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Starting out in photography – a beginners guide

Beginners photography Courses   Whenever I run a beginners photography course (I did one yesterday actually) I never fail to be amazed at how much a beginners photography can move forward when they are shown just a few fundamentals. Photography is really not that complicated a subject – many people like making it complicated (not for bad reasons I believe but because they enjoy the technical side of photography) and often new photographers sometimes feel they have to go through some pain in-order to become a real photographer but it really isn’t the case.   As I look forward to the second module of our beginners photography course that I am running today in St Albans I thought it would be nice to share just a…

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How to take stunning portraits on location – photography

Portrait photography course on location in Essex   Earlier this year we ran one of our location portrait photography courses at the stunning Ingatestone Hall. It was a great opportunity for our delegates to develop and practice their skills which they could then take away and use just for fun or if starting out on a new photographic career.   During the course of the day the delegates were introduced to a wide range of skills including shooting with natural light, dealing with low light and also using flash. The results were pretty amazing as you can see below.           All of the course attendees were new to taking portraits on location which provides unique challenges to the photographer. When shooting…

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Guide to starting out in photography – 2016

2016 guide to photography Starting out in photography for hobbyists and professionals   So the new year is well and truly upon us – we survived blue Monday and payday is not too far away. You may have already blown the new year resolutions but there is still time to make the start to the new year a good one.   You may have received a new camera during the holiday period or dusted down the old one either way you can make 2016 the year that you pushed your photography forward. It may be that you are completely new to photography and want to take better pictures of your family or you may be determined to finally pursue that new career – either way…

Editing Photographs – is it cheating or necessary?

Editing photographs – A professional photographers view Editing photographs is cheating isn’t it? Editing takes too long, doesn’t it? I like my pictures to look natural, thats why I don’t edit! A good photographer can take a great image with any camera and so doesn’t have to edit, do they?   If you agree with any of the above then you need to read this article.   With a new year upon us you may find yourself setting on on a new photographic journey either for a hobby or a change in career.  If so you need to be reviewing your editing process or at least starting one as editing is a fundamental part of photography, it is not cheating, doesn’t have to take long…

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Cambridge beginners photography course

Beginners photography course in Cambridge – a chilly day!   Today I had the pleasure of running one of our popular beginners photography courses in Cambridge.  When I woke up this morning and saw the snow falling I fully expected my phone to ring and bleep with a series of last minute excuses however we had a full class show up of eager and enthusiastic students willing to brave the cold.     During the course of the day we looked at all of the essential camera controls, we learnt how to blur backgrounds and deal with moving objects.  We finished the day with looking at some key post production and editing techniques including using Adobe Lightroom. As per normal we had a broad range…

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Are you new to DSLR cameras? New DSLR lens buying guide 2015

DSLR lens buying guide 2015 Saving up for your first DSLR camera is an exciting time.  You are all ready to get out there and start taking some great photographs and yet when the time comes to taking home your new shiny gadget often a sense of anti-climax appears.  Many consumer level digital cameras come with a ‘kit lens’ its a standard piece of kit which gets you and and running however it lacks the degree of zoom that your average compact camera has and for many people this is a huge disappointment. As photographers we are spoilt these days as even your trusty camera phone with Instagram installed can produce stunning results.  Moving onto a compact or hybrid camera and you find yourself in…

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Getting your camera off fully automatic

Why turn fully automatic off on your camera   For many people a shiny new digital camera – whether that be a neat little compact, fancy looking hybrid or impressive DSLR offers a whole world of opportunity however that new piece of kit also presents a big problem. You open the box peer inside before holding your new gadget and then normally fire off a few shots feeling rather pleased. The big problem then presents itself – what do all the buttons do and what happens if I move away from fully automatic?     We tend to get five types of attendees on our beginners photography courses – see if you fit into one of the categories:   (1) Those paralysed with fear that…

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…

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…