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Beginners Digital Photography
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Live Web Course | 7 Weeks | 1 Class per Week | 75 Minutes per Class | Weekly Assignments
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About This Course

Get ready to gently move away from auto!

This is a photography course designed for those who are mainly using Auto Mode right now. The goal is to teach you simple techniques that will allow you to transition to using Program Mode with confidence. It also covers what the various Scene Modes do, and shows the kinds of scenarios when it is good to use them.

Program or "P" Mode is really where creative photography starts. This mode lets you make more of the decisions, but in a way that still tries to support you in taking sharp pictures that are well-exposed (not too bright or too dark).

As soon as you finish the first week of this course, all of your photographs will begin to look much better.

What kind of student takes this course?

The BEGINNERS DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - Level 1 Course is aimed squarely at people who are mainly or only using Auto Mode. The ideal student for this course is looking to gently ease themselves into using some key techniques and buttons that will help them improve all of their photographs.

Digital Photogrpahy Level 1 - Use Portrait Mode to blur the background  
Learn what all the Scene Modes do

What past experience is needed?

Most students of this course will have only been using Auto Mode up to this point. The course does not require any prior knowledge of cameras or computers, and does not go into advanced modes such as Manual Mode, or talk about Photoshop or the use of Raw files.

Recommended Equipment

Any kind of digital camera is suitable for this course including SLRs, Mirrorless Cameras, Point & Shoot/Compact/Point & Shoot Cameras and Bridge Cameras (see here for information on the different kinds of camera).


At the end of the course, you will be able to understand and use many of the key buttons on your camera. You will also be well-prepared to take better shots in most situations, even in dark, tricky situations like night time and low light indoor locations.


This course sets weekly assignments, each one based on the content of that class (course content here). All images are then gently critiqued at the start of the next lesson. We even set a simple assignment for week one that you can present at the opening class, just to help get you started.

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  Digital Photogrpahy Level 1 - Use Rule of Thirds to improve your shots
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Probably the most valuable thing while learning photography is to receive gentle and supportive critiquing of your images. Our critiquing covers composition, processing tips, prompts for what works well, and suggestions for resolving things that do not.

It is also incredibly helpful to be able to see what others have done with the same assignment that you received. We can also learn to see through the eyes of others.

This course provides both of these learning supports.


In-depth PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of all of our courses. Lectures of all kinds tend to have an effect that lasts only a short while, particularly if notes are not supplied. We believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting.

Sample page from the Tutorial Notes (Click for larger image)  
Sample page from the Tutorial Notes
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As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will aid learning while on the course, and in the weeks and months afterward.

We send the notes out for each week's class just after the previous one has finished (in other words, the notes for week 2 are sent to you immediately after week 1's class has ended. We do this so that you have something to look forward to each week, and as a way to keep the notes fresh.

For the final week, each student receives the full set of tutorial notes, over 100 pages in total.

Course structure

This length of this course is 7 weeks (dates here), and there is 1 class per week, on the same day, and at the same time. Classes last 90 minutes each, and build to 10 hours of total learning.

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Class structure

Each class goes like this:

  • Students enter waiting room from 10 minutes before class starts
  • Class opened 5 minutes before start time
  • Q&A on the previous weeks topic (except for first week)
  • Critiquing of the assignment based on that lesson, including the first week (the assignment is sent to you 1 week before the first class)
  • We then discuss the module for that week (course content here)
  • At the end of each class we remind you of the assignments for the following week (which are always based based on the class module)
  Digital Photogrpahy Level 1 - Take Great Night Shots
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This course is delivered through Live Web Learning, where we bring a real classroom right into your home. Our state of the art TV Studio lets us interact with you in real-time. We utilize a High Def 3 camera feed to more easily show critical aspects of the essential techniques that our courses cover. This means we can quickly show you a close up of a camera button, then switch to the computer showing images that illustrate the benefit of that button.

The platform we use for our Live Webinars is from Zoom. Their free app works on all phones and tablets, as well as Apple Mac's and Windows PC's. You can download Zoom for your particular device at this link.


All of our Live Web Classes are recorded and uploaded to a secure Only registered students have access to the Playlist. The recordings are great for reviewing each class, but also vital for those who missed it. The link for each recording is made available the morning after each class. Please note: it is the tutor who appears in the videos, not the participants; only the voices of the students are in the recording, and individuals are never identified.

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While you can always watch a class you miss using our recorded classes option, you are still welcome to pick up a missed week on a future course (courses run multiple times per year). This is particularly helpful in courses where photo assignments are handed out. Photo critiques are, by their nature, very personal, so it can be valuable to get that live feedback on your images.


Participants of this course are welcome to join our exclusive Facebook Group, where students new and old regularly chime in with answers to your photography issues. You will also gain access to our treasure trove of pre-recorded photography hints and tips, many of which cannot be viewed by the general public.

Certificate at the end of the course
Spacer At the end of the course, you will be awarded this Certificate in
Digital Photography 101


A signed Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the course.


First and foremost, we believe there are no stupid questions, just questions about things you do not understand. On our courses, you will never be made to feel silly for seeking answers or clarification, that is what you pay us for.

All of our courses are designed around common photography scenarios, either ones that you regularly find yourself in, or would like to find yourself in. Our teaching methodology is designed to show you how to take better pictures in every one of them. The content of all of our courses is developed to build on the previous week's tips. This approach allows you quickly and confidently to understand how to improve every photo you take.

We teach each of our courses in such a way that the knowledge you pick up every week can be easily spread into other areas of image taking. Photography, at its core, is about shutters, apertures, and ISO, but it is HOW you bring these together for each individual shot that matters.


If you have any queries about this or any other of our courses, please pop an email to

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Every LIVE course comes with the following benefits:
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A live classroom in your own home!
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Weekly assignments critiqued in class
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Week 1 Module 1: Camera Buttons That Improve Your Photographs 10
Week 2 Module 2: How To Take Better Shots Of Family & Friends 12
Week 3 Module 3: Find Soft Light To Improve Your Shots 8
Week 4 Module 4: Use 'Rule Of Thirds' To Get Interesting Shots 12
Week 5 Module 5: How To Take Great Night Shots 10
Week 6 Module 6: How To Take Great Macro Shots 9
Week 7 Module 7: Setting Yourself A Simple Photography Project 11

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Course Length 7 Weeks
Classes per week 1 Class per Week
Class Length 75 Minutes
Total Hours 9 Hours
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