Dartmoor in Autumn Photography Workshop

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Saturday 26th October 2024. Ivybridge woods, Dartmoor, Devon

Course location: This Dartmoor in Autumn photography course will use brand new locations, in woodland along the River Erme, just north of Ivybridge, and on nearby open moorland, in Dartmoor National Park, Devon.

Times: 10am to 5pm

Price: £100 per person.

Dartmoor in autumn photography

What this Dartmoor in Autumn Photography Workshop Entails

This Dartmoor in Autumn photography course is a day of landscape photography on Dartmoor’s open moors and in some of its most beautiful woodlands. We’ll be photographing here just as the trees’ autumn colours are coming up to their peak, and the moors are developing their truly wild and rugged wintry appearance.

This year we’ll be moving away from our usual location near Chagford in northeast Dartmoor. Instead, we’ll be on the south side of the national park.

The day will begin with photography in beautiful woodlands along the banks of the River Erme, a location rich in beech trees, which turn a stunning golden orange in late October. In the afternoon we’ll move to some open moors near Ivybridge, to visit prehistoric hut and stone circles, and the wild marshlands that adjoin them.

What I’ll be teaching

This Dartmoor in Autumn photography course will aim to teach the following skills:

● The ability to spot potential image compositions among the trees, along the river banks and on the open moors, composing and shooting both wider views and details, grabbing little vignettes that together build up a story about the beauty of the scene;

● Control and use of the balance between shutter speed and lens aperture to gain the best exposure, and to control depth of field (ie the amount of the image that is sharply in focus);

● How to use some of the camera’s most important features, such as semi-manual modes, in particular shutter-priority and aperture-priority, in order to help you to get away from ‘auto-everything’. I’ll also teach use of the ISO settings, image histogram and exposure compensation;

● Executing the image, using positioning, perspective, focus control, use of light, and lens focal length to create simple, strong compositions;

● Such techniques as the use of slow shutter speeds to blur moving water, and of filters will be covered.

Participants should have at least an understanding of what shutter speed and lens aperture mean, plus a knowledge of how to operate their own camera in order to get at least basic images. Beyond this, the main requirements are enthusiasm, an open mind and a readiness to learn!

Note: Since we’ll be working outdoors, what we are able to do during the day is very weather-dependent. Weather conditions may make it necessary to vary the itinerary.

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