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!
Our absolute priority is keeping you and ourselves safe during your photography training session, with this in mind we have implemented the following procedures to ensure we can all enjoy the training session safely:
This course will take place outdoors from our garden. It has been scientifically proven that the risk of Coronavirus transmission is much less outdoors and in line with government guidelines we are allowed up to 6 people in the gardens of our premises. We have purchased a large waterproof gazebo which will cover us should it rain. You just need to bring warm clothing please.
We will maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times, this is easy as we will be outside anyway.
Outdoor table / chairs / door handles / etc. will be disinfected both before and after your training session.
Hand sanitizer, gloves and hand-washing facilities will be readily available at all times. You are very welcome to wear a mask should you wish too.
Paul has been tested for Coronavirus prior to restarting training with the result coming back negative.
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.
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.
This course will start at 9am unless agreed otherwise prior to booking. We’ll run until finished but they usually last around 5 hours long.
This course will usually last around 5 hours long.
This course will take place at Driftwood Studio, our custom fitted small home studio based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, unless agreed otherwise prior to booking.
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.
The fee and/or deposit you pay secures your chosen date and is only refundable up to 7 days prior to your booked training date. If your booked training date falls within the next 7 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 7 days’ notice of your booked in training date.
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 £150.00 for both of you! Making it a perfect activity or gift for couples.
You certainly can, you’ll find our range of photography training gift vouchers by clicking here.