Jurassic Coast one-day photography course

3 October 2020. Lyme Regis and Charmouth, Dorset

Course location: Around the harbour and along the beaches and cliffs at Lyme Regis and Charmouth, Dorset

Times: 10 am to 5 pm

Price: £95 per person

The day will cover coastal landscape photography, starting with general harbour and beach scenes around Lyme Regis, followed by (as the tide drops) a walk out along Monmouth Beach to the west to photograph some of the giant fossils visible here. This will be followed by a trip to Charmouth (we’ll drive), a few miles east, where we’ll do more beach and cliff photography. If time permits, the day will finish with photography in the coastal woodlands of the Axmouth-Lyme Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, just west of Lyme Regis.

Jurassic Coast one-day photography course

The course will aim to teach the following skills:

● How to spot potential image compositions among the trees, along the river banks and seashore, and on the hilltop rocks, composing and shooting both wider views and details;

● How to control and make 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’, as well as the ISO settings, image histogram and exposure compensation;

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

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

Jurassic Coast one-day photography course

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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