Join me on the 30th October for a packed day of photographing autumn at its best in the Peak District.
Autumn becomes such a colourful time in the Peak District, with the vibrant purples of heather season long gone. Now it’s the turn of yellows, oranges and reds to completely transform the landscape, giving its final hoorah before the colour is gone for winter.
The best two weeks of Autumn are typically the last week of October and the first week of November. This is when there are usually enough leaves on the trees in vibrant colours while plenty have fell to carpet the ground.
On this workshop we will visit the fantastic Padley Gorge first off. This is a true mecca for autumnal colours in the Peak District including stunning woodland and cascades. Next, we will have a hunt for some autumn woodland. This could be at Ladybower or Bole Hill depending on the conditions on the day.
We will finish with a sunset above the Birch Trees on Froggatt Edge where there is usually a great display of autumn colours mixed with classic gritstone views.
If you want to attend both workshops on this weekend, the locations will be different on both days.
The light at this time of year is good throughout the day and should allow us to get some great photos.
We will meet at 10:00 to do a meet and greet with the other photographer’s and myself before moving on to our first location.
We will break for lunch around 14:00 and if time allows, look at some of my own previous images on a laptop to discuss basic processing techniques within Adobe Lightroom. The day will conclude after sunset around 18:00
What if the weather is poor? Don’t worry, unless it’s torrential all day, I have plenty of locations that suit a variety of weather and with my experience, you will still get to the best locations possible and you will still get some great images, for example waterfalls are brilliant for those overcast days. As we are in the UK, we see more grey than we do yellow and I am well adapted to getting us to the best spots if we need to change itinerary. This may even include chasing the light, with my knowledge of how the weather works in certain areas and using forecasts, webcams and other tools on the day to help us make those decisions, which I will share with you. We will spend a lot of time working on technique and composition and most of the day is designed to work up until that hopeful sunset so you have the skills to get the best you can at the end of the day. So even if we don’t get the weather or even that sunset you will have learnt a load of new skills, even if you are a more advanced photographer which you can take away with you and use on your next photographic outing.
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.
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.
Upon booking you will be provided with a questionnaire to fill out which is a requirement of attending. I will also provide a recommended kit list and what to bring.
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.
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. 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.