Join me on the 21st 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.
During the day, we will visit from 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 17:00 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.
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.
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 but we will discuss as a group on the day.
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.
Below is an explanation of the difficulty for the workshop. It will also largely be dictated by your own perception and experience. 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.