PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES IN THE NORTH WEST & NORTH MIDLANDS
Welcome to the home page for Going Digital - from the Peaks to the Lakes.
One-Day Courses and Workshops at Venues from the Peaks to the Lakes
- Brantwood, Coniston, Lake District - home of John Ruskin
- Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere
- South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Cumbria
- Whalley Abbey, near Clitheroe, Lancashire
- Rufford Old Hall, near Ormskirk, Lancashire
- Manchester Castlefield YHA and Conference Centre
- National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
- Tatton Park, Cheshire
- Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
- Biddulph Grange, Congleton, Staffordshire
- Ilam Park, near Dovedale, Peak District - also PhotoWalks
- Calke Abbey, Derby (Derbyshire/Leicestershire border)
- Prefer a less structured day? Looking for hands-on tuition in the field? Then take a look at the PhotoWalks and PhotoOpportunities we offer across the Region, from the Peaks to the Lakes
We are now a provider to the Jaguar Land Rover Employee Learning Scheme and offer special deals and discounts to members. For details, drop us a line, or contact your ELS office!
Does your employer run an ELS? Would you be interested in being able to go on our courses under your scheme? Ask your provider to get in touch with us and we'll work with them to make it happen.
Graham has lived in North Derbyshire, close to the Peak District National Park for most of his life. His enthusiasm for landscape and wildlife photography grew from many weekends spent hiking amongst the moors and dales of the Peak District.
His big break came when he was offered the opportunity to be photographic author for the book Anthony Hopkins' Snowdonia, produced in conjunction with the National Trust's Snowdonia Appeal. He has since published two further books - The Yorkshire Dales with writer and broadcaster Richard Mabey (Food for Free, Flora Britannica, Nature Cure) and England - The Nature of the Land a celebration of the English National Nature Reserves, in collaboration with Natural England (formerly English Nature). Some photographs have also featured on the BBC's Countryfile programme.
You can contact Graham by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see Graham's images on his own website: www.grahamnobles.com
Taught by her father, also a keen photographer, Carol has seldom been without a camera to hand. However, it was the onset of digital photography and the freedom to experiment it afforded that allowed her love and enthusiasm for the art to flourish once more.
When her family moved to the live alongside the Peak District, she rediscovered the moors and dales she had first encountered during her sojourn at Sheffield Hallam University. Here, she began to develop her own unique style and interpretation of the landscape, predominantly intimate and detailed images of its structure and form; a leaf caught in a current in the blue light of late evening, an ice-strewn river catching the glow of the sunset, the cavernous limbs of an old oak tree, the conversation of foxgloves! Elements of a landscape that most of us never even notice, Carol will turn in to art. She is also quite able to turn her hand to the broader landscape, but even then, somehow gives it an edge and a tension that has become something of a trademark.
New for 2013 - Coming to venues across the region...
On these Refresher Days, we will be addressing issues and dealing with queries raised by you, our students, helping you to consolidate and extend what you have already learned. The days will be largely practical, with a pick 'n' mix selection of assignments on techniques for a variety of subjects, in-the-field tuition and review/critique sessions. Tutor groups will be small, no more than 6 students per tutor, so you will be sure of receiving the hands-on tuition you need to take your photography to the next level. Whether you have only recently picked up a camera, have just gone digital or are looking to extend your skills, this is the day for you! Let us know the particular areas you wish to address when you book the course by making a note in the 'Comments' section of the booking form or emailing email@example.com.
One-to-One Days & Business Training: Custom Courses for You
- One-to-One Days - specialised training to your own specifications, at a location and time convenient for you
- Weekdays - tuition from £225 for a full day (usually 6 hours) mileage and any other expenses, e.g. room hire if required may apply
- A second person is welcome, free of charge
- Training for businesses - Photography for business courses are available for individuals or for groups. These courses can be specifically tailored to teach you the photography skills you need to use in your business - whether it is of products, of places, or of people. Weekday prices for a bespoke course designed to meet your specific business needs and delivered to your staff at your venue start from £295 for a group of up to 6 - please contact Graham Nobles to discuss your requirements and arrange a full quote.
- Workshops for small groups, clubs and societies - We can bring a standard or bespoke course to you, at your convenience! From £295 (plus expenses) per day.
- Graham specialises in Landscape Photography One-to-Ones and these can be arranged at a time and place to suit you.From £245
- Contact Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to talk about your specific requirements.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
All the usual Terms and Conditions apply and we ask for a £50 deposit (non-refundable) payable on booking your one-to-one training, with the balance to be paid in full at least 30 days before the training day.
Weekend Landscape Courses and PhotoWalks
- A big THANK YOU to Carol for today, it was time so well spent, and to prove it I attach my two favourite photos - which show I learned something today! Thanks again, David Rufford Old Hall, 18th October, 2014
- Fantastic course - enjoyed every minute and learnt so much and what a fantastic venue!. Thanks Graham for a fantastic day. Anna Explore Part 1 - Get Off Auto, Little Moreton Hall, 20th July, 2014
- Hi, A belated note to thank you for the course on the 9th March. It improved my confidence and Carol was a patient and knowledgeable tutor, for whom nothing seemed to be too much trouble. When I have put the lessons into practice a little more I look forward to joining another course.
Pat Explore Part 1 - Get off Auto, Whalley Abbey, 9th March 2014
- Hi Graham,
Just thought I'd drop you a note to say how much I enjoyed the day at Whalley Abbey yesterday, I thought Carol did an exceptional job and I came away having learned a lot. I look forward to the next course I do with GD. Best regards, Steve Explore Part 1 (Get Off Auto), Whalley Abbey, 9th March, 2014
- Hi Graham
Thank you for a very informative day, Wendy and I enjoyed and learnt a lot,
looking forward to our next day. Thank you very much. Fran, Explore Part 1, Calke Abbey 1st March 2014
- Thanks Graham, and thanks again for a very useful and enjoyable course.
Hope to see you again in the future.
Marion, Explore Part 1, Calke Abbey 1st March 2014
- Hi Graham
Enjoyed the course very much indeed, it was interesting and informative as well as fun. The participants were very friendly and helpful and I hope I can take some nice pics next weekend at my neighbour's wedding (with their camera !!). With very best wishes and thanks for the tuition. Sue, Explore Part 1, Calke Abbey 1st March 2014
- Thank you Carol for showing me how to use all those wheels and buttons on my Cannon on the course at The Boat Museum. I have been out practising but need more as it was so cold and wet that Saturday I didn't take enough practice shots. I really learnt a lot in a day....so much my head ached !! Anne, Explore Part 1, National Waterways Museum 15th February 2013
- Hi Graham
Many thanks for today's course. I really enjoyed myself and feel I gained a lot, not only in terms of skills, but also in a much-needed boost in confidence.
I can't wait to see the images I've taken on screen and see if I've got one I'd be proud to see printed and hung up.
Sue, Explore Close-up & Macro, Tatton Park, 12th October 2013
- Hi Graham
Just wanted to say thanks for the great day at Brockhole on the movement workshop,I learned so much about the features on my camera thanks to you and Carol, hope to see you on the next workshop I'm on. Peter, Explore Part 2, 21st July, 2013
- Many thanks Graham. A great course - I have just spent the morning teaching a friend a lot of it! Recommended he also goes on your course. I reckon we were very lucky with the weather, and with our tutors. Taking a camera out and about will be a lot more interesting and fun now. Cheers David, Explore Part 1, 19th July 2013
- Hi Graham. Thanks for sharing your world with me on Saturday and Sunday, I will never go back onto Auto Mode again! Peter, Explore Part 1 and Close-up & Macro, 6th & 7th July 2013
- Thanks for a truly memorable day, I learnt loads, thanks to you. Great to get feedback via the pictures on Facebook, which i have shared with my friends already. Hopefully i will see you again on explore your digital camera Part 2 Jo, Landscape Part 1 - Little Moreton Hall, 7th April, 2013
- I really enjoyed the course and look forward to putting what you taught into practice. I will definitely be looking into booking further courses. Thanks again - Sam - Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1, Tatton Park, 3rd February 2013
- Did the course meet my expectations? Absolutely "Yes"...and then some. ...The thing that impressed me most was how Carol took someone with only a few weeks experience on a "serious" camera, as well as those more familiar with their cameras, thorough the basic settings and techniques to complete the set activities and produce some excellent examples of work. I think the both the quality and way the feedback was given to everyone during the review session at the end of the day will both encourage and enable us all to continue to improve. I really enjoyed this part of the course i.e. looking at how others view the same objects/views in different ways.
Would I recommend the course to others? Whole heartedly... probably one of the best £75 I have ever spent on photography. Paul - Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1, Whalley Abbey, 24th November, 2012
- Thank-you very much for the link, its quite bizarre seeing your own photos on the web. The [Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1] course was superb, I feel I learnt a phenomenal amount, and it really helped to fit all the random bits of information I have collected from different people into place, it makes so much more sense now! I cant wait for part 2 tomorrow! - Steve, National Waterways Museum, 3rd November 2012
- I attended the [Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1] course yesterday and found it to be interesting and very beneficial. Carol is very knowledgeable and imparted the salient points extremely well. I now feel more competent and confident in using my camera to its full potential. A thoroughly enjoyable day - Tony, Rufford Old Hall, 29th July 2012.
- Thank you so much for the 'Exploring your digital camera part 1' work shop you led today at a level which was pitched to suit us all. I enjoyed it immensely and learnt so much.You did manage to 'crack' my mental block on depth of field - thank you. However, I need to put that new found knowledge into practice, together with the tips on composition (and everything else)!I know for sure that your structured session today, your knowledge, skill, exemplary gallery work enthusiasm and patience have given me the determination to fulfil my longing to take a reasonable photograph, which means, of course, you will at sometime in the future have to put up with me again. THANK YOU for a fun and inspirational day.
Gaynor. Tatton Park 29th July 2012.
- Explore Your Digital Camera Part 2 - ...yes the day included taking pictures of black and white card (more interesting than it perhaps sounds), will remember the tips when I meet a bride or gorilla; taking a photograph of a spinning umbrella, that was really good (obviously freezing the pic)..., etc.
Graham it was great day.....we learnt so much; thanks for answering my very basic questions & your patience too!!! - Chris, Tatton Park 27th May 2012.
- A note to say thanks to you and Carol for Saturday's course at Brantwood. A great location and an enjoyable and informative day - much appreciated. Perhaps you could forward this note to Carol to pass on our thanks to her as well.- Ron and Lynda, Brantwood 21st April 2012.
- I would just like to personally thank you for Saturday photography course at the Etruria Museum. I thought the day was really informative, and I have learnt a lot. You explained everything in a simple way, especially the concept of using depth of field, text books are so confusing. On Sunday I was able to take some amazing pictures, which I thought I would never be able to. So thank you, I am really looking forward to taking more beautiful pictures. - Cathryn, Etruria, 31st March 2012
- Many thanks for Saturday - I now feel a lot more confident with my new camera and am looking forward to the next session - Steve, Whalley Abbey, 24th March 2012
- I attended the DSLR Part 1 course at Rufford Old Hall on 10 March 2012. Carol’s enthusiasm for photography came through and she helped everyone in a very pleasant, competent and informative way. The proof of the course was provided with some excellent photographs by the end of the day, together with with an understanding of how we had achieved those results. Carol’s eagerness and patience to answer questions was also appreciated. I will be booking for a further course. Thank you and best wishes. William
- Graham, I would just like to say a big thank you to Carol and yourself for today's workshop at Tatton Park. Arriving as a typical novice DSLR user, only using Auto mode, I left with the confidence to go and use my camera to take more adventurous photographs. As I mentioned at the end of the workshop, the day has taught me how to come away from the comfort zone of "Auto" and has given me the confidence in my camera. Thank you again for an enjoyable and instructive day. Regards Paul Tatton Park - 17th March 2012
- Thanks to both Graham and Carol for an informative weekend at Brantwood.
Yet again I am inspired to get out and use my camera to its full
potential. Look forward to seeing you on the next one ;)
(Landscape Part 1 & 2 - Brantwood, Coniston 11th & 12th February 2012)
- Thanks Graham and Carol for DSLR1 and Landscapes 1 and 2, fab weekend and
can't wait till the next.
Regards Dave H
(Explore Part 1 - 10th February, Landscape Part 1 & 2 - Brantwood,
Coniston 11th & 12th February 2012)
- Thank you for a great weekend at Brantwood. I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to get out at the weekend with my camera. I got in to work today to find a couple of emails from colleagues asking how it went. When one knew about the conditions, misty views, trees, and moody scenes he replied with another email that started "Jealous. Jealous. Jealous."
Back home for just one day, and another workshop booked already.
(Landscape Part 1 & 2 - Brantwood, Coniston 11th & 12th February 2012)
- Many thanks Graham - Millie and I really enjoyed the course and we're so
much more confident with our cameras now. Thanks to you and Carol.
(Explore Your Digital SLR Part 1, Tatton Park 28th January 2012)
- Hi Graham
I would like to say how much I enjoyed the course in Coniston this weekend. I started with Going Digital 17th July this year and I am so happy with the progress I have made in 5 sessions. Your course was very informative and I gained so much from the weekend. Practice, practice now.
(Landscape Part 2 and Photowalk, Brantwood 15th & 16th October 2011)
- Dear Graham,
Wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop at Calke yesterday. I learnt an amazing amount in such a short time and after many, many years feel that I now have a basic understanding of how to use my camera with more control. I liked your revised format of two hands on sessions as I found it very valuable to see how other people had achieved their results.
(DSLR1 - Calke Abbey, 24 September 2011)
- Hi Graham,
Paul had a great time and learnt a lot. He has bought his camera today (a Canon Eos 550D, as he liked using it on the course. He said it was one of the most informative and interesting courses he has ever done, and believe me, we've both been on quite a few! Many thanks to Carol from myself and Paul, she was excellent. I am sure another course will be booked soon!
(DSLR1, National Waterways Museum, 10 September 2011)
- Hi Graham
Just wanted to say thanks to you and Carol for the courses I have just attended. I have learnt such a lot and I'm enjoying my photography far more now.
(DSLR2 - Lake District Visitor Centre, 3 Sept 2011)
- Hi Carol,
Thank you very much for the email and information on photographing fireworks.
I must add that I really enjoyed the course on Sunday. I feel I have a much better understanding of my camera and how it works and I can finally turn off the dreaded Auto button! Hopefully now I can take half as many photos with twice as many keepers! I will definately be back soon for another course.
(DSLR1, Whalley Abbey, 3 July 2011)
- Just a quick note to say once again how much I enjoyed today, and how useful
it was. With thanks to both you and Carol. (DSLR1, National Waterways Museum, 19 June)
- Many thanks for today Graham. It has really got me fired up, looking forward to practising and then doing the second course.
- Once again thank you for a very informative day. I can't wait to put into practice my newly acquired skills. Incidentally, I found you a very patient and knowledgeable teacher able to explain things in an easy to understand way even if it took me a while to get there. I may even be tempted to buy proper SLR camera in the future when I have mastered this one.
- Many thanks for your very interesting and informative workshop last Saturday. My head was buzzing when I left, but with the help of your very useful information sheets, and a lot of practice, things are beginning to make sense. The great thing is that its never boring being out practising with the camera!
- Many thanks for the very informative, helpful and enjoyable day on Saturday. I was aware that I needed to get some expert advice as I have only recently changed from the Canon T90 to the Canon 450D. I feel that I am better equipped to improve my performance with more practice on the techniques dealt with on the Course.
Many thanks for your help and I hope to see you again to improve my skills
in other areas of digital photography.
- I really enjoyed the course yesterday and it filled in several gaps in my knowledge. I shall be booking on some more courses in the future so hope to see you again soon.
- I just wanted to drop you an email to thank you for the excellent guidance and instruction at the DSLR Pt 2 course at Tatton Park last Sunday.
I took so much away from the course that it paid for itself within the first two hours. The instruction was clear and the activities exemplified each point perfectly. I shall be attending another Going Digital course this weekend and I hope to gain as much from that one as I did from yours.
- I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you for a fabulous course at Tatton a couple of weekends ago (DSLR2). The course was really well put together and I have genuinely remembered everything that we tried out and I have been able to put it into practice. ISO, aperture and timing is all starting to become second nature now.
Learning in a relaxed and fun atmosphere is great and I will be back on more courses to refine my skills.
- Hello Graham and Carol! Thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable* course. I feel that I now have a better idea of what the G2 will do.
* except for the cold!
- Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed saturday. The day gave me everything I was looking for.
Off to Calke Abbey on Tuesday to try out my new skills.
- Hi Graham, Just wanted to say a big thanks to you for yesterday, really enjoyed the course at Tatton and defo got a lot out of it - although my camera wasn't quite upto the mark i don't think. Really want to progress now, so I'm gonna invest in an SLR.
- Hi Graham, Just wanted to say many thanks for the great day of photography yesterday at the Etruria Industrial Museum. I really enjoyed your presentation which I thought was delivered professionally and will make for good future reference. A couple of things I really enjoyed included simply having the time to just do photography without having to be rushed and thinking of moving on to another place. Another aspect was running through everyone's images and having a professional critique for composition, DoF and exposure.All-in-all, a most enjoyable day and I look forward to my next day on the 5th March at Ilam.
- Thank you very much for a wonderful day out at Ilam today. It's given me such a lot of confidence and taught me not to be afraid of the light and to use it more. It was so helpful to be able to talk through our photos in a small, friendly group. Thanks again very much and best wishes, Alison.
- Also to say a big thank you for yesterday. It has opened a different way of looking at the world. Was talking to a friend last night who said he had "never seen anyone light up so much when talking about something as simple as a one day workshop".
We are working on a range of PhotoWalks and PhotoDays, from a gentle amble around a stately home garden to a pretty strenuous hike along a river valley, encountering waterfalls, cascades and gorges along the way - for details, follow the links below or contact Graham (email@example.com). We have several walks and days in development that are not yet advertised on the website, so let us know if you would like to be kept informed of future events of this type.
More about PhotoWalks on the shores of Coniston Water.
More about PhotoWalks in the Derbyshire Dales.
You can borrow a Canon DSLR or a Panasonic Lumix G1 for our workshops and one-to-one training in the North West Region. If you would like to keep the pictures you take, please note you will need to bring a memory stick with you on the day. Please contact us to confirm availability by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Graham Nobles, franchisee and tutor (most venues)
Contact by email:
or mobile: 07958 007004
Carol Gregory, tutor (Whalley Abbey, Rufford Old Hall, National Waterways Museum; elsewhere as needed)
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