My online 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 the beautiful images you see with your eyes? Then this course is for you!
Is my camera suitable?
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 1 student optimal tutor attention|
|Duration 5 weeks 2 hours once a week|
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!
Start using your camera CREATIVELY
- Take creative control over your camera using manual mode, learn creative techniques 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 a narrow aperture is best for cityscapes and 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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One to One Tuition – Online via Zoom
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.
I am offering interactive online beginner photography courses via Zoom.
This way, you can learn photography from the comfort of your home.
You can start by booking introductory 2 hours.
But typically we have five x 2-hours sessions.
Since these are on 1to1 basis, you can choose the day and time that will suit you.
One to One tuition – In person Worldwide
Yes, I can meet you pretty much anywhere, as long as you will pay for my travel and accommodation on top of the tuition fees.
Learning hands-on and in-person is the best way to experience photography. You will learn so much faster as we will be able to practice together, and I can give you instant feedback on your pictures, correct mistakes, and recommend settings.
1to1 - Online
£ 952 hours
- 1 online session
- Tailored to your needs
- Many dates available
- Professional tuition
1to1 - Online
£ 44510 hours
- 5 online sessions
- Homework and feedback
- You choose the dates
- Your own private tutor
In Person Tuition
£ 9752 days
- Two full days
- Theory and practice
- Photography and editing
- 100% tailored to your needs
Have a Question?
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Paying for the course is straightforward, secure, and only takes a second. After completing the registration process, you will be taken to the Order Summary page, where you can choose to pay using any credit or debit card.
You can also pay by bank money transfer – please email us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For the beginner photography course, all you need is your digital camera, a lens, and to have some space on the memory card.
But generally, you are welcome to have as much or as little gear as you like.
I start classes promptly and keep to the stated hours. Please try to join the Zoom call on time.
If you are running late – please email or message me.
If you find out that you can not make it on the day, I would appreciate it if you notify me as soon as possible. I can try to make some alternative arrangements for you.
Our online private photography courses are designed to provide you with a comprehensive and personalized learning experience. We understand that sometimes schedules can change or unforeseen circumstances can arise.
Please visit our Refund and Return Policy page to read about this in detail.
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.
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 factors – your 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:
- What is your max budget for a camera and a lens?
- Do you want to take pictures of something specific?
- 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:
- Nikon D3500 – a very friendly beginner DSLR camera
- Canon EOS 2000D DSLR
- Canon EOS M50 – fantastic mirrorless system
- Fujifilm X-T200 mirrorless system
Hope this helps, if you have any questions about the Beginners Photography Course – feel free to contact me!
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.
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?
I teach a variety of photography and editing courses but the beginners course I am offering now consists of either 5 intensive online sessions, or a two-days in-person, 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 the best about what I can deliver.