Dartmoor Ponies Workshop – 1 day

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In this workshop I will take you to several areas of Dartmoor to photograph the iconic Dartmoor pony. These wild animals are on the moor all year round but for the best light and the best time of year to photograph their young then book your workshop during May, June or July.

Initially, on booking your workshop we will discuss your wildlife photography needs and I will adapt the workshop to your needs and equipment you use. After the workshop I will send you, by email, a pdf containing all the wildlife digital photography notes for you to remember what information was given to you on the day.


Day One

The day will begin at sunrise with us meeting at a “designated place”, agreed by us prior to the day. I will drive us around Dartmoor National Park where our Dartmoor pony photography workshop will begin. At approximately 5pm, depending on the light, we will return back to the “designated place” (a packed lunch is included).


Workshop includes:-

The workshop will consist of tuition on Camera Settings, Autofocus modes, ISO, Exposure modes, Metering, File types, Depth of field, White balance, Histogram etc.

How to use natural light including front, side and backlight to achieve different images.

Learning where the Dartmoor ponies can be found, reconnoitring an area for them.

Use of Field craft skills to get close and where to use them.

Taking the photo, Focus, Exposure compensation, Composition, Background etc.

At the end of the photography workshop you will receive, via email, some digital photography course notes to remind you of what information was given to you.

Although I have stated the above please use it only as a guide as the workshop can be adjusted and tailor-made to suit your individual needs.

(In this workshop I will take it that you know how to change the settings for your camera.)


Group Size

1 person to a maximum of 3 people in the group.


Fitness Level

This workshop will involve an amount of walking with maybe some hill work on uneven terrain so a reasonable level of fitness is required. You might also be required to crawl on wet/damp ground to get closer to your subject.


Equipment Needed

You will need to provide your own photographic equipment, preferably a DSLR camera with your own lens. Any lens from 70mm up to 300mm will suffice, a 70-200mm zoom, or longer, lens is ideal. Please bring a waterproof cover for your camera and lens to protect your equipment. You might also require a tripod or a monopod, spare memory cards and spare batteries.

Please bring the manual for your camera.



Dartmoor’s landscape is quite exposed and the weather can change quite rapidly so please bring appropriate clothing to keep you warm and dry. A breathable, thin layering system, (NOT cotton), works best. A hat, jacket, trousers or leggings and stout walking boots. These should all be waterproof and of a muted dark colour due to the subjects we are photographing.


Price per person.

The price for this workshop is £100 and includes tuition, notes, packed lunch and all excursions.


Price Excludes

Your Personal and Equipment insurance cover.


Booking Your Workshop

If you would like to book this photography workshop please send an email to [email protected] and specify the date you prefer and state that you require a Dartmoor Pony Workshop.


Insurance Indemnity

Robin Stanbridge Photography cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items or for personal accident or injury and all activities are entered into at your own risk.  You are responsible for making sure that your own personal insurance is in place, covering medical and emergency expenses, personal accident, injury and death in addition to loss of, or damage to, luggage, possessions and personal possessions. You are also responsible for your own personal medication and it is essential that you bring extra supplies with you.



If you require accommodation Acorn Lodge is available please see www.acorn-lodge-dartmoor.co.uk. For details.