EXPLORE YOUR CAMERA PART 1 - GET OFF AUTO

Our best-selling workshop - tried and tested since 2005

If you've been using your camera on Auto or trying various settings with mixed results, this workshop will give you a solid foundation in photography and you can progress to Part 2 - Developing Skills for everything else you need to know to get the very best from your camera.

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Content:

  • How to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject really stand out
  • Take detailed landscape photos, by shooting in Aperture Priority
  • Find the fastest way to access your camera's features
  • How shutter speed affects your photos and how to avoid camera shake by adjusting ISO
  • How to add interest to your photos with some tips on composition
  • Put it all into practice by taking some close-up, portrait & landscape shots.

Where:  Commencing in the classroom, to learn how to get the best from your camera, then out and about at your venue, taking a variety of photographs.  Finally back to the classroom to discuss your images with plenty of time for your questions.

Cameras:  DSLR, Compact System, Bridge, Superzoom. Loan cameras available free of charge, just contact your local tutor to check availability before booking.

Previous Experience:  Suitable for complete beginners.

Times: 6 hours, usually 10 am to 4 pm (please check your joining instructions)

Group Size:  Small, friendly groups with a maximum of 10 students per tutor.

Dates, Venues & Prices for this Workshop

RegionDayDateVenueCost £PlacesReserve Your Place
Devon & Cornwall Sat 24 Jan 2015 Devon
Based at Killerton House Nr.Exeter. Book this together with the Explore your camera part 2 here on the 8th February and get £15.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR35-109814G when booking both courses together in order to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sun 25 Jan 2015 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
Book this course together with the explore your camera part 2 here on the the 22nd February and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote promo code PR35-109814G when booking both days together to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 7 Feb 2015 Devon
Based at Killerton House Nr.Exeter. Book this together with the Explore your camera part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR35-109814G when booking both courses together in order to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 21 Feb 2015 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
Book this course together with the explore your camera part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote promo code PR35-109814G when booking both days together to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sun 12 Apr 2015 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
Book this course together with the explore your camera part 2 here on the 31st May and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote promo code PR35-109814G when booking both days together to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 25 Apr 2015 Devon
Based at Killerton House Nr.Exeter. Book this together with the Explore your camera part 2 here on the 10th May and get £15.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR35-109814G when booking both courses together in order to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 9 May 2015 Devon
Based at Killerton House Nr.Exeter. Book this together with the Explore your camera part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR35-109814G when booking both courses together in order to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 30 May 2015 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
Book this course together with the explore your camera part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote promo code PR35-109814G when booking both days together to get your discount.
85.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sun 28 Jun 2015 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
85.00 >3
East Anglia Sun 9 Nov 2014 Hylands House, Chelmsford
80.00 FULL
East Anglia Sun 16 Nov 2014 Colchester Castle, Essex
AUTUMN SALE - £10 OFF THIS COURSE ENTER CODE PR32-109554P TO CLAIM THIS OFFER
75.00 >3
East Midlands Sun 26 Oct 2014 Belton House, Grantham
In the beautiful gardens and parkland at Belton. Loan camera available free of charge, please put a comment at the end of your booking form.
80.00 FULL
East Midlands Sat 29 Nov 2014 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Around the ponds and lakes in Hardwick Park. Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form
75.00 >3
East Midlands Sun 30 Nov 2014 Belton House, Grantham
In the beautiful gardens and parkland at Belton. Loan camera available free of charge, please put a comment at the end of your booking form.
80.00 1
East Midlands Sun 18 Jan 2015 Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
In the beautiful gardens and parkland at Belton. Loan camera available free of charge, please put a comment at the end of your booking form. Book this together with Part 2 at Clumber Park on 22 February and SAVE £10 by using promotional code PR48-109863R when you book
80.00 >3
East Midlands Sun 25 Jan 2015 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Around the ponds and lakes in Hardwick Park. Loan DSLR available free of charge please put a comment on your booking form. Book together with Part 2 at Hardwick Hall on 22 March and SAVE £10 by using promotional code PR48-109862N when booking
80.00 >3
East Midlands Sat 21 Feb 2015 Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Around the chapel, lake and parkland at Clumber. Loan camera available free of charge. Please put a comment at the end of your booking form. Book together with Part 2 at Clumber Park on 20 June and SAVE £10 by using promotional code PR48-109864J when booking
80.00 >3
East Midlands Sat 28 Feb 2015 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Around the ponds and lakes in Hardwick Park. Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book together with Part 2 at Hardwick Hall on 22 March and SAVE £10 by using promotional code PR48-109862N when booking
80.00 >3
East Midlands Sat 9 May 2015 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Around the ponds and lakes in Hardwick Park. Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form
80.00 >3
East Midlands Sun 10 May 2015 Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Around the chapel, lake and parkland at Clumber. Loan camera available free of charge. Please put a comment at the end of your booking form. Book together with Part 2 at Clumber Park on 20 June and SAVE £10 by using promotional code PR48-864J when booking
80.00 >3
London & South East Sun 2 Nov 2014 Tilgate Park, W Sussex
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 15 Nov 2014 Denham Country Park
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portraits and landscapes in this beautiful country park - lakes, canals, wildlife and nature. New venue special offer full day courses only £65!
65.00 2
London & South East Sat 15 Nov 2014 Central London
THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON EYE & BIG BEN, 10am-4pm: Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos!
85.00 3
London & South East Sun 16 Nov 2014 Brighton Pier & Pavilion
Learn to use your camera by the seaside in beautiful Brighton from 10-4. Pier, Pavilion and Gardens.
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 17 Jan 2015 Central London
THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON EYE & BIG BEN, 10am-4pm: Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos on the exciting South Bank with great architecture, street performers and markets!
85.00 >3
London & South East Sat 31 Jan 2015 Central London
THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON EYE & BIG BEN, 10am-4pm: Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos on the exciting South Bank with great architecture, street performers and markets!
85.00 >3
London & South East Sat 28 Feb 2015 South London
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos! 10.15-4.15 in Greenwich: beautiful buildings - the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College - the Cutty Sark, markets and parks...
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 14 Mar 2015 South London
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos! 10.15-4.15 in Greenwich: beautiful buildings - the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College - the Cutty Sark, markets and parks...
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 11 Apr 2015 Central London
THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON EYE & BIG BEN, 10am-4pm: Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos on the exciting South Bank with great architecture, street performers and markets!
85.00 >3
London & South East Thu 23 Apr 2015 Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent
Spring Bulds and Buds...100 meter Peony Border! Learn to use your camera in Penshurst Place beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens. New venue special offer full day courses only £65!
65.00 >3
London & South East Sat 2 May 2015 South London
Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos! 10.15-4.15 in Greenwich: beautiful buildings - the National Maritime Museum and the Old Royal Naval College - the Cutty Sark, markets and parks...
75.00 >3
London & South East Thu 14 May 2015 Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent
100 meter Peony Border! Learn to use your camera in Penshurst Place beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens. New venue special offer full day courses only £65!
65.00 >3
London & South East Sat 13 Jun 2015 Central London
THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON EYE & BIG BEN, 10am-4pm: Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH. Learn to use your camera take better close-ups, portrait and landscape style photos on the exciting South Bank with great architecture, street performers and markets!
85.00 >3
London & South East Thu 9 Jul 2015 Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent
Learn to use your camera in Penshurst Place beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens. New venue special offer full day courses only £65!
65.00 >3
London & South East Thu 17 Sep 2015 Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent
Learn to use your camera in Penshurst Place beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens. New venue special offer full day courses only £65!
65.00 >3
North and Mid Wales Sat 8 Nov 2014 Erddig, N Wales
Learn how to take control of your camera and produce stunning images. DSLR, Bridge & Compact Cameras with aperture priority - all Brands. Save £15 if you book this workshop together with Get Creative at Erddig on 9th November. Just redeem Code PR5-109438K
70.00 >3
North and Mid Wales Sat 29 Nov 2014 Coed y Brenin, Gwynedd
Learn how to take control of your camera and produce stunning images. DSLR, Bridge & Compact Cameras with aperture priority - all Brands.
65.00 >3
North East Sat 8 Nov 2014 Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
75.00 FULL
North East Sun 30 Nov 2014 Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
75.00 >3
North East Sat 24 Jan 2015 Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
75.00 >3
North East Sat 28 Feb 2015 Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland
75.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sat 1 Nov 2014 Manchester YHA
75.00 3
North West & North Midlands Sat 8 Nov 2014 National Waterways Museum, Cheshire
75.00 3
North West & North Midlands Sat 22 Nov 2014 Whalley Abbey, Lancashire
80.00 FULL
North West & North Midlands Sun 23 Nov 2014 Little Moreton Hall, Congleton
80.00 FULL
North West & North Midlands Sun 7 Dec 2014 Lake District Visitor Centre
80.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sat 13 Dec 2014 Tatton Park, Cheshire
80.00 3
North West & North Midlands Fri 23 Jan 2015 One-to-One Experience Days North-West & North Midlands
595.00 FULL
North West & North Midlands Fri 6 Mar 2015 Brantwood, Coniston
80.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sat 9 May 2015 Brantwood, Coniston
80.00 >3
Scotland Sat 22 Nov 2014 Glasgow
Get off Auto and take control of your camera in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 29 Nov 2014 Edinburgh
Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1 - get off Auto mode & discover the essential skills of good photography Get off Auto in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 13 Dec 2014 Glasgow
Get off Auto and take control of your camera in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 20 Dec 2014 Edinburgh
Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1 - get off Auto mode & discover the essential skills of good photography Get off Auto in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
South Sat 8 Nov 2014 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
75.00 >3
South Sat 15 Nov 2014 Windsor Castle and River Thames
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
80.00 >3
South Sun 16 Nov 2014 Winchester City Mill
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera
75.00 1
South Sun 30 Nov 2014 Tyntesfield, Bristol
75.00 >3
South Sat 10 Jan 2015 Tyntesfield, Bristol
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
85.00 >3
South Sat 17 Jan 2015 Windsor Castle and River Thames
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
85.00 >3
South Sun 18 Jan 2015 Winchester City Mill
Book this course together with the part 2 here on the 8th February and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sat 24 Jan 2015 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
85.00 >3
South Sat 31 Jan 2015 Windsor Castle and River Thames
Book this course together with the part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sat 7 Feb 2015 Winchester City Mill
Book this course together with the part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sat 14 Feb 2015 Lacock Abbey, Wilts.
Book this course together with the part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sat 21 Feb 2015 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Book this course together with the part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sun 22 Feb 2015 Tyntesfield, Bristol
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
85.00 >3
South Sat 28 Feb 2015 Winchester City Mill
85.00 >3
South Sat 7 Mar 2015 Winchester City Mill
85.00 >3
South Sat 14 Mar 2015 Windsor Castle and River Thames
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
85.00 >3
South Sat 21 Mar 2015 Tyntesfield, Bristol
Book this course together with the part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sat 21 Mar 2015 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom as well as out and about working with our cameras.
85.00 >3
South Sat 28 Mar 2015 Winchester City Mill
Book this course together with the part 2 here tomorrow and get £15.00 off the combined cost. Please quote PR7-109830T when booking both days to get your discount.
85.00 >3
South Sun 19 Apr 2015 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom(course notes supplied) as well as out and about working with your camera.
85.00 >3
South Sun 31 May 2015 Lacock Abbey, Wilts.
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom as well as out and about working with our cameras.uality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom as well as out and about working with our cameras.
85.00 >3
South Sat 6 Jun 2015 Tyntesfield, Bristol
Quality structured workshop, run by experienced tutor. Time spent in the classroom as well as out and about working with our cameras.
85.00 >3
South Midlands Sun 2 Nov 2014 Hitchin Priory, Hertfordshire
75.00 >3
South Wales Sat 15 Nov 2014 Tredegar House, Newport
75.00 >3
South Wales Sun 11 Jan 2015 Tredegar House, Newport
80.00 >3
South Wales Sat 28 Feb 2015 Tredegar House, Newport
80.00 >3
South Wales Sat 18 Apr 2015 Tredegar House, Newport
80.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sat 1 Nov 2014 Charlecote Park, Warwick
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sat 15 Nov 2014 Attingham Park, Shropshire
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sat 22 Nov 2014 Snowshill Manor, Glos.
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 2
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sat 6 Dec 2014 Attingham Park, Shropshire
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera ***Save £15 with Early Bird Booking*** Use this promotion code when booking PR10-109425X
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 7 Dec 2014 Central Birmingham
Venue The ICC Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera ***Save £15 with Early Bird Booking*** Use this promotion code when booking PR10-109425X
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 11 Jan 2015 Worcestershire
Venue Bewdley & SVR Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 18 Jan 2015 Charlecote Park, Warwick
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
80.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 25 Jan 2015 Worcestershire
Venue Bewdley & SVR Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 15 Feb 2015 Charlecote Park, Warwick
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
80.00 >3
Yorkshire Sun 30 Nov 2014 Nostell Priory, Yorks.
75.00 FULL
Yorkshire Sun 7 Dec 2014 Roundhay Park, Leeds
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 8th March and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109856Z at time of booking
75.00 FULL
Yorkshire Sun 18 Jan 2015 Roundhay Park, Leeds
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 8th March and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109856Z at time of booking
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 24 Jan 2015 Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 15th March and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109857P at time of booking
80.00 >3
Yorkshire Sun 15 Feb 2015 Roundhay Park, Leeds
Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 8th March and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109856Z at time of booking
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 21 Feb 2015 Sheffield
Set in the stunning Sheffield Botanical Gardens, with free parking on site. Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 18th July and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109859R at time of booking
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sun 22 Feb 2015 Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 15th March and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109857P at time of booking
80.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 21 Mar 2015 Longshaw Estate, Peak District
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form.
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 11 Apr 2015 Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 28th June and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109858P at time of booking
80.00 >3
Yorkshire Sun 12 Apr 2015 Beningbrough Hall, York
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form.
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 25 Apr 2015 Sheffield
Set in the stunning Sheffield Botanical Gardens, with free parking on site. Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form. Book this together with our Get Creative Part 2 workshop on 18th July and SAVE £10 by quoting promotional code PR44-109859R at time of booking
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 2 May 2015 Roundhay Park, Leeds
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form.
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 27 Jun 2015 Roundhay Park, Leeds
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form.
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sat 3 Oct 2015 Beningbrough Hall, York
Loan DSLR available free of charge, please put a comment on your booking form.
75.00 >3


 

     
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 Learn how to use your:

  • DSLR including Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax & all other brands
  • Compact System camera (compact cameras with interchangeable lenses) including the Panasonic Lumix G, Sony NEX, Olympus PEN
  • all compact, bridge cameras & superzoom cameras including Canon, Panasonic, Fuji, Nikon & Olympus

Like to Try a DSLR?

You can borrow a DSLR for the day on many of our workshops or one-to-one training days.  Please contact your local tutor to check availability before making your booking.

 

Wet Weather and Winter Workshops

We hope to get outdoors for a photography session on all these workshops, but we may decide to work indoors on very wet days and during the Winter.  This does not change the content of the workshop.