Intensive Beginners Photography Course

Our Intensive Photography Course for beginners explains the science and art of photography from the ground up with almost constant hands-on activities. It will get you familiar with your digital camera like the DSLR, Mirrorless system or Bridge, in no time and allow you to start taking real control over your photography.

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The course is suitable for everyone from the complete novice who has virtually zero experience and knowledge of photography to those who have owned a digital camera for a while but are still struggling to get off the automatic programmes and need that vital kick-start to help them understand the fundamentals and get their creative photography underway.

Choose this course if you’d like more extended opportunities for hands-on practice, feedback, and a firmer, more rounded grasp and understanding of your camera.

Intensive Beginners DSLR photography course

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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Our Intensive Beginners photography course normally runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm with around half an hour for lunch and two short tea/coffee breaks to let you rest and digest all that you have learnt.

Get to know your camera better:

  • Learn how your camera works and all the essential buttons.
  • What are the different camera functions and how to set it up for best results.
  • What is the difference between raw and JPEG images.
  • All the technical aspects of photography – what is the aperture, f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO?
  • How to get creative control over your camera by using manual mode (M), so that a camera takes the pictures the way you want!
  • Perfect exposure every time? Learn how your camera sees the light and how to read your light meter.
  • How to take control of what’s in focus in your images using focus points.
  • How to set the right depth of field, from portraits with a blurred background to detailed landscape shots, by choosing the appropriate Aperture.
  • How to capture moving objects without blur, from children at play to sports and wildlife.
  • Colours – how to make sure they’re the colour you want them to be.
  • How to cope with difficult and low light conditions
  • Learn simple concepts and rules that can dramatically improve your photography: “rule of thirds”, “leading lines”, “filling the frame”, ..
  • Get plenty of tips on how to better compose your pictures – framing, focal length and angle of view.
  • Practical lens guide – choosing the best lens for your photography needs, and desired creative effect.
  • How to clean and troubleshoot your camera.
  • Camera and equipment purchase recommendations.

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

At the end of the course we will provide comprehensive handouts and photographic cheat-sheets.

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 2
Group size
6 students
optimal tutor attention
1 day
10:00am – 4:00pm

DSLR Photography Courses Ltd

Wimbledon Art Studios

10 Riverside Road
SW17 0BB

“ Creative, Inspiring, Enjoyable ”

We’ve already helped over 9,750 photography enthusiasts,
and here’s what some of them had to say!

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After two years of playing around with my camera it was great to attend this course and finally learn the techniques I needed to get the results I wanted. Fantastic photography course. Highly recommended!

I got this course as a gift and I must say that it was the best gift I have ever got! I always used automatic settings for my photography but after this course I am looking forward to take all of my pictures in fully manual. Thanks!

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We print and post vouchers the very same day you order!

From Monday 21st December every customer will get same day an electronic version of the voucher by email, as well as printed version sent by post. We print and post vouchers every day!

Just in case all vouchers purchased on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th December will also be sent same day as electronic vouchers – these are very easy to print at home!

Please note for £6.45 you can also upgrade to a Royal Mail Special Delivery with Thursday 24th December delivery guaranteed.

Monday 21st December is the last date for 1st Class mail, and Wednesday 23rd December is the last day for an upgrade to Special Delivery Guaranteed for 24th December.

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If you have any questions please email us at or call our studio on 020 8947 8118.

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