Beginners Digital Photography Courses (Part 2) – Getting Creative

Saturday July 28th near Fox House on the edge of Sheffield. 10.00am to 5.00pm. More details can be seen hereFully booked.

Saturday August 18th near Fox House on the edge of Sheffield. 10.00am to 5.00pm. More details can be seen here.

September 22nd in Monsal Dale in the Peak District. 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Photographing Monsal Wier on a photography course in the Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesThese one day courses, (which are the second part of our beginners’ digital photography courses) will teach how you can start using your camera’s controls for more creative results. The course locations have been carefully chosen and timed  so that their range of subject matter is looking at its best. The courses will all feature photographing moving water (always one of the most popular subjects with our clients) so you can learn how to control sharpness and blur in your images for creative effect by your use of shutter speeds and lens apertures. We will have tripods and filters available for you to borrow if necessary.

See below for more details of each course. Places cost £85.00 each (not including lunch), and there will be a maximum of only 6 people on each course. Please contact us if you would like a booking form, or if you require further information about any of our courses.

Heather moorland on the edge of Sheffield © Chris JamesThe courses on July 28th and August 18th will both be held on the moors close to the edge of Sheffield (near Fox House). This is a great area for heather – which will be  turning the moors a beautiful purple at this time. We will divide the day between the moors – with their abandoned millstones and gritstone edges – and a beautiful little valley with plenty of waterfalls for practising long exposure techniques with moving water. The courses run from 10.00am to 5.00pm, and are accessible via public transport from Sheffield.

Learn to photograph moving water on a landscape photography course in the Peak District. Photo © Chris JamesOn September 22nd, as the soft light and colours of autumn develop, we will return to Monsal Dale, in the heart of the Peak District.  Half the day will be spent at the impressive weir practising using long exposures to photograph the moving water – which is always an extremely popular subject with our clients. Then after a pub lunch (not included in the course price) we will go to another nearby location – chosen according to the light and weather conditions on the day. The course runs from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Any sort of digital camera is suitable for these courses, but the most flexible ones are digital slrs (e.g. Nikon, Canon, Sony or Pentax) or mirrorless compact system cameras (eg Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Sony and Samsung). Compact and bridge cameras can still be used, but they do have certain limitations due to their small sensor sizes. A tripod will be essential, but we will be able to lend you one if you don’t already have one (please let us know when booking if you need to borrow one). We also have a range of filters that you can borrow as well.

As this is Part 2 of our beginners’ digital photography courses, it is assumed that you are already familiar with your camera’s basic controls and the things which are covered on Part 1 of our courses for beginners – how to read histograms and set correct exposure, how to set focus and generally how to use your camera in other than “auto” mode. So if you are not sure how to do those things, it would be advisable to come on one of our Beginners’ Digital Photography (Part 1) courses  first. You can see more details of exactly what is covered on our photography courses for beginners here, or contact us for advice on which course would be most suitable for you.

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