Course on Photography, Dorset

Jurassic Coast Weekend Photo Tour and workshop and highly respected photographer Ian Middleton, have joined forces to collaborate a passion for photography with a wealth of practical experience. For initial enquiries on any of our tours, contact via our comment box below.

A four day coastal photography tour of the Dorset & the Jurassic Coast

Join me, Ian Middleton, for a weekend 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, where I have secured a discounted room rate.

The tour will begin on Friday evening and end after a dawn shoot on Monday. Accommodation for the tour will be included from Friday to Monday (3 nights), but should you need or want to arrive earlier or stay longer, then I can arrange extra nights for you.

This tour is suitable for all levels from beginner to advanced.

portland bill lighthouse at dusk photo

Dates in 2013:
April – TBA

Price per person: Based on two people sharing
UK£495 – 6 – 9 people
UK£395 – 10 – 12 people

Suitable for: all levels from beginner to advanced

Included in the price:
- Accommodation: 3 nights bed & breakfast (extra nights can be arranged if required)
- Pick up and drop off at bus station or train station in Weymouth
- All transport on tour days
- All tuition and guidance
- Detailed beginners handout (if required)

Single room supplement (UK£90)

Not included:
- Flights (Although I will offer some advice and help on how to get here from your country)
- Transport to and from airport (The best option is to come by bus with National Express )
- Lunch and Dinner
- Travel insurance (Guests must ensure they have their own travel insurance)

Equipment needed:
- Camera (obviously), ideally SLR, but also bridge or advanced compacts may suit.
- Tripod ( I’ll have one or two spares people can borrow, but it’s best to have your own)
- Remote shutter release cable

Extra equipment desired but not necessary:
- Polarising filter
- Neutral density filter
- ND grad filters
- Laptop for processing

Initial contact enquiry email

Preliminary bookings are now being taken. If you are interested in this tour then please contact At this point you are under no obligation to book. Once I have at least 6 people confirmed I will then set a date that suits everyone. Once this is done then a formal booking will then be made.


The exact itinerary might change slightly depending on the time of year and conditions, but will consist of roughly the following.

Day 1

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 (see photos below). 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!

Pulpit Rock at dusk photograph

Day 2

Morning shoot at Portland Bill and Weymouth town, 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 into Weymouth Town and stroll along the beach and harbour before heading off to a nearby hill for a great view. 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.

Photography of Weymouth beach in summer

View across Weymouth Bay image

Lulworth Cove in Summer photograph

Lulworth cove and beach in summer picture

Waves crashing at Durdle Door, Dorset, UK

Moon rising over Durdle Door at dusk, Dorset, England

Man o war bay, Dorset, Jurassic Coast, UK

Sun setting over cliffs at Durdle Door Beach

Day 3

Kimmeridge Bay, Corfe Castle, Swanage and Old Harry Cliffs

Today we’ll get up very early and head to Kimmeridge Bay for a dawn and sunrise 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. 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 take a walk out to the beautiful chalk stacks and pinnacles of Old Harry Cliffs for the evening.

Clavell tower at Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset, Britain

Rocky ledges at Kimmeridge bay during sunset, Dorset, Jurassic Coast, England

Old harry cliffs near Poole, Dorset

The Pinnacles, Old Harry rocks, Dorset

Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle village

Day 4

 Morning shoot at a nearby location

 For our last day we’ll head to a location near to the hotel for another dawn and sunrise shoot. The location will be determined closer to the time, but may likely be Chesil Beach, just to the west of Portland. Then back to the hotel for breakfast after which the tour will end.

We hope very much to see you again on one of our tours.


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