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Student photography workshop in the Peak District

25th April 2018


Explore big views and beautiful details in the stunning landscapes of the Dark Peak.

Led by Ben Osborne and Nathan Wake.

Date: 12th October 2018

Exertion:   Moderate to hard (5 mile walk on uneven paths)

This one-day workshop in association with FujifilmUK will be based around Padley Gorge and Lawrencefield in the Peak District. This area is packed with photographic possibilities from the mossy beauty of the boulder fields which line the gorge to the rugged gritstone outcrops dotted around the moors above. The tumbling Burbage Brook provides plenty of watery scenes and there are trees of all shapes and sizes which should be showing a hint of autumn colour in October. The workshop will cover composition, long exposures, use of filters, visualizing a scene in monochrome and other landscape photography techniques.

There will be no need to rush! Landscape photography is all about appreciating the atmosphere of a place and understanding the varied elements that define each location. It is also important to allow time for experimentation and developing ideas while creating images. A single tree, for example, can offer boundless photographic possibilities. Do you go for a wide view? Close-up? Movement? Colour? Monochrome? ICM? Multiple exposure? All the above? We’ll make sure that you have time to imagine different subjects in depth, consider the photographic options and have the guidance to achieve the results that you visualize. The workshop will accommodate all levels of photographic skill and experience.

Ben Osborne was the 2007 overall winner of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - with this stunning image 'Elephant Creation'. Ben Osborne has been a freelance photographer for 20 years. He specialises in wildlife and landscape photography but also shoots a wide variety of other outdoor subjects, ranging from oil spills to fell-running. He has worked on all seven continents but is best known for his images of Antarctica in the book of the BBC series “Life in the Freezer”. His work has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Geo, Radio Times and Hello! He works regularly with BBC film crews, taking publicity and editorial stills for major wildlife series – most recently for “Blue Planet” – and has worked in the UK for a variety of tourist and government organisations. Ben is also involved with a number of arts projects which involve touring with his audio-visual presentations. Ongoing projects include working on visual backdrops to “Mr.Darwin’s Dream” (an opera about evolution) and providing stills for another major BBC series “Planet Earth”, the sequel to “Blue Planet”.

We are very excited that Nathan Wake from Fujifilm UK will be accompanying the workshop and will bring a selection of Fujifilm mirrorless cameras and lenses for you to try out. These will include the medium format Fujifilm GFX, a camera which is especially suited to fine art landscape photography. This is a wonderful opportunity to experiment not only with new techniques but also with new kit.

We will meet at the Grindleford Station Café (GR:   SK 252 788) at 10.30 am (parking available at £2 per day – or there is easy access by train). There are cafe and toilet facilities here. Our precise route will be dictated by the weather but there are excellent options for all conditions and we will stay out until sunset, which is around 6.15 pm. We expect to walk about five miles during the day (this may include a further tearoom option). The walk will be on, or near to, uneven footpaths so appropriate clothing and footwear will be required. 

This workshop is free of charge to students who are studying in the current academic year.  Places are limited to 10.  If you would like to take part in this workshop please contact Katy Love at 

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