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 Photography for beginners

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Overview

'Using my camera is just way too complicated'

Starting from scratch with a new camera can be daunting. Doing a group course, you don’t get to ask enough questions and the tutor will not have the time to talk about your camera, your lenses and the type of photography that you are interested in.

If that’s how you feel, then the 1-to-1 Photography for Beginners Course is for you.

'I want to move beyond the automatic mode'

You should and you can. The automatic mode gives you fast results but little creative control over how your image will look. Understanding the utter simplicity of manual photography is the key to it all.

This is the right course for you if you want to understand the basic principles of photography (they really haven’t changed that much since since 1826) and make friends with your digital camera (they really keep changing year after year).

What will I learn?

Basic principles

As I always emphasise, most of your fundamental settings are like the proverbial coin with two sides: the technical and the creative.

In the technical sense, we will talk about getting your exposure right and how to control it with light, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. That’s followed by appreciating their creative impact on depth-of-field, motion blur and digital noise. You will learn to shoot in manual mode (great for precision control) and if you’d like we can later also practise aperture and shutter priority mode (unbeatable when you need to shoot fast).

Understand your lenses

We’ll discuss lenses in great detail. Your lenses will have the largest impact on the quality of your images. You will see how focusing works, what focal lengths mean and how it all defines amount of blur you can create in your images.

Understand the gear that you own and let me guide you towards the next lens that you might want to buy.

Functions, buttons, dials

Turn you camera into an asset: we’ll talk about all the relevant functions and buttons so that you’d be able get your camera do what you want. More importantly, we will also learn to ignore the hundreds of settings that only confuse you.

Practise, practise, practise

We will practise scenarios that are relevant to your kind of photography. Natural light, indoors, low-light, controlled camera movements or handheld shooting – the workshop gives you important hands-on experience.

Workshop outline

All my 1-to-1 courses are structured around your individual needs. we will, however, definitely cover the following topics on this Course:

  • getting your exposure right – understand aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • understanding how exposure is measured: the concept of stops, the numbers that you need to know for manual photography
  • controlling depth-of-field with the aperture
  • controlling motion blur and avoid camera shake with shutter speeds
  • avoid noisy, grainy images controlling your ISO setting
  • using the light meter of your camera, knowing when your images are overexposed or underexposed
  • understand the numbers on your lenses: focal length and maximum aperture
  • learn to use the lens you already have and understand what other lenses you may need
  • controlling auto-focus, making sure that the camera focuses on what you want to be sharp
  • learn about all the relevant buttons, settings and menu items of your camera
  • understand various exposure modes: Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Speed Priority

Would you like to get a jump start?

Download and print the little cheat card that shows you all the important numbers and what they do to exposure.

Frequently asked questions

ExposureWorks offers exclusive, 1-to-1 tutoring primarily in Central and SE London. Courses and workshops can be, however, arranged anywhere in the UK. The Tutor can travel to you or meet you at an agreed venue. Depending on your chosen location there will be an additional fee to cover the Tutor’s expenses and time spent travelling. The cost of this will always be discussed and agreed with you prior to finalising the booking.

As a boutique service, the day and time of the booking is up to the individual agreement between the Tutor and the Client. There is no extra charge for early morning, late night, weekend or Bank Holiday courses.

Please get in touch using the Contact Form or any other means posted on the site. After the initial assessment of your needs the Tutor will recommend you a study plan and course length. The final decision, is naturally, always up to you. Once you have agreed on a specific date and time(s) you will receive an invoice with payment instructions. Please pay your invoice according to the instructions (see Payment [link]). Without payment your booking cannot be finalised and the Tutor reserves the right to accept a booking from a different client.

Of course!

Any workshop or course can be bought in the form of a Gift Voucher. Get in touch and let me know which workshop you’re interested in. Send me the name of the recipient so that I could email you a personalised Gift Voucher that you can print and surprise them with.

To pay for the Voucher I’ll send you a standard invoice.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 3 months after the date when you present them (i.e. not from the date of purchase but from the date of your beloved’s birthday or whatever the festive occasion is).

Once the booking is agreed on, you will receive an invoice with payment instructions. The agreed price is to be transferred via Bank Transfer at least 14 days before the course or, if the booking is made for a date less than 14 days away, upon receipt of the invoice.

Unless explicitly agreed, no course will be held without prior payment.

ExposureWorks practises a policy of “Extreme Good Will” and will work with you should you need to reschedule a workshop and find a replacement date. To be absolutely clear: rescheduling means cancelling one workshop and booking another instead.

If the Client requests rescheduling more than 14 days before the date of the previously agreed course, there is no rescheduling fee.

If the Client requests rescheduling less than 14 days but more than 7 days before the date of the previously agreed course, the re-booking will be subject to a rescheduling fee amounting to 25% of the cost of the workshop.

If the Client requests rescheduling 7 days or less before the date of the previously agreed course, the re-booking will be subject to a rescheduling fee amounting to 50% of the cost of the workshop.

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This workshop is fine-tuned to the needs of parents.

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Good to know

Free camera hire

Don’t have a camera? Planning on buying one and looking for advice?

No worries. You are very welcome to use my gear during the workshops. All my cameras and a great selection of lenses are available to all my students to try out.

About the tutor

Gyorgy Laszlo poirtrait

György László

Cinematographer,
Tutor

György (a.k.a Gyuri and pronounced [dew-rie]) trained as a cinematographer and has been in the industry for over 15 years. He shoots independent features, shorts, documentaries.

Pricing

Regular / Online

£39/hr

Half-day

£156

Full-day

£234

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