Course – Beginners’

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

My courses were due to run between March -June. Due to the unpredictable nature of the situation, any long-form courses not already started will be postponed until it is clear what is happening.

With luck, I'll be up and running again over the Summer and hopefully back to classroom-based courses in September.

If you have any queries, please feel free to drop me line here

Bill Black

Beginners' 9-lesson/ 6-week Course - £160

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The course lasts 6 weeks and consists of 9 x 2-hour lessons.
6 of these are in the classroom (on a Tuesday evening).
3 are outside ‘in the field’ (on a Saturday/Sunday).

‘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.

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;
  • understand and be able to operate your camera in full manual mode;

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.

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David Hoare

Before going on Bill’s beginners photography course, I was a bit hesitant. I was quickly reassured upon meeting Bill, who is incredibly down-to-earth and engaging in his teaching.

I would highly recommend any beginners heading into intermediary levels, as I’m sure you’ll learn something new, and most importantly have a fun time as well! 

James Barron

"Bill has taken my patchy, YouTube learnt Photography knowledge and taught me everything I need to know to take a great photo.
Bill is a great, patient teacher with a wealth of photography knowledge.
I cannot recommend Bill’s courses enough!"

Sue Braat

"I attended Bill’s beginners photography course this year and really enjoyed it. By the end of the course I felt confident enough to use my camera on manual settings and knew how to compose a good photo.

Bill has a wealth of knowledge and is a great teacher. I would recommend his course to anybody who would like to take their cameras off automatic settings with confidence."

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.

Settings

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.

Composition

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.

Software/Output

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.

Course structure

There will be a weekly assignment to be completed outside the classroom and discussed with me.

Every third 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.

Book your course

When
7.00pm-9.00pm,  commencing Tuesday March 10, 2020.

Where
Brighton Girls School, Montpelier Road Brighton, BN1 3AT

How
Please pay for the course using the link below. You can pay with paypal or any credit/debit card.

Free Parking Onsite!

Rita Garner

"I now feel I have a thorough grounding in photography, based on Bill’s excellent teaching together with the practice/homework and the field trips taking photos together as a group.
The course has revived my love of photography."

Matt Smith

"This course is a must for any aspiring photographer. Bill will take you through the fundamental elements of composition, camera control and even some handy hints on Photoshop and raw editing.

A word of caution though; if Bill can’t improve your picture taking then no one can!"

Emeline Perronno

"Bill’s classes are clear and all questions are answered allowing us to make quick progress, creating a nice step-by-step understanding of the camera and how to compose great photography.

I definitely recommend it!"

Cancellation and refund policy for all courses

Cancellations must be received via email in advance of the event.

The following cancellation charges apply:

  •    6+ weeks notice from start date: Full refund
  •    4-6 weeks notice from start date: 40% refund
  •    0-4 weeks notice from start date: No refund
  •    Failure to attend from start date: No refund

 

If you are unable to attend the course someone else may attend in your place at no additional cost.

All requests for substitutions must be received via email at least 24 hours before the course begins with the name, contact email and telephone number for the replacement student.

Courses cannot be deferrred to a later date.