Get off auto mode photography course near liverpool

Get Off Auto Mode – Monday 20 May

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One Day Photography Course Introducing Creative use of Shutter and Aperture controls - Get off auto mode.

Friendly tuition and gentle theory to help you get more from your digital SLR camera, bridge camera, mirrorless, or compact system camera. Designed for those who want to move on from automatic mode.

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.

Bring your digital camera, a tripod if you have one, and some enthusiasm and we will supply the rest. This one day course includes nurturing small-group tuition and a nutritious lunch. You will learn the theory of shutters and apertures and master the use of these two camera modes.

This course can be taken as a precursor to any of our other photo courses, why not follow this course with our 'Take Interesting Photos' day and then onto 'Mastering Manual Mode' day when you are ready to take the next steps.

You will need to use a camera that has modes to alter the shutter speed and aperture (usually found on the top of the camera or in the menus - denoted by either S and A, or Tv and Av modes) If you are unsure as to if your camera is suitable please do email Laura, the course tutor and she can advise.

If your preferred dates are not available and you can round up two friends please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate you on a bespoke course.For an additional charge we can offer a one-to-one session, subject to availability of dates.  To buy a gift voucher for a photography course click here.



The Early Bird catches the worm, and if you arrive before the course starts at 10am you are welcome to join us for tea / coffee and home made biscuits, still warm from the oven. There is no additional charge for our ticket holders.

Small group teaching in Photography course on Merseyside

Morning Talk

Learn about the theory of photography and camera anatomy in Laura's jargon free presentation.

Narrow aperture photography gives deep depth of field

Practice Your Skills

Hone your new skills in the studio followed by an image review.

Mellow autumn soup recipe


Lunch is homemade soup and home made bread. Delicious and Nutritious!

A course participant photographing seed heads on the beach wirral, near liverpool

On Location

Taking our cameras outside to the gardens and beach whatever the weather! Capturing beautiful shots.

A framed print to take home

Review Time

A final image review over tea and biscuits. Choose your favourite image to be printed and taken home in a frame.

Images From The Course

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Hi, I'm Laura and I run the Photography Courses Here at Shore Cottage Studio.

I love to experiment with my own photography and am equally happy using a digital camera or lurking in the darkroom developing negatives and prints. One of the best things that I like about photography is the ability to show people something they can't see for themselves - you may have walked this route many times, but have you ever noticed this?

I love working from Shore Cottage Studio as the landscape and weather are always changing - the light can be totally different from one moment to the next and as a photographer that makes it interesting. (It is also the reason why all my photography courses begin in the studio where we have much more controllable light and objects to photograph) I have walked a similar photo walk route on my photography courses over the years and I can hand on heart say that no person has ever taken a shot the same as another, and that's the best bit - everyone has their own eyes and ideas.

I am a former forensic scientist and university lecturer and I love to teach. Starting Shore Cottage Studio has allowed me to get those wonderful teaching 'penny-drop' moments with people who want to learn, and are having a great time doing it, knowing there are no grades or exams to worry about.

I sometimes think that photographers talk a different language, full of jargon and numbers, and I work hard to explain concepts in a practical and easy to digest way and spend plenty of time going over key concepts to ensure no one is left behind and floundering. I work with a maximum of six course participants at a time so I can ensure everyone gets the attention they need. Having said that, I will work with a larger group if you all know each other well and don't mind a bit of chatter amongst yourselves whilst I get round the group.

If you are looking for easy to understand teaching and fast improvement in the pictures you take, with no camera snobbery and plenty of tea breaks, then this is the place to be!



"Laura demonstrates great skill in delivering the material in a way that makes it easy to understand and uses various techniques to help things stick in your mind."



"Laura’s teaching style made everything so simple to understand."



"Laura, you have skilfully demystified the digital camera and have shown me how to make the most of the scary buttons and dials that I never really touched."



"Laura was fantastic, always checking we were OK and happy and really went at fantastic pace."



"The tuition from Laura was excellent - always sensitive to our personal needs and helping us to go beyond our comfort zone."




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  • Who Is This Course For?
  • I've got a camera and I know it can do more than Auto Mode but I'm not sure how to use other modes.
  • I'm not sure about using shutters and apertures, or even what they are.
  • I want to start right at the beginning with photography, or I wouldn't mind a recap from the beginning as it has been a while since I last looked at it.
  • I want a relaxed setting and friendly teaching, I need a gentle introduction.
  • Who Is This Course Not For?
  • I already use my camera confidently in TV, S, AV, or A modes.
  • I'm confident in shutter and aperture selection for creative photography
  • I would feel bored going over the basics as I feel I have them covered.
  • I would prefer a formal classroom style with exams and to work toward a certificate or qualification.


"I've just completed the one day Beginners Photography Course at Shore Cottage. I recently bought a camera to take up photography and had absolutely no prior knowledge of photography or the camera and how to use it. Laura has an in-depth knowledge of her subject and her teaching methods make it very easy to understand and follow. I have come away with real enthusiasm to get practicing and utilise all the information I have gained today. I will definitely be signing up for a further course in the future to extend my knowledge.

On top of all the knowledge gained the homemade biscuits, scones, soup and bread were also thoroughly enjoyed!!!"


"Great day despite the awful weather! Clear explanation from Laura who demystified what had previously felt complex . Great hospitality - homemade biscuits and soup, plenty of tea and coffee. We each got a framed photograph to take home. I will definitely be booking again for the 2 day course. Beautiful location ."


"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!."


Information! Did You Know? Most People add this 'Take Interesting Photos' course to make a two day course.

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