Our 2 day Mountain Landscape Photography workshop, based in the Lake District  is about getting you into the mountains, beyond well known, easy to reach ‘honey pots’, providing you with some unique photography opportunities. If you’re interested in landscape photography and want to get to grips with the unique challenges of making memorable images in the mountain areas of the UK this is for you.

With combined skill sets in both Photography and Mountain leadership, we specialise in getting you to remarkable mountain locations often ‘out of bounds’ to other photography workshops. Our Mountain Landscape Photography Courses are specifically targeted at those people who want to move beyond roadside locations and explore the hidden wealth of photographic opportunities the Lake District offers.

If you’re looking for photography workshops away from the mountains, pop along to our sister website, “Rod Ireland Photography” for a variety of workshops to suit all levels. For more details of those, click here



Course Aims

Our 2 day workshops provide greater scope to explore a broader variety of mountain settings, providing lots of opportunity to practice as you learn and create memorable images. Having more time also enables us to move beyond the core skills and allows us to look at a range of techniques needed to capture stunning mountain images and the knowledge needed to operate comfortably and safely in mountain environments.

What will I learn about?
Photographic topics such as:

  • Equipment – What kit do we use, taking into consideration the need to carry this into the mountains?
  • Exposure – How do we control exposure and looking at creative use of aperture and shutter speeds and considering ‘depth of field’ and histograms
  • Composition – planning your shot and looking at the ‘rules’ and considering how to get balance and harmony in your landscape shots
  • Lighting – Considering the importance of lighting conditions for landscape shots and how this builds into our planning
  • Optimising  – use of Aperture, Speed and Manual modes
  • Visualisation – The process for thinking about and planning your shot and composition
  • Evaluation – Identifying successful elements within your images and learning how to evaluate
  • Filtration – A look at the use of polarizing filters, Neutral density filters and Graduated Neutral density filters and why we use them
  • Advanced techniques – Getting the sharpest images, low-light photography, Hyperfocal distance, ‘exposing to the right’


Mountain skills covered such as:

  • Basic use of the map and using the map to help plan shots
  • Route Planning
  • Clothing & Equipment
  • Considering important factors such as weather during the planning of your trip
  • Hazards and dealing with emergency incidents

Is this course for me?

To make the most of the course you will have a basic understanding of how to operate your digital SLR and you’ll have a reasonable level of fitness (this is important as most of our time will be spent in the mountains). The emphasis will however be on learning skills and making images, rather than covering long distances and we’ll always adapt what we do to match participants needs and expectations.

How long does it last?

Each day of the workshop will last around 7 hours. We’re happy to incorporate early or late starts in order to give you the chance to capture sunrise & sunsets and make the most of the “golden hour” light.

What about equipment?
Included in the cost of the course, we will supply the following:

  • Maps & Compass

What equipment you’ll need to bring along:

  • Sturdy waterproofed boots
  • Outdoor clothing, including waterproof top & trousers
  • Drinking bottle & packed lunch
  • A rucksack big enough to fit your kit in

In terms of camera gear, you’ll need to bring:

  • Digital SLR & Instruction booklet (to help you access the range of features your camera may offer)
  • Tripod
  • Any lenses you have
  • Any filters you have e.g. Graduated Neutral Density Filters

Where are the courses held?

The courses will usually take place around the Ullswater and Borrowdale areas of the Lake District although if you book as a group we’re happy to look at arranging other venues to match your particular requirements.

Group size and instructors

To ensure you get the most out of the experience and the attention you deserve, we limit this course to four photography participants. Running these courses is only possible by having coaches with combined skill sets in landscape photography and mountain leadership. These courses will always be led by someone with a mountain leadership qualification, in addition to a strong passion and ability around landscape photography.

What about my partner coming along?

If your partner would like to come along, but not do the photography aspects, there is a charge of just £55 for for which they will get to enjoy the mountain walks, tuition on the non-photography aspects of the course such as preparation, navigation, emergency procedures etc and complimentary tea & Cakes. We’ll ensure your both catered for properly!

Course Pricing

£265 per person – This includes:

  • Tuition
  • Complimentary Tea & Cakes
  • Course notes
  • Free email enquiry service for 12 months after the course

£55 per partner – This includes:

  • Complimentary Tea & Cake
  • Tuition covering non-photography aspects
  • Free email enquiry service for 12 months after the course


These special 2 day workshops are available throughout the year – just drop us a line with the dates you have in mind. During winter conditions, the courses will run using low level routes.

If you’ve any questions about the course, just drop us an email and we’ll get back to you – contact page