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Basic DSLR Photography Workshop - June 2017

Let's start with a confession - I never used to take my camera out of auto.  I thought that there was no need to use my camera any other way as the pictures were (in my mind) pretty good and simply by using a DSLR the results would be better anyway. One day, a friend of mine asked me if I'd had any classes in photography as she said I took great pictures. She'd been taking classes as she wanted to understand her camera better and improve her photography.  She chatted happily away about shooting in manual as if I understood what she was talking about.  I admitted I hadn't taken any classes, was self-taught (which was a lie!) and then felt like a major fraud as I'd always let the camera do all the work. Shamefaced, I decided from that point onwards to learn how to use my camera properly. I took some online classes, some good, some really bad, tried to decipher the terminology, practiced, practiced even more and banged my head repeatedly against the table when things didn't work out the way I wanted them to. It took a lot of reading up on technique, a lot of patience and a whole lot of swearing before things properly came together. But once it does finally click it makes you fall in love with your camera and taking pictures. Now I only ever shoot in manual and it has changed the way I take all my photographs. My images been featured in The Simple Things magazine, Gardenista, This is Your Kingdom and Blogosphere magazine. They are also used by local businesses in Leeds and by several independent makers and small businesses to help promote their brands.

I now want to share my knowledge with others who want to get to know their camera better, who want to take their photography to the next level or improve their own blog imagery and Instagram feed.  Have you ever struggled with getting your images in focus properly? Do you want to learn how to blur your backgrounds or take a moody, atmospheric shot? Or maybe you want to make your fashion blog posts really stand out from the crowd? I can help you to achieve these goals. A basic entry level DSLR and lens can do so much more than a point and shoot and I'd like to show you how to get the best out of your kit. Together with the lovely Chirpy shop in Chapel Allerton in Leeds, I'll be running a basic DSLR Photography Workshop on Saturday 17 June 2017 and I'd love you to join me. I promise there will be no scary terminology, I'll break down the theory and it will all be done in a lovely relaxed environment with lots of tea and cake! If you'd like to come along, then please do click on the link for tickets below. 

Workshop Details - Learn to Love your Camera - Basic DSLR Photography Workshop at Chirpy, Leeds - Saturday 17 June 2017

Who is this workshop for? - Well, anyone who wants to understand how their camera works and take their photography to the next level. But essentially it is a course for people who are afraid to take their camera out of auto! Maybe you want to take better pictures of your kids because they always turn out blurry or you'd like to capture those treasured memories of a family holiday. It's also for those who have dabbled a little in manual mode but are struggling to get the results they are striving for. This workshop is particularly useful for lifestyle, food, parenting and fashion bloggers or small businesses/makers wanting to improve their product photography.

What will you learn? -  The workshop will be divided into two sessions. The first will be a breakdown of how your camera works and learning what each of those scary things really mean (aperture/ISO/shutter speed). We will also look at how to frame your subject better, focus mode, exposure and how to use natural light to your advantage. I'll take you from shooting in auto mode to being able to shoot with your own camera in manual mode. The second session will be putting your new knowledge to the test using your own camera and there will be opportunities to take some practice shots trying out prop styling and visual storytelling techniques. 

What do I need to bring? - You, your camera - a DSLR camera and the kit lens or the lens you use most often.  If you have your camera manual then that is useful to bring along too. A fully charged battery and a blank SD memory card.  A notebook and pen are also a good idea. 

After the workshop - You'll be given a handout reminding you of what we've covered during the workshop and you will be able to join a private Facebook group with the other attendees for further support and inspiration. 

Note: All of my images are taken on an entry level DSLR, the Nikon D3200 and a 35mm prime lens.  If you want to see more of my images check out my lifestyle photography page here or if you want some more information on the workshop, please send me a quick email to