Beginners Workshops2018-07-16T16:29:20+00:00

Beginners Practical Photography Workshops

Are you struggling to get to grips with your DSLR camera?

Do you want to get off of Auto mode and take control of the photographs you take?

You’re not the only one to feel overwhelmed looking at the all the dials and buttons, let alone the options presented to you when you dive into the menu screens!

This can be an extremely daunting experience so we created the Beginners Practical Photography Workshop for those looking to take the first step on their photographic journey. Specifically designed to help you become the photographer you want to be, this hands-on one day workshop is the perfect introduction to mastering your camera.

We keep the technical jargon to a minimum and explain things in plain English. There are only three controls you really need to know about to start taking amazing images and you will learn by doing, without having to memorise huge chunks of technical information.

Practical exercises throughout the day will soon have you understanding your camera settings and feeling more confident with your photography.

Whether you want to capture beautiful landscape photographs or take stunning family portraits, learning how to use your camera to its full potential is key.

If you can’t find a date that suits, feel free to contact us and ask about a one to one session!

Say no to Auto!

All of our beginner’s photography workshop groups are kept to a maximum of six people. This ensures there is always time to answer your questions and provide one to one practical support should you need it, to help develop (no pun intended) your camera confidence.

If you want to learn how to adjust the settings on your DSLR or Mirrorless camera to achieve the shots you can see in your mind, our practical photography workshops could be just what you need.

Our one-day photography workshops are ideal for anyone looking to improve knowledge of their camera with hands on learning covering all of the major settings and techniques you need to get you on your way.

Specifically created for those with little to no experience using a DSLR, Bridge or Mirrorless camera, we combine classroom based learning with hands on practical exercises to help you become familiar with your cameras settings and what they do! You can’t ask a video clip a question and hands-on learning is invaluable for learning photography.

We explore all the main controls of your camera to help you improve your photography as well as taking a look at focusing to get pin sharp images. Discovering how white balance can be used to change the look of your photos along with controlling the exposure to set the mood and feel of your shots.

If you have always wanted to get those out of focus backgrounds on your family portraits and get pin sharp images of flowers and insects, this is definitely the workshop for you!


The workshops start at 10:00 with Tea and Coffee available from 09:45 at The Siddington Village Hall, Ashton Rd, Siddington, Cirencester, GL7 6HD. There is also plenty of free parking available outside the hall or in the village itself.

The first part of the Beginners Practical Photography Workshop is classroom based. We explore the controls you really need to know about and learn by doing with practical exercises so you start to understand how the settings work and how to use them in your everyday photography.

For the second part of the workshop, weather permitting, we will head outside for a walk around the Cotswold village of Siddington. Here you can put what you have learnt to the test “in the field” and receive personal advice when capturing your own photographs in the real world. We will take a walk around the Grade II listed, St Peters Church, which dates back to 1200AD. This impressive building offers up some interesting photographic opportunities to try out your new found skills.

We may even take a cross country detour to the River Churn through the Marsh Fields where the local sheep and horses graze. Returning to base, we will review of some of the photos from the day and demonstrate some basic editing techniques such as cropping for composition and image adjustments.


The Beginners Photography Practical Workshop covers:

  • Types of Cameras and Sensors
  • Different Lens types and what they do
  • Basic functions of dials and buttons
  • Aperture (Depth of Field) control
  • Shutter Speed and how to use it to create different effects
  • White Balance to change to look of your images
  • ISO, how it helps and its downside
  • Focus and Metering for sharp photos
  • Exposure control so you never get an unbalanced photograph
  • Composition tips to make your photos pop
  • Shooting Modes and Image Files

Any camera will take a good photograph if it’s used correctly.

A DSLR camera with interchangeable lenses is perfect for this workshop, while Bridge cameras and Mirrorless cameras are also suitable provided you can set the camera to full manual mode.

On the day you will need your camera of course! Make sure it’s fully charged as it will get a lot of use. A Tripod/Monopod might also be useful if you have one.

Don’t forget to bring you camera PC cables so we can download and edit your images.

Your camera’s user manual may also come in handy if you need to find where the setting controls are. While most cameras have the same controls they can vary in different makes and models.


Some of our students’ photos:

What our clients say:

“It was very informative without being too technical.”

“It was exactly what I needed to gain more confidence with my camera.”

“You ran a great course; the pace was excellent and the content was the right level for getting to know your camera better.”

“The pacing was perfect for me and everything was explained at a tone and level that I could readily understand.”

“The use of ISO and aperture priority have already improved my picture-taking significantly.”

“I got everything I needed for the level I’m at.”

“I thought the course was superb for my level.”

“I’m already taking better pictures and look forward to when all the buttons and abbreviations are second-nature.”