Manchester Introductory Photography Course

Two day – weekend course – learning to use your camera in aperture (AV/AP), time (TV/TP) and full manual modes – Level 1 course

The who, the what, the when and the where…

Who is the course for?

This is a digital camera course and you would need a camera that is capable of being manually controlled. ie it must be able to allow you to selectively change the aperture, shutter speed and ISO. if you are not sure then please pop a message over with your camera make and model and I can check for you. [I do have a couple of basic Canon DSLR’s that can be borrowed for the course if needed. This must be specified on the enrolment form]

This is a beginners course and is aimed at people who would like to be able to get the most out of their camera. Mainly for beginners, or people who would like a better understanding of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO help us take control of the photograph. This will give you the creative control to ‘get’ the photo you want, and not let the camera decide what it thinks you want. It will give you the skills to be more confident in taking control of your camera and ‘creating’ photographs that you envisage.

This is an adults only course.[ However, if you have child that would like to learn photography please get in touch and we can arrange a school/youthclub/cubs workshop. ] 

The classroom has access for wheel chairs and the course route can be adjusted to take into account any participants with mobility needs. We do a fair amount of walking, approximately 3-5 miles over the course of each day. The bulk of the course is delivered in a practical way on the streets of manchester, so good footwear and sensible clothing will be required. We don’t stop for rain !

What you will learn:

At the end of the two days you will have learnt:

  • What the exposure triangle is.
  • The relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
  • How to take your camera off auto and create images rather than allowing the camera to make the decision
  • Better composition.
  • When to use different modes on your camera.
  • Learn your camera’s functions and what all those buttons do
  • How to use the aperture and shutter speed creatively
  • Be able to use your camera in manual mode

Upon signing up for the course you will receive a questionnaire, it will ask what you would like to learn form the course and any objectives you would like to accomplish. The course is very flexible and is partly led by the students abilities during the weekend.

When is the next course?

The next course date is the 1st and 2nd of September 2018
Starting at 10 am on the Saturday. We break for lunch at 12.30 for 30 minutes and then continue till 5pm. There is a good chance that we will run over, so if you plan for staying an hour or so later then that is fine. It’s nice to have a relaxed Q and A after the day with a beer, wine or coffee. The Sunday times are the same.

Where does the course take place?

The course will take place in Manchester City Centre. We are normally in a classroom in the YMCA at Castlefield. This is our base for the weekend and then we have a wander around Manchester on both days. Should the course location be any different we will let you know.

What you will need 

Please ensure that you bring your, camera, at least one lens, your camera manual (if possible), memory cards and charged batteries. Good footware, sensible clothing for Manchester weather. A notebook, pen, water bottle, lunch money or butties 🙂


Two day Introductory photography course - £180

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Ric Latham Photography • 3 Chapel Lane • Manchester • M9 8PT • 07808174805