Digital Camera Courses

For the digital camera courses, the student will gain a fundamental photography knowledge coupled with the practical skills of digital photography, which will enable them to improve the quality of their digital images.

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October 3rd 10-2.30pm: Zoom & Shere

November 14th 10-2.30pm : Zoom & Shere

£85, book below 

For this course, it is likely that the student is shooting in auto mode and has an ambition to become more accomplished photographer. This is a first-step course, which provides the student with the initial training to help achieve your photographic aspiration.

The first 1.5 hours will be a live workshop via ZOOM to show you where to find your camera’s settings and fun interactive tasks to do at home to try the settings out. From 1-2.30pm we will meet in the village of Shere & take photos together.

On the day the student will learn:

Understanding & operating the camera’s auto and semi-manual settings

Image Quality (ISO & File formats)

Focusing & metering modes

White Balance

Basic Composition: looking at famous work and understanding why they are considered good images

Auto and Manual Focus

Take interesting images by using methods such as controlling depth of field, freezing/blurring movement, composition methods etc.

We’ll spend the majority of the class outside taking photos together and putting the new knowledge together using our camera settings to take great photos.

The course will be outside and the group will be kept small to meet with government guidelines. The course will meet outside of Treacle Gallery, Beaufield Mews, 2 Middle St, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF. 


October 24th, 10-2.30pm: Zoom & Shere

£85, book below 

Have you taken a digital camera course before and learned about your camera settings? If you’d like your photography to progress to the next level this course is for you.

The first 1.5 hours will be a live workshop via ZOOM to teach you more about the manual setting & how to use it. There will be fun interactive tasks to do at home using your new knowledge. From 1-2.30pm we will meet in the village of Shere & take photos together.

On the day the student will learn:

Brief overview of camera mechanics, to dust off your f-stops, iso’s and shutter speeds

Manual Exposure

Over and under exposure, when and how to use it

High and low ISO

Motion – good blur and bad blur

Aperture and Shutter’s in-depth relationship

Learn to how to better compose your photographs in camera rather than on screen

Natural Light – how to capture it in your landscapes and use it to complement your portraiture

Introduction to Flash photography

Gear – what’s good, what’s fun and what’s not

Introduction to Lightroom and tips for processing

We’ll spend the majority of the class outside shooting together, utilising our new skills and putting compositional ideas into practice together.

The course will be outside and the group will be kept small to meet with government guidelines. The course will meet outside of Treacle Gallery, Beaufield Mews, 2 Middle St, Shere, Guildford GU5 9HF. 

The course material is presented in both a written and visual form, I will show you photographs to help you understand the techniques and also show you how to do it directly on your own camera.

A digital camera, preferably a camera with manual settings is preferred. Classes are limited to make sure everyone has a good understanding of their own camera at the end of the session.

These courses are part classroom-based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice. You will be taken outside into the Surrey hills and on return will review the images.

Tea and coffee is included, along with a course booklet for you to keep and review.

I am always happy to field questions afterwards via email, and please feel free to share your new images as well.

Courses run throughout the year and there will always be a seasonal course too!


Carrying on from our fun & inspiring weekly lockdown sessions, I will continue to host inspiring photography webinars for all photographers to join!

Cameras mandatory, drinks optional!

Each month will have a specific photographic theme & we will look at a particular professional photographer’s work that fits in with the photographic theme. We will discuss how the images can inspire us to take photographs at home in keeping with the theme. I will keep in mind that everyone will be creating images indoors and out, making fun assignments for everyone to complete throughout the week. Images will be reviewed in the next month’s Photography Happy Hour webinar.

Join us! Each webinar is £20, which includes a task sheet of photo challenges so you can submit images for feedback the following week. All webinars will be hosted through ZOOM, and students will be sent a link upon booking.

Friday July 3rd – Food

Friday August 7th – Trees

Friday Sept 4th – Portraits

Friday Oct 2nd – Shadows

Friday Nov 6th – Autumn

Friday Dec 4th – Christmas Party!



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Autumnal Photo Walk Coldharbour

Nov 7th, 1.30-4 pm, Coldharbour Heath/Leith Hill. £50

Join me for an Autumnal photo walk in Coldharbour Heath. It’s the other side of Leith Hill, and beautifully undiscovered! We’ll walk through the hills & heathland and practice using different techniques to photograph landscapes and views. We will work with dappled light in creative ways in the woods, capture the Autumnal leaves and colours and beauty of the heathland.
We’ll cover aperture and depth of field for landscapes & close ups, and work with white balance and colour saturation to keep the Autumnal colours bright.
We’ll spend time using over and underexposure to photograph the dappled light in the woods, using creative compositions and silhouettes to make our images stand out.
We will use tripods and shutter speeds to capture the sun as in wanes in the sky, finding brilliant nature frames and silhouettes in our surroundings.

The class will adhere to gov guidelines and we will practice social distancing. Tripods recommended and can be borrowed on the day too. Please wear walking shoes/boots & warm clothing.

The class will meet in the Redlands Car Park at the bottom of Leith Hill, Abinger Rd, Dorking RH5 6HG.


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All 2020 course vouchers can be gift wrapped and posted or emailed as a pdf.

You can purchase a 2020 Group Course Voucher below. Email me or ring on 07969466572 if you have any questions.

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  • "You come across so well on the online course. You have a lovely manner which is so easy to connect to. You have the ability to connect to everyone from the real camera buffs and enthusiasts, people who lack confidence like myself to the young people and children. That is a rare skill as so many are either techie and deadly boring " - Lesley
  • “Loved this webinar. Really helpful tips on how to improve my photography skills.”  - Isobel
  • “Thank you for providing your photography course online. You were so positive and encouraging!” –Samantha
  • "We bought our camera when our children were born so we could document their lives – but have only ever used the camera on its automatic setting. The camera course has given me the confidence to explore my camera and experiment with it on different settings. The take home information has also been brilliant to refer back to with lots of short cuts and top tips. I can’t wait to get out and use my camera more."
    C Instone

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