General Photography Courses

how to use a SLR camera

These workshops are suitable for people with bridge cameras, D-SLRs or mirrorless cameras – the ones with the interchangeable lenses. Choose from either the beginners course or the improvers course.

Jane is a great teacher! She explains things in a way that is easy to understand and the trip to Great Budworth was fantastic. The day was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend the beginners course to anyone and I have already booked 2 more. Angela Saint

Click on the course name below to see more information.

Get Off Auto Beginners Workshop – £80 pp. Max 10 people.
Improvers Workshop – £80 pp. Max 6 people.

10.00am-4.00pm. Light lunch and refreshments included.

Venue: Laburnum Cottage, nr Northwich, Cheshire, in a purpose-built natural light studio (unless otherwise stated).

Included in the price of each course:

  • Light lunch and refreshments.
  • A digital copy of the course material.
  • Membership of a private Facebook Group.
  • Two weeks email support after the course.
  • “Members Only” access to Love Your Lens Photography Resources.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available. Contact me to order your gift voucher for any workshop or for one to one tuition.


Get Off Auto Beginners Workshop

Saturday 14th January 2017 – This course will take place at the Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 25th March 2017 – This course will take place at the Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich CW9 6ES FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 6th May 2017 PLACES AVAILABLE

Saturday 15th July 2017 PLACES AVAILABLE

To book click on the date you are interested in.

Are you new to using a SLR or mirrorless camera, using it mainly on AUTO and don’t know what all the menus and buttons do? You like photography and want to get some great pictures when you’re out and about, with family, on holiday and during special occasions? You might be wondering whether you need to buy any new lenses or a tripod and want to avoid costly mistakes? If this is you then you’ve found the perfect workshop, combining a “classroom” session to get you confident using different camera settings, and a practical session outdoors in the nearby picturesque village of Great Budworth (weather permitting).

Here’s an idea of what will be covered:

  • The best kit to get you started (without spending a fortune).
  • How to shoot in all sorts of light conditions (indoors, outdoors, daytime, sunset, nighttime) and how to find the right kind of light for your shot.
  • The best camera settings for different situations: portraits, action, landscape, still life, close up.
  • Simple composition techniques.
  • How to do simple edits, such as cropping, straightening, adding text and more, using freely available software.
  • How to share and display your photographs.

I’ve loved photography for ages and was so pleased when we got our new camera, prior to a holiday! It was obvious from my first attempts that I needed expert help to quickly get to grips with all it could do! Jane’s course was perfect; she helped me understand what settings to use for different types of shots, without getting lost in jargon. I feel much more confident now and am loving photographing all sorts of subjects and usually not on AUTO! I’ve still got a way to go though, so I may be back again soon, Jane! Carolynne

Thanks for such a well thought out introduction to using an SLR camera beyond auto! Your friendly and informal approach put us all at ease, the presentation covering the theory and the basics was perfectly balanced, putting those in to practice around Great Budworth was worth the chill and wrapping the course up with warm drinks in the pub was the cherry on the cake! Looking forward to practicing and booking on the Improvers course! Mel

GIFT VOUCHERS are available.  Contact me to order your gift voucher for any workshop or for one to one tuition.


Improvers Workshop

Saturday 19th November 2016

Saturday 11th March 2017

Saturday 17th June 2017

To book click on the date you are interested in. 

intermediate photography course

This workshop is for people who have attended the Get Off Auto beginners course and are ready to take their photography to the next level. It is also suitable for people who haven’t attended the beginners course but who understand the Exposure Triangle (how shutter speed, aperture and ISO work together) and are comfortable using the Aperture or Shutter Control modes on their camera.

This course covers the following:

  • An opportunity to have some of your images critiqued.
  • Shooting in RAW rather than JPEG.
  • How to shoot in Manual exposure mode.
  • How to handle trickier lighting conditions, including backlighting, high contrast scenes, low light and nighttime photography.
  • How to take your composition to the next level.
  • Do you need any new lenses and if so which ones.
  • Some photography projects to inspire you and develop your photography.
  • How to perform simple edits in Photoshop Elements (enhancing colours, converting to black and white).
  • Practical assignment around the historical areas of Northwich near the river Weaver.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available.  Contact me to order your gift voucher for any workshop or for one to one tuition.