Photography courses based in Whitehaven, Cumbria

My courses have been running in West Cumbria since 2008 and have helped hundreds of people to get more out of their photography and enjoy it along the way!

Photography courses running in 2019

Digital Photography for beginners – Starting August.
– Digital Photography for the serious amateur – Starting August.
Hill skills and Photography – Check back for dates.
Landscapes of the Lakes – Check back for dates.
Digital Photography in the studio introduction – Check back for dates.

Contact details (for further information or to book a place);
Telephone; 01946-506416
Email; Click to email
Website; Click to visit

Important notice; if you are interested in attending any of these courses please get in touch (using the details above) so that you can be sent a booking form and information.

Digital Photography for Beginners is aimed towards people who own a digital camera but just want to get that something extra from it. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about your camera and how to take the photos that you want and not to leave everything to the camera to make the choices for you! You will learn how to get some great effects from easy-to-learn techniques … and no, you don’t need the latest SLR with very expensive lenses.  People with bridge cameras have successfully completed the course.
– A total of 9 sessions over 5 weeks (5 classroom based on a weekday evening and 4 field trips on weekends)
– Full price; £108.  Concessions available.

Hill skills and Photography is a short course which will cover improving your photographic skills while also showing you how to keep safe while on the fells and mountains.
– One session
– Full price; £140.  Concessions available.

Landscapes of the lakes will give you an appreciation for the beauty of the Cumbrian fells and mountains by giving you some necessary advice on how best to capture them with your camera.
– One session
– Full price; £36.  Concessions available.

Digital Photography for Serious Amateurs is aimed towards those who may know a little about their D-SLR camera already and want to learn some more advanced techniques; we go deeper into some more advanced techniques including HDR, off-camera flash and multiplicity with more use of software such as the use of layers in Photoshop and image compositing.
– A total of 11 sessions over 6 weeks (6 classroom based on a weekday evening and 5 field trips at weekends).
– Full price; £132.  Concessions available.

Introduction to Photography in the studio, over two sessions (one classroom, one practical). This course is designed to give you a hands-on introduction to using lights in studio conditions and how to shoot a live model.  You will learn how to work with a model and how to use professional studio lighting.  Even if you don’t plan to take up studio photography it’s a really fascinating introduction to how lighting works and affects the look of your photos.  For this course I do recommend that you have a camera with an external flash sync socket or a standard flash hotshoe mount.
– Two sessions (on consecutive Saturdays; one classroom based followed by practical).
– Full price; £35
– Limited number of places available.

What happens on the courses?
On each classroom session we look at the pictures we took on the previous field trips, talk about how to improve them, learn some of the theory involved in the photos you are taking, what to look out for, get loads of tips, and a host of other great stuff!

On the field trips we go out and put into practice what we’ve been talking about.  Everyone gets their fair share of one-to-one help so don’t worry if you feel you need some extra time.

A lot of people attending the courses will be thinking to themselves “What if I’m not good enough”?   This is only natural but don’t worry as you will get the help and support to see you taking better pictures than ever!  In fact there have been too many people to count who have gone on to exceed their expectations and have posted some truly amazing pictures on social media.

What kind of camera do I need?
For all the courses you need a digital camera.  If you have a D-SLR you’ll get more from the courses because this type of camera allows effects such as depth-of-field to be more readily seen.  However people with bridge and compact cameras have completed the beginner course successfully – the only problem is that they always want to upgrade!

For the Studio course you will need a camera with either an external flash sync socket or a ‘standard’ hotshoe, ie. those fitted to Canon and Nikon.  This is to ensure that your camera can trigger the studio flashes.  If you don’t have a camera which has this capability you will be able to borrow the tutor’s camera.

Do I need any other equipment?
I  usually ask people to bring a tripod for some of the beginner & serious amateur courses because we’ll be taking pictures in low light conditions.  I also recommend an ND (Neutral Density) filter on certain field trips.   If you have a remote shutter release then this is a bonus but isn’t mandatory.

Anything else?
I welcome any questions you may have before signing up.  

If you would like to learn more about digital photography and meet some friendly faces then these courses will be for you! I show you how to make your own decisions and give you the control to take the photograph that you want instead of leaving decisions entirely down to your camera. The classroom sessions are in a comfortable classroom at the Whitehaven School and we venture out to put our learned methods into practice as a group. You get plenty of support and helpful tips along the way and remember that individual help is always offered.

“This course … will inspire me to go out and take my time with a hobby I always wanted to do – thanks Dave!”

“Informative course in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere”

“Dave is a great tutor with endless patience who has made learning easy. A friendly, interesting course that I have enjoyed and would recommend”

“I’m glad I came, learnt so much more that I thought I would”.

“Fantastic course, great technical knowledge & teaching, a definite must, the man knows his stuff!”

“Would recommend the course for anyone wanting to improve their photography”

“I did both of the courses, all in all a very enjoyable 12 weeks!”

“I enjoyed it from start to finish. The course was delivered in a very friendly relaxed and easy manner. I will recommend this course to anyone who wants to progress their photography skills.”

“The course was very informative and adaptable to topics we were interested in. Also the field trips were fun and gave us the opportunity to put the learned skills to practice.”

“I learned a lot in an easy-going atmosphere and met a group of really nice people with a common interest.”

“Now using my digital SLR more to its potential compared to before the course.”

“I wanted to feel more confident using my camera and now I do!”

“I have a much better knowledge of what the camera features do and now have the confidence to try them out.”

“Excellent course and extremely informative. Field trips provided practical examples of course content.”

“Very good course, would recommend!”

“I’m surprised at how well my knowledge has improved. I feel that I have the confidence to move away from the auto mode. A worthwhile course that has fired up my enthusiasm to continue to learn.”

“Really enjoyed the course, great tutor whose informal approach and genuine enthusiasm for photography is infectious! Great stuff Dave, thankyou! You have taught me something I wish I had learned years ago.”

“Learned a lot in an easy & understandable way that Dave taught.”

“I have a much better understanding of how the camera works and how to get better pictures.”

“Enjoyed the course and now feel very confident.”

“I have a much better understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how they all work together. Excellent course, I am much more confident using my camera.”

“Dave is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic ‘snapper’. Seems to enjoy passing on tips and techniques. He always ensures the whole class understands the concepts and is happy to answer even the simplest question. Thoroughly enjoyed the course, thanks Dave”

“More confident to use other features on camera not just ‘auto’ all the time. Better able to handle camera & use more facilities on it … have learnt more in general about photography”

“In the first 2 weeks I doubted that I would be able to understand, remember and be able to put into practice what I was learning but I have!”

“Dave is a very good tutor, has the time and patience to show you how to learn and explains everything very well

“Dave has been a good tutor, he has inspired me to try things out and helped when I’ve gone wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed the field trips”

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