Beginner Digital SLR Course

I am delighted to now offer Beginner Digital SLR phoTography courses

Going ONLINE  (Jan 2021)

To buy a place on the online workshop (log in area) on an online learning platform, please click ‘Purchase here ‘ at the bottom of this page


About your tutor

That's me! I have been a Self Employed photographer for 7 years and taught 
hundreds of people over the past five years, at various venues
Schools and at Reading College.
I haven't always been a Professional photographer, so I remember what it is like
to treat myself to a fancy camera, look at the large instruction manual, get 
confused and photograph on the Auto mode for too long!
Due to COVID-19 my usual In-person workshops are unable to take place so, I am taking 
them ONLINE. 
Once booked on, you will received a notification, with an invite to set
up an account, linked to the online platform, where you or the person you have
purchased for, can watch the videos of my talking to camera, going through
things as I would, if you were in class. 
All the content will be split down into bitesize chunks so you can log in and
watch whenever suits, all of it in one go, or access the different topics at different 
times. There will be a workbook to download too, where you can add your own
notes if you wish.
In addition to the new Online log in learning platform, I will also be setting
up a Pop up, Facebook group for just those that are signed up to this online
workshop, so if you have any questions or want to share an image, you can post 
into the Facebook group, and as and when I will go on to help you, so hopefully 
that makes it a little more interactive for you.

Who should attend?

Have you just purchased a Digital SLR but you’re not sure how to use all the functionality? Or have you owned one for a while and want to stop photographing on Auto? The white instructions manual that comes with your camera can be a bit overwhelming, I won’t blind you with science but take you through some background on how a camera works before moving onto the below.

The course covers the fundamentals of photography such as:

  • Introduction
  • Camera Set up
  • Understanding your camera settings and shoot modes
  • What is ISO / Whitebalance
  • How to photograph ‘Off Auto’
  • Lens choices
  • Exposure Triangle, what is it and how do they all relate to each other
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • How to achieve depth of field (that blurry affect)
  • Tips on photographing children, pets, groups and landscapes


Purchase here for you your someone else

What a student said about an In person workshop – “I attended Kathryn’s “get your camera off auto” course in Feb 2019. Excellent 3 hour session that was fun, practical and insightful. She focused on hints, tips and photography basics … and that really got me thinking. Highly recommended for those who have received or has a Digital SLR camera, but are not sure of the next steps!”

David Pickering (Cookham)

NEXT DATE/S for the One off Beginner Digital SLR  (in person) Workshops

for 2021 (TBC) Currently Going ONLINE as of Jan 2021. More info to follow.

Intermediate / Next steps workshop available please see other drop down tab in ‘courses’ on this website, along the top.



*NB You do need a Digital SLR to attend the workshop rather than a Digital Compact camera, as a majority of the workshop we cover the settings ‘Off Auto’ on a Digital SLR camera.

Once booked onto the workshop, unfortunately this is then non refundable.

What do you need ?

Your Digital SLR camera

Any lenses you have with the camera

Internet access to view the online workshop

A printer to print out your workbook – to add any notes


The Manual that came with your camera, if you still have it. 🙂

Please ensure your Camera battery is fully charged and you have a memory card in the camera.

A comfortable chair and a cup of tea, coffee or soft drink to while watching the videos.


Content is currently being filmed and edited and will be ready to access W/c 25th January 2021, if not before. You can purchase a digital online course now, and you will receive an email when the videos are ready to watch in January.