Mark Lakeman and I are co-leading a fabulous workshop on my home patch of Dartmoor. This is an exceptional springtime landscape workshop to take advantage of the beautiful carpets of wild bluebells and fabulous white hawthorn trees, which bloom in abundance throughout the end of May. There are beautiful rivers, fabulous viewpoints and possibly misty forests to explore and photograph - a friendly and local workshop not to be missed.
Dartmoor is an array of classic photographic subjects, but one of the beauties about a springtime visit is the carpets of bluebells, which unlike beach woodlands, occur in abundance in the outdoors, across hillsides. With a ‘second spring’ occurring at the end on May, the greens will be in their absolute peak of saturation, making good photography available anytime of the day. These are also exceptional for infrared photography, something David will be demonstrating throughout the weekend.
We will also shoot wildflowers which are in abundance. The hedgerows are brimming with colour and a detailed look can reveal some truly beautiful subjects for macro photography.
Based on Dartmoor itself, we will be on location and not too far from shelter should the weather change. The changeable light can work to our total advantage, so expect to be shooting at all times and taking advantage of the dawn and evening light.
Whether expert or beginner, there is something for everyone. Expect technical and compositional advice as well as evenings of helpful conversation and post processing assistance guaranteed.
Buckfastleigh Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Devon at 11am.
You need to be capable of walking for sustained periods, along footpaths and up moderate inclines. There will be no strenuous activity but it is advised that you take walks before the trips so you can cope with three days of photography.
Yes, we will be making the most of the times of good light, but we will be active at any time of day, as moorland conditions like cloudbursts and rainbows can be utterly spectacular, but the weather is usually very stable this time of year. Dawn is very early, around 6am, meaning a 4.30am rise, so if you are too exhausted and would prefer to sleep in, that is perfectly fine.
Ensure you bring good quality footwear. Walking boots are not essential as walking shoes should suffice, but bring a pair of wellingtons with thick socks as the ground may become boggy in places or we may need to cross shallow streams. Dartmoor will be much warmer at the end of May than the earlier winter months, but don’t get caught out. Ensure a hat and gloves are part of your wardrobe as early mornings can see significant drops in temperature.
An array of focal lengths will always benefit the Dartmoor photographer. A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities.The most used will be the 24-70 as wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered.
Although not essential, its a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
I make a point of tutoring all my clients on digital photography to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and an Adobe Influencer and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£495 / Deposit of £100.00