Digital Photography Classes

How it Works

Format and cost:
I have been living on my narrowboat since October 2021 so I'm taking the photography course nationwide. The next course will run over the weekend of 17th, 18th and 19th June at Brinklow Marina. The same course will run on each of the three days so just pick the day that suits you best (or come more than once if you like).

Each afternoon will include three sessions of instruction with examples - 30-45 mins practical - 15-20 minutes from our guest photographer - an outdoor element (weather permitting) 60 minutes to put it all into practice.

Cost: £25 joining/booking fee - to include comprehensive notes. Plus a donation of your choice at the end, you decide how much you want to give. (Most people donate £50-100 in total) - all the fees are being donated straight to Hope and Homes for Children who are currently working in Ukraine and several other countries to help children escape a life imprisoned in institutions.

The course will start at midday each afternoon and run until 5pm inside with an optional hour outdoors from 5pm to 6pm. (see below for content). If you miss a lesson, there are comprehensive notes and 1-1 catch up sessions.

Call Chris on 07456 858000 to book or email events@hhc-sw.com

If you can't get to Brinklow, all it takes is for you to suggest a venue (within walking distance of a canal) and find a few friends to join you, then I will run the course.

Over £20,000 raised for the charity so far.Get in touch for more information or to suggest a venue

Hope and Homes for Children logo
  • Every penny goes to Hope and Homes for Children
  • Coming to a pub or village hall near you (if you live near a canal)
  • Why go on a course with one instructor when you can come on ours and have one to one help from several professional photographers.
  • Suitable for anyone from beginner with smart-phone camera to enthusiasts with SLR equipment. Any age from children to pensioners!

The Course

Session 1

Photography Basics

  • Types of / Choosing a camera - film, large format, digital, pocket, SLR
  • Which App for your phone?
  • Basics - speed/aperture (f-stop) - how much light is available?
  • iso - https://www.photoxels.com/what-is-iso-2/
  • Scene modes (night/portrait/sport)
  • Other modes (AV/TV/M)
  • Megapixels vs image sensor size vs lens quality + DPI (printing)
  • Choosing a lens
  • Zoom / focal length / Macro
  • Caring for your camera

Presentation by guest photographer

TBA

  • Professional photographer
  • Specialising in portraits

Session 2

Depth of Field & Other Good Stuff

  • What makes a good photo
  • Depth of field
  • Clever gizmos (image stabilisation/smile detection/blink detection)
  • Recap + Q & A session
  • Capturing the atmosphere
  • Time of day
  • Composition / cropping - let the picture tell the story
  • Orientation / aspect ratio - Landscape / portrait / buildings / close up
  • Rule of thirds
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Essential accessories (tripod + spare battery + spare memory card)
  • Capturing the atmosphere
  • Time of day
  • Composition / cropping - let the picture tell the story
  • Orientation / aspect ratio - Landscape / portrait / buildings / close up
  • Rule of thirds
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Essential accessories (tripod + spare battery + spare memory card)
  • Panoramas
  • Night photography
  • Flash and fill in flash
  • Flash compensation
  • Avoiding Red eye
  • Low light levels
  • Get Close
  • Focus Point & Autofocus
  • Capture movement
  • Framing
  • Metering
  • Histograms
  • White balance
  • Macro (getting very close)
  • Filters & other extras
  • Printers
  • Backing up your photos
  • Making money from your hobby
  • Copyright & Privacy

Presentation by guest photographer

TBA

  • Local photographer
  • Specialising in landscapes

Session 4

Software

  • Software - downloading/optimising/clever editing
  • Breezebrowser Pro - www.breezesys.com/Downloader/index.htm
  • Irfan view - free from www.irfanview.com or Picasa from Google
  • Resizing for email or web
  • http://picasa.google.co.uk
  • File types - jpg / bmp / tiff / raw
  • Exif info
  • Adobe Lightroom (Most of the session)
  • Photoshop (Quick overview)

Outdoor session

(time and weather permitting)

  • Help from a professional
  • A chance to put it all into practice
Get in touch for more information or to suggest a venue