Beginners

Educational Program

On our Beginners Night we provide an educational program covering the basic principles of photography aimed at novice photographers.

The program is delivered by members of the Society;  each session includes basic theory, practical demonstrations and individual assignments to help participants to understand and enjoy using their own camera.

The Beginners Group’s informal and friendly approach to learning has proved very popular over the years and has encouraged many to take up full membership of the Society and share our enjoyment of photography.

If you are interested in coming along see our section ‘How to Get Involved’


Beginners Course 2017-2018

Session 1: 14th Sept

  • Opening night – an informal “getting to know you” evening with some basic photographic advice.
  • Tutor: Stuart Meredith.

Session 2: 28th Sept

  • Composition.
  • Tutor: Denice Evans

Session 3: 12th Oct

  • Exposure and basic camera controls.
  • Tutor: Arfon John and Brian Callard

Session 4: 26th Oct

  • Metering the light.
  • Tutor: Brian Callard

Session 5: 9th Nov

  • Using apertures effectively.
  • Tutor: Roy Thomas

Session 6: 23rd Nov

  • Using Shutter speeds effectively.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 7: 7th Dec

  • White Balance and using artificial light.
  • Tutor: Brian Callard

Christmas Break


Session 8: 11th Jan

  • Painting with light.
  • Tutor: Ross Evans

Session 9: 25th Jan

  • Home studio portrait.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 10: 8th Feb

  • Flash photography.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 11: 22nd Feb

  • Low light/night photography.
  • Tutor: Darrell Shand

Session 12: 8th March

  • Basic image editing.
  • Tutor: Anne Morgan

Session 13: 22nd March

  • Show and tell – Critique evening.
  • Group session

Session 14: 5th April

  • Practical exercise (TBA)
  • Group Session

Session 15: 19th April

  • Image Mounting and Display:
  • Tutor: Colin Wilkie

Session 16: 3rd May

  • Out and about (weather permitting)
  • Group session

Session 17: 17th May

  • Summing up what you’ve learned.
  • Tutor: Arfon John

Session 18: 31st May

  • Social evening.