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Full Day Peak District Photography Workshop

Learn to use your SLR digital camera to create beautiful images with this full day photography workshop in the Peak District.

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Enjoy a full day digital photography workshop in the Peak District, and learn some skills and techniques that will help you to get your camera off that Auto setting and start taking some really striking photos!

The photography workshop is taught by a professional photographer with years of experience, who knows just how to help you make the jump from simply 'point and shoot' photography to more carefully considered, aesthetically pleasing and technically interesting photographs. Your full day photograhy workshop will begin with an introduction and briefing of the day's itinerary. The firs thing you will discuss is your digital SLR camera - it's settings and functions, and how to adjust them. You will then have a lesson on aperture, shutter speed and ISO, discussing the effects of these on a photograph. You will learn how to overcome difficult light situations to capture a tricky shot, as well as how to use the built-in flash to best effect.  You will finally move on to talk about the aesthetics of a great photo; what the rules are, and when or why you could break them. You will learn about composition and framing to create interesting and beautiful shots, before heading off into the charming Peak District town of Bakewell to put theory into practice! Take photos of the gorgeous countryside and pretty town, using all the new tips and tricks you learned during the first part of the photography lesson. You can have your photos appraised at the end of the day if you wish, but for those of you who feel a little self-conscious, there is no obligation! You will receive a comprehensive booklet to take with you that explains everything you learned during the day, so even if you forget something, you can easily go back and brush up.

This Peak District photography workshop is a wonderful full day lesson, with a choice of delicious meat or vegetarian pie included for your lunch. It makes a great gift for creative people and budding photographers in Derbyshire, helping them improve their photography skills and capture special moments with just a little extra flair!

Minimum Age: 16
This is a full day photography course which runs from 10am to 4pm.
This class is not suitable for non-paying guests, however if friends or family want to join you for a pie at lunch, they can do so for a fee of just £5. This must be booked in advance to ensure availability.
The Peak District photography workshop is available to book throughout the year, with classes run most days.
Wear what you are comfortable in, with shoes that are comfy for walking.

You should bring a digital SLR camera with you to this photography lesson, as well as its instruction manual if you still have it. Bring a spare battery for your camera as it will be on for a long time, and a pen for making notes. 
The weather will not affect you Peak District photography lesson for the most part, however in wet conditions you may have to modify the walk portion of the lesson slightly. The workshop will go ahead in all weathers except heavy snow, where driving is dangerous.
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Question: Can I use my own camera for this experience?
Answer: Yes, you should bring your own camera to use throughout the day.

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If you have an interest in photography and the snazzy camera to go with it, but are unable to get off the Auto setting, this course is most certainly for you! To get some inside information about this interesting workshop and the history of the company, I spoke to Joy about the creation of Photos n Pixels.

1) Please explain your journey as ‘Photos n Pixels’ so far.

My interest in photography began about 30 years ago whilst studying for a Music degree!  I was at Bretton Hall College which is now the home of Yorkshire Sculpture Park  near Wakefield and the main College building was a stately home. This opened my eyes and taught me to appreciate art, sculpture, architecture and most of all, the countryside around us which inspired and ignited my lifelong passion for photography.

I work in many areas of photography both as a working photographer doing weddings and more recently as a photographer/trainer in large companies and now with my own workshops.   I realise that there are a lot of people out there with ‘all singing, all dancing’  - very sophisticated cameras but who use them all the time on the ‘Auto’ setting!! There is so much more you can do with your camera and so I put together my skills as a communicator with my experience and knowledge of photography and my workshops were the result!!

The workshops provide an environment for like-minded people to indulge in a day of learning about their camera functions and settings without all the usual interruptions of everyday life.   I find it very rewarding as I often have people who have owned a camera of some sort or another for many years but have never had the confidence or knowledge to use it to its full potential  - the best parts of my job are those ‘eureka’ moments when students in the workshop achieve results they never thought possible or were just images that ‘professionals’  take!!

Of course not all cameras are the same and there will be a broad cross section of makes of camera in one workshop – I find out the models of camera beforehand and carefully put people next to others who have the same make and/or model to ensure that they get the best possible experience for their own benefit – whilst also keeping them with their companions if they have come with others.  I love the challenge of keeping up with all the latest features on the latest models as they are constantly evolving and improving the technology.

I get people from all walks of life on my workshops – from new Mums and Dads with babies they want to capture in an image,  to newly retired people who want to take up a challenging hobby – they all have their own reasons for wanting to learn more about their cameras, get them off Auto get better images!

Photos n Pixels 52) Is there any inside information you can give us?

At the workshops in Bakewell we also partake of local ‘pie n peas' at lunchtime – brought to us straight out of the oven from a local baker – they are delicious and people who live near enough come back time and again for more!! This all adds up to making the day an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

There are two sides to the photography coin nowadays – you need skills with your camera yes, but the digital age has opened up a whole new world for photographers and has enabled them to enhance and improve images on the computer afterwards using the industry standard software – ‘Adobe Photoshop”.

3) What exciting plans do you have for the future?

At the moment I only run two workshops – ‘Getting to Know Your Digital Camera’and ‘Photoshop for Beginners and Intermediates’  however I do have plans to do more ‘photography workshops’  some on specialist areas like wildlife photography and weddings – watch this space!!

I am also looking into doing the workshops in different areas around the country.

4) What's your most frequently asked question?

The photographer’s version of Photoshop is known as ‘Elements’ and is a cut down version of the full programme at a tenth of the price – yet is is perfectly adequate for all the requirements of  image enhancement or manipulation.   I think one of the most frequently asked questions I get is :

"Will Photoshop Elements be sufficient for my Photography needs as it is soo much cheaper than the full Photoshop CS suite!?"

The answer to that is a resounding YES definitely!

Photoshop is fun and addictive and is a great way to spend winter evenings when you can't go out with your camera!

My Photoshop workshop makes a great follow on from the Getting to Know Your Camera workshop!!

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