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 and creativity,  followed by focusing control for sharp images. Once you're confident with those, you'll discover your photography improves enormously.
A typical 3-hour session for a beginner will cover the following:
  ● The basic controls of a camera – aperture, shutter speed & ISO
  ● Camera shooting modes such as aperture priority and shutter priority

  ● Focusing methods ­ - automatic, single point, zone, manual, focus/recompose

  ● Exposure compensation to avoid over/under exposure

  ● Understanding Depth of Field (area of sharpness in an image)
  ● Metering types ­ - average, spot, centre­-weighted

  ● How to evaluate your camera's histogram
  ● Basics of composition

  ● A simple system to help you think about the image BEFORE pressing the shutter button
We normally spend about an hour discussing the above over a coffee, then the rest of the time I will demonstrate techniques which you can then try. This will give you the foundation to continue practising and improving your photography.
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.
Photography is a HUGE subject and most photographers will admit that they never stop learning. If you would like a follow-on session at a later date, I offer further tuition based on a certain technique or a specific subject (click for more info):
  ● Short notice workshops

Some of these can be combined into a longer session if you fancy it, e.g. deer/woodland, street/creative.

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 easily portable
  ● A tripod for certain subjects, if you have one (I'll let you know beforehand if it's needed or not)
  ● 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)
If you are a Canon or Fuji-X user, I usually bring an extra lens or two for you to try out in the beginner's session.

Cost:
  ● 2-hour session - ­ £40 (£60 total for 2 people)
  ● 3-hour session - ­ £50 (£80 total for 2 people)
  ● 4-hour session - ­ £60 (£100 total for 2 people)

If you would like to do this with a friend, then I offer a small discount overall (see prices above).
I can also offer a discount if you would like to pre-book a block of 3-hour sessions.
I would need to add a small charge to cover travelling costs if we don't meet in my local area.
Don’t worry if a session overruns by 20 or 30 minutes - ­ I'm quite flexible about timekeeping and I won't be charging extra by the minute!
Contact me in the first instance by email ­ - info@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.
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I aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours, normally much sooner.
Regards, Martin