This course is designed for beginners levels or anyone looking for a refresher or an upgrade from film cameras. All Bridge, CSC and DSLR cameras are suitable, however some compact cameras have limited capability for changing settings. If your camera only has Scene Modes, and doesn’t allow you to set the Aperture, Shutter Speed or work on Manual settings, please contact me and supply the make and model and we can tell you if the camera is suitable. If your camera has limited options for changing settings, it would be more suited to the 4 hour instructional Photography On the Move tours.
We’ll keep the course as jargon-free and straightforward as possible.
It will be held either along Southbank/Westminster or within the Square Mile/City of London
Start time: 10am. Please arrive by 9:50am
Length of time: 5 hours
Location: This will vary between Southbank & Westminster, City of London and there will be more landscape based courses in locations outside of the City, such as Richmond, Greenwich, or Thames Bridge & River scenes. Please see the date tab for the location we will cover that day. We will send an automated email confirmation with meeting instructions.
Maximum attendees: 7
3 clients are required for the course to run. We will notify you during the week of the course if re-scheduling is required. Or if you need to make travel plans you can check with us at any time.
Equipment : camera as listed above. Only on more landscape orientated courses will a tripod be required and we will confirm this with information against that course.
What’s the difference between the workshops and the 4 hour instructional Photography On the Move tours? On the Beginner Course there is a more structured format with many extra set subjects for each skill level. We won’t cover lots of ground as it’s not a full tour. However, we do a lot of practical work in a few different locations to learn the skills.
The Photography On The Move Tours will have clients of mixed skill levels who are looking to learn more than they currently know while we are on the move. We’ll ensure you have a good understanding of how to capture moving subjects where you have little time to play with your settings, while still being in control of the camera. We do not cover all the subjects on a Beginner Course, but will ensure everyone understands the basics of photography, before pushing skill levels forward depending on what we see on the tour at the time.
How to get your camera to focus on the thing you want to focus on (autofocus lock/points)
How to support your camera so you get sharp pictures every time
How to make your photos come out lighter or darker, using one simple setting (exposure compensation)
How to change your Aperture setting and the effect it will have on your photos (aperture priority)
The only thing your in-camera flash is good for and how to set it (fill flash)
How to change your ISO settings so that you can take photos in dim light without flash (low light photography)
What White Balance is, what you use it for, and how to change it
How your lens length can make a big difference to your photos (focal lengths and effects
Getting past Auto, Programme and Scene Modes
Overview of how exposure works
How to change autofocus points and focus modes
How to work with shutter speed
How to decide which settings to use in particular situations
Dates for 2019
Sunday 16th June, start 10am
Saturday 3rd August, start 10am
Saturday 21st September, start 10am
Sunday 13th October, start 10am
Saturday 26th October, start 10am
Sunday 10th November, start 10am
Saturday 30th November, start 10am
Saturday 7th December, start 10am
If there are no dates that suit we can arrange a daytime 3 hour 1 to 1 Personal Photography Tuition 3 hour daytime session for £210. We also have options ranging from 3 – 7 hours combined day and night Personal Photography Tuition. Please see the Workshops Menu at the top of the page.
In 2019 we’re changing the format of the photography courses. While you can buy a single one day course for 5 hours, there is also the option of a 2 day photography course x 5 hours each.
In our two days photography course, you will cover Beginner in 5 hours on 1 day, plus Advanced and Night Photography on the 2nd day..
Beginner photography courses will be in daytime, starting at 10am
Advanced & Night photography course will be combined into 1 x 5 hour day and night event. Start time will depend on sunset time.
You will need a sturdy tripod for the night photography. If you don’t have one, hire one of ours for £7.
There will be more landscape courses in locations outside of the City, such as Richmond, Greenwich, Bridge & River scenes.
You can mix and match the locations so the Beginner can be taken in Greenwich and the Advanced & Night course in the City.
You can mix and match the dates so they don’t have to be consecutive.
When purchasing the 2day course, both dates must taken within 6 months of purchase.
You can buy the days individually for £185 each.
Buy the 2 day course for £340, saving £30.
For our classes to run, we require 3 people minimum and maximum of 7 people on each event. If we do not have enough clients we will contact you in advance to rearrange the date.
If you have a current gift voucher for our photography workshops that is outstanding to be used, it will be valid for the new longer length courses. The expiry date will remain the same.
Once bookings are paid, you will receive automated email confirmations with instructions.