Peak District Photography Courses for Beginners

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 beautiful Derbyshire Peak District.

Peak District landscape photography course in spring. Photo © Chris James

Saturday May 8th – 10.00am to 5.00pm around Stanton Moor. 

This course has now taken place but you can see details of our next beginners’ photography courses here.

To ensure plenty of individual attention from the tutor, as well as to ensure adequate social distancing, each of these courses are limited to just 5 places, which cost £95.00 per person.

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 a 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.

“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….”

On 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. 

Please contact us if you would like a booking form for this course.

The course on May 8th is taking place around Stanton Moor, and has been timed to catch the spring display of bluebells. We will visit several locations during the day, all of which are only a short and easy walk from where we will park our cars.

One will be a former large sandstone Stone cutting shed in a former Peak District quarry © Chris Jamesquarry which has been recolonised by nature, but still has plenty of interesting features from its industrial past. Apart from the sheer quarry faces, there are abandoned millstones, a well-preserved blacksmith’s forge and a large stone cutting shed – all of which make for some great subject matter. 

Stanton Moor, where Peak Digital Training is running a landscape photography courseWe will spend the rest of the day on Stanton Moor, which is one of Britain’s most important archaeological landscapes, and has stone circles, over 30 burial cairns, and paved packhorse roads. There are also numerous relics of the C20th quarrying industry, including the remains of buildings and quarry cranes, and abandoned millstones. Of particular interest to us photographers are several natural stone outcrops and sandstone pillars – including the famous Cork Stone (see above).

We will have a break for lunch at a local pub (not included in the course price, and coronavirus restrictions permitting) or else you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. The course will run until 5.00pm.

There are only 5 places available on this course – please contact us if you would like a booking form to reserve your place.

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