5 week DSLR Intro Course

The evening class photography course runs for 5 weeks and is perfect for complete beginners to digital photography & amateur photographers wanting to learn how to use their Digital SLR or improve their overall photography skills & knowledge

A summary of the 5 week evening course

•  Learn how to take complete control of your camera to get the most from it 

•  Be taught everything from basic camera settings, to creative photography and post production and editing 

•  Weekly practice exercises to consolidate that weeks module, your efforts are reviewed each week with guidance where needed 

•  Convenient Weekday Evening meeting time 

•  Safe classes of likeminded people- not know it all professionals – and not a cliquey camera club

•  Support and help from a professional photographer throughout the training course by phone and email

•  A fun relaxed and open environment, its designed to be an enjoyable course

•  Low cost photography training from our active AHP professional photographers


Who is the course intended for?

This photography course is designed for beginners, novices & amateurs, which meaning no pressure from more experienced or professional photographers. 

The course is perfect for anyone with a new camera or is new to photography, someone with a camera that they are unsure how to use or even just an amateur photographer wanting to learn more. It is an environment where you will feel safe to ask questions and learn everything you need to know at a gentle pace, each week gradually building your photography knowledge & skills. 

The course is suitable for all ages, we have taught as young as 14 & upwards. We can teach any make or model of Digital SLR - which is pretty well defined as any camera on which you can change the lenses. Bridge cameras can be taught - but cant quite do everything that Digital SLRs can do. 


Course times & details

The Evening Photography Training Course is a 5 week course – with each course having just 8 spaces so everyone gets great value out of the training & has plenty of time to ask questions. The Training Course runs conveniently out of working hours,  meeting between 7pm and 9.30pm every Tuesday throughout its 5 week duration.

Course Content

Evening Photography Training Course Content

Our evening photography training course is broken down in to five bite size modules – with one module covered each week of the five week course. The course is aimed solely at beginners and amateurs, perfect for the owner of a new camera or someone who wants to get the most out of their digital SLR.


The course is designed to get you progressively familiar with the basics, from which we can then build your knowledge of photography so you can be at ease with your camera, take charge of it and use it to its full potential.then build on this to get you comfortable using your camera properly. We teach both the technical aspect as well as the creative element of photography, culminating in post production the the creation of a final stunning image.

Below is an explanation of what is covered each week on the evening photography training course:

Week 1 - Introduction 

  • Learn your way around your camera 
  • Understand what all of the menu options and buttons are for 
  • We set up & customise your camera & all of its settings for you properly (away from standard silly defaults), this puts you in charge of your camera. 
  • Image quality setting Raw or Jpeg??? 
  • Overview of the range of shooting modes 
  • Automatic exposure modes & why you don’t need them any more

Week 2 – Taking & Controlling Exposures

  • Learn about ISO, Shutter Speeds & Apertures and how they control your Exposure 
  • ISO and how it works Shutter Speed, how it works & how to control it 
  • How Apertures work, and how you control them 
  • The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO 
  • How to get the correct exposure 
  • Camera shake and how to avoid it
  • Exposure Compensation

Week 3 - Technical Photographic Artistry

  • Using Apertures and Shutter Speeds to control how your image looks 
  • How to use Shutter Speeds, both slow and fast 
  • The effects you can achieve using Shutter Speed control
  • What is depth of field 
  • How to control depth of field
  • The effects you can achieve by controlling your Depth of Field 
  • Focus, auto focus, manual focus
  • How to get the autofocus to focus on what I want

Week 4 - All about Light

  • Learn about different natural and Artificial light – and how each of them affect your camera and the resulting photographs 
  • White Balancing to compensate for the effect of the light 
  • Metering, how does your camera measure & know what light there is 
  • Tonal Range, how your camera copes in comparison to your eyes 
  • HDR, High Dynamic Range photography and how to do it 
  • How to create Silhouettes and other great effects, with ease and on purpose
  • Seeing light and using it to create effects, such as strong shadows in a portrait of someone.

Week 5 – Composition & Producing a great Final Image.

  • learn about composition & rule of thirds – used to add balance and structure to an image 
  • Consideration of view angles, perspective 
  • Bring everything you have learnt so far together, to the point of taking great photos
  • Post production – take that great photo and now make it better, learn a complete photography workflow 
  • Raw converting software Apple’s Aperture and Adobe Lightroom, and Camera raw (part of Photoshop) 
  • Colour temperature correction, exposure correction, adding contrast, sharpening & saturation          
  • An introduction to Black and White conversion
  • Learn how to remove unwanted parts of an image – such as a tree, a pylon or even a person.
Right Camera?

In order to get the most out of the course, its important that you have a camera that can do what we are going to be teaching you. All digital slr cameras, and 99% of bridge cameras can do this, whereas the smaller point and shoot/handbag cameras tend to be much more limited - yes they can still take a good images, but they prevent the user controlling much of the camera. If you are uncertain in any way, then please get in touch and I can advise you further.

Owning any digital slr would make this course perfect for you. There are lots and lots of different manufacturer's and models of digital slr but they are all suitable for this training course.

So if you own a digital slr, even if you just have the kit lens that the camera came with, whether you own a separate flash or not - it doesn't matter. The fact you own a digital slr means you will learn a lot on this course on how to take control of and use your camera properly.

If you have any questions about your particular make/model of digital slr, then please do get in touch


A bridge camera

Bridge cameras are cameras which fill the niche between the single-lens reflex cameras (SLRs) and the compact (point-and-shoot) camera. SLRs normally feature interchangeable lenses, while most current bridge cameras do not. However, most newer bridge cameras now feature full manual controls over shutter speed, aperture, ISO sensitivity, colour balance and metering although sometimes through slightly more complex menus, but the fact that you can control these elements means you can still get great benefit and useable knowledge from this course


A compact / point and shoot camera

Compact cameras today take great images, and are usually very simple and easy to use.

However, they don't tend to give the photographer much in the way of creative control and decision making options and therefore the amount of the course that the owner of a compact camera would benefit from is minimal.

With this in mind, we advise owners of compact cameras that this probably isn't the right course for them. Some of our others courses and workshops may be better suited, especially the editing workshops.

Get In Touch

Get In Touch


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Adam Hillier
office: 01635 766066
mobile: 07979 150939
email: info@ahpphotography.co.uk

Office Address:
78 Sagecroft Road
Thatcham, Berkshire
RG18 3BF

Studio Address:
2 Thatcham House
Turners Drive
Thatcham, Berkshire
RG19 4QD