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Starting Out with your

 DSLR Camera Course

6 weeks group - £240

6 weeks one to one  - £360

“If all you want is to take great pictures with your DSLR, then this course is a great place to start.”

Booking in advance is essential please - by phone or email. Confirmation of your place will be sent on receipt of payment in full.

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Starting Out - Camera Basics

We start with a look at the basic care and maintenance of your camera, lenses and equipment. You’ll explore the qualities of light, investigate white balance and discover how file sizes together with the sensor cropping factor affect image quality.

 Focus, Framing and Composition

The Autofocus system just isn’t accurate enough under certain circumstances and knowing when its best to manually focus your camera is important in order to keep your images sharp. What you then decide to include within the frame and what you leave out creates your composition and you’ll learn some of the basic theories behind visual literacy.

 Aperture Priority and Creative Depth of Field

So what exactly is depth of field and hyperfocal distance? We will show you the effect aperture has on the way an image looks through a range of practical exercises. You will learn how to isolate a subject from its background, by controlling selective focus and blur, and alternatively, how to keep the whole scene sharp throughout.

 Exposure, ISO and Low Light Conditions

Understanding the Exposure Triangle is essential when dealing with low lighting conditions. Photographers can make use of their ISO settings to maximise the available light and we’ll consider the use of ISO, practically exploring and giving ways in which to avoid issues of noise and other possible aberrations.

 Shutter Priority and Capturing that Moment

Capturing movement photographically requires careful camera shutter speed control and we help you understand the relationship between speed and time which enables you to take photographs which depict a true sense of motion in a really creative way.

  Ev, the Histogram and Metering Modes

Understanding the meaning of histograms and how to use exposure compensation effectively gives you, as the photographer, the ability to fine tune your images by creatively controlling exposure. You will also investigate the role played by each of the various metering modes, when considering how your final photograph will appear.

  Lenses, Focal Length and Filters

Lenses exhibit distinctive characteristics, and by being aware of angle of view, perspective and compression factors, the photographer can exploit these properties creatively. You will explore the subject of focal length together with the light-controlling capabilities of filters, covering Neutral Density, Graduated and Polarizers.

  Using Flash On and Off Camera

We take an Illuminating look at the subject of Flash, including both built-in as well as off-camera units to add extra, directional light to help the photographer deal with challenging lighting conditions indoors and out. You will explore fill-in and bounce flash techniques together with the use of flash accessories including soft boxes and snoots.

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“Join us for six, two hour sessions and say goodbye to ‘Auto’. It’s highly practical and much easier to understand than camera manuals. No need to feel confused by f/numbers, shutter speeds or depth of field anymore!”

Here is what you will learn…