Explore Eryri (Snowdonia) and photograph autumnal highlights



November 9th 2024
09:00 – 17:00
4 People Max
Transport provided from meeting point
Easy/Medium Difficulty ( i )
Autumn in Eryri Photography Workshop
Providing it is dry, the Fairy Glen near Betws-Y-Coed is a fantastic place to photograph the autumn colours.
Meet at Betws-Y-Coed (or travel with me from Wrexham)
Start: 09:00
(£40 Deposit)

Join me on November 9th to explore autumnal landscapes in the fantastic Eryri National Park (formerly Snowdonia). I have a great little route starting at Betws-Y-Coed heading to Llanberis to take in some of the fantastic locations along the way.

We will start off at the fantastic Penmachno Bridge, where a roman style bridge crosses over the river Machno and is just a photographer’s dream. Just down the road is Fairy Glen where providing it’s not too slippy, we can go down and photograph some long exposures passing through this magical place.

After here we will head over to Swallow Falls, a fantastic large waterfall which really comes to life in autumn.

Next we will spend some time near Llanberis and I have a few locations in mind depending on time. There are the fantastic birch trees which line Dinowic Quarry (we may also head into the quarry if there’s time) and are great photographed from afar. There’s another small quarry above Llanberis which has a fantastic monolith of a rock surrounded by trees with views up the Llanberis Pass.

Finally, our sunset spot will be the very easy to reach but super photogenic lone tree on Llyn Padarn.

I have rated this workshop easy/medium. Most locations are within minutes of the car but as we will be around waterfalls you should be sure of your footing as it can often be slippy at this time of the year.

There are multiple pay to enter locations on this workshop and entry fees are included in the workshop.

We will meet at 09:00 for a meet and greet with everyone before heading out to our first location. We will break approx. 1pm for lunch at a cafe and if there’s time there will be a quick introduction to post-processing in Lightroom to give you an idea of my workflow. We will be out until sunset around 17:00. If you are travelling via Wrexham, you are more than welcome to travel with me.

Throughout the day we will look at techniques such as focusing, using a tripod, use of filters vs exposure blending, composition, working with the light and more. This is largely photographic walk and as such, we will build techniques throughout the day and the aim is to put what we have learnt into practice for the sunset at the Trinnacle.

I am more than happy to discuss other more advanced techniques on 1-2-1 basis as well as to the group, depending on what is beneficial.

The day is tailored around you as much as possible and I strive to give each of you on the course for that day the best day possible. At the end of the day, you will have hopefully learnt new techniques and taken away some imagery you will be proud of. I am a friendly and relaxed tutor and I welcome you to keep in touch with me after the course to ask me any questions you may have looked over on the day. I have also created a Facebook client area where you can keep in touch, share your photos and keep in touch with other attendees from the day.

There will be a maximum group size of 4 meaning there will be plenty of 1-2-1 time. I will be on hand throughout the day for any questions and my focus will be on ensuring you have the best day possible.

There is a £40 deposit required to secure your place on this workshop with the balance due no later than 6 weeks before the workshop.

Whats Included?

  • Technical tuition
  • Advice
  • Transport
  • Introduction to post-processing

I can also provide (group share)

  • Tripod
  • Set of filters

What You Need

  • Suitable outdoor clothing (No jeans or trainers)
  • Camera with spare battery(s) and SD card
  • Walking boots
  • Tripod (Can also loan)
  • Food & Drink
  • Transport
  • Personal insurance if applicable

Good to have

  • A selection of lenses
  • Remote Shutter
  • Filters
  • Camera manual

Difficulty Description

Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. It will also largely be dictated by your own perception and also your previous experience in this kind of environment. The rating is a rough guide and in context to the type of workshop e.g. a hill-walking workshop moderate is different to a standard day workshop moderate. I have tried to explain more about the day in the description above also.

This workshop is listed as easy/medium. Most people should be ok to attend and complete these workshops but please read on so you can understand the terrain. Most locations will be approx. 15 minutes from the car with returns to the car between locations. However you may be covering some steep ground over mixed-terrain. Some footpaths may be paved, however please also expect natural trails of a stable surface where you may encounter natural and unavoidable features such as rocks, tree roots, mud etc. It is unlikely we will be off the beaten track and these paths will be well used and popular. Once we arrive at our photography location we may be off the main path and as such extra care must be taken with any potential hazards. I will advise if I can see any hazards and if you are unsure, please ask. On these workshops, while the locations are easy on their own, we will inevitably walk a fair distance over the course without realising and you can expect to walk anywhere between 3 and 6 miles in a day.