Sunday, March 6, 2016

Beginners guide to using a digital SLR camera - lessons in Weymouth, UK

Lessons: General digital SLR photography (for beginners)

Aims: Getting to grips with your new camera and thinking creatively about photography.

For all subject matter, e.g. people, buildings, landscapes, plants, abstract. Learning through a series of tasks with a widely published and exhibited photographer.

Requirements: A digital SLR camera (or similar)


(1) Identifying goals:
Establish what participants hope to get out of the lesson, why they are interested in photography, and what they are interested in photographing.

(2) Technical bits: the essential basics
Getting the right exposure
Shutter speed and aperture (f-stops), and the relationship between them.
Choosing which ISO to use.
Histograms, exposure compensation, blown highlights.
Focusing. How to throw the background out of focus (using depth of field)
Zone focusing; when to use manual focusing.

(3) Creative bits - if required!
Thinking creatively.
Rules of composition (e.g. rule of thirds), and breaking them.
Combining objects in the frame. Repeating elements; juxtapositions.
Learning to see; beauty in the mudane; the unusual in the everyday; different viewpoints.

- Price: £40
- Duration: one afternoon (2 to 5 pm)
- Lessons are individual, one-to-one!
- Lessons take place in Weymouth, UK

Get in touch:
Mobile: 07563 926 186

About Paul Russell -
I am a street photographer, and have recently exhibited in group shows in New York, London (Photofusion & The Museum of London), Berlin, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Warsaw and Stockholm. I have had three solo shows in UK art centres/galleries

I am one of 46 photographers profiled in Thames & Hudson's Street Photography Now book.

My work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of London.