MATLOCK AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Suitable for all abilities. Photograph stunning locations in and around the beautiful town of Matlock.
MATLOCK LOCATIONS photography workshop
PHOTOGRAPH LOCATIONS IN AND AROUND MATLOCK
24th February 2024
10:00 – 18:00
4 People Max
Transport provided from meeting point.
Easy Difficulty ( i )
Meet at Matlock
Join me on the 24th February to visit and photograph some stunning locations in and around the town of Matlock. Matlock tends to be quieter photographically but I spent 5 years living there and as such as I have a soft spot for the area and know most of the good locations.
I will have an arsenal of spots we can visit depending on the conditions. Black Rocks is a fantastic gritstone outcrop above Cromford which towers like an island in what is usually Limestone Country. We can explore the fantastic Stanton Moor or Robin Hoods Stride as well to see both woodland and gritstone formations. At Stanton Moor there is even a stone circle. Do you like rustic abandoned barns? I know of a fantastic one near Winster. Finally if the conditions are ripe, the avenue of trees above Darley Dale is another must visit.
This workshop will suit most people. It will be great if you are a beginner as there will be plenty of 1-2-1 time between each person but even if you are more experienced you can learn from my reading of conditions of the day and locations we pick. I will keep the locations within physical ability of the group as well.
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.
We will meet to do a meet and greet with myself and the other photographers at 10:00 before discussing the final plans for the day.
We will break for food around 14:00 and if time allows, look at our images on a laptop to discuss basic processing techniques within Adobe Lightroom. The day will conclude after sunset around 18:00.
Please note that although this workshop is listed as easy accessibility there may some short uphill sections. With enough time this is accessible to most and we will strive to do what the groups fitness as a whole dictates but please be aware of this. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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.
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.
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.
- Technical tuition
- Introduction to post-processing
I can also provide
- 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
- Personal insurance if applicable
Good to have
- A selection of lenses
- Remote Shutter
- Camera manual
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.