Beginners Photography Course May 2018

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Drawing with light

Beginner’s Photography workshop: 6 weeks course. 2nd May to 6th June

£80 per person, limited spaces.

Perhaps you’ve always had a desire to try photography, or perhaps your loved ones bought you a camera to help you uncover your hidden talent? Whatever the reason you got into photography, you have the kit, you have to desire to learn, all you need now is some real guidance, someone with the expertise to point you in the right direction, to help with your skills and confidence but you are not sure who to approach!

Sound familiar? We have all been there.

But before you poor anymore of you hard earned money into the latest all singing and dancing gazillion mega pixel camera, ask yourself this: Why do you need it?

The biggest fallacy in photography is ‘you need a bigger, better, newer camera/ lens so your images will be better!’ This is of course, utter bollocks. Remember, Camera and photography magazines are funded by their advertisers (the manufacturers), so they are going to say that, right!

The biggest mistake I see new photographers make is they spend all of their money on kit, and not on a basic photographic education. These guys usually proceed to never comprehend why they continue to create utter drivel imagery, even though they have the latest (insert manufacturer here)

So why learn with me?

I have over a decade of experience in teaching both new and experienced photographers, enriching their photographic knowledge.

You do not attain the high level of experience, understanding and comprehension of photography which I have, without grafting for it. I have worked and studied myself almost to death. I have invested my life into photography to gain the experience and knowledge which I now retain.

Besides my formal academic Teaching Diploma and Master’s Degree in Photography, I have over a decade of experience in working both for clients and on my own projects. My work is published, exhibited and respected.

So now we have cleared the ‘why’ up, let us consider the what??

Remember this workshop is for absolute beginners and for people who may have dabbled at some point and require some refreshing of their skills.

NOTE: We are not learning about genres, we are simply learning how to use and abuse the basic kit and approach used within contemporary photography.

Camera basics: Classroom and location:

We are talking absolute beginner basics here, the stuff you really should know before pointing the camera at anything other than the insight of your camera bag!

This list is not exhaustive:

Camera and Kit basics: Classroom

  • The camera and its functions
  • The exposure quadrangle:
  • Lens types/ functions
  • Memory Cards, File types and why we shoot Raw Files:


Composition Basics: Classroom and location:

  • The Formal elements:
  • Rule of thirds:
  • Quadrants:
  • Space:


Post shoot: Classroom


  • File backup and storage
  • Workflow
  • Essential Edits
  • File Types
  • Printing


We will visit varying locations close to the shop, and examine how to approach them from both a composition and technical viewpoint. A lot will depend of weather conditions and lighting on the day.

Locations are all within 5 minutes’ walk of the shop

Post production session’s will all be run from the shop and you will need to bring a laptop with Adobe Photoshop CS6 or higher if you wish to follow long. Don’t worry if not, all the information is given as handouts for you to take with you

That is basically it, nothing else. So please do not expect an astrophotography or studio photography tutorial, those are for other sessions J


My guarantee? If you are not satisfied with the workshops, you get your money back!

This workshop is dedicated to its participants. It is my job to inform you and guide you through the basics and set you on the road to understanding contemporary photography.

There are no egos allowed in my sessions, it is never about how amazing anyone else is, or who has the latest all singing all dancing kit. The sessions are simply about you gaining the confidence and ability to enable you to begin to expand your photographic practice.

I guarantee you will leave the workshops having attained a much more thorough understanding of photography and its origins, the camera and where you go from here as a photographer.

A little side note:

It is difficult when you are starting out to know exactly what your favourite type of photography (genre if you like) or style may eventually be. Have a look around and see what excites you. I am not interested in creating a bunch of Lance Burkitt clones. I will encourage you to learn, to pass on what works for me, but as a photographer you should be aiming to create your own style, and that begins now.

A key point to remember throughout your photographic practice.

The word ‘Photography’ translated from its Greek origins literally means ‘Drawing with light’

In essence, that is all you are doing. A camera, like a pencil to an artist is simply a facilitator of that drawing process.

Don’t be afraid of it, embrace it, and learn it, then your creativity will begin to shine through.

So the important details:



We will be based out of my shop and gallery. 34 High Street in Rotherham S60 1PP.

Time & Dates: Free on street parking after 6pm

6 sessions: Wednesday evenings: 6 to 8pm

May 2nd (Introduction to camera and shooting)

May 9th (Shooting and reviewing)

May 16th (Shooting and reviewing)

May 23rd (Shooting and reviewing)

May 30th (Editing & Workflow)

June 6th (Editing & Printing)


Cost: £80 per person. Payments to be paid in cash on the 1st session or via PayPal to

You will receive an attendance and completion certificate to take away with you at the end of the course:

Essential equipment required: Bring with you:

A DSLR camera with a kit lens (Not a bridge or compact camera)

A basic tripod

Memory Card


NB: You can bring as much kit as you desire of course, but we probably won’t use it.


A heads up:

Places are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

That’s about it: If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email at and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all!

Cheers, Lance