Photography Days



Photography days with Richard and Sue - A chance to try something new!

Weather permitting we like to include an outdoor session. We can also show how you can set up a simple studio using household items! We’ll talk about composition and lighting. Things you learn in this session may be helpful if you need to photograph products for eBay or your own website.

This will be followed by help in editing these shots. Throughout your day with us we will be aiming to make this course fun and relevant to your needs and you will also be given Course Notes; a useful reminder of the things you have been doing with your camera in Manual modes.

Before the course date comes around we’ll be finding out what equipment you will be able to bring and aiming to provide things you may not already have for the day. We’ll want to know about the sort of photographs you have been taking and find out what sort you would like to take.

The day in brief:

On arrival, you can sit down with a cuppa, show us your camera and we can discuss its features. You will have Course Notes to refer to and we’ll talk a little bit about the theory of getting that special shot, pointing out the relevant settings on your particular camera (or one we may have lent you).

We will cover ISO, shutter speed, depth of field and focal length - all will be explained! The use and value of a tripod will come into this session, but don’t worry if you don’t have one of your own yet.

The location we choose will enable practice with camera settings, tripod, choosing the viewpoint, composing the shot. The taking of panoramic views can be achieved as can the study of a flowing stream to achieve those silky, smooth water shots.

Back at base, you will be eager to download the morning shots to your laptop (or ours if you can’t bring one). We’ll help you chose your best shot and give you advice on how to make the most of it through computer editing.

We can provide further days to cover other aspects of photography and editing that interest you.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

During Covid-19 restrictions: Up to 7 hours of tuition with a maximum of 2 students from the same household or "bubble". Use of our equipment if required. We can work entirely from the premises if students are not able to use their own transport to a nearby location.

Students bring their own packed lunch but we will provide tea and coffee throughout the day.


Richard and Sue at Art by Camera


Art By Camera Studio
9 Redhills Business Park
CA11 0DT

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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Philip Chappelhow - - #35706

I am an absolute beginner and this course is great to to start your journey into photography.
Sue and Richard were very knowledgeable and were good at explaining things.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thank you Philip, we hope your journey into photography is long and eventful!

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Carl Mantell - - #35516

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Response from Art by Camera:

Thank you Carl, we enjoyed the day. It's always great to know that students have made use of the skills they've learnt and tried ideas we have put forward.

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ANN FYFE - - #34408

I spent a wonderful day with Sue and Richard on a 121 basis learning all about apertures, ISOs and shutter speeds. Being August it was heaving it down so despite driving to Glenridding and hoping for the rain to stop it was not to be, so we managed to grab a few outdoor shots from the carpark, and then the rest of the day was spent in the workshop. I'm happy to say that Sue is great at improvising and I still managed to practice the skills I needed. My passions are flowers and macro, and I learned about how to improve my photos and get off auto.
I would recommend this course to anyone, whether total beginner or (like me) someone with a bit of knowledge but an 'auto' addict.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks for that, Ann. We look forward to hearing how you get on with your new macro lens.

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Elles - - #31973

If you LIKE photography, you will LOVE it after a course with Sue and Richard.
Their enthusiasm and knowledge was amazing.
We had a super day, thank you so much.

Response from Art by Camera:

Aww! Thank you so much. After our playing with Christmas baubles and shutter speeds I was inspired to do something along the same lines for my own daily Blipfoto shot. I'll send you the image.

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Mary - - #31856

Great day spent with Sue and Richard learning how to use the camera off auto settings. The weather was not in our favour but we still managed to get some outdoor shots and practice with flowing water. There was a lot of information but Sue and Richard were very patient and the relaxed setting made it easier to process and build on the key ideas.
The course has inspired me to continue playing with the settings and hopefully get some better shots.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thank you, Mary. We haven't had much better weather since, but sometimes it's these bleak days that can produce the most interesting landscape shots. Keep practicing and you will find the right combinations more quickly. It looks like we're heading for more time at home due to restrictions so that means more time to give to hobbies like photography!

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Diana Girgova - - #31652

I have spent a day with Sue and Richard at their studio in Penrith. I've learnt about correct lighting, posing and compositions in one day. I really enjoyed the day spent with Sue and Richard. When I walked into the studio, they made me feel relaxed and comfortable. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about photography.

Response from Art by Camera:

So glad you enjoyed it, Diana, we enjoyed it, too. It was a joy to see your enthusiasm and how, after the morning tuition, you were able to work so well in the afternoon with our professional model. Looking forward to seeing how your portfolio develops.

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David Oliver - - #30968

I took this course as a complete beginner and really did take a lot away from it. Sue and Richard take the time to explain things fully with useful demonstrations that helped me understand. They’re very enthusiastic and keen to make sure the course is tailored around the things that you’re most interested in learning.

I now feel much more confident with the different settings on my camera and am looking forward to experimenting and improving the photographs I’m taking.

It was also great to see what can be achieved by using software to manipulate images in different ways.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks, David. It was nice meeting you and I really hope you will find the extra little bit we did on photographing buildings useful.

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Elaine Brown - - #25456

Had a day out with Sue and Richard, went up Ullswater. It was a brilliant day worth every penny.
I learned a lot from 1 day, they showed me how to use my camera to get the best out of it, advised on composition and how to edit my photos to get the best out of them.
They are so helpful and knowledgeable it was great to spend time with them, they made you feel comfortable and at home and explained everything to you. At the end of the day you also gets notes to come away with.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn about their camera.

Response from Art by Camera:

It was a very nice day for us, too. So glad you also found your DSLR when you got home, Richard was pleased to run through it with you today. Don't forget to protect the lens with a daylight/UV filter.

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Andy Blackburn - - #25420

We went on a portraiture course (my partner as the model) earlier in 2019. Sue and Richard explained everything in a clear and 'non jargon' manner and took me through the process of photographing a model in studio step by step without hurrying my ageing brain at all. They are friendly and welcoming people which, at least to ourselves, is as important as their technical knowledge which they have in abundance. I (we) learnt a great deal over the 2 days. Thanks Sue and Richard.

Highly recommended!

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks for that, Andy. Hope everything is working well for you with your choice of new camera.

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John Graham - - #24724

I have just spent a brilliant day with Sue & Richard. I have had my DSLR camera for a number of years but I knew I wasn't getting the best from it. I have learnt so much today from Sue & Richard that will help me take better photos. Although the weather wasn't brilliant we ventured out to Ullswater where I was given tips on landscape shots and shooting water scenes. The afternoon session was spent in the studio where a lot was learnt about depth of field, setting up a studio at home and photo editing. Richard pointed out where was best to buy photographic equipment. I have already given my list of "wants" to my wife!! Thanks for a great day, that I would highly recommend to all levels of budding photographers.

John 1 week a go.

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Karen Greenhalgh - - #24309

Have had an excellent, informative and varied day with Sue and Richard. They introduced me to the world of DSLR's, the potential of my camera, how to take photos of landscapes, moving objects and still life. And then how to improve and develop my photos using the software that is now available. The whole day was flexible, relaxed and very helpful. It gave me what I was looking for from this course. Thank you for all your helpful tips and patience.

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Daniel Docker - - #23263

Thank you Sue and Richard for the excellent one day course yesterday. You gave a great introduction to what my camera can do, and how I can use it. The work out in the field really helped to consolidate your explanations, and to practice the various settings. The afternoon in the studio, explaining the software, and then downloading and editing the photos was really good. I also enjoyed testing the capabilities of my camera on the studio close ups of flowers. I now feel not only much more confident that I can begin to get the best from my camera, but also what other bits would help me, and where I can get them from.

Thank you!

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks, Dan, hope you get a lot of enjoyment from your photography!

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Marie - - #22686

This was an excellent day run by Sue and Richard. It was very practical and hands-on which was just what I needed. They showed me how to understand the workings of my camera, gave me lots of opportunities to practise with their support and allowed me to borrow some of their equipment when necessary. We worked outdoors in the morning thinking about composition, aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. All of this was explained and a series of exercises helped to consolidate this new knowledge. Back in the studio, we worked on setting up lighting and composition in order to take photos for product selling. Both Sue and Richard took the time to show the editing software they use which was extremely useful and where to buy cost effective equipment. I’d recommend this course and want to thank them both for the day which was highly enjoyable and informative.

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Peter B - - #20351

Richard and Sue provided me with exactly what I wanted as an introduction to DSLR photography for a complete novice.
They even allowed me to use their gear for the day by prearrangement as I had indicated that I intended to use the day, and their knowledge, as a platform on which to base my future decisions on investment in kit.
Weather was atrocious on the day but they didn't let it stop us from an outdoor lakeside practice.
Very relaxed and accommodating day well worth the fee.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks, Peter. Thank goodness for large umbrellas! Whilst we sometimes rig up a fake stream and rocks it was nice to have got outdoors with you.
So glad you felt ready to make a choice of camera and lens to suit your needs. Wishing you years of fun as your skills grow in using them.

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Becky Marsh - - #19535

What a great gift! Richard and Sue gave me a relaxed, friendly welcome and put me at ease from the very beginning, and after a good cuppa we headed straight out to a snowy Ullswater. I love taking pictures, but lacked the confidence to use my manual settings and never felt I could use my DSLR to its best capacity. They were very knowledgeable, and guided me on using manual settings, editing software and lighting. They tailor made the day to suit my level. Come home time I didn't want to head home to Manchester, but stayed out for a few hours to catch a glorious sunset and tested out my newly discovered skills! My confidence has increased and I can already see the results in my photographs. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who loves taking pictures.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thank you, Becky, we would love to hear how you get on with the wedding shoot later in the year. In the meantime, have fun with your camera!

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Debbie Stevens - - #19449

Excellent enthusiasm and patience throughout my one day workshop. Would highly recommend them.

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks, Debbie. It was lovely to see the images you had been taken recently. We loved your dedication to getting up and out in time to catch the early light.

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Ian Murray - - #18572

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Response from Art by Camera:

Thank you, Ian, for that very nice review, for your enthusiasm about learning, and obvious joy from the images you were achieving. It will be nice to see you again if you come north on holiday. We'd love to hear how you get on!

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Shirley - - #18393

What a week! I had no idea what to do with my camera other than turn it on. A week in the company of Richard and Sue and I am ready to take on all manner of photography adventures. I was initially perplexed by the terminology and settings of my camera but was soon put at ease with easy to understand examples and explanations. I would recommend this course for anyone wishing to understand their camera and who want to explore their creativity. Thanks Richard and Sue, a fabulous week!

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks so much for that, Shirley, we're really looking forward to hearing how your projects work out!

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James Meakins - - #18182

I have just completed 5 very enjoyable and informative days with Sue and Richard. Was part of a birthday present to myself and was lucky enough to have one to one tuition in very relaxed and welcoming surroundings. The thing i liked best was the pace and flexibility of the week . Both were enthusiastic about their craft and keen to share their knowledge and experiences . Both showed a very personal touch to ensure you really understood your camera and what you could achieve with it. The highlights were the trips out to see some outstanding Cumbrian scenery and how to get the best results to portray it . I would highly recommend the course but would suggest that if you had limited knowledge of photography ,like I did ,that you take the multiple days options . Thankyou again for a brilliant week .

Response from Art by Camera:

Thanks, James. It was great having you with us for the week, I'm just sorry we had no control over the November weather! At least there was plenty to keep us dry and occupied. Having said that, the winter months are so good for landscape photography with the sculptural look to bare trees and the starkness of snow. Have fun with your new skills.

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Dale Towers - - #16312

What a brilliant day I had. Echoing what others have said, only me and 2 tutors. I contacted Sue and Richard a few months ago, as I have been asked to take photographs at my Nieces wedding in a year. I have been taking photographs for the last couple of years, but wanted to know a little more to help me prepare for the wedding. They definitely helped me from learning what a few more of the buttons do on my camera, to experimenting with different lenses to demonstrate various techniques. The whole course was tailored to my needs and my current level of experience. The course is run at a very relaxed pace, but covered everything I wanted to and more.
Thank you for a great day

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Brian Scroggie - - #16270

I have never been on a course before where it was just me and two tutors! A really enjoyable day totally tailored to me and my camera.

Thanks, Sue & Richard!

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Ellen Bell - - #15771

We had a fantastic day in the studio with Sue and Richard, and the lovely model they arranged. They managed to fit us in and find the model all with less than 24 hours notice, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable day, and learnt a lot. We will definitely be back!

Response from Art by Camera:

Thank you so much, Ellen. We enjoyed having you both. Our model really enjoyed the day too, it was quite unlike and other shoot she had been invited to do!

I will email you about a return visit. Our portrait sessions with camera clubs or small groups are very cost effective, giving informal tuition as and when needed during the session allowing more camera time.

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Simon Broadbridge - - #15228

What a great day with Sue & Richard,as a novice who has been afraid to move from automatic it was great to start using the functions on the camera it did not matter that some of the pictures were blurred as I learnt from mistakes.The day was very relaxed and informative and suitable for all levels.Highly recommend

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Fiona - - #15201

Just got back from a thoroughly enjoyable day with Richard and Sue, armed with lots of useful tips on how to get the most out my mid-range camera. They directed the tuition to suit both my own and my friends abilities and gave us lots of useful tips on purchasing equipment. Furthermore they Kindly let me use their camera equipment,including different lenses and filters, which enabled me to see the difference in photos that one can achieve by moving to the next level. Both of them were enthusiastic and listened to what I wanted to learn, in addition to guiding me in the right direction on all aspects of photography. Whatever level your at, I would certainly recommend this course as they definitely tailor the day to suit you and your needs. Great value for money!

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Mary Allison - - #14360

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Mrs Rhona Jermyn - - #13954

What a fabulous day ... Sue and Richard took obvious pleasure in helping my son and I reach our potential with our cameras. Using a practical session on the lakeside and their studio it was a brilliant day. They coped admirably with my 14 year old son, making it interesting and informative with his much more modern camera. Their wealth of knowledge is incredible.
Many thanks for an amazing day.

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Nicki W - - #12482

What a great course! It's hard to call it a course, more of a day's experience.

Richard and Sue spend a day completely tailored to your current understanding and experience of photography, and take you on from there. Their understanding, enthusiasm and joy of photography is obvious.

They very adeptly explained what all those buttons and twisty bits on the camera do, and managed to get me using most of them. Practical sessions in the studio and on the shores of Ullswater help to reinforce the capabilities of a DSLR camera.

They also give you a simple to read summary of the basics to take home - just in case....

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Ms. R - - #11253

Had a really enjoyable day with Richard & Sue. I was lucky enough to be by myself. :)
I was comfortable and at ease throughout the day which went by very quickly.

They looked at my camera and explained how I could make the most of its features. They encouraged me to take different types of pictures & to see the difference that adjusting various settings make on the outcome of the image. The area is amazing for photography & fresh air.

Richard & Sue are sincere & friendly with a genuine passion for photography. I'm so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone & went ahead.

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Ruth Chamberlain - - #10534

Would throroughly recommend Richard and Sue after having spent the most wonderful day with them. Having some experience with photography they tailored the day to suit me, resulting in my learning a whole new range of skills. Richard and Sue are so welcoming and make you feel relaxed and confident with your camera, and they can take you to some of the most stunning locations in the world. I would urge any photographer, whether you have just caught the bug, or have already plunged into the world of 'manual' to have a day with them, it's surprising how much you can learn! I cannot praise them both enough for the day, it was truly fantastic!

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Rachael Leach - - #10420

I highly recommend this course to anybody. Right from the first meeting, Richard and Sue made me feel completely at ease with them. They are both very knowledgeable and passionate about photography, and are genuinely interested in helping other people get the best out of their cameras and photography. Richard and Sue explain things in a way that is easy to understand, and give you plenty of time and guidance to take plenty of photographs and then review and change them in Lightroom. They also gave me lots of advice on equipment I may need. I feel much more confident using my camera now and playing around with different settings. As others have said, you will not regret going on this course if you are keen on photography!

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Jennie Bennett - - #8758

I've just spent the day with Sue and Richard on one of their photography courses in the lovely Ullswater area of the Lake District. They had 'tailor made' the course to my needs, listening to my ideas and what I wanted to get out of the day.
I didn't have any of my own equipment so I was able to experiment with theirs, and then had excellent guidance on purchasing what I needed. This I have now done! So my new second-hand DSLR Cannon camera and len will be arriving shortly, so it is very exciting. Sue and Richard love what they do and this comes over it they way they teach. Great value for money. Try it!

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Mike Dooley - - #5895

A one day course arranged for my 13 year old Granddaughter, Poppy. I was invited to participate on the day. Poppy wanted to learn how to get the most from the DSLR given to her at Christmas. I was impressed by Richard and Sue`s patient approach demonstrating the basic functions of the camera and explaining, in simple terms, the basic principles of photography. An outdoor session on the shores of Ullswater proved very useful. After lunch the afternoon was taken up with indoor and flash photography, experimenting with aperture settings and shutter speeds. To hold the attention of a young teenager (as well as my own) for a full day of sometimes complex detail shows the level of skill used by Richard and Sue. I thoroughly recommend these courses.

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Jannike Taylor - - #3937

I can't speak highly enough of Sue and Richard and this wonderfully informative course. Having received my new digital camera I was too scared and clueless to even attempt to use it! However, following a perfectly constructed day I am now shooting away at a moments notice. A relaxed and friendly environment, clearly knowledgeable tutors who tailor the course around your individual needs and requests, and a wonderful studio and lakeside setting. Great fun and excellent value for money. Highly recommended!

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jim PALMER - - #3361

Having been overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of some of the settings on my digital SLR I had developed the habit of taking refuge in the "intelligent auto" setting. However, after an excellent day with Richard and Sue I now have the background knowledge and the courage to experiment. Photography suddenly looks a lot more fun. The tuition was patient and thorough and was thoughtfully divided between a morning on the shores of Ullswater and an afternoon in the studio looking at macro work. Technophobe or geek, there is plenty in this day for all. Make a booking or put the day on your Christmas list.

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Pam Wearing - - #2496

I have just come back from my course with Richard and Sue and I can honestly say I thoroughly loved it. I was lucky enough to be the only one there today and that was a complete benefit to me. We didn't have the best weather but the photos looked great by the time we were through, and I honestly think they liked them. They are patient and encourage you to do things yourself and try out every option. If they work or not, you learn either way! I have had my camera for years but never got further that the intelligent automatic setting, from now on that will the case. Thank you very much Richard and Sue for your course today, will heartily recommend you to anyone who will listen!

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Nina Edminson - - #571

Just had to let you know that less than 12 months after taking a course with Richard & Sue that I have had images published on the national carriage driving association website homepage and also ITV weather. If you have an interest in photography and would really like to know what you can do with your camera then this is the course for you

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Robert Folder - - #411

I had a very good day with Sue and Richard and learnt a lot. They gave me a lot of very good information to help take better photos. They listen to what you want them help you from there. I would recommend any one to go on a course with Sue and Richard well worth the money.

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Nina Edminson - - #306

Highly recommended. I have now done 2 days with Richard and Sue and intend to carry on learning from them in the future. Both my days filled me with inspiration and the photography bug has really caught me. Richard and Sue are very easy to learn from and explain things in a manner that is easy to understand. From only having used a point and shoot, they filled me with confidence to enable me to go home and put into practice what we had covered on the first day and now I am using a DSLR and never use auto settings. I have also been given excellent guidance on selecting the right equipment. Try it - you wont regret it

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