Photography Training

Photography Training in Essex and Online

Photography Training Designed Around You

So, you’ve got a new camera, set it to automatic mode but feel like there must be more to it than that, well you are absolutely correct Most modern cameras will take a reasonable picture in automatic mode, but with a little knowledge and guidance, you will be able to unlock all the creative possibilities. This is where my one to one photography training comes in.

The great news is it is not that complicated and you can learn the fundamentals in half a day and once you have mastered that you will want to know how to give your photographs that polished look in Lightroom.

I have put together two types of beginner courses that will get you competently using your camera in manual mode to give you complete creative control and then you can learn how to edit the image files and create a style unique to you.

Beginners Photography Course

4 Hour One to One Course 

What we will cover…

  • Exposure and histograms.
  • File types and maximizing the quality of your camera.
  • The exposure triangle and how the effect each item has on your pictures.
  • Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.
  • How to know what settings to pick for your chosen subject.
  • Depth of field and creating blurry backgrounds.
  • Composition rules.
  • Ensuring your pictures are always sharp.
  • Focus modes.
  • Understanding light and choosing the best light.

The course can take place on location or at your home/garden, it will be very hands-on as I believe the best way to learn anything is to actually do it. I will explain each subject with a practical demonstration before guiding you through setting up your own camera.

What you will need…

You will need a camera that allows for full manual control, if you are unsure just send me the model of your camera and I will let know if it is suitable. Don’t worry if you don’t yet have a suitable camera as I do have one you can use for the training. 

If you are still looking to purchase a camera and would like advice on what to get please get in touch and I will be very happy to advise.

Adobe Photography Plan

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Beginners Lightroom / Photoshop Course

4 Hour One to One Course

This course can be in person either in my studio, at your home, or via a remote session.

The objective of this course is to teach you how to take your images from ok to wow!

What we will cover…

  • Signing up for a free trial and installing Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • How to use Lightroom to catalogue your image files.
  • What all the sliders actually do.
  • Correcting exposure.
  •  Contrast.
  • White Balance.
  • Setting the whites and blacks.
  • Toning and image to your own taste and style.
  •  Sharpening.
  • Correcting any flaws in the image.
  • Making colours pop.
  • Converting to black and white
  • Local adjustment tools to selectively edit parts of the image.

What you will need…

If you wish to learn without purchasing the software you can use a loan laptop for in-person training. If you would like to get set up on your own computer you will need either a desktop or laptop computer capable of running Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. You can obtain the software on a free trial, but if you wish to continue using it you will need a subscription with Adobe, which is currently £9.98 per month. For more advice on this please get in touch.

About Your Trainer

My name is James, I am an Essex based photographer with over 25 years experience of in photography. I first picked up a camera back in the old days of film and learned the craft on a fully manual camera and processed my images in a dark room so you can rest assured I have a wealth of knowledge to help you on your way to mastering the art of photography. I do still have some of my old film cameras, which are great for demonstrating the mechanics of what I will teach you in the courses.

I can tailor any of the courses to individual needs so if there is a particular aspect of photography you would like to know more about please get in touch.


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