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Starting out in the world of photography – Beginners Photography Courses

Getting Off Auto What a day we had today for our beginners digital photography course in Chelmsford, Essex.  Finally after days of rain the sun came out and it felt like a proper weekend.  We had bought in all the essential supplies for a course – doughnuts, biscuits, tea, coffee and crisps whilst the delegates turned up keen and ready!  It doesn’t get better than that. We always quickly get into our introductions as starting out on a new course is always a nervous experience as delegates worry that they may be out of their depth or struggle with the content but we run our photography courses with really small class sizes and like to chat to delegates in advance to ensure everyone on the…

How to work with Models – Beginners Photography

Do you pay for models or get them to work for free? Getting to work with a broad range of people is one of the real highlights of being a professional photographer. Variety certainly helps and I always try to work with as many different people as possible. As a new photographer you should be trying to align yourself with as many Make-up artists (MUA), hair stylists, stylists and other creatives as you can. This provides a ready source of fresh new ideas but it also pushes your skill level forwards and upwards. It can be a daunting challenge when starting out but I find that if you are always honest and upfront that you really shouldn’t have any problems. Working with models is certainly…

Becoming a professional commercial photographer

How to become a pro photographer I am often amazed when talking to new prospective photographers that they always seem to have the same vision in mind – to become a portrait and wedding photographer. Now there is nothing wrong with this as a concept however there are so many markets that a photographer can work in that sometimes the most obvious solutions get overlooked or not even considered. Commercial photography is not an obvious choice for many new snappers – often when I suggest it to my delegates they seem a little taken back and are not always that enthusiastic however the genre offers plenty of scope to help get you up and running and as the economy appears to be picking up the…

Moving on from Auto – getting the most from your camera

Cambridge Beginners Photography Course At the weekend we ran our introduction to digital photography course in Cambridge with a group of new photographers. Your modern digital camera can be a scary looking beast when you start out and most new snappers are worried that they are doing things “wrong”. There really is no right or wrong when starting out you need to find out what works best for you. It is a bit like choosing a camera – I am always asked “what is the best camera” or “what should I buy?” Its actually a fairly simple decision – work out your budget and then consider the types of photography you are interested in. After that give a little thought to how much kit you…

St Albans Photography Courses

Beginners photography course in St Albans We had a great weekend out teaching photography and shooting some wonderful shots on our beginners photography course in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Starting out by looking at fully automatic and then moving on to cover movement, landscapes and composition we quickly moved on to some of the more creative features available on modern digital cameras. I personally love the flexibility that digital cameras provide giving you immediate access to seeing you images which helps to promote creativity as you can see in the images below. The second day we spent out and about practicing the skills we had learnt on the first day. The weather was fresh but easily forgotten about. During the course of the two days we…

Stuck on Fully Automatic – time to move on!

Getting off fully automatic At this time of year we receive lots of calls from photographers with new cameras who are a little unsure about how to get the most from them.  Typically new owners can be a little intimidated by their new kits whilst other may have tried a few different settings and end up reverting back to fully automatic. It is a real waste, as modern digital cameras offer a whole world of creativity and the ability to catch wonderful images.  Fully automatic tends to have a number of pretty serious limitations including: (1) Focusing upon the nearest object detected (2) Firing the small top mounted flash resulting in horrible results (3) Limiting the features of the camera you can change for creative…

What Digital Camera Should I Buy?

How to Choose the Right Camera for you or your loved one. By Nick Wood When starting out in photography it can be both a daunting and stressful experience just trying to buy a camera besides working out how to use the thing.  In this simple guide we explore the options open to you and help you come to the right solution. Essentially there are three broad categories of camera available to you: Compact Hybrid DSLR 1. Compact Your compact camera is the small, highly portable type thats fits beautifully into your pocket or handbag.  Readily available it allows you to always have a camera to hand and capture those essential images.  The trade-off for this portability is often the capability to access manual controls,…

Essex Business Excellence Awards Finalists 2013 – Yippee!

This week we are super delighted to find out that we are finalists in the Essex Business Excellence Awards for 2013.  We are finalists in the Enterprising Business Award which we are really proud about as this reflects so much of who we are. At Unshaken Photography Training we work with so many great photographers (both new and experienced) and nothing gives us the same amount of joy as teaching new skills or helping someone start out on a new business venture.  The nomination reinforces our belief that we are doing the right things and teaching people the right way.  Fingers crossed for the final in September. If you are looking to start out on a new career in photography or simply want to take…

The Power & Value of Professional Qualifications for Photographers

By Nick Wood As a photographer I have never actually been asked by a potential client if I have any photographic qualifications and yet one of the most frequent questions potential delegates ask is “do I get a qualification or a certificate? Although my training company Unshaken Photography Training can actually issue nationally recognised qualifications I have until the beginning of this year actually encouraged students from following this route as I saw little value whilst incurring additional cost. This has all changed and in fact our students are now encouraged to achieve professional qualifications through the professional bodies primarily the SWPP (Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers) Why the change in stance? Photography has always attracted people towards it as a career on the…

Learning with John Denton – John Denton Training

Learning with John Denton Being a photographer is an absolute joy and I frequently joke that when I go to work I have to try hard to to smile too much for fear of my wife getting annoyed with my smugness – but it is true and being a photographer is a joy.  One of the many pleasures is meeting other photographers and this week I have had a real ambition come true by working with one of my favourite photographers John Denton. John is a Fellow with the SWPP and runs training courses on behalf of the SWPP and through his own training company John Denton Training www.johndentontraining.com. I have had the opportunity to undertake four days training on a 1:1 basis with John…