Beginners workshop

Welcome to your first step to becoming a better photographer!

 

We all had to start somewhere. As with any skill, it takes time to become proficient.

Photography is no different.

My workshops are designed to break down the mystique and cut through the tech jargon. Suitable for novice and hobbyists alike who are struggling to get off automatic mode.

All things begin with the foundations. Once these are firmly in place, it is then easier to build and explore the possibilities.

Below are the fundamentals of practical photography. Don’t be fazed by all the technical jargon it’s really quite simple to understand.

Each session is split into two parts.

Part one; Begins with an explanation of what all these elements mean, and how they all work. Then you get the opportunity to explore them for yourself.

Part two; This is where the fun begins. You get to put into practice all your newly acquired skills. We will look at how these elements combine to manipulate our exposure.

By the end of your workshop, you will be confident, informed, inspired, and will have made the transition from taking “snaps” to creating photographs!

 

 

Part one 

 

  • Optimizing your camera – one-time set-up
  • Picture styles – how to use them
  • White balance – how it affects your shots and how to use it
  • RAW & JPEG formats
  • Metering – the most important function of your camera
  • Introduction to the “exposure triangle” the cornerstone of creative photography
  • ISO
  • Shutter speeds
  • Apertures

Practical applications – in Manual mode (it’s not that scary honest!)

 

Part two

 

We shall look for a variety of subjects to shoot. From the environment, portraits, moving and stationary. Exploring how the exposure triangle works.

 

  • Histograms and how to read them 
  • I will show you how to take consistently sharp photographs by manipulating the “exposure triangle” – no more blurry images! This is imperative for all those sports shots you are dying to take
  • Composition –  I will show you how to add interest to your photos with some advice on composition and give you practical exercises to complete
  • Techniques such as; “rule of thirds” – “leading lines” – “negative space” – “shapes”
  • Understanding natural light – looking for it, and how to control it
  • Tips on taking great portraits – how to control the “toplight” posture, angles and perspective 
  • Using a creative and practical hands-on approach I will give you exercises. Showing you how to use depth of field to make your subject stand out. Getting those nice blurry backgrounds. You will be taking amazing portraits from now on!

 

Throughout your session, please feel free to ask any questions regarding photography. I can offer advice on equipment such as cameras, lenses, lighting and accessories.

 

Here are some examples using the techniques outlined above ie; composition, leading lines, shutter speed, depth of field and controlling the light. By the end of your session, you will be achieving this kind quality.

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A Day In The Life Of A Wedding Photographer
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What to wear and what to bring with you

Appropriate footwear and suitable clothing for the time of year. Along with your camera, you will also need to bring a couple of spare fully charged batteries and a fairly large memory card.
I know London extremely well and we also have excellent opportunities, here in Milton Keynes.

If you travel by train I can arrange to pick you up from the station and drop you back once we have finished
If you prefer I can travel to your location
My workshops normally run from 10-00 to 4 pm with a short break halfway through

One to one or group tuition

One on one training and group tuition is available. Groups are limited to four people at a time. It’s easier to teach a small number than a large class that way nobody gets left behind.

Additional ongoing support, and advice will be available through e-mail or social media after your session has ended.

All-inclusive £85 per person

If you are interested in attending then please get in touch via my contact page, leave a message and I will get back to you to confirm your booking