Teaching


10-week
Photography beginners course

The following course is designed to work for a small group of between four to five students.  This allows me to offer an affordable course and also creates a positive teaching environment where students can learn together and inspire each other.  The course will ensure students are confident in basic camera controls before building to a full understanding of their camera.  I can also provide specific teaching for students who have mastered the basics but want to learn more.   This will enable a student to develop a specific interest, for example portraiture or landscape photography, see below.


 

This course is not about the class visiting a beautiful location and me telling them how to set your camera to capture that perfect photograph.  This type of session is commonly advertised and may well deliver one or two great shots on that one outing.  The problem is, what about the next time you go out?  Everytime you pick up your camera the lighting is different, the location will always present different challenges and opportunities.  If you did not understood why those specific settings were entered into your camera in the first place, you are almost certainly back to square one.  My course offers you the confidence to adapt and use your camera to its full potential.

Over ten weeks you will learn exactly how to control your camera.  You will understand how the camera effectively ‘thinks’, for instance when to apply compensation to ensure the perfect shot everytime.  So many times people have said to me “the camera just could not capture what I was looking at”.   I can say with confidence, this course will ensure you won’t face that problem.   When you understand how your camera works, you will know how to make the right adjustments before pressing the shutter release.  You can then record an image which is beautifully accurate or exciting and creative.

The course includes a number of practical elements designed to reinforce what you are learning.  Included in the course will be three outdoor practical shoots; landscape, waterfall and street photography.  These will link directly to the tutorial sessions so what you learn in the classroom will be put directly into practice.

 

Each session will be supported by a TV tutorial presentation, this will be shared with you electronically after each session with the option to download and print.

In addition, I will set up a private Facebook page where you can post images and upload homework images you would like to share with the group.  Over the ten weeks I will critique your uploaded images to help build your confidence and ensure your continuous photographic development.

I understand due to prior commitments, some students may not be able to attend every session.   I am able to offer occasional 1:1 sessions to ensure that content is not missed.

10-week Photography beginners course summary

tutorial group content 

Ten x 1 hour 15 min classroom lessons; which include elements of practical work
Camera basics
Aperture selection
Exposure compensation
Metering modes
White balance
Full manual control
Focus and lenses
Landscape photography
Portraiture
Street photography
Shutter priority mode
Camera maintenance

Practical sessions

1. Landscape photography outdoor session
2. Street photography
3. Waterfall shoot
4. High key/low key still life session

Total cost for the above course £200

 

Course Locations

Home tutorial group 

3 Nursery Court, Blackhall Mill, Newcastle upon Tyne,  NE17 7TZ

Large group courses Including specialist lighting and classroom wedding photography

Carers Trust Tyne & Wear, The old school Smailes Lane, Highfield, Rowlands Gill, NE39 2DB

Special locations (completion of wedding teaching)

St Mary Magdalene Church, Medomsley, DH8 6QN

St Nicholas Church, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PF

Sample student images

Advanced Photography

This course has been created for students who already shoot in manual modes but want to develop specific areas of their photography.  This will be delivered as a 1:1 or small group session before a practical shoot.  Eg. Street photography training will explain what to look for in a subject and how to capture both direct and candid images.  Pricing for advanced classes is dependent on your requirements,  please contact me to discuss further.

Testimonials

Please see the Course Testimonials page for recent student feedback.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Course

Learn how to polish your images in either Photoshop or Lightroom. Please see the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Course page for further details.

Wedding Photography Course

Phil has covered wedding photography all over the UK as well as India, Spain and Italy.  This comprehensive course is intended to provide photographers with everything they need to know from winning wedding jobs to the delivery of stunning images to generate great feedback and future business.  Please see the wedding photography course page to find out more.