Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Most frequent questions and answers
Corvid-19 Update – 24/03/2020
With everyone being asked to stay at home now is a great time to learn a new skill so we have decided to start running our training as virtual online courses until things improve. You will get the same great content and face to face help so you can ask me questions just as you would on a normal group course. You will still be able to interact with other members on the course and I will give you practical projects you can do in your garden to avoid going out in public.
I will send you the course handouts and you will be able to follow along with the course slides and ask questions in exactly the same way as you would on a normal group course. As an added bonus you have the choice of either a free one hour online 121 call after the course or a free half day of practical photography when things improve.
I will give you practical projects to complete after the course based on the course content. This is followed by a free one hour 121 online chat so I can look at your images, resolve any problems and offer constructive feedback.
There will be a free half day, once things settle down, for us to get together and run through the outdoor practical sessions we would have done on the original course. This would be followed by a constructive feedback session.
Hello Everyone (Sunday 1st March 20202)
We just want to reassure all of our students that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe in light of the ongoing Coronavirus in the UK.
We are following the government guidelines and hand washing facilities are always available along with antiseptic hand gel.
All courses have a maximum of six students, and we will not be mixing with crowds, so we believe there is minimum risk. All courses are running as normal and any changes will be announced on the Home Page.
If we have to cancel a course for any reason Students will be contacted by email so please ensure we have an up to date email address.
If you have any of the virus symptoms, or have been asked to self isolate, then please let us know ASAP and we will aim to rearrange your course for a later date.
If you have any concerns please contact us. For more information on the virus please go to the government website:
Most courses start at 9.45am and run through to 5pm and include a light buffet lunch. The Night Photography Course starts at 1.30pm and runs until about 9pm and includes a light supper.
We are situated in the heart of picturesque rural Leicestershire at 25 Westerby Lane Smeeton Westerby, Leicestershire, LE8 0RA.
Tel 0116 279 6906. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, please. The beginners course is about so much more than “How to use your camera” and is the backbone of all our courses and we constantly refer back to this day during most other courses. You will enjoy the Level 2 courses a lot more with this knowledge.
Yes. We keep two spare cameras with zoom lenses available to hire at £25 per day. We recommend this option if you are planning to buy a camera and want to make an informed decision.
Beginners Photography Course Camera Hire
Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided on arrival and there is water and squash available throughout the day. There is a light buffet lunch with a vegetarian option but if you have any special dietary requirements we recommend you bring a packed lunch.
No! Wedding photography is a highly developed skill which involves a great deal of photographic knowledge and personality. It requires the ability to work quickly & unobtrusively but most of all it requires confidence & great people skills. The wedding party will look to the photography to organise the groups and set up the pictures quickly, efficiently and creatively in whatever surroundings or weather conditions prevail. This expertise only comes from experience and good training.
To run a wedding photography course properly we would need to hire a venue, a bride and groom, a best man, a maid of honour, two sets of parents, bridesmaids and a page boy. Unless we had a dozen students this would be viable so it is for this reason we do not offer a wedding photography course.
We strongly believe that you need to handle your camera with complete confidence before you should attempt wedding photography. The fully auto approach is fine on a nice sunny day outside but what happens if it rains and you have to shoot indoors? For a start the range of a built in flash is only about 3 metres so it’s unlikely to cover a large group shot indoors. Once you feel totally confident in your camera handling abilities you should be able to tackle any situation as it arises. Our individually designed courses will allow you to tackle a wide range of subjects which in turn will allow you to tackle a variety of subjects.