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 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.
Things you will learn on this workshop:
- How to take control & get out of auto mode.
- The benefits of using P, S, TV, A, AV or M modes.
- How to freeze motion using shutter speeds.
- How to blur backgrounds and foregrounds using aperture.
- Understand ISO and the exposure triangle.
- Choose the correct camera image settings.
- When to use different White Balance settings.
- How to avoid out of focus images.
- How to master difficult lighting conditions.
- Understand lenses and focal lengths.
- Camera equipment advice.
- Master composition for strong images.
- Post production image techniques.
- Any other questions you have on the day
Your Skills, Experience & Equipment
An ability to set your own aperture, shutter speed and ISO is going to be advantageous on this course, though we are able to assist with this if needed. The only equipment you will need to bring with you is your camera and lenses.
Where & when will this course take place?
The Beginners Photography Masterclass will take place in Stilton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. It starts at 9am, we will break for a 45 minute lunch break around 12.30 and it will finish at around 4pm.
Upcoming course dates:
Saturday 11th May 2019
Sunday 9th June 2019
Nicky Cope “I joined Paul’s workshop in Peterborough as I was struggling to get to grips with my camera. His tuition was thorough and tailored to my needs. I came away feeling confident that i knew what I was doing, and I can’t recommend him highly enough. Thank you Paul.”
Edward Clark “I attended a photography workshop with Paul and was really impressed with the level of teaching given. He really made sure I got everything I needed to from the session and that I left feeling confident in the new skills I had gained. I was very pleased with the results I was able to achieve under his direction and his help and support afterwards has been particularly valuable in sourcing my own equipment.”
Alison Vincent “My daughter and I enjoyed a beginners photography course with Paul today. We came away feeling confident and well-taught having had a fun and informative day. Paul’s style is relaxed and comprehensive but he’s extremely knowledgeable and creative.”
Aga Couhtino “Paul is a FANTASTIC teacher. I’ve learnt a lot more in his tailored photography session than I had expected I will. He gave me materials to which I can come back to so I don’t forget important information. He is patient, friendly and enthusiastic. Paul really wants to make sure that I learn photography properly and can take photos in different situations, indoors and outdoors. He gives a lot of different tips. I really recommend him!”
Ann-Marie Hemmings “Thank you for a great photography workshop last week. I learnt loads, and remembered more than I thought! I feel I am able to put it all into practice now.”