Beginners Photography Course

Get to Know Your Camera
and Start Taking Better Pictures

Beginners Photography Course in London

Our photography course for beginners explains the science and art of photography from the ground up with almost constant hands-on activities. It will get you familiar with your digital camera in no time and allow you to start taking real control over your photography.

This course is suitable for everyone from the complete novice who has virtually zero experience and knowledge of photography to those who have owned a digital camera for a while but are still struggling to get off the automatic programmes and need that vital kick-start to help them understand the fundamentals and get their creative photography underway.

All cameras that allow manual exposure control are welcome, like the DSLR (Nikon, Canon), mirrorless systems (Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic) and bridge.

For more information please scroll down to camera suitability section.

Course key facts

Course level 1 Beginners Photography
Group size 4 students optimal tutor attention
Duration 1 day 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location London
Take Better Pictures
Wimbledon Art Studios
10 Riverside Road
London
SW17 0BB

Get to know your camera better

  • Learn how your camera works and all the essential buttons.
  • What are the different camera functions and how to set it up for best results.
  • What is the difference between raw and JPEG images.
  • All the technical aspects of photography – what is the aperture, f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO?
  • How to get creative control over your camera by using manual mode (M), so that a camera takes the pictures the way you want!
  • Perfect exposure every time? Learn how your camera sees the light and how to read your light meter.
  • How to take control of what’s in focus in your images using focus points.

Start using your camera creatively

  • How to set the right depth of field, from portraits with a blurred background to detailed landscape shots, by choosing the appropriate Aperture.
  • How to capture moving objects without blur, from children at play to sports and wildlife.
  • Colours – how to make sure they’re the colour you want them to be.
  • How to cope with difficult and low light conditions
  • Learn simple concepts and rules that can dramatically improve your photography: “rule of thirds”, “leading lines”, “filling the frame”, ..
  • Get plenty of tips on how to better compose your pictures – framing, focal length and angle of view.
  • Practical lens guide – choosing the best lens for your photography needs, and desired creative effect.
  • How to clean and troubleshoot your camera.
  • Camera and equipment purchase recommendations.

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“Creative, Inspiring, Enjoyable”

We’ve already helped over 15,750 photography enthusiasts, and here’s what some of them had to say!

“After two years of playing around with my camera it was great to attend this course and finally learn the techniques I needed to get the results I wanted. Fantastic photography course. Highly recommended!”

Damon SiustaNikon D7000

I got this course as a gift and I must say that it was the best gift I have ever got! I always used automatic settings for my photography but after this course I am looking forward to take all of my pictures in fully manual. Thanks!”

Jana BreaksNikon D3200

“The course was bought for me as a gift for my birthday. It was a fantastic class and very well suited to beginners such as myself. The tutor was thorough and passionate which always leads to enjoyment.

Jake SmithNikon D5300

Kick Start Your Photography!

With groups no larger than 6 students we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips.

Have a Question?

No problem! To get started, select a tab on the left.

I registered for the course, what now?

Once you have registered on a course you have five working days to pay, as failure to do so will result in your registration and place being cancelled. When we receive your payment we will email you a confirmation of your place on the course being secured.

If you register much in advance, don’t worry if you don’t hear from us for a while after the confirmation email. One week before the course start we will email you again with some additional information like: course outline, map and directions to Wimbledon Art Studios.

How can I pay for the course?

Paying for the course is straightforward, secure and only takes a second. After completing the registration process you will be taken to Order Summary page where you can choose to pay with PayPal using any credit or debit card.

You can also pay by bank money transfer or a cheque – please email us for details: contact@takebetterpictures.co.uk.

If you have a gift voucher and would like to use it as part or full payment for the course please register for course as normal and email us your voucher number.

Are there breaks and refreshments?

During half day courses we break for about 30 minutes for lunch, and for 45 minutes during full day courses. Respectively there will be one and two short breaks for tea and coffee along the way to let you rest and digest all that you have learnt.

Please note that we don’t provide food for lunch, however there will be plenty of tea, coffee, bottled mineral water, biscuits, fruits and so forth available free of charge.

Will lunch be supplied or do we make our own arrangements?

Since everyone has different dietary preferences and requirements, we find that it is easier if people simply make their own arrangements. However, there will be plenty of tea, coffee, biscuits, fruits and so forth available free of charge.

Usually we go to a small local Italian Pasticceria for lunch – but there are also few other places around serving sandwiches etc..

You are also welcome to bring your own lunch. There is a large kitchen / common room in the Studios with fitted microwaves so that you can warm up your food.

What happens if I’m late or miss a course?

We start classes promptly and keep to stated hours, please try to arrive 10 minutes earlier to prepare your camera and all the gear that you have.

If you are running late or can not find us please let us know and call on 07538 787 787.

If you find out that you can not make it on the day we would appreciate if you notified us as soon as possible. If you wish we can try to make some alternative arrangements for you.

If you would like to cancel your attendance and give us enough notice we can offer you a full or partial refund. Please scroll down to a relevant question about refunds and cancellation policy.

If I can not make it on the day will I get a refund or a credit for another course?

If you find that you can’t make it on the day of the course but you give us at least 14 days notice, you will be given the choice of a full refund or a credit for another course.

If you can’t make it on the day but you give us at least 7 days notice, you will be given the choice of a full refund only if we manage to re-sell it or fill this place from the standby list, otherwise we will refund 50% of the total paid for the course.

If you notify us less then 7 days in advance and if we manage to re-sell your place or fill that place from the standby list you will receive a full refund or a course credit. Otherwise unfortunately we will not provide a refund.

If we are only notified on the day itself, or if you fail to present yourself at the course then we regret that there will be no refund.

Contact us

If you can not find what you are looking for please submit a question to us. We aim to reply within few hours.

Alternatively just call us on 07538 787 787.
Our business hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.

If you prefer to send us an email please write to contact@takebetterpictures.co.uk.

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