KirstenBirmingham / Photography
"What an amazing experience. I came for some time away from running my business and it’s been the most relaxing, friendly energising and creative weekend I’ve ever had. Kris and Laura are fabulous teachers, hosts and guides and gently guided us through the weekend. Sue was a fabulous source of knowledge and great fun too. I love being by the coast so much, and the ‘Time and Space to be Creative’ right next to the beach has been fabulous. I don’t want to go home and will be back. Thanks for the stories, food and great company."
Alex ReeceContributing Editor / Coast Magazine
"Just heading down the steps to Shore Cottage Studio gives you a sense of leaving the world behind. And spending two days at this beachside haven, under the expert creative guidance of Laura and Kris, really does help you to slow down and look at the world through fresh eyes."
IndiaAmersham / Photography
"I really enjoyed the photography course and had a blast. I learnt so much, Laura you were a fabulous teacher, thank you so much for everything.Your soup is the best I have ever had and your cakes are to die for! I hope to do another course in the future"
WendySt Helens / Photography
"Magical places, Creative spaces, New faces, Doesn’t rhyme but amazing cakes. Enjoyed an excellent course with good company and food, can’t wait to see you again."
RayHeswall / Photography
"Thank you so much Laura, Kris (and Sue). you have given me such a depth of knowledge I didn’t realise was there. I will take my camera with me everywhere in future. Many Thanks"
AliceHeswall / Photography
"Spent two days learning how to take effective control of my new camera. Relaxed atmosphere, very informative and marvellous setting. It has inspired me to do more."
AManchester / Photography
"Wonderful two days; learnt loads, awesome food and venue. ThankYou!"
EricFrinton-On-Sea / Photography
"Friendly, instructive and professional, set in an exquisite location. I’d recommend it for anybody."
CeliaMeols / Photography
"A most enjoyable and relaxing two days in glorious sunshine, initially getting to grips with my camera and its settings – finally producing some photos of which I can be proud. This has inspired me to continue to look closer and take more time about composing a meaningful photograph which will bring happy memories. Thank you to all the family and especially for the delicious food and hospitality."
AnneSheffield / Photography
"I’ve really enjoyed the photography course – despite the battering of the wind! The other people on the course were great – love the house, studio and location, expect me back again soon."
KathyHeswall / Photography
"I’ve had a wonderful two days and have thoroughly enjoyed ‘living’ in your environment. I feel more confident now pressing the right buttons – hopefully I’ll continue to experiment and remember to break the rules. The food was lovely too – I’ve never eaten so much cake. I’m now inspired to come back with my daughter to do the textile course."
FionaAylesbury / Photography
"Such a beautiful studio and an amazing view! Lovely couple of days spent photographing the stunning scenery and the beach. I will continue to use the techniques learnt whilst on my travels and would love to come back to get hands on with textiles and glass. Hope all goes well for the future, all the best and thanks for a wonderful weekend."
TonyAylesbury / Photography
"Thank you for a great weekend. Everything seems much clearer now and it has given me confidence to try different things now. You have and ideal studio and that gives a relaxed atmosphere for the course. The coffee and cake adds to the weekend as do the wonderful soups. Hope everything continues to grow and I would definitely recommend this course."
EveWoolwich / Photography
"Thank you for a brilliant weekend. Loads of fun and I learnt so much. I will definitely be using my camera all the time now!"
DinahParkgate / Photography
"Brilliant weekend, thank you so much Laura and of course Sue and Kris. Course wonderfully instructive and the company great fun – as for the food…Wow. Hope to come again."
EwanPhotography course / To read to full review click here
"Relaxed but very informative, with great post course support and resources. Can't recommend highly enough."
JoannePhotography course / To read the full review click here
"Fab 2 day course which has enabled me to understand my camera better and now confident in using it on manual settings. Lovely environment and great hospitality. Would thoroughly recommend. "
MaryPhotography course / To read the full review lick here
"A fantastic location, very skillful guidance, relaxed style and great results. I can thoroughly recommend Laura's course at Shore Cottage Studio"
ChrisPhotography course / To read the full review click here
" Laura's photography knowledge was excellent and she had a lovely, encouraging approach to teaching. I would feel comfortable attending one of their courses on my own."
RimaPhotography course / To read the full review click here
"Laura tailored the experience to ensure we got maximum benefit out of it. I felt I learned a lot in an atmosphere that was professional, fun and friendly and will certainly return."
Jim and MelPhotography / To read the full review click here
"What a superb find, you are so well looked after and you can be inspired to create some amazing pieces of work"
Guest0416One day photography / To read the full review click here
"Excellent course, expertly and patiently delivered by Laura. Just the right balance between theory and practice. Very relaxed setting and great environment to learn in. Really keen now to go out and practise what I learnt."
Andrea FOne day photography / To read the full review click here
"Excellent one day course. Clear useful information on the basic aspects of using my camera. Didn't feel overloaded and left me keen to book for further sessions as I enjoyed it so much. Added to this the friendly atmosphere , beautiful location and delicious home made food was an unexpected treat!"
Edward BTwo day photography course / To read the full review click here
"Really excellent course. Laura is a superb teacher, explains complex stuff very clearly. I learnt a huge amount. Great hospitality, and an amazing location. Could not recommend it highly enough."
Mike DTwo day photography / To read the full review click here
"Brilliant tuition by Laura for our small group of 4, who adjusted her teaching to the various abilities. Then back to the Studio in one of the most beautiful and photogenic locations in the UK to review and critique each person's photos.Outstanding hospitality from Sue and Chris, simply a unique experience and venue."
RobinTwo day photography course / To read the full review click here
"Just spent two brilliant days at a wonderful venue for photography. Excellent tuition in a very friendly atmosphere. I have had my camera for a number of years and at last I know how to use it properly! An added bonus is a lovely home-made lunch and afternoon tea and delicious home baked cake. Also having one of your photos framed is a lovely touch."
Helen LTwo day photography course / To read the full review click here
"What an incredible place! Booked this course to learn how to use my work camera for my new marketing role. The setting couldn't of been more perfect. Right on the beach with beautiful surroundings. The course was like a home from home rather than a classroom. Perfect studio to let the creativity flow and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Thank you so much! 100% recommend."
SouthparadequeenTwo day photography course / To read the full review click here
"Perfect setting with wonderful hospitality from start to finish thanks to Sue & Laura. The timing 10-4 for 2 days is spot on as there's plenty of time to absorb the theory, practice, discuss and ask lots of questions. Laura is a really good practical teacher and makes the complex stuff easy to grasp and relate to. I really feel I have a new passion and can't wait to practice and try out my new skills. I'll be back for more tips, advice and learning."
Jen OTwo day photography course / To read the full review click here
"What can I say but this course was excellent.Day 1 was a relaxed day learning about our cameras, playing with settings. Our group gelled easily, as we were all keen novices and with our fabulous teacher, Laura, we felt motivated and confident. I left beaming with a framed work of art! If you feel less than confident with your camera go on this course, you won't regret it."
PeterHodTwo day photography course / To read the full review click here
"I thoroughly enjoyed the two day photography course (not to mention the food and cakes!!). Laura took us through the technical stuff and the arty stuff in ways we could all understand. Now, I have the confidence and understanding to use the manual setting on the camera all the time to get the shot I really want."
Get off Auto Mode and take better pictures.
Two Day Comprehensive Digital Camera Lessons For Beginners and Improvers
Friendly tuition and gentle theory to help you get more from your digital SLR camera. Designed for the complete beginner with a new camera or those that want to move on from automatic mode. Use your camera’s different functions to confidently record natural textures and details.
Beginning in the more controlled setting of the studio then moving out into the spectacular surroundings of the coastline. Add a new dimension to your walks and holidays. Develop your photographer’s eye to compose beautiful shots. Leave with a mini-portfolio of shots to be proud of.
Bring your digital camera, a tripod if you have one, and some enthusiasm and we will supply the rest. You will learn not only the theory of controlling the camera but also how to seek out beautiful shots you can be proud of. This two day course costs £200. The course runs from 10am until 4pm each day.
Next few Two Day Photo Courses
8th May @ 10:00 am - 9th May @ 4:00 pm
26th May @ 10:00 am - 27th May @ 4:00 pm
16th July @ 10:00 am - 17th July @ 4:00 pm
One Day Introductory Photography Workshop
First Steps Away from Auto Mode
If you would like to take the first steps towards taking more control of your camera then this course is for you. Designed for total beginners as a basic introduction to digital photography tuition.
Want to know how to freeze motion or deliberately blur the action? If you’d like to know how to make a subject stand out by blurring the background Laura can show you how.
This course can be taken as a precursor to any of our other photo courses as a confidence booster, why not see if you get on with Laura’s relaxed teaching style before committing to further study.
Next few One Day Photo Introduction Courses
28th April @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
20th June @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
21st August @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
One Day Manual Photography Workshop
Take total control of your camera
If you want to take full control of your DSLR or CS (Compact System) camera then this is the course for you. Learn to set the shutter and aperture independently using inbuilt light meters. Tips and advice tailored to your needs and wants.
Ideal for those who have been on our Introductory shutters and apertures or our two day and are looking to take the leap into full manual control of their camera. This course is not for you if you are a total beginner.
Laura will guide you through shooting both inside and out of the studio, tackling more challenging subjects. Ideal as a refresher if you have bought a new camera since last attending or want a one day skills boost before a big holiday.
Next few One Day Manual Photography Courses
29th April @ 10:00 am
21st June @ 10:00 am
7th July @ 10:00 am
One Day Creative Composition Photography Workshop
Don't take Boring Photos!
If you would like to take more interesting photographs then this is the course for you. Ideal for couples and groups with mixed photo knowledge and experience. A gentle day with an illustrated talk on composition followed by a photo walk, whatever the weather.
Enjoy lunch then review your shots with the group and go home with a framed print to be proud of. This course can be a stand alone day and assumes no previous knowledge. Any camera at all can be used, even your camera phone. No equipment snobbery here!
This course is an ideal add on to any of our other courses, if you first came to visit in the summer and fancy a winter shoot, or you are just missing the studio and the biscuits. Escape for the day and see how different the same walk can be depending on the weather, the light, even your mood.
Next few One Day Creative Composition Courses
11th May @ 10:00 am
2nd July @ 10:00 am
8th July @ 10:00 am
One Day Photography Course Introducing Creative use of Shutter and Aperture controls - Get off auto mode. This one day course is an ideal follow on or top up from either our 'Shutters and Apertures' one day or our 'Two Day Photography (Get off Auto Mode)' courses. Use in camera metering to adjust your shutter and aperture independently to the best creative effect. Take control of your digital camera, move off auto mode and take more interesting photos. Suitable for complete beginners and improvers. Supportive atmosphere to build confidence. One Day Photographic Composition - Don't take boring pictures! Join a relaxed day of turning your snaps into more considered shots. No specialist cameras, prior knowledge or experience needed. Take control of your digital camera, move off auto mode and take more interesting photos. Suitable for complete beginners and improvers. Supportive atmosphere to build confidence. One Day Photography Course Introducing Creative use of Shutter and Aperture controls - Get off auto mode. This one day course is an ideal follow on or top up from either our 'Shutters and Apertures' one day or our 'Two Day Photography (Get off Auto Mode)' courses. Use in camera metering to adjust your shutter and aperture independently to the best creative effect. One Day Photographic Composition - Don't take boring pictures! Join a relaxed day of turning your snaps into more considered shots. No specialist cameras, prior knowledge or experience needed. This one day course is an ideal follow on or top up from either our 'Shutters and Apertures' one day or our 'Two Day Photography (Get off Auto Mode)' courses. Use in camera metering to adjust your shutter and aperture independently to the best creative effect. One Day Photographic Composition - Don't take boring pictures! Join a relaxed day of turning your snaps into more considered shots. No specialist cameras, prior knowledge or experience needed. Take control of your digital camera, move off auto mode and take more interesting photos. Suitable for complete beginners and improvers. Supportive atmosphere to build confidence. One Day Photography Course Introducing Creative use of Shutter and Aperture controls - Get off auto mode.
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About Our Courses
Time and space to be creative’, we are dedicated to providing an enriching and memorable experience. A relaxed environment, with nurturing healthy food, and gentle encouragement making sure you enjoy your course experience and get as much out of your visit as possible.
We run a diverse range of courses which are linked to nature with a focus on finding inspiration from your surroundings. Your experience will be tailored to you and you will make uniquely beautiful works which reflect you, your interests, and your talents rather than leaving with identical end results.
Our two day courses are £200, this fee includes tuition, refreshments, nutritious home cooked lunch, home-baked cakes and all materials and consumables. Courses run from 10am to 4pm in the studio, you can use your time intensively or languidly as you choose.
We teach in groups of up to four participants so you will have plenty of one to one time with your tutor. Courses can be run concurrently so couples or friends have the opportunity to learn different subjects within the same studio environment.
We have World Host certification in recognition of our excellent customer service, relish going the extra mile, and love to create bespoke packages for individuals or groups.