"The Best Photography Courses in London"
Weekend workshops on how to get the best out of your camera.
I’d read my camera’s instruction manual and several practical photography books but apertures and shutter speeds were still a mystery to me. So I decided it was time for professional help and signed up a for a weekend-long intensive course.
Photographer Nigel Wilson runs weekend photography workshops in central London. It’s 10am on Saturday morning and most of us in the class have each sheepishly admitted to relying on our camera’s automatic settings to take photos. The only course requirement is that you have a digital or film SLR camera – there are plenty of spare cameras for those without.
Saturday is spent in the classroom covering all the basics of camera controls: apertures, F-stops, depth of field, shutter speed and better composition. Other areas covered include essential lenses, flashguns filters plus tips on how to improve our landscape and portrait photography.
There’s a lot to take in but Wilson allows plenty of time to ask questions, carefully reiterates important information and gives us a full set of handouts to take home.
On Sunday, following a brief recap, we head outside to put the theory into practice. During our photo project, we change depth of field to give a either a blurry or sharp background and alter the shutter speed to see the effects on movement.
I keep forgetting which F-stop I need to use but feel like I’m grasping the fundamentals of shutter speed as I take shots of a squirrel bounding across the grass. In the afternoon we scrutinize our prints. My shutter speed photos are far from exemplary – the squirrel is a grey smudge on blurred grass- but I have a batch of photos demonstrating my success at varying the depth of field.
Wilson’s course is fun, packed with useful information, doesn’t overdo the theory and fits into the schedules of those too busy to commit to a more lengthy course.
Despite our initial struggles to control our cameras, we all leave with one resolve: never to rely on the ‘auto’ setting again. Camera tamed!
Kathryn Miller - Time Out Magazine
You can also read a review from TNT London Magazine here:
"I just wanted to write and Thank You so much for the course last week!
It really was amazing. Your passion for teaching and photography comes blazing through and it’s buoyant to be around."
"Nigel is a great teacher with a wealth of knowledge. He teaches in a structure that’s clear regardless of the level you’re at. I did the beginners course this weekend, which was amazing. I’ve tried to self teach a bit in the past and managed to get good results, but the learnings and tips from Nigel’s course have really stepped me forward in made my understanding of equipment, conditions, technique and photos. I would recommend to anyone looking to develop a great foundation in photography. I’ve already signed up for his travel photography course and can’t wait to learn even more."
"I'm really glad I did this course. I had planned to teach myself but wasn't finding the time and needed someone to explain the basics properly. Nigel clarified everything in the space of two days, keeping the class engaged as he explained the technical details and made using the camera seem intuitive. This is a fantastic course, I couldn't recommend it more and can't wait to do the next one."
"I am so happy I booked the weekend course last weekend, it was everything I could have hoped for and so much more. Nigel perfectly balances theory, inspiration and practical assignments to create the perfect 2 day photography course. I loved every minute and was itching to take my camera out to get to grips with all the techniques Nigel had taught us. If you have a passion for photography and have been frustrated in the past by not being able to 'make' that photo you can see in your mind, then this is the course for you. I will definitely be back to try some of the other courses. Thanks Nigel for an excellent weekend."
"I booked my husband and his brother a day with Nigel for a special birthday treat. From the moment of contact Nigel was friendly, listened, was informative and keen to make sure that he knew what the guys wanted before the day so he could tailor the day to best suit their needs. As the day panned out the format changed to the guys requirements which left them both singing Nigel's praises.
It is rare to have someone who thinks about their client first rather than their regular format which is so much easier.
Would highly recommend this photographer for workshops."