Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
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.
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.
We’ve run courses for all ages between 9 and 90 but the minimum age for a group course is aged 16 with parental consent. Below this age young people can attend a 221 day with an adult chaperone, usually a parent or grandparent, during the school breaks.
How it works.
As it’s not possible to have a minor attend a group course with other adults we have a special offer where the child can attend with a chaperone on a 221 basis for a reduced price. All group courses are normally £135, with 221 days at £199 per person and Private Tuition at £325. I do like to encourage young people with their photography as I started at aged 15 and for me it’s been a lifetime passion. The young person can attend a private tuition day with an adult chaperone for the special price of £295 which also includes free camera hire for the chaperone – normally £25.
This equates to two people attending a group course at £135 each plus £25 for the camera so works out the same as two people attending a group course but you will both be getting private tuition worth £398. There’s no extra discount if the chaperone provides their own camera but this is a saving of over £100.
These courses are run during the week, usually during the school holidays, and can be flexible with timings to suit.
Contact me for more details or to book.