FOUNDATIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

FOUNDATIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Take your photography to the next level

On this course, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the art and craft of great photography straight from a professional photographer with years of experience capturing commercial, family, landscapes, travel and event images.

The course is designed for people at all levels, and will help you understand how photographs work and how to make them work better for you.  I have designed this course to improve your photographer’s eye so you can capture the greatest moments in nearly every situation and setting, from a beach to a friend’s birthday party, from your living room to a grand mountain range.  Giving you tips and tricks from both inside the photographer’s studio and out into the field, this course is a chance to learn, in a relaxed and informal way, the basic insights and hidden secrets of good photography.

Once you have enrolled on one of my courses you will be able to join the Capturelight Camera Community Facebook Group.  Th is is a closed group with the aim of sharing experiences. posting pictures for critique and asking those little questions you forgot during the session. Membership pf this group does not incur any additional cost and I will regularly sign-in to provide additional advice and guidance.

I shall also update the group with any external training resources I find that will be beneficial.  Members will also get early warning of any new courses, workshops or or tours and will receive discounts on further training.

I aim to structure the training to try and suit most people’s busy lives and I have deliberately aimed to keep the cost affordable.  Please scroll down for details of times, dates and prices.

Learn what those setting mean

Sv, Av, Tv, P, X, M; have you ever wondered what they mean?

Do you have a camera with multiple settings and never take it off AUTO?

Learning how to use these and other settings can greatly enhance your photography and enjoyment.

Take better holiday photos

Do you look in the travel brochures and wonder why your holiday snaps don’t look anything like the images shown?

Learning some basic composition skills, combined with a better understanding of your camera can really improve the photos of those unforgetable places and moments.

Learn to use light including flash

Why does an image taken at sunset look so different to the same picture taken at noon?

Why do my subjects look so dark against the sky?  How can I take pictures in a dark room and make them look natural?

Learn how to interpret the best light and how to add artificial light to enhance your images.

Take better portraits

Regardless of whether it’s your children, partner or a professional model understanding how to pose and light a person can make all the difference.

Understand the differences between faces and how to capture a good group or family portrait.

FULLY EQUIPPED COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

FULLY EQUIPPED COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

What we’ll cover

Technical
  • Camera Modes
    • A – Autio
    • P – Program
    • Av – Aperture priority
    • TV – Shutter priority
    • X – X-Sync
    • M – Manual
  • How to correctly expose
    • Shutter speed/Aperture/ISO
    • Dynamic Range (Shadows and Highlights)
  • Digital Imaging
    • Files types (RAW/Jpeg)
    • Processing
    • Storage & Backup
    • Copyright
Creative
  •  Composition
    • Lens choice
      • Focal length
    • Depth of field
    • Framing
  • Posing
  • Lighting
    • Natural
    • Artificial
    • On and off camera

How the training is structured

The training is structured to provide an introduction to all these topics over a ten hour duration.

To make this manageable, and give you the chance to consolidate what you learn, it will be delivered over 4 evening sessions each lasting 2 1/2 hours.

I will run two courses in parallel and these will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The session will start at 19:00 and finish at 21:30.  Tea and coffee will be available throughout.

There will be a maximum of 5 people per session, to allow everyone the opportunity to ask questions and receive better training.

In addition I will set ‘mini-challenges’ between each session which, if you take them up, we will review during the following session.

The sessions will be informal and, although there will be a fair bit of ‘teaching’ there will also be lots of opportunity to use your own camera to test the theories with practical sessions.

Questions can be asked throughout.

Once enrolled on the course you will be encouraged to join the closed Facebook group and receive ongoing advice between and after the sessions.

Details

Who’s this aimed at?

These course are aimed at anyone who wants to improve their photography, owns a camera that allows manual settings and/or shooting modes has a hotshoe for flash.

It does not need to have interchangeable lenses.  Although we will touch on focal lengths during the training so a camera with any kind of zoom will also benefit from this.

It would suit a complete beginner, who has just got a new camera, or someone who has been shooting for sometime and wants to enhance their understanding and skills.

When does it run?

Evening Course
Dates

Course A : Every Tuesday, 11th July to 4th August (inclusive)

Course B : Every Thursday, 13th July to 3rd August (inclusive)

Times

19:00 – 21:30

Cost

£30 (inc. VAT) per session or £110 (inc. VAT) if paid in advance or at first session.

One Day course

Dates

Course C : Sunday 16th July

Course D : Monday 17th July

Times

09:00 – 17:30

Venue

Capturelight Studio, Bradwell

Cost

£110 (inc. VAT).

Payment via BACS, Paypal or Card.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED GET IN TOUCH

I will be adding more information to this page as things develop.  If you want to find out more about me and Capturelight you can read more at Capturelight.co.uk.  If you’d like to book a place on the course then just click below.