Four-week Beginners DSLR Photography Course: "Getting out of Auto: Using a DSLR Camera in Manual Exposure Mode", to be held at The Photography Studio, Craig-y-Nos Country Park, Brecon Road, Pen-y-Cae, Swansea Valley SA9 1GL. Please phone or email me if you would like to book a place (£20 deposit required). Tel: 07850 656765 info@bobgraingerphotography.com

The next four-week DSLR course is:

Thursday evenings 6-9pm - July 27 plus August 3, 10 and 17, 2017, and costs just £40.

No previous knowledge of photography or camera operation required. The course is suitable for people who already own their own DSLR camera or are thinking about buying one, although I do have two DSLR cameras that people could use on the course (if you own a 'bridge' camera, and not actually a DSLR, then please contact me with the make and model, and I will check to see if it's suitable for the course). Students will be taught, from scratch, how to use the DSLR in Manual Exposure mode, which allows for much more control and for greater creatively, than simply using the camera in an automatic mode.

The course is open to anyone over 14, but under 18's must be accompanied at all times by an appropriate adult, who may participate fully in the course if they wish, and for free.

GENERAL COURSE OUTLINE (flexible):

Session One - Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6-9pm
Finding your way around the camera's controls and settings: Controlling Exposure (how bright or dark the photograph is), by manually adjusting the camera's Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings.

Session Two - Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6-9pm
Exposure continued: Creative Exposure - Freezing Motion: Avoiding blurry images and capturing fast-moving subjects, by working with the camera's shutter speed.

Session Three - Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6-9pm
Creative Exposure continued: Achieving soft, fuzzy backgrounds for portraiture, and 'everything in focus' for landscapes, by manipulating Depth Of Field.

Session Four - Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6-9pm
Composition: the 'Rule Of Thirds', framing, foreground/mid-ground/background interest, lead-in lines, perspective, the S-Curve, etc.
Creative Lighting: Basic principals of light - the Inverse Square Law and light 'fall off', "Big light Good; Small light Bad!", plus using small camera-mounted flash lights.