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Introduction to photography

A half day photography course to give you the skills to start unlocking your creativity

Young Photographer: Photography training courses by Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography

Your training at a glance

Course name: Introduction to photography


Course description:  Are you tired of taking simple snapshots and ready to unleash your creativity with photography? This half-day course will provide you with all the key skills to start utilizing the full power of your camera. The content will be tailored to your needs, but typically includes understanding basic camera controls, proper focusing techniques, moving off fully automatic mode, and using composition to take better photos. With these skills, you'll be on your way to creating photographic art that you can be proud of.

Course length: 3.5 hours

Who is it for? Beginner photographers

When? We agree a suitable date at the time of booking

Location: Your home (there may be additional charges for locations more than 30 minutes travel time from Honiton)

What you'll need: Any compact, bridge, mirrorless or DSLR camera with manual exposure controls.

Your trainer: Professional Devon photographer, Gary Holpin Photography

Price: £169

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Course content

The course content will be tailored to individual needs, but usually includes:

Understanding exposure

Using the creative potential of ISO, Aperture & shutter speed

Camera modes and what they do

Understanding on-screen information

Managing exposure

Moving off auto modes

How to focus

Important camera settings

Understanding composition

Understanding light





Payment by BACS (bank transfer) once the booking has been confirmed.

For your convenience, I am happy to come to your home. For locationas more than 30 minutes travel time from Honiton, additional charges may apply


What you get


3.5 hours of training from a professional photographer

High quality handout pack

Free follow-up by email / phone

Free access to private student Facebook group

  • What camera is required?
    For courses involving mobile phones, all you will need is a suitable camera phone. For camera training courses, generally any camera which has some level of manual control (usually a dial on the top which has modes such as 'A, P, M' etc is sufficient. See course descriptions for more details.
  • What prior experience is required?
    For all beginner level courses, no specific experience is required, just a suitable camera and the enthusiasm to learn.
  • How do I know if I'm a beginner or an intermediate photographer?
    There's no hard and fast rule, but I would say that an intermediate photographer: - Knows the basics of how to operate their camera - Understands at least a little about exposure, aperture, shutter speed and perhaps has a little experience with Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority or Manual - May understand a little about composition In general terms, an intermediate photographer should need less coaching in the basics of how to operate their camera, and more coaching in how to take great photos with it!
  • Where do you offer your training?
    I'm based in Honiton, and If you're happy to come to my home, that's great. If not then that isn't a problem as I'm happy to travel a reasonable distance to provide you with training (usually up to half an hour away). So, if you're looking for an Exeter photography course, then I'm happy to come to your home. If you're further away then I would normally arrange to meet at a suitable location half way between us, although I could still come to your home if you are happy to cover additional time and travel costs.
  • Is there an age limit for courses?
    No, but any child under 18 would need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
  • Are refreshments included?
    Some meals are included in residential courses (see course description for most details). All other courses do not include food or refreshments. It is recommended that you bring drinks and snacks, although most locations will have shops readily available if required. On nights where there is no food provided, quite often students will get together to either eat out at a local pub or get a takeaway.
  • Is transport required?
    Transport may be required between locations, but you can join me in my car if required. On group workshops, other students may also be able to provide transport to students who do not have any available,
  • What equipment do I need?
    For all beginner level courses, the only essential requirement is to have a suitable camera (along with a charged battery and memory card). A waterproof bag to protect your camera is also advisable. Intermediate courses may need some additional equipment such as a suitable tripod and ND filters (see course descriptions for full details).
  • Do I need insurance?
    My business is covered by public liability insurance, and my equipment is insured. I would strongly encourage you to consider insurance for your equipment. In addition, for residential workshops I would also strongly encourage you to buy travel insurance, as your fee may be lost if you have to cancel. This is so that courses don't become unviable due to last minute cancellations, and whilst you are able to insure for a financial loss, we are not.
  • What if the weather is bad?
    We can do outdoor shooting in most weather, but not in persistent rain. For most day courses, we can just agree an alternative date. For residential workshops, I will do my best to structure the learning so that we can make the most of any dry weather during the weekend.
  • What should I wear?
    Most courses involve some element of outdoor work, and so you will need to have clothing suitable for the season and the likely weather. As a minimum you will need stout shoes suitable for uneven ground, and a waterproof coat.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    For one-to-one courses, please do let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel, but there is no financial penalty to doing so. We will try and rearrange a mutually agreeable alternative date. For residential workshops, 28 days notice is required for a refund to be possible, and so it is strongly advised that you take out travel insurance in order to minimise any financial loss. It we can fill your place, we may be able to offer you an alternative course date but this cannot be guaranteed.
  • Which locations will we go to?
    I normally go to locations on the nearby East Devon coast, such as Sidmouth or Beer; this is to minimise the amount of training time that is used up by travel time. If there is somewhere in particular you would like to go on a shoot, please ask and I will try and accomodate your wishes if possible within the time available. Note that some short courses may not involve a trip to an outdoor location (see individual course descriptions for details)

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