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. We will spend the first part of the day photographing various subjects and may photograph some woodland or waterfalls too where we will be out of the harsh ligt of summer. We will utilise this time to practice camera technique and composition so we are well prepared for capturing a sunset later on amongst the heather.

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 12:30 and do a meet and greet with the other photographer’s to get to know each other before heading out. As mentioned before the first part of the day is just practising to get ready for the sunset and will be at a relaxed pace in somewhere like Padley Gorge.

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.

Throughout the day we will look at techniques such as focusing, 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.