Photography Training

Elms Photography – Professional freelance Photographer providing photography training, lessons and tuition throughout London, Essex and the south East

Photographic Training

Learn on your own equipment at your own speed in the comfort of your own home or office.  Allowing you to control the pace of the lesson and ensuring that you can do it on your own kit.


Tuition completely tailored to your needs.  Whether you are new to digital photography, have a basic understanding or would like to progress your skills to the next level Elms Photography training can provide for your training needs. 


Tuition is offered on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of up to 3 people allowing you to get the maximum benefit from small intimate training and the full attention of the tutor.  Each training package is tailored to your learning requirements and timescales allowing you to select the exact nature of what you wish to learn or improve on, as well as the best approach for  you to learn i.e. theory or practical lessons both inside or outside depending on you personal preferences.


Topics can involve

  • Learn what your camera can do and how you can control it.

  • Utilising the different settings to get the images you want.

  • Understanding composition and how to create better images.

  • From camera to print (using software to enhance your image and getting it ready for printing).

  • Understanding lighting

  • Understanding image workflow

  •  Specialist subjects including

    • Basic image manipulation – in Photoshop CS 3, Photoshop Elements or via free software if you have none.

    • Intermediate image manipulation – in Photoshop CS 3 or Photoshop Elements.

    • Advanced Image manipulation – in Photoshop CS 3 or Photoshop Elements.

    • Studio Lighting

    • Portable Strobes lighting

    • Portrait photography

    • Landscape Photography

    • Macro Photography

    • Wildlife Photography

 

Packages and Costs

There are two ways of getting training.  The first is to build your own training package by selecting a time period and what subjects you wish to cover and let Elms Photography create a tailored course that is right for you.  The second option is to choose an off the shelf package as listed below.


Half a day’s tuition – 3 ½ hours tuition for £80 + £50 per additional person. (£60 each for 3 people)


Full day’s tuition – 7 hours tuition for £150 + £75 per additional person. (£100 each for 3 people)


For a more flexible approach you can tailor the tuition into small lessons spread over a time period that suits you (daily, weekly, monthly etc).  Allowing you to easily digest the previous lesson and practice before moving on to the next stage. 


Flexible Tuition - from £50 for a 2 hour lesson with each additional hour charged at £20 per hour.  Additional persons charged at £30 for the 1st 2 hours and £15 per hour after that.


All you need is a camera that is beyond a basic point and shoot and a PC that has the software you wish to learn about loaded on to it.  Where these items are not available Elms Photography can supply a bridge camera and a laptop for the duration of the training at an additional cost.


 


Off the shelf packages:

Basic Introduction to Digital Photography.
1day £150 for 1-to-1 tuition (£75 per additional student)
 Advanced Introduction to Digital Photography
2 days£275 for 1-1 tuition(£130 per additional student)
  
A basic introduction into the workings of a camera and how to control it.
  • What is a camera and how does it work.
  • Picture quality and format
  • Basic Exposure Modes explained<>/li>
  • Creative Exposure Modes explained
  • Manual Exposure Mode explained
  • Metering Modes explained
  • Understanding Exposure and how to control it.
  • Choosing aperture nd shutter speed.
  • Using ISO for fine tuning.
  • Focusing and Drive modes.
  • White balance
  • Tips and Tricks Types of image People, Animals, Landscapes, Macro and Close-up
  • Basic introduction to work flow.
 An in-depth introduction into the workings of a camera and how to control it to take the images you want.  
  • What is a camera and how does it work.
  • Picture quality and format
  • Basic Exposure Modes explained
  • Creative Exposure Modes explained
  • Manual Exposure Mode explained
  • Metering Modes explained
  • Understanding Exposure and how to control it.
  • Using your histogram and other data you camera can provide.
  • Choosing aperture and shutter speed.
  • Using ISO for fine tuning.
  • Focusing and Drive modes.
  • White balance including customising white balance.
  • Understanding your flash.
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Types of image – and how to achieve best results for these. People, Animals, Landscapes, Macro and Close-up, Night photography, low light photography, action photography, other styles.
  • Understanding composition.
  • Basic introduction to work flow, software, Raw files and image editing.
  
     
Utilising Free software to manage your work flow
3 ½ hours £80 for 1-to-1 tuition (£50 per additional student)
 Basic Introduction to Photoshop CS 3 or Elements
1day £150 for 1-to-1 tuition (£75 per additional student)
 Beyond Basic Photoshop
1day £150 for 1-to-1 tuition (£75 per additional student)
Using the software that came with your Camera or other free software. Workflow Files and Naming. Rating your images. Cataloguing your images for future reference. Editing your images. Size and formatting options. Displaying your work Aimed at giving you a basic understanding of the general software and tools available to you and how to use them to improve your images.
  • Organising your working Space
  • Using Views Navigation
  • Correcting Mistakes
  • Saving files
  • Selections
  • Brushes
  • Blending Modes
  • Clone Stamp tool
  • Healing brush tool
  • Patch tool
  • Changing Canvas size
  • Cropping
  • Stroking
  • Transforming Objects
  • Optimising your images
  • Using Levels
  • Using Hue and Saturation
  • Using Curves
  • Converting an image to black and white
  • Removing Red Eye
  • Removing a blemish
  • Whitening teeth
  • Decreasing wrinkles
  • Straightening
  • Sharpen
  • Ready for print
 Aimed at building on the skills learnt in the Basic Introduction to give you access to more powerful image editing and manipulation tools.
  • Setting the white point and colour balance
  • Transforming perspective
  • Colour popping
  • Changing Eye Colour
  • Multi image montages
  • Dodge and Burn
  • Colour image dual tone.
  • Sepia effects
  • Filters and effects
  • Recording Actions
  • HD with Photoshop Photoshop
  • RAW converter
  • Batch Processing
  • Layers Masks
  • Contact Sheets
  • Save for web
     

  

Each Package comes with course manual and worksheets for practical tasks.

 

Optional Extras

Laptop  hire £20 per session

Bridge Camera £25 per session

CD Manual £10 per person

 

Basic timetable for a day’s tuition

09:00 - Start Introduction and Part 1

11:00 - Comfort Break (10 Mins)

11:10 - Part 2

13:00 - Lunch 40 (Mins)

13:40 - Part 3

15:30 - Comfort Break (10 Mins)

15:40 - Part 4

17:00 - End

  

For further information or to book a lesson please contact Elms Photography contact details can be fund on the Contact Me section of this site.


 

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