Beginners’ Photography Courses near Sheffield – Getting Off Auto Mode

Learn how to get off the “auto” mode and take control of your camera!

Digital photography courses Sheffield. Photo © Chris James

This course has now taken place, but we will be running other beginners’ level courses in the coming months near Matlock in Derbyshire. Please see here for further details.

These practical one day courses are held outdoors and are each limited to a maximum of 5 places (to allow for adequate social distancing), costing £95.00 each. Please contact us to request a booking form, or if you need any further information about the course. 

The course on August 21st  is being held in the area around Fox House, on the edge of Sheffield, and is accessible by public transport.

Photographing a stream on a photography course for beginners near Sheffield. Photo © Chris JamesNo prior knowledge of photography is required for these beginners’ level courses – so they are ideal for people who have just bought their first dedicated camera and have only previously used a smartphone to take photos, as well as those who have only been using their camera in “auto” mode and would like to learn how to use it to its full potential. The course are not just for owners of digital slrs, but are suitable for any type of digital camera provided it can be used in other than “all-auto” or “scene” modes – whether it is a compact “point and shoot” camera, travelzoom, bridge, mirrorless, or dslr.

“Chris is a patient and painstaking teacher who works hard to build up a good rapport with all his students. The class was small so people could get individual attention and I discovered a lot of things about my camera that I never even knew existed prior to the course but above all how to use them.  A thoroughly worthwhile experience.”  David.

You will learn about the basic controls and settings that will help you make better and more creative photos. Our emphasis is always on teaching solid photographic techniques – techniques that are relevant not just to your current camera, but also to any others that you will own in the future.

A waterfall photographed on a photography course near Sheffield. Photo © Rob Parker
A waterfall photographed on one of our courses by Rob Parker

In addition, everyone coming on the courses will receive a printed sheet for their particular make and model of camera, telling you what its most important controls and menu items are, showing you where to find them, explaining in plain English what they do, and showing you exactly how to set them. We will mainly photographing landscape subjects, but the techniques you will learn are equally applicable to most types of subjects. On these courses, you will learn:

  • what the different shooting modes on your camera are, and when to use them
  • how to get correct exposure in your photographs by using the right combinations of shutter speeds, lens apertures and ISO
  • how to avoid blurred pictures by setting the correct shutter speed
  • how to set the focus point exactly where you want it
  • get colours in your images the way you want them to look
  • learn about the information your camera gives you both before and after exposures, and how to understand it

You can see what some of our clients have said about our courses here. This is a practical courses, and we will be outdoors for the whole day – apart from possibly at lunchtime, when we may be able to go to a local tearoom or pub (depending on the coronavirus restrictions in force at the time) – or else you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer. Then we will have a chance to review your photos from the morning on our laptop. Some walking will obviously be required during the day, but it will be kept to a minimum and not strenuous. Walking boots and appropriate outdoor clothing for the time of year are recommended.

Millstone on moorland near Sheffield. Photo © Chris JamesAll you need to bring on the course is your camera, its instruction manual, and enough memory cards and batteries for the day. A tripod is also useful if you have one (but we have several for loan if you haven’t). Your enthusiasm and creativity are much more important than a bag full of accessories! Our aim is to help you get the most from what you already have, rather than making you go out and spend lots of money. All the advice we give is completely independent – we have no commercial ties to any manufacturers or suppliers, and all the equipment we use ourselves or loan to clients on our courses has been selected purely on its merits and actually paid for with our own hard earned cash!