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 lessons are aimed at total beginners.
• Learn basic principles of how a camera works
• Learn about focal lengths; what they are and why they matter
• Learn the difference between lenses, their benefits and drawbacks and why they vary so much in price
• Learn when to use a tripod effectively
• Learn how to photograph fast moving subjects
• Learn how to blur the background of photos like a pro
• 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
• 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
£50 per person: 2-3 hours are recommended to build a strong foundation.
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).