Level 1 - Workshops for Beginners & Improvers

What does 'Level 1' mean?

Groups of no more than 4

Level 1 workshops are suitable for people who are 'absolute beginners' and people who have some understanding of camera settings but feel there are still some things they could do better.

So, an 'absolute beginner' will probably have been using the automatic settings on the camera such as the 'landscape or portrait' buttons.

An 'improver' may have been using some setting like 'aperture priority' or even 'manual' but not feel they are really completely getting the best from these settings.

On these workshops you will learn the following:-

  • The use of variable apertures and how they affect
  • Depth of Field (DOF) - i.e. how to control how much / little of the picture is in focus.
  • how to move your focusing point and 'lock' it in position &
  • where you should focus to attain maximum DOF
  • exposure control - including 'exposing to the right' and use of your histogram
  • basic compositional guidelines such as the 'rule of thirds' and the use of 'leading lines'
  • a basic understanding of the use of graduated neutral density filters
  • an undestanding of minimum shutter speeds when hand holding
  • the creative use of white balance - preferably in camera
  • basic post processing skills in either photoshop or lightroom - i.e. levels, curves, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpening, & some
  • 'differential post processing work' on particular areas of the picture using whichever technique you find most comfortable (there are lots of different ways of doing it!)
    • A sound understanding of these basic techniques are crucial to you then being able to move on and become more creative with your photography - which is what we then look
      at on my Level 2 workshops.

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What does 'Level 2' mean?

Groups of no more than 4

Level 2 workshops are suitable for anyone who has done one of my Level 1 workshops.
Additionally it will be suitable for you if you feel you have a good grasp of the following:-

  • The use of variable apertures and how they affect
  • Depth of Field - i.e. how to control how much / little of the picture is in focus.
  • how to move your focusing point and 'lock' it in position &
  • where you should focus to attain maximum DOF
  • exposure control - including 'exposing to the right' and use of your histogram
  • basic compositional guidelines such as the 'rule of thirds' and the use of 'leading lines'
  • a basic understanding of the use of graduated neutral density filters
  • a basic understanding of 'solid' neutral density filters such as the 'big stopper'
  • an understanding of minimum shutter speeds when hand holding
  • the creative use of white balance - preferably in camera
  • basic post processing skills in either photoshop or lightroom - i.e. levels, curves, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpening, & some
  • 'differential post processing work' on particular areas of the picture using
  • whichever technique you find most comfortable (there are lots of different ways of doing it!)


    • If you're really not sure that you have comfortably mastered these skills you might be better to consider doing a
      Level 1 workshop instead.

      To really be able to further develop your creativity and be able to create more atmospheric photos, you need to master a further set of skills. By doing this, you will then be able to cultivate your own photographic style and start to produce more inspirational work.

      So, throughout the course of this workshop we will look at the following :-

      • The use of ND graduated filters - not simply in a 'straight' way but how to use them to produce more of a 'glow' to your photographs
      • long exposures - including the use of sollid ND filters such as the Lee 'Big Stopper' (10 stop neutral density filter)
      • intentional camera movement
      • in camera multiple exposures - please check whether your camera can do this - and try to get a bit familiar with how it does it before the course
      • creating a 'soft' focus effect in camera (whilst ensuring the picture still looks sharp!)
      • creative use of in camera white balance to create mood and atmosphere
      • further work around composition
      • developing your own 'style'
      • further post processing work e.g. layer masks, multiple exposures & combining files,
      • how to find your own locations - we can run a short project around this (preferably if it rains) where I set you all a little 'task' centred around this.