Beginners’ Wild flower and Close-Up Photography in the Peak District

Saturday, May 26th. 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Cost: £85.00 per person.

Mountain pansies growing in the Peak District, where Peak Digital Training is running a wild flower photography course.

Rare mountain pansies grow on site – and some are the even rarer purple variety

This one day course has been timed to take advantage of the spectacular show of spring flowers in the Peak District. It is being held at an iconic location where you can expect to be able to photograph cowslips and early purple orchids – as well as some nationally rare species such as leadwort and mountain pansies. The site is designated as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation for its important flora, which should be looking at its best at this time of year. In addition, the site is a Scheduled Monument, and offers fantastic landscape and industrial architecture subjects.

Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information. You can also see here for details of our photography courses for beginners or more experienced photographers in other parts of the Peak District.

This course is a beginners’  level course, aimed primarily at people who would like to improve their close-up and landscape photography techniques. The skill level is the same as our Beginners’ Digital Photography – Part 2 courses, and it is particularly important that you already know how to control focussing with your camera before coming on this course (so if you don’t know how to do that, consider coming on one of our Beginners’ Digital Photography – Part 1 courses before you attempt this one).

Wild flower photography course in the Derbyshire Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesOn this course, you will learn:

  • how to control subject movement (eg flowers blowing in the wind)
  • getting accurate focus – particularly on small subjects
  • how to isolate subjects from their background
  • controlling and modifying the light on small subjects
  • which lenses/zoom settings work best for photographing wild flowers and landscapes

The course is suitable for users of any type of digital camera (compact, bridge or interchangeable lens slr or compact system camera). It is not necessary to have a special macro lens – though do bring it along if you already have one – as you will be surprised to learn just how much you can do with whatever lens came as standard with your camera!

There will be very little walking involved on the day to find subjects, as everything is within a couple of hundred yards of the field centre where we will be based. As you will need to be able to get low enough to the ground to photograph the smaller flowers, this course is unfortunately not suitable for people with mobility problems. In addition to the flowers, there is plenty of other subject matter on the site, (including very photogenic ruined mine buildings) and we will have a computer set up inside the field centre, to allow you to view and assess your photographs as you take them.

For lunch, we will go to a local pub, which does great food at reasonable prices, and is only 15 minutes’ walk away across flower-rich meadows.

The course will be limited to six persons, with places costing £85.00 each (not including lunch). Please contact us to request a booking form if you would like to reserve a place.



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