BUXTON PEAK DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Photograph the best beauty spots that surround the market town of Buxton in the Peak District
VIEWPOINTS AROUND BUXTON PEAK DISTRICT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
PHOTOGRAPH LANDSCAPE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HILLS AND VIEWS SURROUNDING BUXTON
February 25th 2024
10:00 – 18:00
4 People Max
Transport provided from meeting point
Easy/Moderate Difficulty ( i )
Meet at Poole’s Cavern, Buxton
Join me on the 25th February for a packed day of photographing the areas surrounding Buxton in the Peak District.
Buxton is a large and wonderful town that actually has the Peak District’s borders run around it. It is also the highest market town in England. With its fantastic location amongst some of the best the Peak District has to offer you are well rewarded with great access to both limestone and gritstone. I regularly run workshops in this area as it offers a great selection of locations with a lot of variety and some great spots to practice various technical and compositional elements. I have a regular route that works really well.
Buxton sits on the cusp between the White Peak limestone and the South-West Peak’s gritstone.
We may start by visiting one of Buxton’s most infamous landmarks, Solomon’s Temple on Grin Low. This Victorian hill marker stands high above the town and offers great views across Buxton. It’s an easy-to-get-to location with a good path, even if a little steep and it will warm us up for the rest of the day.
We will then move to Three Shires head to practice our waterfall skills. This little waterfall runs under a characterful pack-horse bridge on the borders of Cheshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire, hence the name. In olden times, it would be used by outlaws to cross boundaries and escape jurisdiction of the police. Nowadays it is a much more peaceful spot. Here we get to spend a good amount of time working slowly and practicing the use of ND filters.
Next, we will visit one of the Peak District’s best examples of a limestone pavement up on High Edge. While it may not be up to the standards of the Yorkshire Dales, it’s still a great place to visit especially with the world war bunkers at the top just adding to the interest.
For a sunset we will head over to the Hitter Hill which offers easy access but at the same time stunning views over Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill and is in my opinion one of the best locations in the Peak District.
We will meet at Poole’s Cavern car park at 10:00 for a meet and greet with myself and the other photographer’s before making our way up to Solomon’s Temple.
We will break for lunch around 14:00 and if time allows, look at some of my images on a laptop to discuss basic processing techniques within Adobe Lightroom. The day will conclude after sunset around 18:00 allowing time to walk down.
Throughout the day we will look at techniques such as focusing, use of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Technical tuition
- Introduction to post-processing
I can also provide (group share)
- Set of filters
What You Need
- Suitable outdoor winter clothing (No jeans or trainers)
- Camera with spare battery(s) and SD card
- Walking boots
- Tripod (Can also loan)
- Camera manual
- Food & Drink
- Personal insurance
Good to have
- Camera with a selection of lenses
- Remote Shutter
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/moderate. Locations could be approx. 30 minutes walk 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 you may be expected to walk around 6 miles in a day, with breaks between each location.