Early Autumn Landscapes in the Peak District

Peak District beginners landscape photography courses. Photo © Chris James

Saturday September 25th – 11.00am to 7.00pm. £95.00 per person.

As we move into September, the golden colours of autumn start to appear and the nights draw in. This intermediate level landscape photography course has been timed to take advantage of both, and will include photography at two different locations in the White Peak from late morning until just after sunset. 

There will be little walking involved on this course, and the bulk of it will be fairly flat – so well within the ability of most people.

The course will be limited to just four photographers – so everyone will receive plenty of individual attention and get their questions answered. It will also allow us to maintain social distancing.

Please contact us if you would like to request a booking form.

Peak District landscape photography course in Lathkill Dale. Photo © Chris JamesWe will start the day in Lathkill Dale (which is one of the Peak District’s most spectacular valleys and a National Nature Reserve), photographing the beautiful series of weirs on the River Lathkill. They are perfect for practising shooting moving water with different shutter speeds, while the warm colours of autumn will be reflected in the still pools behind them. A tripod will be needed for this (but we have some that you can borrow if you don’t already have one of your own), and we also have some sets of filters (polarising, neutral density and graduated neutral density) that you can borrow to enable you to get some nice long exposures to blur the movement of the water. 

We will break for lunch in a local pub (not included in the course price and COVID restrictions permitting) or you can of course bring a packed lunch if you prefer. The pub has the advantage of having toilets (there are no facilities in Lathkill Dale itself) and we will also be able to review the morning’s work on the laptop while we are indoors.

After lunch, we will go to a second nearby location that will be decided according to peoples’ preferences and the weather on the day. The options include an abandoned lead mine, which has very photogenic buildings and chimneys, and is in a superb open location to catch the light  during the afternoon, at golden hour and sunset time. Sunset will be at approx. 6.50pm, and the course will finish shortly afterwards.

Peak District photography workshops. Photo © Chris James

As this is an intermediate – rather than beginners’ level – course, 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 use shutter speeds, lens apertures and ISO to control exposure, and how to focus your camera, please come on one of our beginners’ level digital photography courses first, where we teach those skills.

The course is suitable for any type of digital stills camera that allows you to control the settings – particularly shutter speeds and apertures. The most suitable are digital slr or mirrorless cameras that have interchangeable lenses, but compact and bridge cameras may also be suitable (though some 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.

Subjects covered on this course may include:

  • composition for picture impact
  • creative use of lens apertures, shutter speeds and different types of lenses
  • how and when to use different types of filters on your lenses
  • 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
  • correct use of tripods

Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information about this course. 

We also run landscape and beginners’ level courses in other local areas. See here for details of all our other digital photography courses near Sheffield and in the Peak District.