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Photography Training Course | Camera Training

Photography Training Course | Camera Training

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Would you like to learn:

The fundamentals of photography?

How to use your camera?

The art of taking better photographs?

I am currently taking bookings for a 6 week photography course held primarily on a Monday evening at Helperby Village hall.

The course is primarily aimed at beginner / intermediate level as a follow-on course from the ‘Basics of Photography’ course previously held.  It will cover the basics in less detail than before, but will cover them for any new attendees, and also as a refresh for those who require it.

The course is therefore structured for the initial weeks analysing the technical aspects of using a camera to obtain a better photograph, an overview of focusing, the lens aperture, shutter speed, and film speed (ISO rating) and how they relate to each other.  We will concentrate very much on full manual mode, though will touch on aperture priority and shutter priority modes.  We will take a more in depth look at lighting, and explore taking photographs in different lighting situations, also looking at artificial lighting and the white balance settings depending on the colour temperature and type of lighting available.  The course will also cover colour and texture, and although will concentrate on landscape photography, will also touch on abstract, portraiture and product photography.  I will also touch on some basic image editing with Adobe Photoshop.

There will be various pieces of work that I will set for the class each week so that you can put in to practice what you have learned.  The pieces of work will be themed to encourage class members to be creative in the subjects you take, allowing members to interpret any set work in your own way.

The course has fully illustrated course notes, with example photographs used to help people understand about what is being taught.  I have a laptop with projector that can be used to show photographs and examples.

You will be required to bring a camera with you as some evenings we intend to be outside photographing with a little more practical work than the beginner course.  It does not matter if your camera is a film or digital camera.  An SLR would be preferable, though any camera where you have the ability to use manual mode to change your aperture, shutter speed and film speed is fine.

Dates for the course are as follows:

Monday 11 April 2011

Monday 18 April 2011

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Monday 9 May 2011

Monday 16 May 2011

Monday 23 May 2011

The time is 7pm – 9pm and the course cost is £45 per person.

If you would like any further information then please contact me, and thank you for your interest.

Old Photographs to Digital | Scan Old Photographs | Scan Negatives to Digital | Photograph Restoration

Old Photographs to Digital | Scan Old Photographs | Scan Negatives to Digital | Photograph Restoration

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Despite specialising in wedding photography it is often not realised the other services we offer and have done in the past for our clients.  Working as a wedding photographer over the years you learn an awful lot, not only about photography, but digital imaging and image editing.  It is therefore worth posting to inform you of some of the other things we can do, from scanning old photographs, scanning negatives, photograph restoration, to photography training. 

Whether you are an artist, a media company, or private individual, we can offer a range of photography and digital imaging services to help you achieve your goals.

Old Photographs to Digital

One service which is very popular is our scanning services.  Scan old photographs to create a digital image, whether it be to JPeg file format, as a print, or a DVD of images to music, we have top of the range equipment and software to do this to the highest possible standard.  We can scan negatives to digital, scan slides to digital, as well as scan old photographs.

We have the facilities to create a DVD with menu facility of photographs in a slideshow, either with or without music accompaniment, and can create not only DVD’s but PC EXE files, screensavers, MP4 & AVI files.  MP4 files can be played on most smart phones including the iPhone.  Please contact us for more information and quote.

Photograph Restoration

Another popular service we offer is the restoration of old photographs.  Old photographs and negatives deteriorate over time, so it is often worth creating a digital copy of the photograph.  This allows you to keep the original safe and to limited its further deterioration whilst having a digital copy to print and hang on your wall.  We can repair the digital version of the photograph to how it used to look, removing creases and marks if required.

Again we can supply the image in digital image format, or as a digital print.  Our digital prints are light-fast guaranteed for 75 years under normal lighting conditions, and use nothing but the highest quality paper and inks.

Image Editing

We can offer image editing services for photographs and digital images that require work to create a desired effect, or to clean up or remove parts of the image.

Please use the contact form on the contacts page for more help, information and prices.

QR Codes

QR Codes

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You may have noticed that recently all my blog posts have included a strange square black & white image at the beginning.  If you are wondering what they are, they are known as a QR Code, a 2 dimensional barcode used to store information to be scanned by your mobile phone device.  Just recently I have realised the potential of using QR Codes.  I first read about them when reading a magazine and at the bottom of each article was a QR Code.  The text indicated that I could scan this in to my phone.  I set about searching iTunes for a QR Reader and chose Red Lazer, a free QR Code and barcode reader.  Scanning the QR Code was so simple and directed me to a stunning video clip relating to the article I was reading.

Realising the potential for QR Codes I set about doing some research into what they are and how they can be used, and was quite amazed to find that I appeared to be somewhat behind the times as they have been used quite extensively, especially in Japan and the USA for quite a while.  Further research showed exactly what information they can store.  Initially I believed they were a quick link to a website URL, but they can store a whole host of information including e-mail addresses, vCard, vCalendar, Twitter & Facebook profile names to name but a few.  The one below has my vCard information to store my contact details in your phone.

Primarily I can see the potential for printed material and the use of QR Codes.  It is an easy way for mobile technology to be used to collate information without having to manually type the information in to your mobile device.  I can see that a QR Code is likely to be included on business cards, appointment cards, and any printed material to direct you to where further information exists online.  It is likely to also be used for promotions, and limited time offers.

So give it a go.  If you do not have a barcode reader on your mobile, download one for free.  Like I say, for the iPhone I use Red Lazer, but I believe there are lots of different barcode readers to choose from.

  • You see a code,
  • Scan the code,
  • Your phone decodes the code
  • Your phone displays the text, link
It is so simple and effective.
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR Lens Review

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR Lens Review

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Was it worth upgrading and paying the extra money???

A most definite YES.  Although there was nothing wrong with my Nikon 28-70mm lens, this new 24-70mm lens is by far a newer design and brings together newer technology including the coating used on the glass.  The focus speed is quicker and it feels more precise.  I am very impressed with it.

Incidentally I sold my Nikon 28-70mm to another professional photographer through eBay who had all his camera equipment stolen and had not been insured.  There are a lot of photographers out there to choose from and I would say that quite a significant proportion are unlikely to have insurance.  If they are not willing to pay for insurance to cover their equipment then there is the likelihood that they will not be insured to photograph your wedding.  I personally pay a lot of money for the most comprehensive professional indemnity, and public liability insurance, as well as camera equipment and portfolio insurance (arranged through Alan Beardmore at A1 Insurance Services in Wetherby).  It costs a lot of money each year but I need to ensure that I am covered for every eventuality including someone falling and tripping over my tripod at a wedding.  My insurance company dictate various terms & conditions I need to have in my contract with my clients in order to cover me, and there are a very small number of venues who specifically ask for proof of insurance before I am allowed to photograph a wedding at their venue.  I arranged it through Alan at A1 as I told him specifically what I wanted it to cover and he was able to sort out exactly what I wanted.

If you are looking for a professional photographer you should always check they have the appropriate insurance, just in case…

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR Lens

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S NIKKOR Lens

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After some debate with myself about whether it was worth changing my trusted and excellent Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S lens to the new Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lensI finally got round to putting my old lens on eBay and biting the bullet to buy the new lens.  Little did I realise that there was a country shortage of these and as a result had to spend a little time on the Internet and phoning round trying to find anywhere that stocked them at a reasonable price.  After being told several times that there were none available in the country and that I it would be at least 21 days before new stocks arrived, I found a photographic shop in Camberley, S&P Photos who had one in stock at a reasonable price.  Roger Murphy at the store arrange the delivery for me and a couple of days later, today it arrived in time for this weekends wedding photography. 

Is it worth paying the extra for the additional 4mm that this new lens gives you?  Well it brings in to line the top of the range Nikon lenses with the 14-24mm F2.8 Lens, this new 24-70mm F2.8 Lens, and the 70-200mm F2.8 Lens, all of which I am lucky enough to own and use.  All are outstanding lenses and I will be interested to see how the 24-70mm lens performs this weekend at the wedding.  It is to be my main workhorse lens giving me the range that I could shoot a whole wedding with if I so wanted to.  I have tested it today spending an hour photographing wildlife and some landscape shots with the snow and am very impressed with its performance.  Lightning fast autofocus, pin sharp focus, and well balanced with my camera body.  The lens body is not quite as bulky as the 28-70mm though it weighs heavier, but the difference in weight is minimal really.  I was certainly impressed today with its performance so am looking forward to using it at this weekends wedding.  Is it worth upgrading and paying the extra money?  I will tell you on Monday…

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Nikon D3x Launched

Nikon D3x Launched

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WOW! The new Nikon D3x with 24 mega-pixels has just been released.  I have sort of put of renewing my trusty and excellent quality D2x camera for a couple of reasons, this D3x being one of them.  There has been a lot of speculation about when the D3x would be launched following a firmware update for the D3 that indicated the D3x was to have 24 mega-pixels.  The question was when the camera would be launched not if.  Having said that Nikon in the past tended to bring out cameras to replace their existing camera range, for example the D2h was superseded by the D2x, and then the D2xs, and again ultimately by the D3.  However it appears that the D3x is to run alongside the D3 with the D3 being for sports and photojournalism, and the D3x being more like a medium format camera in terms of sensor mega-pixel size, and used for still life.  The D3 is faster and can take more photographs in a continuous cycle than the D3x so the question now is whether I upgrade from my trusty D2x, which has been great for the past three years, to a D3 or D3x……I think it will actually be the D3 as my style is more photojournalistic, and although I do take a lot of fine art photography, I know that the D3 is more than adequate to blow up and print out at a large size, large enough for me to be happy with anyway.  There are two main reasons for me to consider upgrading at all.  The D3 range now has two Compact Flash card slots, so this means that if a card were to ever fail, there would be a backup in the camera so you minimise the risk of loosing photographs you have taken (I minimise the risk anyway by using several cards throughout a photo-shoot rather than simply using one large card).  The second being the low light level that the camera can take photographs in at a reasonable shutter speed.  The D3 range can go up to 6400 iso and has little grain on the photographs even at that high rating (great for churches, especially candle lit ceremonies).

Price wise the D3 currently runs in at around the £2850 mark, whereas the D3x is launched with a price of £5850.  A significant difference and although the D3x is expensive for a 35mm camera, at medium format size in terms of megapixels, it is actually quite cheap with medium format digital cameras prices being in excess of £10k.  Photographers must be making some serious money to be using equipment of that calibre.  And I thought I was using the best…

By the way please don’t ask me about the equivalent Canon.  I know very little about Canon being a devote Nikon user all my professional life.  I cannot fault them at all.