Thursday, 19 November 2015

One to One Photography course ~ A review ~

I am very pleased to be able to share this review from one of my recent 1-1 sessions.  If you would like to book one of these sessions for a friend or family member, please contact me here.  Further details about the course are here.

~ Dawn's Story ~

I have long been a keen amateur photographer and I love taking photographs of people, especially my children. My husband treated me to a digital SLR camera for Christmas and I was completely daunted by all of the settings and buttons and was completely out of my depth.
I attempted some shots in automatic mode over Christmas and they weren't great. After wading through some of the manual that came with the camera as it told me what all the buttons did but what I needed to know was in which scenarios these were used. I felt more confused than ever so I contacted Suzanne for help. I have always loved Suzanne’s style and sense of fun in her photography so when she suggested a 1 to 1 course I thought it was a great idea.

The course was 3 x 2 hour sessions, the first session was based around composition and what makes a good photo i.e. where the light is, how people and things are positioned, what they are wearing, where you position yourself to take the shot. Suzanne also covered the basics, how to hold the camera, the different shooting modes on the camera and what they are for and when to use them. There were loads of tips for places to get photographs printed too. At the end of the first session I was given some homework so that I could use of my new knowledge in my own time and just have a go.

Our second session involved looking at the homework pictures and evaluating them, if they weren’t quite what I was trying to capture Suzanne made me think about things I could have changed at the time to get a better shot. She also covered the other settings on the camera that when used in conjunction with the shooting mode can enhance the picture further. We looked at focus points and how to change them, setting exposure compensation, changing the white balance and more. At the end of this session I was given some more homework to do in my own time and at my own pace.

Our third session covered image processing which was just fantastic, I learned a great deal in this session, how to erase items from a shot that are distracting, how to lighten and change the colour balance of a photograph and loads more. All of this knowledge has helped me now make a nice photo a great photo.
I had so much fun on my course and wish I had more time to develop my skills still further. Thank you Suzanne, you have taught me that good photography doesn’t always involve being lucky and getting a good shot but that with a little planning and knowledge beforehand you can achieve great photography. I would recommend this course to anyone with a Digital SLR camera.

Thank you xx 

All photographs in this post courtesy of Dawn :)

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