Beginners Digital Photography Courses in the Peak District – Getting off Auto Mode

If you want to learn how to get beyond the “point and shoot” phase with your digital camera, join us on one of these digital photography courses for beginners in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.

Peak District photography workshops by Peak Digital Training. Photo © Chris James

Saturday May 25th -10.00am to 5.00pm. 

Saturday September 7th – 10.00am to 5.00pm. Places available.

Our beginners’ digital photography courses are not just for owners of digital slrs – they are suitable for any digital camera provided it can be used in other than “all-auto” or “scene” modes – whether it is a compact, bridge, mirrorless or dslr. On these one day workshops in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, you will learn solid, practical photographic techniques that will be relevant not only to your current camera, but also any other type of camera you may own in the future.

The courses are limited to just 6 places, which cost £99.00 per person. Please contact us to request a booking form.

Beginners and landscape photography courses in the Derbyshire Peak District by Peak Digital Training. Photo © Chris JamesOn these courses, you will learn how to take control of your camera’s basic settings for exposure using shutter speeds, lens apertures and ISO, and adjust colour and focus to ensure you get more consistent and predictable results more of the time. You will also be given a printed sheet for your particular make and model of camera, telling you in plain English exactly how to adjust the most important settings that we will be learning to use on the day.


“I really enjoyed the course on Saturday.  I learnt a lot and it was fun!  You had such enthusiasm, both for the location and photography in general.  I was impressed that you made the teaching relevant to each of our camera models rather than more general.  I have been telling my friends all about how good it was….”

The courses are being held at a private Field Centre in a beautiful rural location in the Peak District, just a few miles from Bakewell

Mountain pansies growing in the Peak District, where Peak Digital Training is running a photography course for beginners. Photo © Chris James
The rare mountain pansy grows on site – and some of them are the even rarer purple variety

The site is part of a Scheduled Monument for its archaeological importance, and also has protected status for its conservation value. It has an amazing range of subjects – including big wide horizons, barns and drystone walls, still life subjects, rare wild flowers for close-up photography and photogenic ruined industrial buildings. 

The courses are a mixture of classroom-based and outdoor training and are held in a 170 year old stone cottage, well away from roads and with its own car parking. It has toilets and drinks making facilities, and we will also have a computer and large monitor for the classroom part of the training – which will also allow us to review the photos you take straight away. 

“Just a short note to thank you for a superb beginners digital course yesterday. Beautifully delivered, easy to follow, excellent notes and just a great day. Surroundings are awesome. The change in settings and the information I can now see will make my snapshots better I am sure.” Richard”

For lunch, we usually go to the local pub – which is only 15 minutes’ walk away across the meadows – or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer.

There is little walking involved on the courses, as everything we need is right outside the door of the field centre. Most of the site is also relatively flat, so this course is also suitable for people who have some mobility problems (please contact us before booking to check suitability if that applies to you).

You can see more reviews from some of our hundreds of satisfied clients here.

Places cost £99.00 each (not including lunch), and the courses will each be limited to a maximum of 6 persons. Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information.

For more experienced photographers, we also run landscape photography courses in the Peak District. Click this link for details of all our other photography courses in the Peak District and Sheffield area.