Chris Button Photography

Dorset Coast 3 Day Workshop

Dorset Coast 3 Day Workshop

Dorset Coast 3 Day Workshop

£449.00 per person

Location: Durdle Door, Man O War Cove, Kimmeridge, Old Harry Rocks, Swanage Old & New Piers, Lulworth Cove, Portland Bill & Corfe Castle.
Max Attendees: 3
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There is so much to photograph on the Dorset Coast that I've decided to add an extra 3 day workshop. Dorset is a fantastic county for landscape photography with pride of place going to its spectacular coastline.

The Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage Site and is full of well know gems and iconic locations and this new workshop over 3 days aims to visit as many as possible.

Our itinerary is likely to include the following:- Durdle Door (including down on the beach), Man O War Cove, Kimmeridge, Clavell's Pier, Old Harry Rocks, Swanage Old & New Piers, Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole, Portland Bill and depending on conditions we may also visit Corfe Castle (if mist is forecast). We are at the mercy of the weather for mist and colourful skies but over the 3 days we'll enjoy 2 sunrises and 3 sunsets and so we'll have the chance of some lovely light at fantastic locations.

We will meet at the Danesfort Guesthouse in Swanage early afternoon on day 1 and we'll finish after sunset on day 3. Over the 3 days we'll enjoy 2 sunrises and 3 sunsets and so we'll have the chance of some lovely light at fantastic locations.

We will head out for dawn each morning and return for a cooked breakfast. In order to keep costs as low as possible lunches and evening meals are not included in the price although we will stop for lunch breaks and visit a local restaurant (where you can choose how much to spend) in the evenings.

We will cover taking control of your camera, focussing techniques (including hyperfocal focussing), composition tips, filters, bracketing, lens choices, the histogram (including exposing to the right), white balance and shooting RAW. Don't worry if this sounds a little complex I will make sure we go at a pace you are happy with. There will be time to find your own compositions if you want to and I will move around the group to see how you are getting on, answer any questions and offer any advice.

If we lose any photography time to the weather than there's the option of several indoor tutorials including a demonstration of my processing workflow to maximise the quality from RAW images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, a practical illustrated tutorial on how to improve your landscape photography and brief tutorials on how to blend exposures and how to focus stack your landscape and macro images.

Whether you are a beginner or more advanced I am sure that you will find this a very enjoyable workshop. I am used to running workshops of up to 10 people and so I have experience of helping participants of differing abilities including beginners.

If you'd like to book then call me on 07425 162539 or e-mail me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What you will learn

Other than any specific requests you have I would expect to cover:

  • Taking control and getting the best from your camera.
  • Exposure and metering, switching to manual settings.
  • Focussing and maximising depth of field.
  • Using filters to enhance your photographs.
  • Bracketing to achieve greater dynamic range.
  • Histograms – an essential tool to ensure maximum detail is captured & nothing lost.
  • Composition – some basic rules to help you obtain a well balanced composition.
  • Understanding the benefits of shooting in RAW.


On the day you will need as much of the following equipment as possible:

  • A digital SLR (preferably) or a camera capable of full manual control
  • Lenses with a range of focal lengths including wide angle (for example 10-20mm or 16-35mm on a full frame camera).
  • Filters if you have them (graduated, long exposure and polariser) - long exposure filters like the Lee Big and Little Stoppers are highly recommended for this workshop - they can be borrowed.
  • A sturdy tripod is essential. I have a spare which you can borrow, let me know if you'd like me to bring it along.
  • Suitable warm/wet weather clothing including lots of layers, hat, gloves and waterproof leggings if you have them. Good sturdy footwear and wellies are also recommended.
  • A spare battery and a spare memory card
  • A cable/remote shutter release is recommended especially as it is used to control your camera's bulb mode which is the usual method for extending your shutter speed beyond 30 seconds (which we will be doing). E-mail me back if you need clarification on this point.