Last week we set out for the Love Your Camera! Introduction the DSLR Photography Course in Sunny Saltburn. The course was postponed from an earlier date where the unremitting rain meant it would have been miserable (I have never cancelled for the weather before, but when the forecast isn’t for even 1 hour of dry in the full day I decided there had to be a first time).
On this occasion my Nikon was very much outnumbered with course members having Canon and Sony DSLR cameras and one very capable Fujifilm Bridge Camera, proving that you don’t need an expensive pro camera to get something out of the course (those with creative compacts can also benefit, but we may have to explore the menus a bit more to get the same flexibility as a DSLR).
If you have been on my course you will know that I forget to take photographs myself so forgive me if there aren’t too many in this post. In fact a more accurate image of the day would have been to photograph our lovely fish and chip lunch and tea break ice creams. I may also have to amend the joining instructions to include sun-cream in future, what a turn up!
The wonderful World Cup themed knitted characters on the pier by the Saltburn Yarn Bombers gave us a perfect subject to play around with depth of field. Then we headed deep into the valley gardens to play around with freezing and blurring motion.
After a days wandering I will admit to being lazy in persuading the course members to take the cliff lift back to the top at the end of the course.
Well done to all who attended and thanks for being such a fun group.
Look out for new dates being added on our Training pages. Courses start at £40 for 1 day training with a maximum of 6 on the course.
On Sunday I was scheduled to take a select group on our Love Your Camera! Basic DSLR Photography Course. As the date drew nearer and the weather showed no sign of improvement with snow and ice forecast. I was struggling to decide whether or not the course should go ahead, but in the end I decided we should. This was when I discovered the weather app on my phone had one crucial omission, the wind speed. As the morning arrived one thing was clear, it was wild, and the main issue wasn’t snow or ice as I expected, but the biting wind.
That pale sand on the beach is actually being blown along, all the better to sand blast us! 25+ mph winds meant common sense was not to take our cameras on the beach, for fear of the lenses being scratched. Because of this the course schedule was changed up a bit. Most of the talky bits were conducted along the side of buildings trying to stay out of the wind!
Despite battling to stay upright our intrepid course members all went away with lovely images as well as exploring the extremes of shutter speed and aperture for comparison on the computer when they returned home. Between us we figured out that double hats and double gloves may well be the future!
I felt slightly less guilty for going ahead when they all said they had enjoyed and got something out of the course.
Would you like to get to grips with your camera in time for the Summer Holidays? The next course is scheduled for Wednesday 3rd April in Saltburn.
For more details view the Courses page.
If you would like to book onto this course, or would like to register your interest for future courses then please Contact Us.
Following a successful pilot, we are now announcing our Love Your Camera! Basic DSLR Photography Course.
Did you get a camera for Christmas? Is it still boxed in the cupboard? This one day course may be for you. A friendly and enthusiastic tutor will guide you through the basics and you will be encouraged to try things with your own camera throughout the day to put theory into practice.
Maximum 6 people per course.
Sunday 17th February
To be announced
Wednesday 3rd April
For further details, please take a look at the Love Your Camera! Course page.