Beginners Photography Course

Get to Know Your Camera
and Start Taking Better Pictures

Beginners Photography Course

Our photography course for beginners will explain the science and art of photography from the ground up, providing plenty of hands-on activities along the way.

It will get you familiar with your digital camera in no time and allow you to have more creative control over your photography.

Is this course for me?

This beginners course is suitable for everyone – from a complete novice with zero photography experience to those who have owned a digital camera for a while but are still struggling to get off the automatic programmes.

Have you just bought a camera? Are you frustrated with all the buttons and the menus? Feel disappointed by the quality of the pictures on auto? Want to learn photography fast and start capturing all these beautiful images that you see with your eyes? Then this course is for you! 

Camera Suitability

All DSLR cameras, mirrorless and bridge systems from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax are very welcome. Generally, any digital camera that allows manual exposure should be suitable for this beginners course. If in doubt – please get in touch.

Course key facts

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

Get to know your camera

  • Learn how your camera works and all the essential buttons.
  • What are the different modes (Auto, Scenes, P, A/Av, S/Tv, M) and how to set up your camera for best results?
  • How to use camera colour profiles to change the look of your pictures.
  • What is the difference between RAW and JPEG formats?
  • Learn about all the technical aspects of photography – What is aperture and how to use f-stops? What do different shutter speeds do? How does ISO affect a photo?
  • No more blurry pictures! How to take control of what’s in focus in your images using focus points.
  • What are all the different focusing modes and when to use them: AF-A, AF-S, AF-C, One-Shot, AI-Servo and manual focus – MF.
  • The secret behind sharp pictures and your camera autofocus hit or miss! Focus areas explained – from the single, flexible spot, group or zone, to dynamic, lock-on and 3D-tracking.
  • Never miss a photo opportunity – your camera drive modes: Single, Continuous/Burst, Quiet Mode, Self-Timer and  Remote.
  • Learn how to read camera light meter and get perfect exposure every time!

Put your camera on the best settings

Learn photography tips and techniques to get the most out of your camera gear!

beginner photographer camera settings
What are the Camera Modes?
Which Drive Mode to choose?
Image quality – RAW or JPG?
How to fix blurry viewfinder?
What are best Aperture, Shutter and ISO settings?
How to navigate Focus Points?
How to read the Light Meter?
When to switch Focus Modes?
When to use Camera Liveview?

Start using your camera CREATIVELY

  • Take creative control over your camera by using manual mode and start taking pictures the way you want!
  • Understand the concept of Depth of Field and how this affects the quality of a picture.
  • Learn why wide aperture is best for portraits with a blurred background and narrow aperture is best for detailed landscape shots.
  • Capture moving subjects without blur – from children at play to sports, action shots and wildlife.
  • Colours – how to make sure they’re the colour you want them to be.
  • How to take pictures at night (Milky Way) or in challenging low light conditions.
  • Learn simple concepts and rules that can dramatically improve your photography: “rule of thirds”, “leading lines”, “filling the frame”…
  • Practical lens guide – choosing the best lens for your photography needs, and desired creative effect.
  • How to clean and troubleshoot your camera.
  • Photography gear purchase recommendations: filters, tripods, backpacks and more…
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Creative, Inspiring, Enjoyable

We’ve already helped hundreds of 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
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Start Learning Today!

With groups no larger than 4 students we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips.

Group courses – Coronavirus update

I am sorry due to the national lockdown, there are no group/in-person courses being scheduled.

Instead, I am offering interactive online beginners photography courses via Zoom.

This way you can learn photography from the comfort of your home.

Typically we have two x 3-hour sessions.

But since these are on 1to1 basis, you can choose the day and time that will suit you.

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One to One tuition – personalise this course!

One to One photography tuition with an experienced photographer is the best way to learn about your camera and how to use it to its full potential.

Your 1to1 session will be 100% tailored towards your photographic needs and your camera gear.

You will get plenty of hands-on practice, instant feedback on your pictures, and lots of tips.

One to One tuition is available on weekdays and weekends. We usually start at 10 am, but I can be flexible on start and finish times, as well as the place to meet you.

Please get in touch with questions or to arrange the date and time.

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Gift Vouchers

Photography Courses Gift Vouchers make perfect presents to celebrate a Birthday, Fathers Day, Christmas or any other occasion

Group course

£ 149

6 hours class
  • In-person tuition
  • Up to 4 participants
  • Many dates available
  • Professional tuition
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One to One

£ 249

5 hours tuition
  • In-person tuition
  • Your own private tutor
  • You choose the date
  • 100% tailored to your needs

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Online

£ 199

2 x 3 hour lessons
  • Online tuition
  • Interactive private sessions
  • Flexible dates
  • Homework and feedback
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How do the gift vouchers work?

To redeem a gift voucher, its recipient must visit our website, choose a suitable date, and register on the course. We will send a welcome reply email with the booking confirmation, course outline and directions to the studio.

If you have a voucher for a 1to1 tuition – please get in touch. We will arrange everything to suit your calendar and your photography needs.

All our photography gift vouchers are valid for 12 months – giving recipients plenty of time to redeem their gifts.

What happens after I buy a voucher?

It is very important that you provide us with the full name of the gift voucher recipient. If you haven’t done so during the checkout process, please email us. Without that information, we can not print and send the voucher.

Along with the glossy voucher, you will receive a beautiful hand made card, a copy of the course outline and information on how to use the voucher.

There is plenty of space inside the card for your personal message or Christmas wishes.

Have a Question?

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

I registered for the course, what now?

First of all – thank you for booking a class with us!

If you booked a group Beginners Photography Course you will shortly receive a confirmation email with course outline, meeting place and all the joining instructions.

If you booked One-to-One or online tuition, we will email you soon to arrange the tuition for you.

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 – 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 get in touch with your gift voucher number and we will make a reservation for you.

What should I bring to the course?

For the photography for beginners course, all you need to bring is your digital camera, a lens, fully charged battery, and have some space on the memory card.

But generally, you are welcome to bring as much or as little gear as you like.

Do you offer free camera hire?

Yes, we offer a free camera and lenses hire for the duration of the beginners class.

It is a popular option as you can learn about all the different camera functions before buying one.

For the beginners photography course, we have Nikon and Canon cameras available.

Please let us know before making a booking.

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 so that we can help you and provide directions.

If you find out that you can not make it on the day, we would appreciate it if you notify us as soon as possible. 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.

What do I need as a beginner photographer?

If you’re starting in photography, there is no need to spend a lot of money upfront. The most critical element of your gear will be your camera and a lens. I would recommend getting a decent quality camera body and spending a bit more money on a versatile lens, like 18-135mm.

Yes, there are a few essential photography gear pieces that you might want to have right away. But things like expensive prime lenses, flash, triggers and extra lighting gear, can probably wait a bit.

Once you’ve built up your photography skills, you can upgrade your camera, change lenses, or invest in more photography equipment.

 

What essential photography equipment you might need as a beginner photographer?

 

Fast SD Memory Cards – if you think of shooting action, sports or wildlife, fast cards will process data quicker, resulting in more shots in burst mode/continuous drive mode. I typically buy Sandisk Ultra 64GD cards.

SD Card Reader – this very small gadget is just super useful. Every time I come home after a shoot, I grab the card reader, put the card in, plug it into my MacBook and transfer the photos fast!

Camera Cleaning Kit – the moment you start changing lenses, you should buy one of these. If dust gets inside the camera chamber, it can get stuck on the sensor and show up on your pictures. You don’t want that! Professional sensor cleaning is an expensive venture unless you know how to do it yourself. K&F Concept Camera Lens Cleaning Kit is a good starter.

Filter Kit – there are only three filters that you are going to need. Clear UV – to protect the lens in case you scratch it or hit against something. Circular polarizer – to remove reflections. And an ND filter to block extra light. This Hoya filter kit set is a marvel, and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Camera Strap – that’s a big one! Imagine walking for hours with a camera down your neck… Well, yes, you need something more comfortable than just a basic strap that came with the camera. Plus if a camera model is printed on that strap, you pretty much walking with a price tag. I went through a few, my most favourite is Op/Tech loop strap.

Camera Bag – for regular walks you probably don’t need anything fancy. I use a regular NorthFace backpack where I can cram a few bits of gear loosely. If I am heading for an expedition – I always take my Manfrotto Pro Light backpack where my equipment is super protected.

Camera Tripod – you will probably be tempted to buy something of a “regular size”. As a starter, I would recommend getting a mini one like the Manfrotto Pixi Evo-2 tripod or a Joby GorillaPod. So easy to carry and so versatile! If you are into photographing landscapes, architecture, long exposures, night photography, in that case, bigger/higher tripod will be a lot more useful. I use the Manfrotto Befree Advanced 2N1 Travel Tripod and I highly recommend it as a good starter.

Which camera is best for a beginner?

Many people ask me – What kind of camera should a beginner photographer get? Or especially before Christmas, I get emails like – What is the best camera to buy for a beginner photographer?

There are really two factorsyour budget and your interests.

Price is the major one because this will determine what you can afford.

Categories like entry-level, semi-pro or pro, can indicate for whom this camera is. But if you are a beginner and can splash £1699 on a Canon EOS 6D Mark II, why would you want to buy an entry-level Canon EOS 4000D. Yes, you would save £1299, but various features would also limit your learning. Especially the use of focus areas and the number of focus points. 6D MK II has 45 and 4000D only 9… then is the ISO and other bits.

The second factor is – whether do you want to photograph something particular, like wildlife, macro, night sky (Milky Way), products or portraits. If yes, you might need a specialised lens. And this can add considerably to the budget. If you are into sports photography, you may want to have a camera with a higher frame rate – like the burst mode of 12-20 frames per second to nail that shot! Capture that critical fraction of a second…

 

How do I choose a beginner camera?

Ok, so ask yourself three questions:

  1. What is your max budget for a camera and a lens?
  2. Do you want to take pictures of something specific?
  3. Are you going to be ok with a second-hand camera or does it has to be brand new? (You can save 30-40-50% on second-hand gear!)

If you’ve only just begun, photography is a hobby, and budget somewhere around £500-650 mark – check the following models:

Hope this helps, if you have any questions about the Beginners Photography Course – feel free to contact me!

What is the best camera setting?

That’s a difficult question to answer, as there are many factors at play.

Things like shutter speed (different to freeze a motion or to make creative blur), aperture (different for landscape and portrait pictures), ISO, type of focusing, quality, etc… there is no “silver bullet” and no one answer.

I suggest joining my beginner photography class, in-person, or online. We could go over all of these camera settings together. Not only you will learn about the fundamentals of photography, but importantly, you will put that all into practice and see the difference in your pictures.

This learning will enable you to choose the best camera settings for the desired creative effect yourself.

Which photography course is best for a beginner?

There are so many courses available now, in-person and online. Yes, it is hard to choose.

I think it depends on how much time you are willing to dedicate to learning photography and whether you are looking to get a degree. Or is it going to be just a hobby?

The course I am offering is a one day, intensive, hands-on masterclass, that covers all the fundamentals of photography, creative techniques and practice. We also talk about lenses, composition, low light situations, how to clean a camera, troubleshooting, and so much more…

I am not claiming it is the best photography course for beginners, but I hope that my students’ reviews will speak for itself.

How much does a photography course cost?

The cost of a photography course depends on many aspects. Course duration, qualifications, materials provided, the prestige of the lecturer, whether it is held in-person or online. The costs vary from hundreds to thousands of pounds…

The course which I am offering is a one-day intensive workshop if attended in person. And is limited to only 4 participants. The cost is only £149.

If you would like to book it as private one-to-one photography tuition, on a date and time of your choice. The price is £249 for 5 hours of tuition, homework and follow-up feedback.

You may also take this beginners photography course online, via Zoom, in a form of two interactive 3-hour online sessions. The price for the two sessions, two homework assignments, and feedback is £199.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

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