Training During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A shop window in Matlock, Derbyshire during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo © Chris James

A shop window in Matlock recently

At the time of writing, to protect our clients’ health and to comply with government regulations, Peak Digital Training has suspended all of our photography courses and face-to-face training. Depending on how long the pandemic lasts, and what restrictions the government imposes in the future, will determine the nature of the training that we can offer over the coming months. Please be assured that we are very keen to restart courses as soon as it is safe to do so and the current lockdown is relaxed.

We would like to reassure clients that during the current lockdown, they can confidently book a place on a course knowing that – if it has to be postponed – we will do our best to reschedule it at a later date. If that is not possible, you will be offered a place on an alternative course or a refund of the course fee.

Just a few short weeks ago (in what now seems like a different age), we had finalised details and dates for a full range of courses up to the start of October (details of them all can be seen here), and although it is now inevitable that some of those courses will have to be postponed, we hope to be able to reschedule them for later in the year. The courses which are most likely to be affected are the beginners’ level courses in the Peak District, as they are partly indoors and classroom-based, and usually involve 7 people. That is why we have now scheduled some extra beginners’ level courses, with smaller group sizes, which are being held completely outdoors on the edge of Sheffield, in the hope that the current lockdown will have been eased by then, allowing them to take place (with adequate social distancing, of course). Many of our landscape photography courses may also be able to go ahead, as they involve small numbers of people, and are also held entirely outdoors in the Peak District. And the sunset and night photography course on September 26th is hopefully far enough in the future that things will be returning to normal by then.

One to One Training via Video Link from only £35.00

In the meantime, we are now offering training via video link. Having investigated several different options, we have settled on providing training via Skype or Google Hangouts. Both of these options are free, simple to use (even for people who’ve never used them before) and are compatible with both PC and Mac computers (as well as mobile devices such as tablets or phones). Full details can seen on our one to one photography and Lightroom training page. 

As we are all likely to have more time on our hands than expected over the coming weeks, it is a chance for us to do those things with our cameras that we never usually get round to doing. Here are just a few of the things we can help you with:

  • Learning how to use your camera properly will help you to take better photos once restrictions on our movements are lifted and we can get out into the countryside, or go on holiday. Now is the time to get your camera off the auto mode and practise using its full potential! We have seen hundreds of different models of cameras, from all the main manufacturers, so we can help you get the best out of your camera. 
  • Techniques for more advanced photographers. Whether you want to learn about the mysteries of histograms and what they do, shooting and exposing for RAW format, using back button technique for autofocus, shooting for HDR, creating panoramas or other more advanced subjects, we can help.
  • Close-up and macro photography. We’re probably all going to be taking lots of photos of flowers in our gardens this year! Learn about some of the challenges of close-up photography, and how to overcome them.
  • Personalised critique of your photos with advice about composition, exposure, colour etc. Do you feel that your photos “lack something” but don’t know quite what? Get advice from a professional photographer with over 30 years’ experience!
  • We can provide independent, personalised advice if you are planning on buying a new camera, lens or other equipment – potentially saving you money and frustration in the long run.

Training via video link is also well suited to software training, as you can easily switch between seeing your own computer screen and the trainer’s. One of the things that people often say they’ll “get round to doing one day” is organising their photo collection – now would be a great opportunity to do it! Over time, it’s very easy for your photo collection to become fragmented, with images scattered in different folders, on multiple hard drives, memory sticks, CDs or DVDs, your phone, cloud storage etc. Getting them all into one place now will not only help you find images more quickly when you need them in the future, but also make it easier to back them all up in case of hard drive failure etc. And if your photos are in a complete mess, we can help you set up a proper organisational structure on your computer which will scale up as you add photos in the future.  

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom training courses in the East MidlandsWe can show beginners or more experienced users of Adobe Lightroom how to use keywords and captions so you can very quickly and easily find any photograph you have taken. We can also teach you to use Lightroom’s powerful editing features to get the very best out of your images. And we can show you lots of those little tips for working faster and more efficiently in Lightroom. We can also help you resolve any problems that you are having in Lightroom – such as your photos seeming to disappear, or no longer being editable. See here for further details of our Adobe Lightroom training.

We hope that you stay healthy, and we look forward to being able to help you through this difficult period.


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