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 good foundation in photography. You'll have ample hands-on practice and take home handouts and assignments to refine your skills - practice makes perfect!  Follow up with Part 2 - Developing Skills for everything else you need to know to take amazing photographs.

Content: Learn how to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject really stand out, and 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. Learn how to add interest to your photos with some tips on composition and 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 30 Aug 2014 Knightshayes Court, Devon
75.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 20 Sep 2014 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
75.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sun 21 Sep 2014 Knightshayes Court, Devon
75.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 18 Oct 2014 Cotehele, nr Plymouth
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please quote promo code PR35-108264V when booking the two courses together
75.00 >3
Devon & Cornwall Sat 25 Oct 2014 Knightshayes Court, Devon
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please quote promo code PR35-108264V when booking the two courses together
75.00 >3
East Anglia Sat 20 Sep 2014 Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk
75.00 >3
East Anglia Sat 4 Oct 2014 Colchester Castle, Essex
SUMMER SPECIAL BOOK BEFORE 25 AUGUST AND SAVE £10 ENTER CODE PR32-109551K
75.00 >3
East Anglia Sun 5 Oct 2014 Hylands House, Chelmsford
SUMMER SPECIAL BOOK BEFORE 25 AUGUST AND SAVE £10 ENTER CODE PR32-109551K
80.00 >3
East Anglia Sat 11 Oct 2014 Bury Cathedral & Abbey Gardens
SUMMER SPECIAL BOOK BEFORE 25 AUGUST AND SAVE £10 ENTER CODE PR32-109551K
75.00 >3
East Anglia Sat 18 Oct 2014 Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk
75.00 >3
East Anglia Sun 9 Nov 2014 Hylands House, Chelmsford
80.00 >3
East Anglia Sun 16 Nov 2014 Colchester Castle, Essex
75.00 >3
East Midlands Sun 14 Sep 2014 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.
75.00 FULL
East Midlands Sat 20 Sep 2014 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.
75.00 3
East Midlands Sat 27 Sep 2014 Belton House, Grantham
In the beautiful gardens and parkland at Belton.
80.00 FULL
East Midlands Sun 19 Oct 2014 Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.
Essential Camera Skills - better photographs in a day 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 Sat 25 Oct 2014 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.
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 >3
East of England Sat 30 Aug 2014 Stanwick Lakes, Northants.
75.00 2
East of England Sun 14 Sep 2014 Wicken Fen, Cambs.
75.00 3
East of England Sun 21 Sep 2014 Burghley House, S Lincs.
75.00 FULL
East of England Sun 5 Oct 2014 Stanwick Lakes, Northants.
75.00 >3
East of England Sun 12 Oct 2014 Wicken Fen, Cambs.
75.00 >3
East of England Sat 18 Oct 2014 Wimpole Hall, Herts.
75.00 >3
East of England Sun 19 Oct 2014 Burghley House, S Lincs.
75.00 >3
East of England Sun 2 Nov 2014 Magdalene College, Cambridge
75.00 >3
East of England Sun 9 Nov 2014 Anglesey Abbey, Cambs.
75.00 >3
London & South East Sun 31 Aug 2014 Tilgate Park, W Sussex
75.00 1
London & South East Wed 3 Sep 2014 Witley Common, Surrey
65.00 FULL
London & South East Sat 6 Sep 2014 Osterley Park, W London
Osterley House - a hidden oasis of beauty and tranquility in London - fantastic gardens, parkland and serpentine lakes.
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 6 Sep 2014 Central London
BEAUTIFUL REGENTS PARK - Learn to use your camera and to take lovely portraits, close-up and landscapes in this amazing venue. Regents Park Center, The Store Yard, Inner Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4NR.
75.00 FULL
London & South East Sun 7 Sep 2014 Brighton Pier & Pavilion
Learn to use your camera by the seaside in beautiful Brighton from 10-4. Pier, Pavilion and Gardens.
75.00 FULL
London & South East Thu 18 Sep 2014 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 Sat 20 Sep 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 21 Sep 2014 Bodiam Castle, E Sussex
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 27 Sep 2014 Tilgate Park, W Sussex
Book the Get off Auto Mode and the Get Creative courses together this weekend at Tilgate and recieve £10 off each course. Email southeast@goingdigital.co.uk for the voucher code!
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 27 Sep 2014 Capel Manor Gardens, N London
75.00 FULL
London & South East Wed 1 Oct 2014 Witley Common, Surrey
65.00 >3
London & South East Sat 4 Oct 2014 Brighton Pier & Pavilion
Learn to use your camera by the seaside in beautiful Brighton - 10-4 - Pier, Pavilion and gardens. Book the Get off Auto Mode and the Get Creative courses together this weekend at Tilgate and recieve £10 off each course. Email southeast@goingdigital.co.uk for the voucher code!
75.00 FULL
London & South East Sat 11 Oct 2014 Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey
Learn to use your camera in this beautiful 18th Century landscaped park and garden - lakes, spectacular follies, wildlife and nature. New venue Special Offer only £65!
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 11 Oct 2014 Central London
AUTUMN COLOURS - BEAUTIFUL REGENTS PARK - Learn to use your camera and to take lovely portraits, close-up and landscapes in this amazing venue. Regents Park Center, The Store Yard, Inner Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4NR.
75.00 >3
London & South East Sun 12 Oct 2014 Bodiam Castle, E Sussex
75.00 >3
London & South East Sat 25 Oct 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.
65.00 3
London & South East Sun 2 Nov 2014 Tilgate Park, W Sussex
75.00 >3
London & South East Sun 9 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 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 FULL
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
North and Mid Wales Sat 6 Sep 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 20 Sep 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. Save £15 if you book this workshop together with Get Creative at Coed y Brenin on 18th October. Just redeem Code PR5-109438K
65.00 >3
North and Mid Wales Sat 4 Oct 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 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 Sun 7 Sep 2014 Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough
75.00 2
North East Sat 27 Sep 2014 Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
75.00 2
North East Sun 12 Oct 2014 Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough
75.00 >3
North East Sat 8 Nov 2014 Gibside, Newcastle upon Tyne
75.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sat 23 Aug 2014 Calke Abbey, Derbys.
75.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sun 7 Sep 2014 Whalley Abbey, Lancashire
80.00 FULL
North West & North Midlands Sat 13 Sep 2014 National Waterways Museum, Cheshire
75.00 FULL
North West & North Midlands Sun 14 Sep 2014 Ilam Park, Peak District
80.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sun 12 Oct 2014 Tatton Park, Cheshire
80.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sat 18 Oct 2014 Calke Abbey, Derbys.
75.00 >3
North West & North Midlands Sat 18 Oct 2014 Rufford Old Hall, Lancs.
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 >3
North West & North Midlands Sun 23 Nov 2014 Little Moreton Hall, Congleton
80.00 3
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
Scotland Sat 23 Aug 2014 The Low Port Centre, West Lothian
Learn to control your camera in 4 easy steps... all brands welcome, fun and informative.
75.00 FULL
Scotland Sat 23 Aug 2014 Aberdeen Arts Centre
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 30 Aug 2014 Edinburgh
55.00 1
Scotland Sat 30 Aug 2014 Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens: Learn the secrets to better photographs in 4 easy steps
75.00 FULL
Scotland Sat 6 Sep 2014 Edinburgh
Studio 32: 4 easy steps to master your camera: USE VOUCHERR CODE :PR39-105865V for 10.00 discount to book both Sat Part1 and Sun Part 2 together.
65.00 >3
Scotland Sat 13 Sep 2014 The Low Port Centre, West Lothian
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 27 Sep 2014 Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens: Learn the secrets to better photographs in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 27 Sep 2014 Edinburgh
Royal Mile ETCV: Explore Your Digital Camera Part 1 & discover the essential skills of good photography in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 4 Oct 2014 Aberdeen Arts Centre
Learn the secrets to better photographs in 4 easy steps
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 11 Oct 2014 Dundee Botanic Gardens
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 18 Oct 2014 Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens: Learn 4 easy steps to master your camera
75.00 >3
Scotland Sat 25 Oct 2014 Edinburgh
Royal Mile ETCV: 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 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 30 Aug 2014 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
75.00 >3
South Sat 6 Sep 2014 Winchester City Mill
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please make a note of promo code PR7-108349L and quote this when booking both courses to get your discount.
75.00 2
South Sat 13 Sep 2014 Tyntesfield, Bristol
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here on the 11th October and get £10.00 off. Please make a note of promo code PR7-108349L and quote this when booking both courses to get your discount.
75.00 >3
South Sat 20 Sep 2014 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
75.00 >3
South Sat 27 Sep 2014 Winchester City Mill
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here on the 19th October and get £10.00 off. Please make a note of promo code PR7-108349L and quote this when booking both courses to get your discount.
75.00 >3
South Sun 5 Oct 2014 Tyntesfield, Bristol
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here on the 11th October and get £10.00 off. Please make a note of promo code PR7-108349L and quote this when booking both courses to get your discount.
75.00 >3
South Sat 11 Oct 2014 Lacock Abbey, Wilts.
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please make a note of promo code PR7-108349L and quote this when booking both courses to get your discount.
80.00 >3
South Sat 18 Oct 2014 Winchester City Mill
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 course here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please make a note of promo code PR7-108349L and quote this when booking both courses to get your discount.
75.00 >3
South Sat 8 Nov 2014 Kingston Lacy, Dorset
75.00 >3
South Sun 30 Nov 2014 Tyntesfield, Bristol
75.00 >3
South Midlands Sat 13 Sep 2014 Stowe Landscape Gardens, Bucks.
Learn to use your camera off auto to take professional looking close-ups, landscapes and portraits at beautiful national Trust Stowe near Milton Keynes.
75.00 >3
South Midlands Sat 20 Sep 2014 Hitchin Priory, Hertfordshire
75.00 FULL
South Midlands Sat 11 Oct 2014 Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe
Early Bird Offer! Enter this voucher code when you book to get your £10 discount - PR47-108565Q
80.00 >3
South Midlands Sun 2 Nov 2014 Hitchin Priory, Hertfordshire
75.00 >3
South Wales Sat 30 Aug 2014 Tredegar House, Newport
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR43-108351K when booking both days together in order to get the discount taken off the combined cost.
75.00 FULL
South Wales Sat 20 Sep 2014 Tredegar House, Newport
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 here on the 2nd November and get £10.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR43-108351K when booking both days together in order to get the discount taken off the combined cost.
75.00 >3
South Wales Sat 25 Oct 2014 Tredegar House, Newport
Book this course together with the Explore part 2 here tomorrow and get £10.00 off. Please quote promotional code PR43-108351K when booking both days together in order to get the discount taken off the combined cost.
75.00 >3
South Wales Sat 15 Nov 2014 Tredegar House, Newport
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 31 Aug 2014 Hanbury Hall
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sat 6 Sep 2014 Central Birmingham
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera ***Save £15*** Use this promotion code when booking PR10-109425X
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 21 Sep 2014 Packwood House, Solihull
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sat 27 Sep 2014 Snowshill Manor, Glos.
Learn the techniques for shooting professional style images with your DSLR/CSC/Bridge camera
75.00 >3
West Midlands & Cotswolds Sun 28 Sep 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 4 Oct 2014 Bewdley & Severn Valley Railway
Learn the techniques of 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 5 Oct 2014 Coughton Court, Warwickshire
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 Sat 11 Oct 2014 Central Birmingham
Learn how to shoot moving subjects, fine tune exposure and much more to master 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 19 Oct 2014 Packwood House, Solihull
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 Sat 25 Oct 2014 Snowshill Manor, Glos.
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 Sat 1 Nov 2014 Charlecote Park, Warwick
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 Sat 15 Nov 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 Sat 22 Nov 2014 Snowshill Manor, Glos.
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 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
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
Yorkshire Sat 6 Sep 2014 Nostell Priory, Yorks.
75.00 FULL
Yorkshire Sat 13 Sep 2014 Roundhay Park, Leeds
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sun 28 Sep 2014 Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Book this course together with the part 2 here on 26th October and get £10.00 off. Please quote promo code PR44-109584A to get discount when booking both courses.
80.00 FULL
Yorkshire Sat 18 Oct 2014 Beningbrough Hall, York
75.00 >3
Yorkshire Sun 30 Nov 2014 Nostell Priory, Yorks.
75.00 >3


 

     
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Progression

Progression from this workshop is either to our Explore Your Digital Camera Part 2 - Developing Skills workshop or any of our other Level 2 workshops.

Times

Most of our workshops run from 10am to 4pm, but please check your Joining Instructions for full details.

What sort of camera do I need?

 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.