If you're stuck using 'auto' (Green Mode), and want to get to grips with all your camera has to offer, then this is the workshop for you.
Starting at 10am and running through to 4pm, we look at aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, white balance and more during an illustrated morning session, then head outside in the afternoon for practical photography to try out everything we discussed in the morning, and everyone will benefit from some one-to-one time.
With a maximum of 10 participants, and great value at just £60 per person (RHS workshops £66 for RHS members, £79 for non-members), this is the best workshop you can attend in Essex to learn how to take control of your camera.
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To book onto these workshops, please ring the relevant venues at:
The fundamentals of photography, getting the correct exposure (brightness of image), how changing aperture, shutter speed and ISO will affect your photos, the exposure modes (P, Av, Tv and M, or P, A, S and M), what they do and when and how to use them, exposure compensation, white balance, focal length (zooming), the Histogram.
Basically, how to control your camera, and make it do what you want it to, rather than what it thinks it should.
Apart from how to turn the camera on (I'll show you that too if you want me to), nothing. This workshop really is aimed at anyone who wants to gain more knowledge and control, and that can be someone with no knowledge or control at the moment.
My 'Know The Basics' photography workshops cost £60 per person (RHS workshops £66 for RHS members, £79 for non-members), with a maximum of 10 participants.
The workshop runs for 6 hours (including lunch break), and includes an indoor slideshow and discussion in the morning, followed by a practical outdoor session in the afternoon. Everyone gets some 1-2-1 time in the afternoon, which can be used to address any aspect of the camera, photography, or anything else you wish to discuss.
No. I have had customers as young as 10 on a standard workshop (I'm happy for children to be chaperoned if preferred), and have even run workshops for children's groups, with an age range of 7-11. The other end of the age spectrum is no hindrance either!
Please contact the relevant venue, as they deal with all the bookings. Payment can be made over the phone or in person if you pop into the Visitor Centre. Payment in advance is required to secure your place.
Yes you can, just follow the steps for 'How do I book?' above, and simply state that you're booking it for someone else to attend. If you would like a card to give them to show what you've done, you can download one from here, just print it, fold it, and fill in the details.
Hanningfield Reservoir has good surfaced paths and no gradients to speak of, so is best suited to those with more severe mobility issues.
RHS Hyde Hall is on a hill, so requires the ability to get from the lower car park to the top of the garden. There are good surfaced paths, as well as a tarmac roadway, so mobility scooters are no problem, and there is a shuttle bus to the top of the garden if all you need is a help up the hill. The workshop takes place in the top garden and it is not necessary to walk far, and any accessibility requirements will be taken into consideration on the day.
The Naze has a varied topography, with the area around the visitor centre and tower being fairly flat grassland, with steep steps down to the sea wall and beach. If attendees are less mobile, we would stay on the top area to ensure no one finds the workshop too strenuous.
Bedfords Park is fine around the Visitor Centre, with some surfaced paths with shallow gradients, but there are fewer areas to explore before having to go onto unmade paths with uneven surfaces.
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park has an easy access visitor centre with parking close by, there's even a ramp to enable wheelchair users to reach the roof for panoramic views over the Thames. Paths are mainly unsurfaced, with slopes of varying gradients, which shouldn't be a problem for those with reasonable mobility, but wheelchair-users, and those with limited mobility, may find them problematic.
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"I would like to thank you for a very enjoyable one-to-one photographic session at Thorndon Park on saturday." James D.
"The course has brought my photos into better focus." Deborah King, Sunday Telegraph
"Excellent value for money, and after each workshop I’ve come away with new ideas to improve my photography." Jason B.
"The course was exactly what I was looking for. It explained all the ‘jargon’ that I had tried to read about in books." Jackie B.