Jurassic Coast photography course

Saturday 21st September 2024. Lyme Regis and Charmouth, Dorset

Course location: Jurassic Coast photography around the harbour and along the beaches and cliffs at Lyme Regis and Charmouth, Dorset

Times: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

Price: £100 per person

This Jurassic Coast photography one-day course will cover coastal landscape and travel photography, starting with general harbour and beach scenes around Lyme Regis. As the tide drops, this will be followed by a walk out along nearby Monmouth Beach to photograph some of the giant fossils visible here. Later in the afternoon we’ll drive over to Charmouth a few miles east, where we’ll do more beach and cliff photography.

Jurassic Coast photography

What I’ll be teaching

The course will aim to teach the following skills:

● The ability to spot potential image compositions around the harbour, among the beachside fossils and along the seashore, composing and shooting both wider views and details;

● Control of and making 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);

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

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

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

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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