Photograph until sunset on the longest day of the year with some of the highlights of the Peak District

summer solstice peak district photography workshop


20th June 2024
14:00 – 22:00
4 People Max
Transport Provided From Meeting Point
Easy Difficulty ( i )
Peak District Summer Solstice Photography Workshop
A previous summer solstice photography workshop, capturing the longest day of the year at sunset at Magpie Mine.
Meet at Buxton
Start: 14:00
(£40 Deposit)

Join me on the 20th June to capture the summer solstice at sunset.

The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year when the sun sets at 21:37. It marks a change from unsociable photography hours retreating to make way for the darker nights. Join me on a workshop to capture the event and celebrate the occasion.

We will spend the full day photographing the Peak District, working on our composition and camera techniques throughout the day to best help you capture a great photo when the sunset comes round. The day is typically suitable for all levels of photographers as I try to divide my time equally on a 1-2-1 basis to ensure you are learning what you can in the time provided.

During the day, we will visit waterfalls and woodland as the mid-day sun will be high in the sky and the light harsh. We will try and choose an appropriate location for the sunset that will be quiet such as Magpie Mine. Unfortunately typical solstice locations such as Arbor Low and Nine Ladies Stone Circle become too busy to even contemplate.

We will initially meet at 14:00 to do a meet and greet with each other before heading out to somewhere like Lathkill Tufa Weir or Padley Gorge to do some waterfall photography.

We will break for some food around 18:00 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.

Most of this workshop will be easy accessibility with walks from the car being around 15 minutes each way. We may walk longer depending on the conditions and group ability but we will discuss as a group on the day.

We will then finish the day at sunset, putting into practice our skills learnt throughout the day to photograph hopefully the best part of the day in glorious golden light spreading across the landscape.

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.

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.