Dorset Photography Workshops
Photograph the stunning Jurassic Coast
Small group photography workshops
Photograph Dorset's UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast
Dorset is a great region for a photography workshop and one of the most varied. A UNESCO World Heritage Site; The Jurassic Coast is recognised for its outstanding rocks, fossils and landforms. Here, the Isle of Purbeck presents us with some fabulous possibilities for landscape photography with some truly iconic locations.
You will learn…
- Appropriate camera settings
- Working with the light
- Composition techniques
- Depth of field & focusing
- Exposure & the histogram
- Use of filters
- Long exposures with water
- Suitable for all except the complete beginner
- Moderate – Good – one walk of up to 2 miles on the flat, very steep slopes to Durdle Door & Corfe Castle viewpoints. Moderate slope to Seacombe.
- Ian Middleton
Learn photography on the beautiful Jurassic Coast
Sweeping Dorset Coastal Views
The great rock arch of Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most famous landmarks. Along with neighbouring Man O’ War Bay with its sweeping crescent shaped beach, it provides for sweeping views of the dramatic coastline.
The white chalk cliffs at Old Harry Rocks catch the sun beautifully and the fascinating fossil and rock formations at Kimmeridge Bay offer great potential when its incredible rock ledges are exposed at low tide.
Swanage beachfront, with its weathered groynes and the wonderful old Victorian pier, provides a chance to work on long exposures and capturing movement. We’ll have a selection of Kase filters available for you to try so don’t worry if you don’t have any, plus we will be on hand to offer advice on how and when to use them.
The opportunities for photography are endless on this stretch of stunning coastline but we will also take you inland, to explore a little of Dorset’s delightful countryside.
The romantic ruins of nearby Corfe Castle are unmissable and often subject to misty mornings at this time of year. In addition, we’ll be photographing the impressive avenue of beach trees near Kingston Lacey which is a sight to behold.
Expert, Small Group Tuition
Tutor Ian Middleton has been photographing Dorset for many years and knows the area intimately.
All the locations are researched thoroughly so, as well as receiving expert tuition, you can be sure that you will be in the right spots at the best time of day to make the most of them.
Our Dorset photography workshop has a relaxed format and along with photographing some stunning locations, you will be able to enjoy delicious pub food each night and comfortable accommodation with a small group of like minded people.
Dorset Photography Workshop - General Information
The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography so photographers of all levels of experience are welcome however it is not suitable for the complete beginner.
Over the course of the workshop we will help you to get the most from your camera, and work with you on composition and camera technique to enable you to capture the best images possible ‘in-camera’.
We will give you both practical and technical advice, as well as individual guidance and hands on demonstrations in the field, at locations chosen to both challenge and inspire you. We will also look at the creative side of photography and developing your vision.
A minimum of 4 participants are required for this workshop to proceed.
We will meet at 4:00pm on the first afternoon at the Castleton b&b for an introductory talk and discussion on each participants needs and aims – an essential aspect of ensuring that every participant gets as much as possible from the course. You will also at this stage be briefed on the programme for the following 3 days.
Our photography will commence later that day with an evening/sunset shoot and run through until 5pm on the final day. There will be an optional sunset shoot for those who want it on the final day.
We will visit a number of diverse locations, all of which will offer you numerous challenges and provide you with ample opportunity to practice a number of techniques. There will also be the opportunity for dawn (conditions permitting) and dusk photographic shoots.
Time allowing, we hope to have the opportunity to review your images in our image critique sessions, when you’ll be able to discuss them with your tutors, and receive constructive feedback as we look back on our photography.
The workshop has a relaxed format and is designed to be enjoyable as well as well as educational, so aside of improving your photography you can also enjoy the beautiful surroundings and most importantly have fun! There will also be time to relax and chat over dinner in the evening
We will have one to two vehicles to take us between locations each day. A volunteer driver will be required if numbers dictate, and fuel reimbursed at the rate of 22p a mile.
Our base for pick ups and drop offs will be the conveniently located Castleton B&B Please make your reservation directly with the b&b by telephone or email, quoting ‘Image Seen’ when booking to get the best rate.
Moderate – Good.
There is a steep walk down (and back up!) to Durdle Door and a steep climb up to the viewpoints for Corfe castle. There is also a 25 minute moderately sloping walk to Seacombe.
- DSLR or mirrorless camera with ideally both wide angle and telephoto lenses
- Cable/remote release
- Whilst not essential, you will benefit from bringing neutral density graduated filters; a polariser and a neutral density filter.
- It is also recommended that you also bring a rain cover for your camera.
- A laptop and card reader is useful to select and review your images for the purpose of our image critiques but not essential.
Before buying any equipment or if you are unsure of what to bring, please email email@example.com for more information.
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