The Dark Peak - Outcrops and Edges

31st August 2015

On this half day workshop we will head to some of the higher areas of the Peak District to make the most of the weathered gritstone scenery that gives this part of the Peak its name. Meeting at Edale, we'll have a wander up onto Kinder Scout - doing the loop of Grindsbrook Clough and possibly even venturing onto the northern edges. This is, personally, my favourite walk in the north of England and never fails to provide the perfect mix of drama and beauty - no matter what the weather throws at us.

The workshop will in most cases consist of a mid-length circular walk over steep, rough and occasionally boggy ground - although largely along well worn paths, taking in a number of well known views along the way at which points we'll stop to take our photographs. So the aim of this workshop will be a balance between three things:
  • Gaining confidence on the hills and coming down in the dark, along with general tips and advice on dealing with the elements as a photographer.
  • Learning how to find locations and the thought processes involved in composition whilst on the move.
  • The usual key points of technique and composition that you'd find on any old workshop - ideal for beginners but also useful for those proficient with a camera but wanting to find a new perspective.

Often one of the hardest things when starting out in landscape photography is getting comfortable being out in the hills after dark - but I hope to show that this is is not as scary as you might first imagine, and is, if anything, the most amazing time to be outside.

Sat 5th May 2018

Necessary Items
  • Tripod - not too heavy as you could be carrying it up steep hills
  • Waterproofs - changeable conditions can mean getting wet at short notice
  • Some sort of camera cover (a carrier bag or large sandwich bag will do)
  • Plenty of warm layers for standing around in strong wind for long periods
  • A torch of some kind, head torches are highly recommended - I can point you in the direction of inexpensive ones beforehand if you let me know
  • Food to keep you going out on the hill
  • Plenty of liquids. Water you can easily drink on the move and perhaps a warm flask of coffee for when we stop
  • Decent walking boots