Feb 15th - 17th 2020
A coastal photography tour & workshop of the Dorset and the Jurassic Coast
Join me, Ian Middleton, for a photo holiday and workshop on the beautiful coast of Dorset. Stretching along Dorset and Devon, the Jurassic Coast is so-named because its landscape and geology record 185 million years of the Earth’s history. The coastline is packed with fantastic photographic opportunities at anytime of the year.
We will be based in the heights hotel on the beautiful island of Portland.
The tour will begin on the afternoon of the first day and end after sunset on the last day. Accommodation will be included for the first two nights, but should you need or want to arrive earlier or stay longer, then I can arrange extra nights for you.
Portland Bill, Durdle Door, Kimmeridge Bay, Old Harry, Weymouth, West Bay, Seacombe, Corfe Castle
Small group workshop (4-6 people)
Private workshops also available
2½ Days (2 nights)
Sat Feb 15th – Mon 17th (2 spaces left)
price per person
|2½ (2 nights)||£550|
The exact itinerary might change slightly depending on the time of year and conditions, but will consist of roughly the following:
Sunset and Dusk shoot at Portland Bill lighthouse and Pulpit Rock
After settling into your hotel, we will head down to the southern tip of the isle of Portland to photograph the sunset and blue hour (twilight) at the famous lighthouse and pulpit rock. The sea around this headland is extremely rough and provides some great opportunities. Here, for those who need it, I will show you how to freeze the waves as they crash against the rocks, and later as the sun goes down we’ll learn how to capture smooth, etheral looking water effects like below. Then it’s back to the hotel for lessons on how to best process your photos, over a nice pint of English beer!
Dawn and sunrise shoot at Portland Bill, Abbotsbury, afternoon at Lulworth cove and evening at Durdle Door
We’ll get up before dawn and head back to the lighthouse to capture the dawn and sunrise and photograph this headland from the other side. Then after breakfast we’ll head to Abbotsbury and photograph this quaint village and also the stunning views of Chesil Beach. We’ll have lunch either in Weymouth or head on to lunch at Lulworth Cove. The afternoon and evening will be spent exploring the wonderful Lulworth Cove and we’ll walk along the coastal path to the famous rock arch of Durdle Door for an evening, sunset and dusk shoot. Then back to the hotel.
Kimmeridge Bay, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Old Harry.
Today we’ll get up very early and head to Old Harry cliffs for a dawn and sunrise shoot. Then we’ll head off along this coastline, stopping at a few different locations before heading to Corfe Castle and Swanage. We’ll have lunch somewhere around here and then head to Kimmeridge Bay for a sunset shoot. This small cove and beach provides some great scenery with the clavel tower folly perched upon a hill at the edge of the bay, and receding tides expose some great rocky ledges.
included in the price
Accommodation: 2 nights in a single room
(I can arrange extra nights if required)
All transport on workshop days
All tuition and guidance
Free ebook guide to photography
not included in the price
Lunch and Dinner
(Guests must ensure they have their own travel insurance)
DSLR users ideally (but some advanced compact or bridge SLRs may suit. Contact me to discuss whether your camera is suitable or not). This is especially useful for compact users whose camera is not advanced enough for the beginners workshop. Instead, you can come here and learn how to get the best from your camera.
This workshop involves a fair bit of walking on grassy terrain which could likely be wet and muddy. Good sturdy, water resistant boots are advised. At Durdle door there is quite a steep walk from the car park to the beach. We will be coming down from the clifftop.
Remote shutter release cable.
Raincover (or umbrella).
Neutral density filter
ND grad filters
Head or hand torch
(for working, and getting back to the car in the dark)
getting to UK
Best option for Dorset is to fly to London.
getting to the location
We will be based at the Heights Hotel in Portland. You can get there by train to Weymouth and then a bus or taxi onwards.
what to wear
It will be winter, so warm clothes. Ideally layers that can remove or put on as we’ll either be shooting before sunrise or after sunset, in the dark, when it will be colder. You will also need a raincoat.
Once a booking is agreed you will be sent an invoice for payment, a deposit of £100 is payable upon booking and the balance is due at least 4 weeks before the workshop date, unless otherwise agreed or booking was made closer to the date. Payment can be made by bank transfer, paypal or personal cheque.
If your workshop is cancelled for any reason by me then a full refund will be given, or you will have the chance to join another group. Should you cancel for any reason after payment has been made then a full refund will be given up to one week before the workshop date, but after that a full refund will only be given if I have a minimum of three people on the date of your booking.