Capture the Chiltern Hills – Smartphone Workshop

Walking Grade: 3-4 (moderate)

Experience a unique view of the Chiltern Hills on your smartphone with award-winning photographer Matt Writtle.

Feel a sense of calm and relaxation as you walk the hills and River Chess around the historic market town of Chesham, capturing the mood to create your memories with Matt’s expert guidance.

Learn the fundamentals of composition and lighting, interesting facts about the environment and history of the local area, alongside stories from Matt’s 30 years as a photographer. All you need is an inquisitive mind.

The 4-hour workshop includes:

  • Fundamentals of composition and lighting techniques
  • 2-hour circular walk with designated photography locations
  • One to one image review
  • Refreshments
  • Course certificate


“Really enjoyed the Photography Workshop with Matt Writtle. Matt’s experience, expertise and passion for photography helped me see photography differently with practical tips but also how every photo is a chance to capture a feeling or a memory from the world around us. The combination of tuition plus the two hour walk enabled me to put the ideas into practice and learn from Matt in action. Highly recommend.”
Jim Raymond Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire.

“The walk was beautiful and offered a range of photo opportunities and the chance to try new techniques under Matt’s guidance. Matt’s local knowledge and enthusiasm for history of the area brought additional meaning and interest to the beauty spots we stopped at. 

The 1:1 image review at the end of the session gave us the valuable chance to learn about some photo editing techniques and I have come away from the workshop with some real gems of knowledge which I can and will now apply every time I take a photo. I’m incredibly proud of the photos I took which are definitely Instagram worthy and am keen to continue using my newfound knowledge when photographing scenery in the future. 

I fully recommend this experience to all budding smartphone photographers and nature lovers. For Londoners in particular, who can get there easily on the Metropolitan line, this is a lovely day’s escape in nature.” 

Caroline Bulmer, London.

“After an introduction into some techniques to help improve our photographs, Matt led us on a circular route across some stunning scenery of the Chiltern Hills. We stopped at various points for photo opportunities to let us practise these new techniques. Throughout this walk Matt gave us guidance with some local history thrown in.

Back at the White Hill Centre, Matt spent time reviewing our photos, giving personal advice about composition and photo editing techniques to further improve upon our photographs.

This was a great experience, Matt has a great approach to teaching, helping us throughout the day to improve our photography skills. I whole heartedly recommend this workshop.”

Tony Evans, Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

Dates (limited to 6 places - minimum of 2):

Covid 19, Postponements and Cancellations

I continue to monitor and follow COVID-19 rules and guidance provided by government, therefore courses and events may be subject to restrictions and consequently postponed, but rest assured the aim is to be flexible so you don’t miss out; offer of new dates, provision of a voucher so you can re-book when convenient or, in the case of cancellation, your money back! If you have any worries, concerns or questions, please email me at