A twice-monthly tuition course in London and further afield by arrangement. On the course, we will simply explain what all the dials, buttons and controls on your equipment mean so that technical problems don't get in the way of your creativity. Learn shutter speed and f stop control. How to get off auto onto manual. Try your hand at children, dogs and other animals, portraiture, landscapes, street photography, interiors and food. How to do event photography, product shots, fashion, hair and beauty and jewellery in colour and black and white. In fact anything you want or need to photograph in natural or artificial light. A perfect birthday gift or for a romantic valentine's day or for a special occasion. Smart phone photographs, iPhone, Samsung or any digital camera or DSLR.
The quality of your observation and understanding of light are what is important, and the ability to understand how to see rather than just look. From there we can take you on a wondrous, inspiring and creative journey that will transform your photographic ability through landscapes to personal portraits in one day. 1-2-1 and group bookings up to four people. Price per head £235.
A few testimonals:
“I cannot thank you enough. You comment that we were good students. That was as a result of your patient approach and comprehensive teaching methods in such lovely, relaxed surroundings imparting so much information and making it all so much fun.” Vera Ogle
“Thank you for great company, thank you for great fun, and thank you for the amazing knowledge of London you shared and for the excitement and passion I now have to be creative in photography.” Naomi Moreno – Melgar - Director of Communications Inter Continental Hotels & Resorts
”I know I moaned that there were no ‘less-than-effusive’ testimonials on your website, but having now experienced the course first hand, I can fully understand why – I know that I have gained a lot from it. I came along with a basic understanding, but having the time to properly put into practice some of the techniques under your expert guidance has made me far more able and comfortable with my camera. Before the course I think I was intimidated by my camera, and at the first sign of problems resorted to ‘Auto’; now I feel that I am at least in charge, although still not its master (thinks - another course perhaps?)”. John Ridd
“Thank you so much for being such wonderful teachers and inspiring me to take up photography again. It was a great setting for the course and you have a great skill and ability in making it easy to understand and be able to deliver results in a relatively short space of time.” Jean Wylie - Lateral Life
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Bring your own camera, battery charger and manual whether smartphone or digital SLR. Otherwise refreshments, a light lunch, and parking are all available.
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I had the benefit of a one-to-one day course with Michael, an inspiring teacher with a lot of practical advice for the student willing to learn. My starting point, as a lazy "point and shoot" photographer who wishes to record events, locations and experiences as they occur, usually on an auto setting on my camera or phone, results in a lot of images which will be unmemorable to anyone else. I was not even exploiting the technology I had available.
Michael's starting point, using a DSLR, is to learn to shoot far more discerningly, with the aim of taking worthwhile pictures which can be edited post-production with the wealth of online assistance available. We began by discussing my aims, the cameras available to me and how to apply the technology and to recognise the limits of the 'auto setting' and the cameras with restricted fstop range. We tried this out in a local park on animate and inanimate subjects. I hope to apply what I learned!
Any student who wishes to improve would do well to familiarise themselves with their camera manual before the course to learn what their DSLR can and can't do.