I have just started providing beginner’s photography workshops and my first set of attendees came along last weekend on a cold snowy day to learn some basic principles of photography.
The courses are broadly aimed at parents to help them take better pictures of their own children and families. However we also touched on action shots, scenic shots and photographing flowers and pets etc… The main focus of the workshop was to teach the basic camera settings and principles surrounding exposure, aperture, shutter speed, composition and looking at light. Each attendee brought along some photos they had taken for critique and for follow up they will be sending other images in to see how they have improved using the techniques learnt during the course. The goal was to get the attendees to take their DSLR’s off of the Auto setting.
The course was designed to be informal with a mixture between theory and practical shooting. Having covered the principles we went to do some hands on shooting practice to put it all into practice. Attendees took some pictures of each other and also a child model. We talked about shooting portraits and I took a few headshots to show them.
We had a bit of fun demonstrating the principle of shallow depth of field with a rather nice Teasel plant and a lovely smiley lady
The ladies were kind enough to send in some feedback from the course – as follows ;
” Learnt so much with a fab teacher and great bunch of gals – thank you everyone ” – Samantha
“And the same for me. Utterly lovely Saturday morning – with results ! ” – Virginia
“Just got home and wanted to let you know how thrilled I am to have had the opportunity to attend your course today.
I found the whole experience so much fun,informal and extremely enjoyable. Didn’t feel at all silly about asking any questions etc..
I now feel confident enough to take my camera off auto and play with it whilst on a manual setting. So pleased to have come away today with enough knowledge to help me through my first stages of ‘decent’ photography!
Thank you so much for your hospitality.. ‘Proper coffee’ too!” – Louise
” Presented in a way that was easy to understand, not too much technical jargon, but just enough to explain it well enough. Didn’t feel embarrassed to ask “silly” questions, and ask again! Timing was perfect, just enough of brain time and then the same of fun time! Good tea and biccys xxx ” – Vanessa
” Brilliant. Really enjoyed myself. And ditto ! Just enough info so not bombarded with technical jargon which meant it was easy to understand and I came away with things I’d learnt that I would actually use regularly when taking photos and hence not just forget! – Kerry
Here are a few of the images that were taken by the ladies that attended – including a nice example of freezing action with fast shutter speed…. looks like I might have taught them a bit too well !!
The next course will take place on Saturday 2nd March 9.30 – 1.00pm in Northamptonshire – Cost £99. Please get in touch if you would like a place.