Point and shoot
That is the extent of my photography knowledge in a nutshell; point and click. Until yesterday that is. I spent a lovely day at The Perfect Photo Company’s DSLR Part 1 course and I cannot recommend it enough.
For Christmas I was lucky enough to be bought a digital camera by my partner – a Nikon Coolpix L120. It gave me the boost I needed to start this blog and take a lot more family photos but I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing or how to get the most from the camera.
A quick search online for Liverpool Photography courses led me to the Perfect Photo Company website and I emailed Frank Minghella to ask if he’d mind me coming along and blogging about it.
The perfect photo company run ‘a selection of photography and digital imaging courses aimed at people who wish to learn how to be creative with their camera’.
How to control and use aperture
Choosing the correct shutter speed
Camera modes selection
Fieldtrip around the waterfront
The ‘theory’ part of the course was held at The Atlantic hotel in Liverpool and in the afternoon we moved on to the ‘practical’ side of things and headed down to waterfront to hunt for picture-taking opportunities.
There were ten attendees on the day. It was a varied group and our reasons for attending the course differed but we were all there for the same purpose: to learn to take better pictures and use our cameras to their full potential.
Frank, our tutor, was great. He talked us all through the technical side of things with clarity and enthusiasm, interspersing technical know-how with real-life examples and anecdotes from his own experience as a photographer. He led the group well but also allowed us to interject with our own questions and queries and took the time to answer them thoughtfully.
We had a quick lunch to stretch our legs and quiet our whirling minds – it’s hard work trying to absorb so much new information – before setting out that afternoon to capture some shots of our own and apply the techniques we’d learned.
Again the group member could either take their time and make their way around by themselves or stick with Frank as he pointed out camera-taking ‘hotspots’ and creative opportunities. Eventually the majority of the group found their way back to one another before heading back.
We finished the day learning some quick tips on editing a photo – mind-fully-blown at this point, as the possibilities were endless.
I can’t stress enough what a thoroughly enjoyable day we had. Perhaps I was lucky to have got a good group of photograph hunters, and the 22 degrees of unbroken sunshine sure helped to put smiles on our faces, however 99% of the success of the day goes to Frank for his organisation, knowledge and enthusiasm. If anyone is looking to further their photography skills either professionally or recreationally I guarantee you will get everything you could want from this course.
If you’d like to improve your photography skills you can check the website here for upcoming course dates. I only wish I’d borrowed a better camera for the day as my bridge camera unfortunately wasn’t quite up to the job. It’s definitely given me the photography bug though and made me want to improve my skills (and maybe my equipment to…now where’s that piggy bank?)
Would you like to brush up on your photography skills? Would you like to improve your blog by learning some new camera tricks?
*the course fee was reduced in return for an honest review on this blog