Stanton Moor Winter Landscapes Course

Peak District stone circle. Photo © Chris James

Saturday December 4th – 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. Only 1 place still available.

This course will be limited to just 4 photographers. Places cost £95.00 each. Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information about this course. 

This course will explore some of the wonderful photographic subjects around Stanton Moor, between Bakewell and Matlock in the Peak District. We will spend the first part of the day in one of the former sandstone quarries which surround the moor. Stanton Moor has been prized for its fine grained stone for centuries (the paving for Trafalgar Square came from here), and the quarry we will visit still retains plenty of interesting features from its industrial past – even though they have now been softened and reclaimed by nature.

Stone cutting shed in a former Peak District quarry © Chris JamesApart from the impressive 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. The low light of winter makes this a great time for photographing these subjects – all of which are within easy walking distance from where we will park. 

We’ll go for lunch in a nearby pub (or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer), which will also give us a chance to view the mornings work on the laptop we will bring. After that we will go to one or more other locations nearby. These could include a lovely little stone circle and Bronze Age burial chamber (see the image above), tucked away in woodlands, that most people don’t know exist – so we will hopefully have it to ourselves! The best time of day to photograph it is in the afternoon, when it is backlit by shafts of light coming through the trees. One to one photography training courses in the Peak District, Derbyshire and East Midlands by Peak Digital Training. Photo © Chris JamesThere are also other features on and around Stanton Moor, including the famous Cork Stone. This natural sandstone outcrop is a fine subject in its own right, but also a great subject for long exposure skycapes if cloud conditions are right.

The course will run until 5.30pm, which will allow us to take photos during golden hour and also at sunset.

This landscape 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. A tripod will be needed for this course (but we have some that you can borrow if you don’t already have one of your own), and we also have sets of various filters (neutral density, graduated neutral density and polarising) that you can borrow as well.

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.

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.