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.
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.
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!
Do I Need To Contact You Prior To Booking?
No, please feel free to secure your date using the calendar on this page. Of course, should you wish to talk to us first, then do not hesitate to get in contact.
What Happens After I Book
If we haven’t spoken prior then Paul will contact you with all the information you’ll need for your masterclass.
Your Skills, Experience & Equipment
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.
I Don’t Own A Camera Yet, Can I Borrow One?
Yes no problem, we have a Canon 5D MKIII and various lenses available to loan for the day. There is no additional fee for this, we will just ask you to sign something that says if you break it, you agree to pay to get it fixed.
Training Start Time
This course will start at 9am unless agreed otherwise prior to booking. We’ll run until finished but they usually last around 6 hours long.
This course will take place at our home studio in Stilton, Peterborough unless agreed otherwise prior to booking. The full address will be provided upon booking.
What Is The Refund Policy?
The fee you pay secures your chosen date and is only refundable up to 30 days prior to your booked training date. If your booked training date falls within the next 30 days then this is non-refundable under any circumstances. Should you wish to change your date to another we will always do our best to accommodate this so long as we are given more than 14 days’ notice of your booked in training date.
Share The Cost
Want to take this course with a partner or friend? The cost listed allows up to 2 people to take the course without additional fee’s, that is only £195.00 for the both of you! Making it a perfect activity or gift for couples.
Can I Give This As A Gift?
You certainly can, you’ll find our range of photography training gift vouchers here: https://www.pauldavidsmith.co.uk/shop/photography-training-gift-vouchers/
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.”