Learning how to use your camera to make beautiful images can seem daunting. So many buttons and so much confusing jargon. Where to start?

Over the years I’ve developed a technique for breaking it down to simple concepts which anyone can understand, and then building real knowledge about how they all fit together.

My goals, as a teacher, are to:

  • Quickly get you taking control of the camera and taking better photos.
  • Help you understand why certain settings do certain things.
  • Make sure you’re not overwhelmed – I just teach what’s needed to get started.
  • Give you a foundation of basic knowledge, which you can build on later at your own pace.

The Class

I’ve been teaching my own Beginners Photography class in Birmingham since 2012, aimed at people who have bought a DSLR or similar camera with lots of functions and have no idea how to use it. No prior knowledge is assumed and there are no stupid questions!

By the end of it you will be able to shoot in an Advanced mode and control the brightness, focus and motion blur in your photos.

You will also have a grounding in composition – simple tricks to make your photos more dramatic and aesthetically pleasing.

The class is five hours long with a break where we go outside to practice. Specific details are on the booking page.

A Beginners class in 2018.

Upcoming Classes

Class Date Price Book
Lightroom Basics Nov 25 £30 Book
City at Night Dec 4 £15 Book
Beginners Photography Dec 9 £40 Book
Beginners Photography Jan 13 £40 Book
City at Night Jan 15 £15 Book
Intermediate Composition Jan 20 £20 Book
Lightroom Basics Jan 20 £30 Book
Beginners Photography Jan 27 £40 Book
City at Night Feb 12 £15 Book
Intermediate Metering Feb 17 £20 Book
Intermediate Focus Feb 17 £20 Book
Beginners Photography Feb 24 £40 Book
Intermediate Composition Mar 3 £20 Book
Lightroom Basics Mar 3 £30 Book
Beginners Photography Mar 24 £40 Book
Beginners Photography Apr 28 £40 Book
Beginners Photography May 26 £40 Book
Beginners Photography Jun 23 £40 Book

If you have a voucher or credit, please get in touch before booking.

Beginners classes take place at Loaf Cookery School in Stirchley, South Birmingham. Full venue details are on the booking pages.

I run classes monthly from September to July. New dates are announced via the Photo School newsletter.

Why it works

While everyone learns differently, and no method is perfect, I’m really pleased with the successes I’ve had over the years in giving people a clear understanding of how their camera works and the confidence to use it on their own terms.

My approach brings a solid knowledge of the science but uses this as a tool for expression, enabling you to start taking photographs that mean something to you and are pleasing to others, whether they be portraits, holiday snaps or documenting an event.

The camera is more than a box for making pictures. It’s a device which helps us see the world in new ways, to communicate new ideas to each other. Photography (along with cinema) was arguably the art-form that defined the 20th century, and now, as cameras are in nearly every pocket and sharing photos on the internet can be done in seconds, that art form is accessible to everyone.

I remember when I first figured out the fundamentals of photography. It was October 2005, I was 33, and it’s safe to say it changed both my life and my relationship with the world. I want everyone to experience that transformative process, and that’s why I say Beginners Photography is at the heart of Photo School.