LOCATION Elan Valley, Wales
TIME 10:00 to 16:00
Group Size   10
  •  A great introduction to landscape photography
  • Small Friendly Groups
  • Refreshments
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF Handout
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Lunch
  • Spectators


Wild Arena offers a range of friendly and informative introduction sessions to landscape photography. Our Elan Valley workshop offers an unusual variety of locations including both natural scenery and fascinating, historical architecture.

Our small group size, organised itinerary and highly experienced photography guides, should ensure a enjoyable and educational day out for everyone.

The Elan valley area boasts an extensive series of Victorian dams and structures built by the Birmingham Water Corporation in the late 1800’s. Over 9 years between 1893 and 1904 a series of dams and supporting structures were constructed in this remote area to supply the expanding population of industrial Birmingham with its increasing water needs. The legacies of this impressive feat of engineering add impact to the dramatic landscape images we hope to capture on this session.

Our ‘Elan Valley Landscape Photography Introduction Workshop’, will begin with a welcome introduction where the guide will run through some basic camera settings and functions to ensure everyone gets the most out of the day. We will then head out to the first of our locations around the valley to find interesting and inspirational subjects for our images. After the guide has demonstrated some simple ideas, guests will have time to try these ideas out individually.

The group will then break for a relaxed lunch break (packed lunch required), where we can discuss some simple compositional ideas to help improve the images we are achieving. These ideas should include, choosing camera lenses and camera angles, the idea of ‘less is more’ in images, the rule of thirds, lead in lines and strong diagonal lines.

After lunch we will all move to a new, second location for fresh inspiration and ideas. Here we can look at more complicated techniques like using filters to balance exposures and help create pictures with subject movement. Again the guide will be on hand to demonstrate these ideas and ensure everyone is able to implement them with their own equipment.

This session does not require a high level of physical fitness, as we will not be moving too far from our vehicles. Guests will however, need to let us know if they are not attending the event with their own transport.

As with all of our landscape photography workshops, we will ensure everyone gets individual attention to help develop their personal photography by having small group sizes and plenty of time for constructive discussions.



10:00 Meet at agreed location

10:15 Welcome, introduction & briefing on basic settings and techniques with your guide

11:00 Group to move to our first location (Garegh Ddu Dan and church) putting basic settings into practice (manual mode, exposure, shutter speeds, apertures, and ISO

12:30 lunch break & discussion of basic composition ideas

13:30 Group to move to our second location (dl y mynoch dam and claerwen dam) to put into practice compositional ideas and how to achieve movement in our results by using slow shutter speeds with filters

16:00 Summary and close

PLEASE NOTE: Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.

Group events are currently on hold

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Annual Membership – £19

Provides our regular customers with a discount of 20% on all our one day workshops, £50 off every tour booking, a quarterly newsletter, priority notice on all new events and special offers on late availability! All the memberships prices are listed next to the standard price on all products on the website. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your cart.

Annual Membership Benefits:​

  • 20%  discount on all one day events.
  • £50 discount on every tour booking.
  • Priority notice of discounted late space availability and new events.
  • Quarterly Newsletter.

Annual Membership Plus – £99

Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:

Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):

  • Macro Photography Workshop
  • Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
  • Big Cat Photography Workshop.
  • Safari Photograph Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
  • Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
  • Landscape Photography Workshops.
  • Getting Started with your Camera

Not only does this make ‘Membership PLUS’ outstanding value, it also makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in photography. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your basket.

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