Capture a seasonal highlight as the purple heather ravishes the otherwise brown moorlands of the Peak District

heather in the peak district photography workshop


11th August 2024
13:00 – 21:00
4 People Max
Transport provided from meeting point
Easy Difficulty ( i )
Heather in the Peak District Photography Workshop
The Kit Kat Stones are an iconic and very easy to reach location on Higger Tor and feature in many shots, especially at sunrise. However in summer, when the heather is out they receive beautiful sidelight at sunset and make for a stunning image.
Meet at Hathersage
Start: 13:00
(£40 Deposit)

Each year, the brown moorlands of the Peak District comes to life for roughly 3 weeks when the heather turns to a vivid purple ravishing the moors. It is a visual spectacle, with landscapes completely transformed. It becomes a photographer’s paradise.

On this workshop we will look at spending a day out in the Peak District to capture the heather at its best. 

The moors around Hathersage are some of the best the Peak District has to offer and this day is designed around spending time high up on the edges and moors to capture the heather. Most of the locations will be approx 15-20 minutes from the car with not a lot of ascent involved in comparison to the view you get.

We will spend the initial part of the day checking out some classic spots but as the light might still be a little harsh this will be a time to concentrate on composition and the technical aspects of photography. You will hopefully still get some photos you are proud of but our main objective for the day is having everything polished to capture sunset.

We have plenty of areas to choose from for sunset but the pinnacle of heather locations in the Peak District has to be Millstone Edge and Over Owler Tor. This small but diverse area has so many different compositions to photograph and to top it off is the best display of heather in the Peak District year on year.

We will meet at 13:00 and do a meet and greet with the other photographer’s to get to know each other before heading out. 

We will break for some food around 16:30 and if there’s time we will do an introduction to post-processing to show you the basics of Lightroom and how to edit an image. The day will finish after sunset plus the time it takes to walk back to the car, approx 21:00.

Upon booking you will be sent an order confirmation. email which includes meeting details, kit-list, discount codes and a questionnaire for you to fill out. This questionnaire just allows me to get information about you so I can plan the day appropriately for the whole group.

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.

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.

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

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. 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.