Beginners DSLR Photography Course

This short beginners DSLR photography course is aimed at total beginners who own a digital camera like a DSLR, mirrorless or bridge, and want to unpack some of its amazing potential. Participants will learn how to operate their cameras in manual mode, make correct exposures and understand the basics like aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

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By ensuring that you understand what photography actually IS and how the digital camera works as a tool in this context you will gain an understanding and control of the camera system which no user manual or trial and error approach could ever hope to give you.

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Hi Everyone! We are back at the studios running “in-person” photography courses again!

To adhere to the social distancing rules – we’ve reduced the numbers of participants to 3/4 only.

We also continue offering One-to-One tuitions and interactive online classes: Beginners, Intensive, Travel, Intermediate, Videography, Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Yes, you can now learn photography from the comfort of your home!

All online interactive sessions are 100% tailored towards your photography needs and camera gear.

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Better results guaranteed!

With classes no larger than 6 students in a fully equipped studio, we can guarantee that everyone will get a high level of attention and some personal tips!

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This photography course normally runs from 10.00am to 2.00pm with a short coffee break halfway through.

During the beginners DSLR photography course you will learn:

  • Metering – the most important function of your camera
  • ISO – photo sensitivity explained in clear, jargon free terms
  • White balance – how to avoid unpleasant blue and yellow casts in your photography
  • Focus – an introduction to this elusive and deceptively tricky area of photography
  • Programmes – the main programmes explained from the ground up
  • Lenses – an in depth exploration, and how camera lenses can help add more creative control to your digital photography
  • f-stops – how to get the desired exposure using a combination of shutter speeds and f/stops

Our beginners DSLR photography course not only explains the basic science and nature of photography, but also introduces lots of hands-on practice sessions during which you will learn how to control and combine all different camera functions creatively.

  • how to compose great shots
  • how to capture sport and action on your camera
  • best way to photograph people, objects and landscapes.

What to bring and camera suitability:

All DSLR, mirrorless compact systems and bridge cameras are suitable as long as they allow full manual control by selecting M on mode dial or through the camera menu.

As long as you are able to control the aperture, shutter speeds and ISO – you will enjoy your course! All the technical aspects of photography we will be talking about and the practical exercises will be relevant.

All mirrorless cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Nikon, Canon etc.. are very welcome 🙂

If you’d like to double check your camera suitability before making a booking, please just give us a call on 020 8947 8118, or email

We offer free camera and lenses hire for the duration of the course. Tripods are not required.

Course key facts
Course level 1
beginner and intermediate
Group size
6 students
optimal tutor attention
1 day
10:00am – 2:00pm
Wimbledon Art Studios10 Riverside Yard
Riverside Road
London SW17 0BB

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We’ve already helped over 9,750 photography enthusiasts,
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I have had my DSLR camera for a year and haven’t been able to use it to its full potential – this course will keep me out off the auto setting for good! Excellent job distilling very technical info into easy to understand / remember components.

Michelle Boe, Sony Alpha A200

I signed up for the half day beginners course cause I needed to get an intro into how photography works. Creative hands on activities were very useful and the course met my expectations and more. Now feel confident enough to turn off the auto setting! Would definitely recommend!

Lauren Schofield, Nikon d90

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Please note we have two more courses for beginners and all photography enthusiasts!

Intensive Photography Course – this is a full-day class 10am-5pm, and is run here at the Wimbledon Art Studios. Click here to read course outline – Intensive Photography Course in London
The Art of Travel Photography, this is an outdoor course which we run in central London, 10am-5pm. Click here to read course outline – The Art of Travel Photography course in London


Date Day Time Course Places Price
21 Oct 2020Wednesday10:00 am - 2:00 pmsold out£85.00Waiting list
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