Photography lessons for beginners
Lots more people today are buying a compact camera or a cheap DSLR camera, but don’t understand how to use it. I offer photography lessons for beginners to help you get started with photography.
I can walk you through the basic building blocks of photography and how to better take photos with your camera. My photography tips are aimed at total beginners.
I’ll go over the basics of how your camera works. If you already have a good understanding of your camera and photography, this may not be for you.
Photography tips you will learn:
• Learn basic principles of how a camera works
• Learn the difference between lenses, their benefits and drawbacks and why they vary so much in price
• Learn when to use a tripod and which is best for you and why
• Learn what the difference is between camera memory cards, which is best for you and why
• Learn how to photograph fast moving subjects
• Learn how to blur the background of photos like a professional photo
• Learn how to avoid photos that are too bright or too dark
• Learn how to take better portraits of your family
• Learn basic techniques to get better photos in difficult conditions
• Learn how to get more natural photos quicker
• Learn how to download and print photos you have taken
• Learn the most used photography jargon – (Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO, Depth of field, Exposure, High speed sync, HDR, Image noise, FPS, Image buffer, CF, SD)
• Learn about the camera controls – (Mode dial, Reviewing images, Deleting images, Image quality, Flash – its effect and when to use it)
I can guide you through your camera one on one or in a small group of 2-3 people. I prefer to keep numbers low so you can each pick up as many photography tips as possible. As each person may have a different camera, I want to make sure each person gets maximum individual benefit.
You will need:
• Your camera
• Charged camera battery
• A memory card in your camera
• A notepad to write down the most useful photography tips to you
• A laptop computer if you would like to download images
If you connect your camera to a computer, I recommend you bring the box your camera came in or at least the cables that came with your camera.
Cost per hour
£50 per person
I will start helping you familiarise yourself with the controls of your camera, then we will look at the basic building blocks of how photography works. Next we will take some simple test shots to illustrate the different results you can get with different settings.
Usually it takes at least an hour to go over the basics and help you understand how to take basic control of your camera. You will need 2-3 hours to use this knowledge to best effect and not only help you understand your camera, but also to make a real difference to the photos you take. 4 hours will dramatically help you use your camera and really think about how to take photos rather than let your camera do all the work and hope for the best.
(It is recommended you take notes).
Please note: My photography tips will guide you in photography and how your camera works. However, as every camera has a different menu system I cannot know every camera’s menu system inside out. I will however be able to help you find the controls that matter most and get you off to a good start. Many of the menu functions will not be very important in these early stages. It is recommended you bring along your instruction manual as a backup, although it is likely it won’t be needed most of the time.