Dorset's Jurassic Coast - February 16th - 18th

One of my favourite locations for photography, and one of the most varied; the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset presents us with some fabulous possibilities for landscape photography with some truly iconic locations.

The great rock arch of Durdle Door is one of Dorset's most famous landmarks and along with neighboring Man O' War Bay provides for sweeping views of the coastline. The white chalk cliffs at Old Harry Rocks catch the sun beautifully and the fascinating fossil and rock formations at Kimmeridge Bay offer great potential when its incredible rock ledges are exposed at low tide.

The beachfront and wonderful old Victorian pier at Swanage provide for the chance to work on long exposures and capturing movement and we'll have a selection of LEE filters on hand for you to try including Big Stoppers and Little Stoppers, so don't worry if you don't have any. Nearby, the impressive ruins of nearby Corfe Castle are unmissable and often subject to misty mornings at this time of year. We might even be lucky enough see a passing steam train to add further romance to the scene!

The opportunities for photography are endless on this stretch of stunning coastline but we will also take you inland, to explore a little of Dorset’s delightful countryside and share with you the odd lesser known gem.

We research all the locations thoroughly, so as well as receiving expert tuition from your two tutors, you can be sure that you will be in the right locations at the best time of day to make the most of them.

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Workshop Fact File

  • Location

  • Swanage, Dorset

  • Tutor

  • Sarah Howard

  • Cost

  • £350

  • Dates

  • February 16th - 18th

  • Max group Size

  • 8

  • Photographic Locations

  • Swanage pier & beachfront, Pevril Point, Durdle Door, Man O War Bay, Kimmeridge Bay, Old Harrys Rocks, Corfe castle, Kingston Lacey beech avenue

  • What's included?

  • 2 full days of photographic tuition and demonstrations, all meals

  • What's Excluded?

  • Accommodation, transport to and from Swanage personal insurance eg: Cancellation Plan, equipment insurance, drinks from the bar

  • What will I learn on location?

  • Appropriate camera settings (semi auto & manual), working with the available light, composition techniques, lens choice, understanding depth of field & focusing, exposure and use of the histogram, using filters, controlling water movement

  • Image critiques

  • 1

  • Ability level

  • Suitable for all

  • Fitness level

  • Moderate/good - one walk of up to 2 miles on the flat, very steep slopes to Durdle Door & Corfe Castle viewpoint

  • Recommended Accommodation

  • The Grand Hotel, Swanage, BH19 1LU

  • Deposit

  • £100

  • Places remaining

  • 6