held in a sheltered little valley near Matlock, which boasts some of the finest waterfalls in the whole of Derbyshire. The valley drops almost 200ft in height over just a few hundred yards, and the stream has also been used to provide water power since at least the C17th. There are extensive remains of 6 mills in the valley – which has resulted in it being listed as a scheduled ancient monument. The mill buildings are built of local gritstone, and preserved in a state of “picturesque decay” – providing some excellent subject matter in themselves. All of this is enhanced by the wonderful colours of autumn – with plenty of beech trees to provide a golden carpet of leaves. Here are a series of photos taken on a previous course by Laura Wharton:

Although the valley is steep in places, there are good paths and steps. Near some of the mill buildings there is even stone paving right up to the edge of the stream – allowing unusually easy and safe access for photography. Because the valley is so compact, little walking will be necessary and we will never be more than 15 minutes’ walk away from our cars. For lunch, we will go to a local pub, where we will also be able to review the morning’s work on the laptop. The sun sets at about 4.10pm, so we will be able to take pictures right through golden hour and past sunset time before the course finishes at 4.30pm.

If this course date is not convenient for you, why not consider some one to one photography training at a place and time that best suits you?

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