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If you're stuck on 'auto' (Green Mode), and want to get to grips with all your camera has to offer, then this is the workshop for you. I call it the 'Know The Basics' photography workshop, but it's also known as 'Learn To Control Your Camera' when it's run at RHS Garden Hyde Hall.
The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm, is limited to 10 participants and is great value from 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, and get an understanding of what all the dials, buttons and settings really mean.
This is mainly aimed at digital cameras of all types (SLR, compact system, bridge or compacts), but even if you use film, you will gain extra knowledge about your camera.
We will look at aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, white balance, focal length, and more during an illustrated morning session. Then we head outside in the afternoon for some practical photography to put into practice everything we discussed in the morning. All participants will have the benefit of some one-to-one tuition.
Upcoming dates are shown below, click the links for full details of the day and how to book.
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I also offer private photography tuition, so that you can receive my undivided attention all year round.
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To book onto these workshops, please ring the relevant venues at:
This workshop explores the fundamentals of photography. Basically, how to control your camera, and make it do what you want it to, rather than what it thinks it should do.
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 at Hanningfield cost £60 per person.
The RHS workshops at Hyde Hall are £79 (£66 for RHS members) per person.
All workshops have a maximum number of 10 participants.
The workshop runs for 6 hours (including lunch break), and includes an indoor slideshow and discussion in the morning. This is 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 your camera, photography, or anything else you wish to cover.
No. I have had customers as young as 10 on a standard workshop 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!
Children under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by a designated, appropriate adult; this may be a family member, nanny or chaperone. If the appropriate adult is not a workshop participant no extra charge will be incurred.
Please contact the relevant venue directly, 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, you can download a printable gift card PDF - 505KB. Just print it, fold it, and fill in the details.
If you need to cancel your booking, please contact the venue directly as soon as possible.
If the workshop is cancelled by Daniel Bridge Photography Tuition as much notice as possible will be given and all monies paid will be refunded by the venue.
Hanningfield Reservoir has good surfaced paths and no gradients to speak of, and is suitable for all mobile capabilities.
RHS Hyde Hall is on a hill, and particpants will need to be able 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.
If you have any concerns, please contact me to discuss so that we can try to make things as straightforward as possible for you.
Send us your questions and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
I have attended two courses with Daniel
"I have attended two courses with Daniel, looking at coastal and macro photography. Both sessions were very well organised with a class session followed by outdoor practical work. Daniel is very patient and takes time with everybody to ensure that each person understands how to achieve good photographic images for the relevant topic. The courses are priced reasonably and more importantly are very enjoyable." Marguerite via Trustpilot
Another great day spent with Daniel
"Another great day spent with Daniel learning the basics and how to control my camera. A very informative day presented in an easy to understand format. Have read about aperture, shutter speed and ISO but never really understood it. This workshop gave me a much better practical understanding of how these work together. Have been out practicing today doing everything in manual mode and really enjoyed experimenting. I will get a lot more pleasure from my photography now that I know more about what I am doing. Would highly recommend this workshop." Steve via Trustpilot
Until today I had no idea what I was doing
"Until today I had no idea what I was doing with my camera and how to use it. Thanks to Daniel everything now makes sense and it's now down to me to practice what I have learnt. Thanks for a great day and giving me that photography bug even more!" Steve Leeds via Trustpilot
Fantastic 1 to 1 private tuition with Daniel
"Fantastic 1 to 1 private tuition with Daniel. After a year of ‘playing’ about with my camera I needed to be taught some of the basics, Daniel made this simple to follow and demonstrated as he went along. I feel like I’ve picked up some handy tips and will definitely put what I have learnt into practice as soon as this rain goes away!" Cassie via Trustpilot
"A very enjoyable experience, walking from Blackfriars to Westminister Bridge. Although I have walked along this route at other times, Daniel gave you an insight into seeing things with a photgrapher eye. He provided helpful advice about the settings to use, giving you a chance to try different ways of capturing an image. He also responded to any queries of how to shoot particular scene." Susan via Trustpilot
Great Session Top Tuition
"My husband and I attended the Know The Basics workshop. It was a very enjoyable and informative day. The session was interactive and set at a good pace. Daniel’s friendly presentation was very effective with an excellent supporting booklet. We now have the confidence to use our cameras competently and enjoy our photography even more. Totally recommend Daniel to help you wherever you are on your photography path." Julie Rose via Trustpilot