HF Holidays celebrated their centenary in 2013 and are leaders in Walking and Leisure Activity Holidays. Their unique blend of traditionally based holidays from hotels situated in beautiful locations ensure a holiday experience that has no equal. Prices are for full-board accommodation (breakfast, picnic lunch & dinner), in en-suite rooms and include tuition and coach transport to places of photographic interest. All HF hotels have a bar; premium rooms are available at most houses for an additional charge, no single room charge. Expect to walk up to 3 miles a day on some holidays.
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5 October (3 nights) Photographing Hardy's Dorset Lulworth Cove, Dorset £409 Code LHETH
It is well-known that the novels of Thomas Hardy and later his poems are based on places in Dorset, where for example, Casterbridge is Dorchester and Budmouth is Weymouth. This 'Photographing Thomas Hardy's Dorset' holiday is a photographic pilgrimage to the county covering his whole life from his birthplace at Higher Bockhampton to Max Gate, his final residence in Dorchester, with easy short walks on landscapes that have inspired many scenarios in his novels.5 November (4 nights) Focus on Light Church Stretton, Shropshire Hills £505 Code CSEMN
For all keen and aspiring landscape photographers. Offering the best in both classic and unexpected shoot locations, Derek will encourage you to capture your personal response to the landscape in the best light of the day. This holiday goes the extra mile with sunrise and sunset outings. Suitable for complete beginners to advanced photographers.20194 March (4 nights) Creative Projects with your Camera at Church Stretton, Shropshire £464 Code CSIEP
You have got some fantastic photographs, perhaps taken on one of my Photographic Holidays, but are they still sitting on a hard disk somewhere doing nothing? Time to get creative beyond picture taking. A day is spent taking photographs in the Shropshire Hills, then we look at various ideas regarding output and not just image manipulation. Create wider appreciation for your photography by producing an online book or website, or if you have the gift for public speaking, a PowerPoint Show to get your message across to an enthusiastic audience.
15 April (4 nights) Focus on Light at Lulworth Cove, Dorset £530 Code LHEMN
A holiday for experienced photographers who have renounced Auto, know the basics of photography and are prepared to rise early for the promise of a spectacular sunrise. Lulworth Cove is the perfect base where a pre-breakfast stroll can be undertaken before the crowds descend! After dinner, a detailed review on most evenings of our activities with advice, hints and tips from all participants designed to improve your photography in the company of likeminded enthusiasts.
22 April 5 nights) Capturing Water on Camera at Glen Coe, Scotland £665 Code LLEWA
On Auto or Program the photographer has little control of shutter-speeds, yet controlling them contributes to one of the true creative aspects of still photography. Movement can still be shown in many ways with different shutter-speeds from a whole second to a tiny fraction, especially when photographing water. A basic understanding of photo-technique is essential to obtain the full enjoyment of this photo-break in the Scottish Highlands.
3 May (3 nights) Discover Photography Weekend at Alnmouth, Northumberland £425 Code ALEDP
The ideal holiday for beginners interested in Creative Photography beyond the Smartphone. Learn how a digital camera is essential to create that artistic touch to images by forsaking Auto, graduating to Program, Aperture and Shutter Priority. The Northumberland coast will be our muse from quiet sandy beaches to dramatic castles overlooking the North Sea.
9 August (3 nights) Photographing Hardy's Dorset at Lulworth Cove, Dorset £400 Code LHETH
It is well-known that the novels of Thomas Hardy and later his poems are based on places in Dorset, where for example, Casterbridge is Dorchester and Budmouth is Weymouth. This 'Photographing Thomas Hardy's Dorset' holiday is a photographic pilgrimage to the county covering his whole life from his birthplace at Higher Bockhampton to Max Gate, his final residence in Dorchester, with easy short walks on landscapes that have inspired many scenarios in his novels.
27 August (4 nights) Steam Railways with a Camera at Dolgellau, Snowdonia £564 Code DGESR
Explore the Vale of Rheidol Railway, Welsh Highland Railway and Llangollen Railway with a camera and re-live a nostalgic past courtesy of the 'Beeching Axe'. Throughout the country, railway enthusiasts restored a prestigious era in British history capturing the hearts and minds of both young and old. Restored to their former glory, take pictures of historic steam locomotives and visit stations that are incredibly preserved, featured in popular TV and film dramas. 19 October (7 nights) Landscape Photography at Glen Coe, Scotland £899 Code LLEPT
Capture the splendour of autumn tints in the magnificent Scottish Highlands. The HF hotel overlooks Loch Leven, perfect for sunrise and sunset shots and Glen Coe is not far. This Photographic Holiday is tailored for all levels of photographic expertise, beginners to experienced, with the golden opportunity to capture the magic of still lochs with perfect reflections and high mountains wreathed in gentle mist.
11 November (4 nights) Northern Lake District through a Lens at Derwent Water, £499 Code DBEPT
This HF hotel has its own shoreline on Derwent Water, facing east, perfect for those amazing sunrises. Suitable for all levels of photographic expertise, we walk and tour the Northern Lakes visitng Borrowdale, Buttermere and Ullswater. As with all photographic holidays, a review of guests' images are offered most evenings after a sumptuous dinner.See HF Holidays website, and book early, for the best prices!
Reservations 0345 470 7558 (UK only), +44 (0)20 8732 1250 (abroad)
Itinerary for each holiday available on Photography page of HF Holidays website www.hfholidays.co.ukComments from 2015/6 holidays:
'Organised a fantastic week giving us good & varied photographic subjects in the lovely scenery.''Landscape Photography' Kenmare, Co: Kerry (June 2015)
'Derek is a fantastic leader. His communication skills and photographic knowledge is second to none'.'Landscape Photography' Selworthy, Exmoor (September 2015)
'Derek gave us a superb week, creating a lovely atmosphere within the group. We learnt a lot from him.''Landscape Photography' Selworthy, Exmoor (September 2015)
'Excellent technical guidance when out on photo shoots.''Landscape Photography' Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight (October 2015)
'I've been with this leader for over 16 years, that should say enough!''Landscape Photography' Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales (April 2016)
'He created a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the group, in which we could all learn how to improve our photography. He took us to some lovely places where we could get some great photos & paced the holiday well. We never felt rushed or bored. His evening critiques of our work were most helpful, & his film shows fascinating. We came away having learnt a lot whilst enjoying a lovely friendly holiday.''Landscape Photography' Sedbergh, Yorkshire Dales (April 2016)