Get The Best From Your DSLR

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So you’ve bought yourself a lovely new DSLR camera, you’ve unboxed it, glanced at the manual, turned it on and away you go. But sadly you still aren’t getting the pictures you imagine in your head, am I right? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and in this workshop I’ll show you why and lead you through the basics of Getting Started With Your DSLR Camera.

It takes more than a good camera to be a good photographer. Your DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera) is a complex and powerful piece of equipment which, when used right, and combined with your vision and some simple rules, will enable you to get you the pictures you want.

This is the first in what is hoped will become a series of fun, easy to consume, small group tutorials designed to get the best out of you and your camera. In this first workshop, a one day, practical, hands-on workshop designed for both beginners wishing to better understand their camera, and for those wishing to refresh their knowledge. I’ll take you through some basics in the morning session:

  • How to set up your camera
  • How to use ISO, shutter speed and aperture for determining correct exposure
  • How to use your cameras various modes
  • How to take control of your camera in semi-auto and full manual exposure mode
  • How to use white balance and metering settings
  • How to apply exposure compensation, and
  • Look at some of the basic rules of composition and

and in the afternoon, we’ll recap and I’ll answer any questions before hitting the streets of Morecambe (weather permitting) to put your new-found knowledge to the test with a practical session, ending with a brief review of your learning and photos taken.

Lunch (sandwiches and refreshments) will be provided. Tea & coffee will be available throughout.

Johnny Bean (Photo by Philip Black)IS THIS WORKSHOP RIGHT FOR ME?

This workshop is designed to provide an introduction to digital photography using a digital SLR camera. The course will have a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 6. The course covers composition, the use of light, various photographic techniques, camera controls and plenty of non-jargony practical advice. The workshop won’t cover photo-editing. so if you want a beginners intro to understanding your camera and getting the best from it, in a small group with similarly minded people, this course is right for you.


You’ll need a digital SLR (or similar) camera, with a storage card and fully charged battery.


The workshop will take place in my own home in Morecambe (just yards from the clock tower), so we’ll be comfy and relaxed, no stuffy office room! So long as you don’t mind the cat and the dog we’ll be fine!


This is just the first of a series, so if all goes well, I’m planning further workshops/tutorials on other subjects such as:

  • Improving your Smartphone Photography
  • Getting Creative
  • Exploring Your Camera’s Menus
  • An Introduction to Street Photography
  • An Introduction to Wedding Photography
  • An Introduction to Photo Editing