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Adventure Travel and Expedition Photography


Peak District


£140 per person


2 days

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How to get the most out of photographing your holiday, trek or expedition. From the basics of exposure to composition to the complexities of taking photographs safely in urban and more extreme environments.

This two day course covers a wide variety of techniques for safe, effective and expressive Adventure Travel and Expedition photography.

Who is it for

This course is designed for those who want to improve their photography knowledge and skills with some instruction from a highly experienced professional.

Course Overview

During the two days, we look at many aspects including choosing and looking after your equipment, composition, editing, working professionally and publishing images.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of rock climbing, mountaineering and adventure training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.

The Adventure Travel and Expedition photography course will be run by Alex Ekins a qualified photojournalist and expedition leader with over 25 years experience of photography and travel throughout the world. Alex has been published in the mainstream media including The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Economist, Le Monde and National Geographic as well as in climbing magazines throughout the world. Some of Alex’s magazine covers are shown here.

Course Dates

Sat 22 – Sun 23 May
Thu 1 – Fri 2 Jul
Sat 4 – Sun 5 Sept

Bespoke Dates

If there are no dates suitable and there are four or more of you that would like a Adventure Travel and Expedition Photography course, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates and a location to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 0900 in Grindleford. This has good bus and train links with Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

We start with a chat over a cuppa in our training room, watch a presentation covering some theory and techniques before heading outside for practical assignments. During the two days we will cover:

  • Camera Equipment
  • Setting up your camera
  • Looking after your equipment in extreme conditions
  • Composition and framing
  • Choosing and photographing subjects including portraiture
  • Rigging rope systems for abseiling and ascending
  • How to choose a location and positioning
  • Working with professional climbers
  • Editing photographs
  • Options for publishing and/or selling your images
Equipment Required

A full kit list with recommendations as to what works best is contained in the Joining Instructions. Any digital camera will be fine and a laptop for editing will enable you to fully participate in the evaluation process. Outdoor clothing including waterproofs will enable you to enjoy your time outside.


This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate and most courses start from here. Other options are listed on our Accommodation page.


You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy this photography course. Average fitness is all that is required and the ability to spend most of the day in an outdoor environment.

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