The Studio, Craig-y-Nos Country Park, Brecon Road, Penycae, Swansea Valley SA9 1GL
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DSLR Photography Tuition: Getting Out Of Automatic

The main subject that I teach is Manual Exposure control of a DSLR camera. This tuition is provided for either just £10 an hour on a one-to-one basis (normally six to nine hours), or for £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. Towards the bottom of this page, you will find an outline of a typical DSLR Photography Course. The next four-week DSLR course is: Thursday evenings 6-9pm - October 12, 19, & 26 plus November 2, 2017, costing just £40, and there are still places left - please click here for details.

Classes (and one-to-one tuition) are 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.

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 arranged.

HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) PHOTOGRAPHY

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. The next HDR workshop is Sunday, 12 November, 2017, from 9:30am until 4:30pm, and there are still places left - please click here for details. If you are curious to know exactly what HDR Photography is, then please click here for a sixteen-page introduction to HDR Photography that I have written for students to use on the course, and please click here to view some sample HDR images that I have myself taken of Craig-y-Nos Country Park, where my studio is, plus one of nearby "Sleeping Giant" mountain (Cribarth).

BEGINNERS PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO USING A DSLR CAMERA IN MANUAL EXPOSURE MODE

Cost just £40 for the whole course of twelve hours (either three hours a week for four weeks or a two-day weekend). Courses are typically either week days, normally either 10am-1pm or 6pm-9pm, or a two-day weekend, 9:30 - 4:30. The next four-week DSLR course is: Thursday evenings 6-9pm - October 12, 19, & 26 plus November 2, 2017, costing just £40, and there are still places left - please click here for details. The photography tuition takes place both inside my studio and out in the grounds of the country park (weather and light permitting!), and normally has a maximum of around six students. All printed course materials are provided and included in the price (some sixty-plus pages). 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.

Using a DSLR Camera in Manual Exposure Mode - 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.
  • 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.
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