Beginners Introduction to Photography Courses

Introduction to Photography Courses for those who are new to photography or who want to learn how to make best use of their camera.

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Intro to Photography Course - September 2017
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Introduction to Photography Course

Your key steps to learning and understanding essential camera techniques. 8 classroom and practical sessions comprising of 6x 2.5 hour classroom sessions and 2x 5 hour practical outdoor workshops.

This is an ideal course for all Traditional SLR film users as well as Digital DSLR users.
Price £365 per person

Autumn Course start date Monday: 4th September 2017.

See our news item on photography for beginners - if in any doubt about the suitability of this course, please contact us.

Location: The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Beds, MK45 1AH

Course requirements:

  • Camera with manual control over settings. All SLR & DSLR type and most compact system cameras will be suitable. If in doubt, please contact us.
  • Useful: Tripod


Planned course itinerary
Monday 4th September 2017
Session 1 19:00-21:30
Classroom Session
Step 1: Welcome & Induction
• Introduction to the course
• Setting up your camera, picture file sizes and types (Jpeg & RAW)
• Exploring camera scene modes, functions and settings
• Lenses; types and uses
• Understanding focussing techniques
• Downloading, storing and archiving images

Monday 11th September 2017
Session 2 19:00-21:30
Classroom Session
Step 2: Exposure; how to make a correctly exposed image
• Exposure explained – aperture & shutter speeds
• Camera metering choices
• The Photographic Triangle; Relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• Understanding aperture priority mode (Av function)
• Composition hints and tips; guidelines to think about

Monday 18th September 2017
Session 3 19:00-21:30
Classroom Session
Step 3: Controlling Movement; Using Shutter Speeds
• Creating sharp images; what is camera shake?
• Understanding shutter priority mode (Tv/S function)
• Freezing the action; using fast shutter speeds
• Creating energy and showing movement; using slow shutter speeds
• Creative exposure using fast/slow shutter speeds
• Image stabilisation (modern cameras/lenses only)
• Camera support – using monopods / tripods

Sunday 24th September 2017
Practical 1 10:00-15:00
Practical Outdoor Session - Bedford Embankment

Monday 25th September 2017
Session 4 19:00-21:30
Classroom Session
Step 4: Controlling Depth of Field - Going Manual
• What is depth of field?
• Selective and critical focussing
• Creative exposure using shallow depth of field
• Into Infinity; keeping everything in sharp focus
• Understanding manual settings (M function)

Monday 2nd October 2017
Session 5 19:00-21:30
Classroom Session
Step 5: Picture Composition & Working with Ambient Light
• Impact of lens choice; wide-angle, telephoto, standard lenses
• Using and breaking "rules" of composition
• Choice of viewpoint; what to leave out
• Balancing an image
• Visual framing techniques
• Evaluating images
• Making the most of ambient light

Sunday 8th October 2017
Practical 2 10:00-15:00
Practical Outdoor Session - Cambridge

Monday 9th October 2017
Session 6 19:00-21:30
Classroom Session
Step 6: What Next?
• Critiquing your images
• What is White Balance?
• Effects of filtration; digital and traditional accessory
• Exploring Adobe Photoshop
• Exploring Adobe Lightroom
• Your next steps...

NB: All itinerary items will be covered but the order could be subject to change

You can contact us regarding any aspect of our Beginners Photography Courses via the contact page or e-mail:

Or phone:

Kay: 07714 696285
Will: 07775 602402