You can learn about becoming a better photographer from books, or by searching the internet, but nothing compares with working hands-on with an experienced professional photographer.

During your time with us you will learn (or revise) the basic principles of photography to ensure that you understand fully how your camera works. You will learn too the techniques required for shooting digital photographs successfully. You will also be encouraged to think and see creatively, with particular emphasis on composition, light, shape, colour and form. Finally, you will learn the importance of 'post-processing' your images on your computer and how to do this properly, using simple techniques.

In short, having understood fully how to control your camera, you will learn how to make it do what you want in order to become a creative artist (and so dramatically increase the percentage of photographs you take that you'll want to keep!)

And you'll have a lot of fun doing it too! An example day by day schedule can be found here

If you're interested in one of our Advanced Weeks then of course we'll assume that you know how your camera works!

A general list of topics covered is given below.
However, because we deal with each guest as an individual, topics actually discussed with you will depend on your own level of knowledge, on your equipment, and on our schedule (which, in turn, will be governed by time, weather and local events). Having said that, you are encouraged to ask whatever questions you want at any time on any photographic subject....
Photography Topics
Action and Movement
Angle of view
Animals
Aperture
Architecture
Aspect
Auto-focus
Automation
Auto-ISO and its value in certain circumstances
Batteries
Black and White
Blur
Bokeh
Bracketing
Camera shake
Children
Colour
Colour Balance
Composition
Contrast
Converging Verticals
Depth of Field
Differential focus
Diffraction
Digital Crop Factor
Digital sensors (does size really matter?)
Dynamic Range
Editing (video)
Exposure & Exposure Values
Eye/Brain v. Camera
Field of View
Film
Filters
Flash
Focal length
Focal point
Focus point
'Golden Hours'
Grain v Noise
HDR
Highlight detail (is it important?)
High Key
Histograms
Hyperfocal distance
Image stacking
Intervalometer
ISO (the 'increase in sensitivity' fallacy)
JPEG v RAW
Landscape
LCD monitors
Light
Looking for the Unseen
Low Key
Macro
Manual operation
Metering
Monitor calibration
Night photography
Noise v Grain
Panning
Painting with light
Perspective
Point of Interest
Portraits
Post-Processing
Pre-focus
Printing
RAW
Reportage/Documentary
Saturation
Scene/clip length (video)
Shadow detail (is it important?)
Shape and Form
Shutter
Specular Highlights
Timelapse
Tones and Tonal Range
Townscapes
Tripods and other supports
Viewfinders
Vignetting
Water
White Balance
Wildlife
Zooming
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