Camera tuition is one of the most popular photography courses that I currently offer. The beauty of 1-2-1 tuition is that it can be tailored to the individual, so whether you have just bought that new camera and are now wondering how to use it, or perhaps you are more advanced but want to improve your knowledge, this is probably the one for you. Tuition is offered in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 hour sessions.
Some examples of the tuition available for 1-2-1 (or 1-2-2) are below.
Camera Confidence is learning about your camera and it's settings so you can be confident in achieving consistent results. The good news is that it's not actually too difficult, usually a complete beginner can gain the basic knowledge needed in a session of about 3 or 4 hours.
My aim is get you move you away from the fully automatic modes and have you controlling exposure and depth of field. I break it down in to simple elements and guide you through some notes I have created, these are yours to take home with you afterwards. I do however recommend jotting down some notes of your own as this often aids the learning process.
The second part of the process is to have you control your camera and set all of the settings we have discussed. When you’re confident we can head outside to take some photographs with me on hand at all times to help you. If the weather isn’t good we can take some test photos in my studio.
Some of the topics covered in Camera Tuition are:
- Shutter Speeds
- Shooting Modes: Programme, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority & Manual
- Exposure Compensation
- Light Metering
- White Balance
- Raw v JPG
- Auto Focus Modes
I currently offer tuition in what I consider to be the most important applications: Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Photoshop CS. Digital photography is very much a two step process and using software properly could be the difference between a good photo and a brilliant one. If you're currently shooting in JPG mode, switching to RAW and leaning how to process your images correctly with one of these packages could improve your photography beyond what any new lens or camera could - it's that important! If you want to choose one application my advice would be to choose Adobe Lightroom.
Colour Management & Printing
Being able to print your own photographs is a wonderful thing. It seems wrong that a photograph should be trapped inside a PC all it’s life. To print, hold and see a printed photograph really is a special thing.
But printing your own photos is not as straight forward as you might think. There is obviously a cost involved but there is a steep learning curve too, you have to calibrate your monitor and use colour profiles to achieve accurate results. I can walk you through all of this process and even give you the information you need to get you set up with a printer and save a lot of money too.
Some of the things we can cover…
- Using a hardware calibrator to calibrate your monitor.
- Some colour correction in Lightroom.
- Installing colour profiles in to Lightroom.
- Soft proofing.
- Third party ink systems and papers
The course includes 1x A3+ prints on fine art paper from your Raw files.
An experience day is a great way to learn photography at a stunning local location. You can choose your own location or I can suggest local beauty spots for you. An experience day can be for 1 or 2 people and either 5 or 6 hours in length.
Experience Days are a new offering. Quite simply it is 5 hours bespoke photography tuition for 1 or 2 people, but on location!
I have a list of beauty spots that are within 1 hours travel from my studio, but if you have your own ideas then please feel free to suggest.
Some location ideas:
- Cuckmere Haven / Seven Sisters Country Park (Seaford, East Sussex)
- Birling Gap (Eastbourne, East Sussex)
- Rye Harbour & Nature Reserve (Rye, East Sussex)
- Hastings Country Park (Hastings, East Sussex)
- Knole Park (Sevenoaks, Kent)
Because the tuition is completely bespoke we can tailor the training to your needs, but as an example the day could run like this…
Example Experience Day:
4.000pm-6.00pm: Camera Confidence training, learning your camera settings in a local cafe or pub.
6.00pm-9.00pm:: Shooting on location and catching the sunset (whether permitting, of course)
Who is this course for?
Anyone is the simple answer! Whether you are a complete beginner and you want to lean about your camera and how to take better photos or whether you are more advanced but need to perfect your skills, this is perfect for you.
You can do the course as an individual or with a friend/partner. Just choose 5 or 6 hours from the drop down menu for either 1 or 2 people and you won't be charged any extra for travel to and from the location.
Tuition in the studio isalso offered and this could be in either portrait, still life or product photography. Learning about lighting is a very good skill to have and will help you achieve stunning results. Whether you want to push your portraits to the next level, experiment is still life or perhaps you run a business where you need to photograph your products to a professional standard - then I can help you.
You can now take advantage of my 1-2-1 tuition from the comfort of your own home. So if you're not local or it's not convenient for you to visit me, we can set up a 1-2-1 Skype session to learn.
Any of my courses can be purchased as a gift, please just let me know when purchasing and I will send you a gift voucher by post.
I’m confident that I can help you improve your photography, but don’t take my word for it, read what my clients have said about my courses.
1-2-2 PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
Having received the very generous gift of vouchers from our other halves allowing us a three hour two to one session with Andy, a friend and I were incredibly impressed by what we got from that session.
Despite nearly 20 years of photography experience between us, we were both keen to improve the standard of our pictures, and Andy was able to bring a new perspective to the process, unearthing one of those 'eureka' moments for both of us that has already made a massive difference to the number of shots that work first time.
Andy's relaxed, uncomplicated approach cut through the fog created by years of reading articles and books on the subject, and gave us a new appreciation of the interaction between aperture, ISO, and speed, plus a master class on spot metering in challenging light conditions.
We're already planning another session, this time on location to improve our composition.
If you are a novice or an experienced amateur looking to finesse your skills, I'd recommended Andy without hesitation.
1-2-1 PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
My girlfriend gave me a one-to-one session with Andy as a birthday present which she selected after looking at a few (more local) options as she got a 'good feeling we'd get along' after speaking to him - she couldn't have been more right. Although I'd had an interest for a while (mostly from a viewers perspective), prior to my session pretty much all I really knew about photography was that other people's pictures always looked better than mine, but with a baby on the way I was keen to capture the memories as best I could. During the session Andy went through the core concepts individually and how they relate to each other as well as demonstrating how these are accessed/controlled on the camera and the effect they have on the resulting pictures, followed up with a wander around the local area (he came to me) to take some sample snaps. Fuelled by the new found knowledge and enthusiasm I plagued Andy with questions for advice (which he was most generous with) and took the plunge and bought a new camera, lens and software. The end result of which is a new hobby and some great pictures of the new arrival which I'll treasure forever so I couldn't be happier. I will definitely be following up my initial session so if you're looking for some help at any skill level I couldn't recommend him enough!
1-2-1 PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES
Having experienced several photographic courses over the years and never got to grips with the technical side of photography, I was actually at a place where I wanted to give up. My husband gave me a voucher for 1-2-1 tuition with Andy for my birthday as a last resort to help me.
From the moment I met Andy I knew that there was hope! I have now had several 1-2-1 sessions & have learnt so much in a very brief space of time. I have found that instead of blinding you with science, Andy pares things down so that the information makes sense & is completely user friendly. Andy has to be THE most friendly, patient & understanding teacher ever. He is always very happy to go over things again & again. His enthusiasm is infectious & he is great to be around! I wholeheartedly recommend Andy for photographic tuition whether it be out in the field or in a classroom situation.
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