Improve Your Photography With Professional Photographer Paul David Smith.
If you have just bought your camera or have not yet ventured off of the auto modes the camera has to offer then manual mode can be scary. You may be in a position where you’ve tried to learn from friends or family, or perhaps you’ve watched some YouTube videos and it just hasn’t made sense?
Our Beginners Photography Masterclass in Newquay, Cornwall, UK is designed to get you off your cameras automatic modes and taking advantage of the massive benefits shooting in manual mode has to offer. The good news is, last year we taught over a hundred people how to shoot in manual mode and each and every time we did it in less than a day!
You are smarter than your camera, it’s something we tell people during our training sessions because it is so true. When you use the automatic mode, the camera doesn’t know if you are photographing moving wildlife and want to freeze the action with no blur. Likewise, the camera doesn’t know whether you are shooting a portrait and would like to minimise the depth of field and blur the background. All the camera is trying to do is give you a correctly exposed image, not too bright, not too dark.
When you start to take control of the camera and tell it what you want it to do you open up the true potential the camera has to offer and your photography will improve.
We run this as a 1-2-1 course so we can really focus on improving your skills and you have our full attention. You will improve your skills far quicker this way as opposed to joining a group session where the instructor is trying to help 10 people at once. It also has the added advantage of you being able to book a date and time that suits you.
Whether you live locally in Cornwall or are in the area on holiday, there is no better place than Cornwall’s beautiful beaches and clifftops to learn how to master your camera settings. You are also welcome to bring along a friend or family member with you as up to 2 people can attend this course at no additional cost.
Things You Will Learn On This Workshop:
- Take control & get out of auto mode.
- Benefits of using P, S, TV, A, AV or M modes.
- How to shoot pin sharp images every time.
- Blur backgrounds using aperture.
- Master difficult lighting conditions.
- Understand ISO and the exposure triangle.
- Camera equipment advice.
- Choose the correct camera image settings.
- Use different White Balance settings.
- Stop motion using shutter speeds.
- How to use off-camera flash.
- How to avoid out of focus images.
- Understand lenses and focal lengths.
- Master composition for strong images.
- Post-production image techniques.
- You tell me what you’re struggling with!
This is a beginners course and as such, no skills are required to attend this course. The only equipment you will need to bring with you is your camera and lenses.
Up to 2 people can attend this course at no additional cost. Group bookings of more than 2 people can be arranged, please get in touch.
You can choose to start this course at either 9am or 2pm. This is a half day course, we’ll run until finished but they usually last around 4 hours long.
This course will usually last around 4 hours long.
This course will take place in Newquay, Cornwall, UK unless agreed otherwise prior to booking.
I get a lot of requests for help with camera equipment recommendations, almost daily in fact and offer a Personalised Photography Equipment Recommendation service which you can find by clicking here.
Recommending a camera and the best lenses to buy really has lots of different factors involved in it which need to be investigated first such as what the equipment will be most used for, budgets, your expectations on image quality, your current level and aspirations, etc. Hence the above service so we can really drill down into finding you the best equipment.
Alternatively, some people attend my courses and borrow a camera from me for the day to do so, we can then incorporate this recommendation as part of the course at no extra cost. The benefit of doing it this way is that I have a lot of cameras and lenses you can try and see the difference between prior to purchasing anything. The downside is your not learning on your own equipment of course, so there are pluses and minuses to doing it both ways, it depends on what you think works best for you.
Paul is DBS checked and is happy to share a copy of his DBS certificate with any client, no matter whether they are a business, charity, organisation or individual.