Bought a new digital camera and you feel a bit overwhelmed? You are part of a camera club and feel you are getting left behind? I provide photography lessons in Somerset for beginners like you, and for people who want to win a few competitions at their local camera club (shhh I won't tell anyone you have been getting some secret lessons).
Somerset where I am based, provides lots of opportunities for you to try out what I teach in my photography lessons. But you equally don't have to live somewhere as pretty as Somerset just to learn how to take nice photos.
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.
• 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.
£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).
My beginner photography lessons 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.