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

We would like to reassure our clients that they can confidently book a place on a course during the coronavirus pandemic in the knowledge that, if the course has to be postponed, we will do our best to reschedule it at a later date. If we are not able to do so, you will be offered a place on an alternative course or a refund of the course fee. See here for further details.

Saturday May 16th – 10.30am to 5.30pm

Saturday June 27th – 10.30am to 5.30pm

Saturday September 5th – 10.30am to 5.30pm

Saturday October 3rd – 10.30am to 5.30pm

Each of these courses is limited to just 6 places, which cost £90.00 per person. Please contact us to request a booking form.

We are also running beginners’ level courses over the summer months on the moors near Sheffield. See here for details of our beginners’ photography courses near Sheffield.

If you want to learn how to get beyond the “point and shoot” phase with your digital camera, but are confused by its complexity, join us on one of these digital photography courses for beginners in the Derbyshire Peak District. These 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 – compact, bridge, mirrorless or dslr – on these one day workshops 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.

Meadows and drystone wall in the Peak District © Chris JamesYou 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. 

Here’s what two of our clients have said about the course:

“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

Another lady wrote: “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….”

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

These courses are held at a private Field Centre in a beautiful rural location in the Peak District, not far from Bakewell. They are a mixture of classroom based training in the morning, and outdoors practice in the afternoon (so they are less dependant on the great British weather than most courses!). For lunch, we will 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.

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

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

The rare mountain pansy grows on site – and some of them are the even rarer purple variety

The private Field Centre we use for these courses is in a fantastic rural location in the Derbyshire Peak District, only a few miles from Bakewell. It is in a 170 year old stone cottage, well away from roads and with its own car parking. It is part of a site which is a Scheduled Monument for its archaeology, and also has protected status for its conservation value. It has toilets and drinks making facilities, and we will also have a computer and large monitor for the classroom part of the training, and also so that we can review the photos you take straight away.

Places cost £90.00 each (not including lunch), and each course will be limited to a maximum of 6 persons. Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information.

We also run landscape photography courses in the Peak District for more experienced photographers. Click here for details of all our other photography courses in the Peak District and Sheffield area.

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