Beginners' 9-week Course - £130
Next course starting in September. To be advised when course details are available, please send an email to Bill via the Contacts Page asking to be adivised
‘My background is in training people quickly and successfully to understand their cameras and to be able to use them without confusion.'
The course is designed specifically for people taking their first steps in photography. Whether you want to take photos of people, landscapes or architecture, this course will explain the fundamentals of photography to you.
The course consists of 9 weekly 2-hour sessions, 6 in the classroom, 3 outside ‘in the field’.
By the end of the course you will:
- understand your camera’s settings and how to use them;
- have learnt creative techniques to improve your photographs and find your own style;
- be able to produce final output of your images in print or online form;
Technical terms will be explained without jargon and de-mystified.
You will leave the course with a new set of technical and creative skills.
All this is practised under supervision both in classroom and out in the field, where you actually take photos.
You will need a digital SLR camera or compact digital camera with full SLR functions. You will also need basic knowledge of how to use a computer.
You will need a digital camera with manual functions. The photos below show a dial, in physical and digital form and if you have something similar on your camera, you have the right camera! This includes compact point and shoot cameras, bridge and mirrorless cameras as well as DSLRs.
Understanding the effect of aperture, shutter speed and ISO can result in an instant and dramatic improvement in your photographs, allowing you to get a look to your photos that you’ve never been able to achieve before.
You will learn how to use these settings, along with full manual mode, to allow for a complete confidence in understanding how to achieve the effect you want in your photographs.
Understanding how to frame a shot will give the biggest single boost to the quality of your photography.
Whether it’s landscapes, architecture or a portrait, how you frame the shot helps tell the story.
We will undertake a number of exercises in the classroom and outside to ‘train your eye’ to find a better photograph.
Equipment and Lenses - ‘The right tool for the right job’
The default lens that came with your camera is only the beginning and the myriad range of additional lenses and equipment can be confusing. Learn what different equipment can do to enhance your images and what is essential for you and discover the style of photography you wish to explore.
As Ansel Adams said ‘if the negative is the composer’s score... the print is the performance’.
Taking the photo is only half the job. Preparing your images for presentation is an essential skill to produce the best quality image
Photoshop is the software most people associate with photography. Here, we look at it and other free-to-use software available to you on your phone, pc and mac that will enable you to improve your photos with a few easy tweaks.
We also look in-depth at how to correct and enhance your images and prepare them for either online or print presentation.
There will be a weekly assignment to be completed outside the classroom and discussed with me.
Every third week, the lesson will be field based, instead of in the classroom , to enable you to become confident in utilising your new skills in a real-world situation. Tasks will be set based on previous lessons for you to practice your new-found skills.