Photography for Beginners

Friendly lessons to help you get the most out of your DSLR!

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Not sure where to start?

Phtography Lessons in Crewe + Nantwich, Cheshire.

If you’re looking for a way to learn how to get to grips with your camera, I’d love to help you!

Maybe you just don’t know where to start at all?

Perhaps you’ve found that you can’t rely on your DSLR’s auto setting, and that your phone camera seems to give you more consistent results?

This great big thing with all these buttons and dials, seemingly defeated by your mobile! That’s because, whilst your DSLR is pretty smart, it’s not quite smart enough. And auto just won’t do it in many situations.

Learning how to use your DSLR can seem daunting and I totally understand why. There is rather a sharp learning curve to overcome when you first start trying to use your camera. This mainly revolves around understanding how to get a proper exposure. Without this knowledge, you’re pretty stuck, it’s true.

I can teach you how to get a balanced exposure and explain clearly how to use your camera’s:

  • ISO Setting

  • Shutter Speed

  • Corresponding Lens Aperture

Once you understand how these settings work, you’ll have control of the “exposure triangle”. Giving you a firm basis to move your photography forward!

Getting off of auto is well worth it. Your DSLR is a actually a powerhouse of creativity waiting to be unleashed. You just need to learn how.

Then you can really get into shooting images that will capture a moment in time and show the beauty, the true emotion, or any other important aspects of the scene you are photographing as effectively or dramatically as possible.

Whether that’s your children and life at home, special occasions, family holidays, when traveling, or for work or anything in between.

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About Ben…

Taken by my 7 year old son. (I paid him in sweets.)

Taken by my 7 year old son. (I paid him in sweets.)

My main love is portrait photography (as you will no doubt gather from my website here!), so that can be part of the focus of your classes if that suits you. If you’re interested in taking better photographs of your newborn, your toddler or your growing family, I can really help you get a head start with this.

I can give you all kinds of tips and advice, things that I’ve picked up or figured out during the last 6 years of working as a family photographer.

If your main interest in photography is elsewhere, I can still teach you everything you need to know to get off of auto and start documenting whatever is important to you. Whether that’s travel, pet, product or landscape photography, street photography or any other area of photography.

Maybe you’re not sure what exactly it is you find appealing about photography at this point but just want to learn? Well, I can help you with that too. Your “thing” is out there waiting for you, you just need to start looking.


Evening Classes

I was asked by a local evening school if I would be able to teach their intro to photography classes, I said “yes!” and I am thoroughly enjoying that! It’s quite a privileged for me to be able to do this, especially when I remember that it was from attending photography evening classes that lead me to where I am today!

Those classes are at Brine Leas in Nantwich, if you’d like to know when the next beginners class there will run, please get in touch with them and they will notify you when the dates are set.

One to One Lessons

Personalised lessons to learn about photography and to help you get to grips with your DSLR.

Learn what you want to learn, at your own pace.

I also offer one-to-one private lessons if you’d prefer a more direct approach to learning how to use your camera. I can help you work your way through those menus and settings on your DSLR until you become a master of them all!

Before your first lesson, I’ll find out from you what you know already. If you’re an absolute beginner, no problem… that’s what the lessons are for!

You can also let me know if there is anything in particular you’re interested in taking photographs of, I can then tailor your lessons to suit you.

Main Content:

- Getting started: The exposure triangle: ISO, Shutter Speed + Apertures

- Reliable Focusing Techniques

- White Balance and other useful tools

- Composition techniques + Much more…


One-to-one lessons are £95 for a 90 minute session.


Starting in early 2019. These will be hands-on weekend workshops with small groups (4-6 people). We’ll meet to go over the basic practical aspects of “how-to”, and then we will go do!

I’ll be on hand to help with any problems, and to help you get started using your camera without having to rely on the auto setting!

Please get in touch if you’re interested and I’ll send details once arrangements are finalised.

Facebook Group

Please join my group where I will be posting general photography advice for beginners, plus info on upcoming workshops and lessons that are happening locally, everyone is welcome.

Find out more…

If you’d like to find out more, I’d love to hear from you!

Feel free to fill out the form below if you’d like to find out more. That will give me a great overview of where you’re up to, and help me plan how I can best help you.

Or you can give me a call on 07799091321 or email via

If you have any questions, I’m just a click away!


A DSLR of any kind will do. As long as you can alter the settings manually, you should be good to go!
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Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available if you’d like to help somebody you care about learn how to use their DSLR, please contact me for further details

Gift Voucher - Photography for Beginners, learn how to use your DSLR in Crewe & Nantwich, Cheshire.

An ideal Christmas present for someone who has a DSLR but doesn’t know how to use it…yet!

For more information please get in touch, feel free to call or email, or use the form below and I’ll get back to you shortly with more information.

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Photography for Beginners. If you’re new to photography and want to learn how to use your DSLR, help is at hand! Get in touch for details, classes in the Crewe and Nantwich area of Cheshire.

Photography for Beginners. If you’re new to photography and want to learn how to use your DSLR, help is at hand! Get in touch for details, classes in the Crewe and Nantwich area of Cheshire.