A long long time ago…


I was a beginner too – my first camera was a “point and shoot film Olympus” which broke pretty quickly after 2 holidays.

I then got a Canon IXUS V3, which was the size of a packet of fags and was 3 megapixels – it went everywhere with me, on the bus to work, walk to the sandwich shop at lunch time, pubs… you name it.

All the shots were pretty rubbish to be honest, I’d no idea what I was doing – never heard of framing a shot or subjects, or the rule of thirds and lead lines.

Phones today make it look like a dinosaur, but it was a start…

That’s what our beginners workshops are about really – getting a group of people who like cameras out to places like Malham or Leeds Centre, and spending time showing you some cool things you can do.


What happens on a beginners workshop…

They’re dead easy….

The idea is to get a group of people who are new together and show them some cool things you can do. It’s actually more about finding interesting things to shoot than camera settings.

They’re fun and safe…

There’s no test, no syllabus and nothing hugely taxing – no stress, its just about getting used to using your camera and looking for things. And we’re always in a group – keeping close together – so if you’re coming on your own, you’ll be with us at all times.


They’re about ideas…

It may be reflections in a puddle, taking shots of a bike from the floor or ghostly shadows as people walk past.

If we’re doing landscapes, we’ll set up a shot with our camera and talk you through it – just so you can see how and why do what we do.

There are basic “rules of composition” which we can explain and you can have a go at – they’re a complete eye opener when you start to get the hang of it!

You get a bit of 1-2-1 time if you want it

If you do want lots of technical information about settings – this is your chance.

We always come around you individually throughout the day to answer all your any questions and make sure you’re OK. Just fire away, we’ll work most things out – though some cameras are more mysterious than others, so bring your manual!

If you’re perfectly happy and don’t need help, we’ll just leave you to it of course!

Photos from our workshops

What happens after your first workshop?

We hope you enjoyed it and will join one of our facebook groups to and come on other workshops.

There are a couple of routes you can take after a first workshop

  • learn more about the technical side and start to master camera control
    join us on day trips to the dales and beyond, enjoy the scenery and use your creative side to make great photos.
  • Technical Route – Getting to grips with F-Stops, flash and all that!

If you’d like to get “stuck in” to photography, you’ll want to know how to blur backgrounds, get the brightness right most times and do cool stuff at night.

We’ve got a workshop called “TAKE CONTROL” which explains over a day how these things work – usually just 2-4 people are on it so you get LOADS of time with Ade, who shows you exactly how things like Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed and Focal Length all work together. It’s baffling at first, but by the end of the day – you’ll be shooting in Manual like a seasoned pro!

After “Take Control”, you can start doing Flash, portraits, HDR and more advanced skills.

Creative Route – for the less technically minded

204 ribblesdale yorkshire landscape

If you’re not ready to dive into camera control just yet, all of our Landscape and City Tour workshops would be great for you.

These are for mixed abilities so you’ll be with experienced and beginner photographers. We’ll help you with putting shots together using simple rules of composition, and help you find stuff to put in the foreground of your shots, lead lines and thirds… all of which sound more grand than they really are! 2 minutes looking on the iPad will explain it 🙂

Top Tip on how to get started

Copy stuff you like first…

That’s how I started – you see shots of things you like and go try them yourself.

Try this

When you’re next at, say, Leeds Corn Exchange (or anywhere) have a quick GOOGLE in advance and look at the images page – you’ll get a lot of rubbish, but in the mix there will be a few you really like.

Try to find where they were taken – look around and find the right bit of the building.

Now work out where they were stood – are you too close, too far away? That’ll show you how to find good views of things.

Once in position, get your phone out and try to frame the shot like in the picture.

What things did they include, what did they avoid?

You can learn loads just doing that for a few months. 

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