Photographic Holidays, Lectures & Tuition

















First video; preview of Thomas Hardy holiday. Second video; my contribution to recent 'Creative Projects for your Camera'.


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.


Booking is now open.


13 July (7 nights) Brecon Beacon through a Lens Brecon £995 Code BREPT

Capture the rich tapestry of Great Britain on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique. From the cottages and castles, breathtaking beaches and flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland, dry stone walls and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of your location. Derek will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km).


3 September (4 nights) Develop a Photographic Eye Dove Dale, Peak District £605 Code DVEPS

Derek will guide you seamlessly through subject choice, depth, perspective and image framing so that you can get that perfect shot every time. Designed for those with some knowledge of digital photography, who wish to focus specifically on improving their image composition skills.


17 September (4 nights) Steam Railways with a Camera Dolgellau, Snowdonia £565 Code DGESR

Explore the Talyllyn Railway, Ffestiniong Railway and Llangollen Railway with a camera and re-live a nostalgic past courtesy of the 'Beeching Axe'. Throughout the country, land 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.


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.


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



Comments 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)

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