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Photography: Button Pressing and Composition – 28/29 November

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.

Friendly tuition and gentle theory to help you get more from your digital SLR, mirrorless, or compact system camera. If you are unsure as to your camera's suitability please do email Laura the tutor. 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. This two day course includes nurturing small-group tuition, nutritious lunches and a plentiful supply of refreshments and tempting snacks. You will learn not only the theory of controlling the camera but also how to seek out beautiful shots you can be proud of.

If your preferred dates are not available please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate you. To buy a gift voucher for a photography course click here.

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DAY ONE: Tea/Coffee

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

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

Course participant photography on the beach

On Location

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

Photographing natural texture and detail

Review Time

An image review over tea and biscuits before heading back out into the garden/beach to shot some more before the end of the day.

coffee

DAY TWO: Tea/Coffee

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 how small changes in your approach to taking photographs will have a big effect in your final images in Laura's jargon free presentation.

lying on the beach taking photographs

Photography Walk

Head out on a photo walk with Laura whatever the weather, you'll be given some starting point photography prompts and possible subjects of interest will be pointed out en route. Laura is on hand to give as much guidance as you need or want. Small groups ensure plenty of tutor time.

Mellow autumn soup recipe

Lunch

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

A framed print to take home

Review Time

A group image review over tea and biscuits. Choose your favourite image to be printed and taken home in a frame. It's great to see how a group can follow the same route and yet capture such different images - Laura has been running photography walks for four years from the studio, and each final image is totally unique, just like the course participants themselves.

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!

 

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"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."

 

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

 

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"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."

 

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

 

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"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 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 love taking pictures but sometimes I feel my photos aren't as beautiful as the things I'm trying to capture.
  • I'm not artistic or creative but I am keen to learn about what makes a successful photograph.
  • I've got two days together and I want to learn both button pressing and composition in a block. really immersing myself in photography for a couple of days.
  • 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 have already studied visual communication and photographic composition.
  • I already have my own clear photographic style and I am not interested in learning new concepts.
  • I need more time to get my head around new concepts I would be better off splitting my learning into your one day courses with time off in between.
  • I would prefer a formal classroom style with exams and to work toward a certificate or qualification.

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"I found the course very rewarding and excellent value. I had a thoroughly enjoyable two days with Laura and fellow student, Fiona, in and around the unique setting of Shore Cottage Studio. Laura explains the subject in a way that makes it so easy to understand and retain. I left with a clear understanding of how to use all the knobs and dials on my camera, how to compose a good photograph, and inspired. Excellent lunches and home baking kept us well fed. Strongly recommend."

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"Brilliant tuition by Laura for our small group of 4, who adjusted her teaching to the various abilities, although all on our course were at least one level above competent snapper. 1st day we learnt why, when and how to use all the manual settings - mine is an advanced, complicated but capable compact camera. 2nd day was all about composition, then applying the technical learning from day 1 on a 2-hour plus guided walk...depth of field Big Blurry Background, quick click, slow CLICKERRR. 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, the group selecting each person's top 5 for printing and being presented with a framed print of the best one. Outstanding hospitality from Sue and Chris, simply a unique experience and venue"

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"What can I say but this course was excellent. I am a compete novice with my camera, no idea what all those buttons and dials did. But now, well I'm confident I can take well balanced, focused, and artistic photographic compositions.
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. Day 2, out and about, as a local I know the Wirral way, beach and surroundings well, but with my camera eyes on, I was hunting the perfect angle, and composition. After another delicious lunch we viewed our work and 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."

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