Follow on course for intermediate photographers using full manual mode wirral cheshire

Mastering Manual Mode Photography – Friday 5 July

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Join Laura for a day of taking full control of your camera.

This one day course is designed for those who want to take full creative control of their cameras. Perhaps you have been shooting in S, A, Tv, or Av modes and are ready to make the leap to M mode. This course is not for total beginners and will assume knowledge of F Stops and Shutter Speeds. It is an ideal follow on from both our one day ‘Get Off Auto Mode’ and our 'Take Interesting Photos' courses. Brilliant as a refresher or top up or after buying a new camera. If you are unsure as to if your camera or your existing knowledge/experience is suitable or have any questions please do email Laura, the course tutor and she can advise.

The day begins with a presentation on manual photography and in camera light metering with examples and discussion over biscuits and tea/coffee. Practice in the studio with some more complex setups to cement your learning.

A home made lunch of fresh soup and warm bread, we then head out on a photo walk whatever the weather so make sure you dress sensibly. The walk is followed by review and discussion of the images. The best shot from each participant will then be printed and framed to take home.

As the course includes nurturing small-group tuition and a nutritious lunch, all you need to bring on the day is your camera. A tripod can be useful for creative shots of the tide but we can not guarantee the tide will be in for any specific course date until nearer the date.

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. 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 in camera light metering and manual adjustment of shutters and apertutres.

manual mode panning shot using shutter speed

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 already been on one of your technical courses so am confident about Shutters and Apertures using T, A, or TV, AV modes.
  • I've not been on one of your technical courses before but I am confident that I understand when and how to use TV, AV, or T, A modes.
  • I want an advanced course that builds on my knowledge and takes it further.
  • I want a relaxed setting and friendly teaching, I need a supportive environment.
  • Who Is This Course Not For?
  • I'm more of a beginner or lack confidence in using Shutter and Aperture control modes.
  • I've used TV, AV or T, A modes before but I'm not sure when to use each of them or what happens when I do.
  • 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 would prefer a formal classroom style with exams and to work toward a certificate or qualification.


"Laura was a great teacher who explained things in an easy to understand way and the course was very visual and practical which really suited my style of learning! I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to learn or improve their skills."


"Another great day at Shore Cottage with excellent tuition from Laura . Very inspiring !! Wonderful homemade food too."


"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."


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