I offer one-­to-­one photography workshops in the south west London and Surrey area, for those new to photography and anyone who wants to move away from “auto” and learn how to get the most out of their camera. If you want to move on from “taking snaps” and learn how to create images you'll be proud to share with family & friends, then I can help you gain the camera skills to achieve that.
I provide one­-to­-one sessions of 2 to 4 hours where I can focus on your requirements and show you the techniques you need to improve your photography skills. I find that one­-to­-one sessions are more suited to beginners as they are less intimidating than group sessions and you can ask anything you want - there are no stupid questions when you are a beginner!

I concentrate on showing you how to use the main features of your camera effectively - beginning with aperture & shutter speed for exposure,  followed by focusing control for sharp images. Once you're confident with those, we'll move on to the other features your camera has to offer.
A typical 3-hour session can cover the following:
  ● The basic controls of a camera – ISO, aperture, shutter speed
  ● Camera shooting modes such as aperture priority and shutter priority

  ● Exposure compensation to avoid over/under exposure

  ● Focusing methods ­ - automatic, single point, zone, manual, focus/recompose
  ● Understanding Depth of Field
  ● How to evaluate your camera's histogram
  ● Metering types ­ - average, spot, centre­-weighted
  ● Basics of composition
This will give you the foundation to continue practising and improving your photography.
If you would like a follow-on session, we can spend more time discussing and practising the above or we could also cover some more advanced techniques and subjects:
  ● Creative use of blur in images
  ● Using filters to balance exposure
  ● Introduction to long exposure photography

  ● Macro photography

  ● Seasonal subjects, such as bluebells, the autumn deer rut, winter sunrises etc.

  ● Street photography

  ● Hyperfocal focusing distance
  ● Techniques that require PC processing, such as focus stacking and exposure bracketing for High Dynamic Range (HDR) images
Location - ­ a mutually agreed outdoor area such as the Surrey Hills for landscape work or maybe a town centre or London's South Bank if you're keen on street photography or even a local park/garden for macro work. As long as it's somewhere you're happy with and preferably with somewhere to grab a coffee while we run through the basics!
Date/Time - ­ totally flexible on the day of the week, time of day and duration, contact me to discuss availability. I will attempt to fit in with your schedule as best as I can. I am flexible enough to be willing to reschedule a session should the need arise.

Please contact me to discuss requirements based on your location and preferences.
What you will need to bring:
  ● A camera with controls for ISO, aperture and shutter speed such as a DSLR, Compact
System Camera or Bridge Camera (please contact me if you need help to check this)
  ● Additional lenses, if you have them

  ● Your camera manual may prove handy if it is portable
  ● A tripod, if you have one
  ● A notebook should you want to take notes (although I do provide notes as a recap for you to read later)
  ● An umbrella should rain be forecast (please dress appropriately for the expected   weather conditions, especially consider your footwear if we are meeting in the countryside)
Cost:
  ● 2-hour session - ­ £30 (£50 total for 2 people)
  ● 3-hour session - ­ £40 (£60 total for 2 people)
  ● 4-hour session - ­ £50 (£80 total for 2 people)
I would need to add a small charge to cover travelling costs if we don't meet in my local area.

If you would like to do this with a friend, then I offer a small discount overall (see prices above). All this can be discussed in more detail once you have contacted me. Don’t worry if the session overruns by 20 or 30 minutes - ­ I'm not worried about timekeeping and I won't be charging extra by the minute!
Contact me in the first instance by email ­ - martin@47photography.co.uk ­ - I aim to respond within 24 hours (most often much sooner), unless I am on holiday (and sometimes even then!). Alternatively, use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Once I understand your level of experience I can advise on what is best for you.
I look forward to working with you and helping you to improve your photography.

I also organise local photography walkabouts for small groups. As I'm not teaching on these I only charge enough to cover my costs, so why not try one out as a taster? They're listed at www.meetup.com/Surrey-Photography-Walkabouts/

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Thank you for contacting me.
I aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours, normally much sooner.
Regards, Martin

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