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Technical Knowledge

The Complete Guide to your DSLR

  • Days: 1

Course Details

The overriding emphasis on this award winning one day course, will be how to make photographs, rather than simply take them!  

Shooting on fully automatic 'modes' is very restrictive in terms of the creative results you can achieve. Taking creative control of aperture and shutter speed is absolutely fundamental if you wish to improve your photography. These essential skills, amongst others, are clearly explained in an easy to understand, straightforward manner.

Throughout the day we will illustrate all of the techniques taught, by looking at some superb photographs - many taken by former students of this workshop.

In the afternoon, you will be shooting a challenging photo project, which will be reviewed and critiqued - an ideal way to
put your new skills into practice.

Course ideal For:

You may just be starting out with your camera and would like to get a clearer understanding of your camera controls. 

Perhaps you have decided it is time to leave the automatic 'point and shoot ' modes behind and unleash the creative potential of your camera.

Or you may have some understanding of technique but need to brush up on your knowledge and rekindle your passion for photography.

This intensive and comprehensive one day workshop will transform the quality of your photographs.

Content Includes:

  • Understanding the creative powers of aperture and shutter speed and how to use them in your photography.
  • A comprehensive overview of lenses. - Which are going suit your photography best?
  • The transformative power of light. - Taking advantage of the best light conditions, plus how to deal with challenging lighting situations.
  • Understanding powerful compositional rules. - How to make your images stand out from the crowd.
  • Using the '3 big questions' to bring your photographs to life.
  • Learning about ISO - What it is. Why it matters. How to use it properly.
  • Essential filters. - The ones you have to own and when to use them.
  • 'The Perfect Camera Set Up'. - A simple set of easy steps that will prepare you for any situation.

A complete set of handouts will be included.


Nigel Wilson

Nigel Wilson

Nigel is a professional photographer and tutor whose clients include the BBC, Sky and The Sunday Times.

He is a very experienced teacher, leading inspirational classes at many institutions, including New York University, Photofusion and London's famous Camera Club.

'Nigel is a natural born teacher whose enthusiasm will soon have you furthering your new found passion. His photography courses are fun, packed with useful information, don't overdo the theory and fit into the schedules of those too busy to commit to more lengthy courses.' -TIME OUT MAGAZINE