David Speight Photography

autumn in the lake district

autumn in the lake district

On average, 16.4 million people visit the Lake District each year. With its crystal clear lakes, rugged mountain peaks and perfectly formed tarns, it's easy to see the attraction. The scenery of the Lake District is spectacular at any time of the year, but never more so than in autumn, when the lakeland fells take on a fiery red glow and the autumn colours of various tree species are reflected on the glass like surface of the lakes. This years workshop is timed to take full advantage of autumn colours at their peak and will likely be broken up between the Langdale Pikes and areas around Derwentwater (Borrowdale), near Keswick, although we will be keeping a completely open plan and hoping to take in a few new locations.

Over the course of the three days, we are likely to photograph areas in both the north and south lakeland areas. These could include expansive lakeland views over and around the larger lakes, such as Rydal water, Grasmere, Ullswater, Haweswater, Derwentwater, Brotherswater, Crummockwater, Thirlmere, Bassenthwaite and Buttermere. We will also look to spend time at some of the smaller tarns which can look stunning at this time of the year and it's possible that we may drop in on the odd waterfall or even one of the old slate mines or quarries depending on weather conditions.

three nights accommodation is included in the price. Accommodation is single occupancy rooms unless otherwise requested and is available from the evening of Thursday 22nd October.

The Autumn in the Lake District Photography Workshop is a three day workshop, with us working from dawn until dusk each day. This means you will receive at least 8 hours of on location, practical tuition per day. On booking you will receive a simple questionnaire to fill out which helps me to tailor the day exactly to your requirements. A basic day includes tuition on the following subjects where required; Best practice camera set-up, shooting manual and Raw Format and the reasons why, creative uses of both shutter speed and apertures, explanations of exposure, metering, bracketing e.t.c, manual focusing for maximum depth of field (Also known as Hyperfocal focusing) The use of filters, both exposure balancing (Neutral Density Graduated) and creative effects (Polarisers, Straight Neutral Density) This leaves the best part of the day free to discuss the broader and more subjective topic of composition. What makes a good image? Elements to look for when composing images, The rules of composition, when to follow them and instances/examples of when to break them, use of depth, scale, distance and perspective, shoot and location planning around seasonal and optimium lighting conditions, so you can go away and successfully plan the best times of year to photograph your own set of locations.

I also go through a typical Photoshop workflow, demonstrating the adjustments used from Rawfile through to outputting images for web and print. This also covers some alternatives to using Neutral Density Graduated Filters, in the form of Exposure Blending incorporating alpha channels / luminosity selections and layer masks.

  • 22nd - 25th October 2020 - Fully Booked
    21st - 24th October 2021 - Available

  • £650.00 / £100.00

    • Three full days tuition

    • Three nights accommodation

    • Transport to the Lake District

    • Personal/Equipment insurance

    • Food/Drinks

  • Low - Average - No long walks

  • Three day workshop

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