Autumn in the Lake District : 5 day photography workshop
Early November should see some sumptuous autumn colour as the trees turn and we can expect colourful forests, striking light over the fells and lakes and, with luck, some misty valleys. We'll be situated right in the heart of the charming and enigmatic Borrowdale, right on the doorstep of some of the most stunning scenery in the Lakes. This location puts us nicely between the two lakes so we can respond swiftly to the light, with a number of characterful woodlands, crags and quarries also within easy reach. We are also within driving distance of a multitude of other fabulous locations that we know and love visiting, including the Langdales, Hodge Close and Grasmere, to name a few.
We will be based in the lovely and comfortable Borrowdale Hotel, meaning some locations will literally be within walking distance. Our workshop is designed to offer a balance between visiting a variety of locations, learning the technical skills you require and looking carefully at creative interpretation of a scene.
We will experience the ever changing light and colour at dawn and dusk, as well as learning how to get the best out of the light at all times of day. You will undoubtedly see some great vistas but we will also be concentrating on the smaller, more intimate details to be found within the landscape - looking at ways of capturing our surroundings with more abstract interpretations, helping you to get out of your comfort zone and try a few different techniques and approaches to photographing this wonderfully diverse landscape.
This location photography is then developed during our digital skills sessions where we will show you the fundamental techniques required to process your photographs, including exposure blending, using layers and masks and how to work efficiently in both Lightroom and Photoshop. The emphasis is on encouraging group discussion and lively debate between all participants and we will also use this time to look over and review some of the photographs from our outings.
This has proved a very popular part of our trips, as it helps take the photographs shot on location through the digital darkroom, ready for print or web display. Lizzie and Alex will share their processing tips with you and are also on hand for support and questions post workshop. We believe this strikes a good balance between shooting on location and practical help with the necessary post production side so that you can leave with a wealth of new knowledge and skills to compliment your photography out in the field.
We've also got a number of wet weather options, should the conditions ever prove too inhospitable for our location photography. Between us we have considerable experience of preparing images for print, working with different types of paper, curating images, preparing exhibitions and various forms of book-making. We want to make sure our time with you is as fun and productive as possible and plan to discuss and demonstrate some of these areas during our time at the hotel.
Our workshops are very much informal in style - we like to work with our group to ensure we give you the best possible experience and are flexible in our approach to ensure you have a fulfilling and rewarding workshop.
This is a Tripod Travels workshop - running in conjunction with good friend and super photographer / teacher, Alex Hare. Alex and I have thoroughly enjoyed running workshops together for over 6 years now and I’ve included a link to Alex’s website. Also, for more information about my approach to photography workshops, please have a look at this page. If you'd like to see a few testimonials from previous clients, then please look here.
How do I get there?
Our hotel is approximately 8 miles south of Keswick, which in turn is 17 miles from Penrith. We anticipate most people will be driving and parking is provided at the hotel. If you did wish to come by train, we will aim to liaise with you and agree a mutually convenient pick up and drop off time at Penrith station.
What should I bring?
A camera and a selection of lenses - ideally covering ultra wide angle to telephoto. A spare camera if you have one and/or a small compact camera or smart phone. Tripod, spare batteries and memory cards. A laptop if you possibly can - it's really worth doing so for our processing and review sessions.
Good walking boots and clothing for any kind of weather. Comfortable backpack and waterproofs for you and your gear. If you have room for wellie boots, ideally with a good grip, then they would be useful - but not essential.
A water bottle to take out during the day and you might also wish to bring a thermos flask.
What level of photographer does this suit?
Photographers of any level are welcome - whether a beginner or with many years experience. With a small group of only eight participants, and two tutors, there will be more than enough opportunity to cover everything from the basic skills of landscape photography (if required) to more advanced, creative techniques. We are there to give you as much help as you would like.
Can I borrow a filter kit?
You are welcome to borrow a Lee or Kase filter kit - including big stopper, little stopper and ND grads. Please ask in advance and advise of the filter ring sizes of any lenses you may be bringing. Lizzie is an ambassador for Lee Filters and Alex for Kase Filters so either system is available.
How much walking is involved?
Many locations involve a relatively short walk from the car; others involve a bit more effort and may involve the odd hill. However, we don't plan any long walks so we'd just recommend a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of the locations we plan to visit. If in doubt, please just ask us.
Where will we be staying?
We'll be staying at the excellent and very comfortable Borrowdale Hotel. All rooms are on a non shared basis and are en suite. A generous breakfast and three course evening meal is included each day.
Why have you included carbon footprint offset?
Given the fragile state of our environment, we feel that it is vitally important we all do what we can to help protect and preserve our precious planet. All of our workshops now include a very small fee - typically £10 per person - which we donate to a number of certified carbon offset schemes. You can read more about this here.