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, or learn more about photography, 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.


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 offer one-to-one private lessons which give you a direct, hands-on 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:

- How the light gets in - how the camera functions and records light.

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

- Reliable Focusing Techniques for sharper images.

- White Balance, reading histograms, light metering and other useful tools.

- Composition techniques, getting creative with light, how to approach your subject, feedback on your photographs + more……


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

This gives us enough time to go over the theoretical aspects of each lesson, and then allows time to go and apply what you’ve learned by taking some photographs too.

Before you book, I offer a free consultation to find out more about what you know already and what you’d like to learn.

It’s also useful for me to know what camera/equipment you have. If you don’t have a camera yet, I can make recommendations to suit your budget.

First lesson:

You can also book a mini-lesson for your first session. Here we can get acquainted and put together a personalised plan for you to get started. You’ll be learning straight away too: I’ll give you some tips about what you need to learn first to get going, and can help with any problems you are having with your camera or answer any questions you might have.

We can outline what you need to learn in a logical order so that you can progress as quickly as possible.

These initial lessons are £45 for 40mins.

Evening Classes

Learn the essentials with a small group - get started with a new hobby and make friends!

This is a 3 week evening class for beginners: Part 1 - The Essentials.

The aim of the classes will be to teach you enough to get started with using your camera on the manual setting. This will help you take creative control of the camera and understand how to get a properly exposed image in a range of settings. This course is suitable for absolute beginners, or anyone who would like to understand more about the “exposure triangle” and improve their focusing techniques to help obtain, clearer, sharper images. This course will get you started with your DSLR.

What’s covered:


Shutter Speeds

Aperture settings

Focusing and other useful tips.

As well as the above, following completion of the 3 week course, you will also receive a further 3 weeks email support for feedback on your photos and for any questions you may have.

Further courses to learn more will be available after completing this course.

You need a DSLR camera, any brand or age is fine. If you need advice on buying a new or used camera, please get in touch.

Upcoming course dates:


Wednesday 13th March, 7-9pm

Wednesday 20th March, 7-9pm

Wednesday 27th March, 7-9pm

(There is 1 space remaining on this course.)

The Venue is a comfortable community hall in Crewe.

The price for this course is £99. Places are limited to 6, places are available on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Ben for details.

More dates to follow, please keep in touch if you might be interested. Feel free to send me a message, or join my Facebook group where I will post updates.

Facebook Group

Please join my group where you can get advice about how to use your camera or ask questions photography in general.

I will be posting some tips and info there too, and hope to bring together people living locally with an interest in photography.

When I have new workshops or lessons coming up I will also post details in the group, so it’s a good way to stay in touch if you’re interested in lessons but can’t commit at the moment, 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 gift for someone who has a DSLR but doesn’t know how to use it…yet!

You can purchase a voucher for a single lesson, a series of lessons or for evening classes. For more information please get in touch

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.