Photograph the best beauty spots that surround the market town of Buxton in the Peak District



September 26th 2021
12:00 – 20:00
4 People Max
Transport provided from meeting point for those happy to car share.
Easy/Moderate Difficulty ( i )
Hitter Hill Peak District Photography Workshop
Hitter Hill is an easy-to-access hill with stunning views over the amazing Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill. A classic viewpoint and one that is just a stones throw from Buxton. A possibility for our sunset location.
Meet at Pooles Cavern
Start: 12:00
(£40 Deposit)

Join me on the 26th September for a packed day of photographing the areas surrounding Buxton in the Peak District.

Buxton is a large town falling just outside of the Peak District due to the National Parks borders actually forming a keyhole around the town. This means it’s an ideal base to photograph some of the fantastic locations in the area. 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 will 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 and 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.

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.

We will meet at Poole’s Cavern car park at 12:00 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 16:00 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 20:00.

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, 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.

Whats Included?

  • Technical tuition
  • Advice
  • Transport (If permitted)
  • Introduction to post-processing (subject to COVID restrictions)

I can also provide

  • 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)
  • Camera manual
  • Food & Drink
  • Transport
  • Personal insurance if applicable

Good to have

  • DSLR with a selection of lenses
  • Remote Shutter
  • Filters

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/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.