The Studio, Craig-y-Nos Country Park, Brecon Road, Penycae, Swansea Valley SA9 1GL
07850 656765 Website updated: February, 2019

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NB. Photography courses (and one-to-one tuition) are open to anyone over 14, but 14-18 year olds must be accompanied at all times by an appropriate adult, who may participate fully in the course if they wish, and for free.

Getting Out of Auto: Using a DSLR Camera in Manual Exposure Mode

The main subject that I teach is "Getting Out of Auto: Using a DSLR Camera in Manual Exposure Mode". This tuition is provided for either just £12 an hour on a one-to-one basis (normally six to nine hours), or £40 per person for a twelve-hour course, for small classes. I run these short, class-based courses at my studio regularly throughout the year, and they are normally either one evening a week for four weeks (6pm-9pm), or two consecutive Sundays, 9:30am - 4:30pm. The next DSLR course is on two consecutive Sundays, 9:30-4:30, September 1 and 8, 2019, and costs just £40 for whole two-day course, and there are still places left - please click here for details. All printed course materials are provided and included in the price (some sixty-plus pages!), and car parking for students will be free of charge. 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).

General Course Outline

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  • 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.
  • Creative Exposure - Freezing Motion: Avoiding blurry images and capturing fast-moving subjects, by working with the camera's shutter speed.
  • Creative Exposure continued - Achieving soft, fuzzy backgrounds for portraiture, and 'everything in focus' for landscapes, by manipulating Depth Of Field, plus how to focus correctly.
  • 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.

Studio Lighting Workshop

I also provide one-day workshops on Studio Lighting, usually on a Sunday from 9:30am until 4:30pm, and this costs just £25 for the day. There are currently no Studio Lighting Workshop dates planned.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography Workshop

I also provide one-day workshops on HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography, usually on a Sunday from 9:30am until 4:30pm, and this costs just £25 for the day. There are currently no HDR Photography Workshop dates planned.