Wildflower Photography Workshop

Wildflower Photography Workshop – Derbyshire, Peak District.

Join me on this wildflower photography workshop for a fantastic opportunity to capture the stunning displays of flora on the wildflower meadows of the Peak District.

About our native flora

The British Isles is home to an incredibly diverse range of wild plants and flowers. Wildflower meadows are one of the most iconic and colourful British countryside habitats and have been present here for thousands of years. Unfortunately wildflower meadows have become a rarity in our country and are now in steep decline due to new chemical farming practices and land development. The Peak District thankfully is still home to some of the most beautiful wildflower meadows the UK has to offer. The seasonal displays here, such as the explosion of early purple orchids, are some of the best in the world, making it an ideal location for this workshop.

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Fitness difficulty:

Moderate to Hard

Sometimes very steep walks to reach the wildflower meadows, however I can adapt the location to your suit your fitness level.

Availability:

April - August

January

December

Visit in the Spring and Summer months to see the best wildflower displays.

Pricing

6

Full Day Workshop

6 hours // £60 deposit

£165

1-2-1 Workshop

£120

1-4 Workshop (per participant)

4

4 hours // £40 deposit

£115

1-2-1 Workshop

£80

1-4 Workshop (per participant)

Light trails at the famous winding Mam Nick road below Mam Tor. Temperature: -5 with freezing fog. Derbyshire, Peak District National Park. This is an image I’ve had in mind for a long time now but have been waiting for the right conditions. It was absolutely freezing sat waiting for the cars to come by, every blade of grass was covered in thick frost and I could barely see anything in the thickest patches of drifting fog. Everything came together in the end though, and after capturing a few light trails I headed back home to the warmth. ABOUT MAM TOR: Mam Tor is a 517m hill near Castleton, in the High Peak area of the Peak District National Park. The hill gets its nickname ‘The Shivering Mountain’ from the frequent landslips that occur on the eastern face of the hill, caused by unstable layers of shale. At the base of Mam Tor and at nearby Winnats Pass are four famous caverns where semi precious minerals such as Blue John were once mined. These caverns are known as; the Blue John Cavern, the Peak Cavern, the Speedwell Cavern, and the Treak Cliff Cavern.

What Do My Guests Think?

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As a complete novice the workshop was just what I needed (I bought an entry level DSLR but never got beyond the ‘Auto’ mode). The day was perfectly tailored to my level. Francis is an excellent teacher and clearly explained the basics of photography, many of the functions of my camera and the use of filters. If you are a novice don’t feel that this workshop isn’t for you. Francis was full of encouragement, useful tips and advice. I came away from the day feeling inspired to take my photography beyond ‘Auto’ mode (I have spent the weekend researching a new tripod!) Francis is a really great guy and very easy to get on with. He has a real passion for photography and I would encourage anyone to do a workshop.

 

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What Can You Expect?

From meadow flowers and orchids to bluebells and other woodland blooms, this wildflower photography workshop will show you how to capture stunning images of our beautiful native flora.

During the day you will have the opportunity to photograph a range of flowers and plants. Learning techniques such as creative use of depth of field for artistic images, to capturing all the fine details with the use of focus stacking.  

Recommended equipment 

  • DSLR, Mirrorless or Bridge Camera
  • A lens with ‘macro’ or close up abilities
  • A sturdy tripod
  • A set of extension tubes will also be very useful
  • There may also be opportunities for landscape photography, so a wide angle or standard zoom lens and a sturdy tripod are recommended. 

Additional information

  • Waterproof walking boots and waterproof clothing are strongly recommended as we may be kneeling or sitting on damp ground to photograph the flowers. 

Please visit the FAQ’s section for more information on what to bring.

Wildflower Photography Workshop