Get Off Auto

get off auto course

These workshops are suitable for people with bridge cameras or the ones with the interchangeable lenses such as D-SLRs or mirrorless cameras.

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


Saturday 24th September 2022 10am-4pm

£95 pp.

8 people maximum.

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 picturesque village of Great Budworth.

 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 using freely available software.

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

The venue:

The Lion Salt Works is a restored historic open-pan salt making site, in the village of Marston, close to Northwich. The workshop will take place in a large, bright classroom with full facilities. There is a cafe and plenty of car parking on site. The practical session will take place at the nearby village of Great Budworth.

Included in the price of each course:

  • A digital copy of the course material.
  • A light lunch and refreshments*.

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 to practice outdoors was worth the chill and wrapping the course up with warm drinks in the Farm Club Cafe was the cherry on the cake! Looking forward to practicing and booking on the Improvers course! Mel


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Your tutor

Hi, I'm Jane and I'm a professional photographer and tutor. I've liked photography since I was a teenager but now I absolutely love it! And that's because I am really confident about taking the image I see in my mind's eye. I've learned how to use my camera and other gear, l understand what a huge difference light makes and I know how to use composition tools and editing to create photographs that connect with people.

And it's this knowledge, skill and enthusiasm that I'd love to share with you on this workshop. I clearly remember being a complete beginner, baffled and put off by all the jargon. I promise you'll feel like your camera is your friend by the end of the day.