jurassic coast

ian middleton: photography - Weekend Photography Workshops & Courses

2½ Days



A coastal photography tour & workshop on the fascinating Jurassic Coast in Dorset, UK.

Join me, Ian Middleton, for a photography workshop & tour on the beautiful Jurassic Coast of Dorset in the UK. 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.


The Jurassic Coast is one of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK, and a perfect place to learn photography with its jagged, rocky coastline providing many great coastal landscape features. Photograph Durdle Door rock arch amid its glistening pebble beach. Capture the lighthouse and Pulpit Rock at Portland Bill promontory surrounded by crashing waves. Shoot the beautiful half moon bay at Kimmeridge as the low tide reveals its fascinating rocky underworld. Or trudge out early morning to the gorgeous white chalk cliff at Old Harry, equally as amazing as the White Cliffs of Dover.


We will be based at the heights hotel on the beautiful island of Portland, which also provides an amazing view across Chesil Beach, one of England’s three major shingle beaches. It stretches off 29kms all the way from the start of the Isle of Portland to West Bay. To the right your view takes you off across the lovely Weymouth harbour and bay.


The first day of photography on this UK workshop will begin in the afternoon once everyone has arrived and checked in. It will end after sunset on the last day. Accommodation will be included for the first two nights, but should you need or want to arrive earlier or stay longer, then I can arrange extra nights for you.


Workshop type

Small group workshop (4-6 people)


2½ Days (2 nights)

dates 2021


price per person


£ 550 £100 deposit
  • Per person
  • Single occupancy



Portland Bill, Durdle Door, Kimmeridge Bay, Old Harry, Weymouth, West Bay, Seacombe, Corfe Castle

Read my blog about Durdle Door here:

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 start our photography workshop by heading down to the southern tip of the isle of Portland to photograph the sunset and blue hour (twilight) at the famous lighthouse, one of many Trinity Lighthouses in the UK, and pulpit rock. 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!


Day 2
Dawn and sunrise shoot at Portland Bill, Abbotsbury, 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 to Abbotsbury and photograph this quaint village and also the stunning views of Chesil Beach. 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.


Day 3
Kimmeridge Bay, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Old Harry.

Today we’ll get up very early and head to Old Harry cliffs for a dawn and sunrise shoot.  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 head to Kimmeridge Bay for a sunset 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.

  • positive review  Excellent one-to-one photography workshop at Lake Bled, Slovenia. Not just covering the techniques but also thinking about image composition and the impact of clouds on the final result. Thoroughly enjoyable and made me rethink the way I take photographs. Thank you, Shaun

    Shaun Dunphy Avatar Shaun Dunphy
    June 11, 2018
  • 5 star review  We spent 1.5 days with Ian covering Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj and the surrounding areas. Ian knows the area incredibly well and was able to take us to the right places at the right times for the right light and did a great job of dodging the bad weather! He was incredibly helpful and informative and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend one of his workshops.

    Kirsty Simpson Avatar Kirsty Simpson
    June 11, 2018

included in the price

Accommodation: 2 nights in a single room
(I can arrange extra nights if required)

All transport on workshop days

All tuition and guidance

Free ebook guide to photography

not included in the price


Lunch and Dinner

Travel insurance
(Guests must ensure they have their own travel insurance)

Suitable for:

DSLR users ideally (but some advanced compact or bridge SLRs may suit. Contact me to discuss whether your camera is suitable or not). This is especially useful for compact users whose camera is not advanced enough for the beginners workshop. Instead, you can come here and learn how to get the best from your camera.

difficulty level

This workshop involves a fair bit of walking on grassy terrain which could likely be wet and muddy. Good sturdy, water resistant boots are advised. At Durdle door there is quite a steep walk from the car park to the beach. We will be coming down from the clifftop.

equipment needed

Camera (Obviously)


Remote shutter release cable.

Spare batteries.

Raincover (or umbrella).

equipment desired

Polarising filter

Neutral density filter

ND grad filters

Head or hand torch
(for working, and getting back to the car in the dark)

getting to UK

Best option for Dorset is to fly to London.

getting to the location

We will be based at the Heights Hotel in Portland. You can get there by train to Weymouth and then a bus or taxi onwards.

what to wear

It will be winter, so warm clothes. Ideally layers that can remove or put on as we’ll either be shooting before sunrise or after sunset, in the dark, when it will be colder. You will also need a raincoat.

Group bookings

Group bookings are available on request.
Contact me for more info


If you are interested in this workshop then you can enquire or book via the contact form below.


Once a booking is agreed you will be sent an invoice for payment, a deposit of £100 is payable upon booking and the balance is due at least 4 weeks before the workshop date, unless otherwise agreed or booking was made closer to the date. Payment can be made by bank transfer, paypal or personal cheque.


If your workshop is cancelled for any reason by me then a full refund will be given, or you will have the chance to join another group. Should you cancel for any reason after payment has been made then a full refund will be given up to one week before the workshop date, but after that a full refund will only be given if I have a minimum of three people on the date of your booking.

detailed ebook

I know how hard it can be to try and scribble down notes at any kind of lesson or workshop, so to this end I have created a detailed ebook that is totally free.

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