Digital Photography G1,G2 Photography Course & Camera Review email

Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November 2012

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included


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Photography Course Timings


9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-5pm Photo-editing Demonstration

5pm Questions & course feedback


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out.For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit



Canon 580EX Flash Tutorial

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Photography Course

Is the Panasonic G1 a DSLR or a Bridge Camera?

Panasonic Lumix G1I’ve recently run several photography courses for students using the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1. This Micro 4/3rds format camera blurs the boundaries between a traditional DSLR and a bridge camera. Traditionally an SLR, or Single Lens Reflex to give it the full title, is a camera with a single lens, which can be removed, and a mirror to reflect the image from the lens optically up through a prism and then out through the viewfinder.

Removable lens but no mirror

The Panasonic G1 does have a removable lens but doesn’t have a mirror. Consequently the image seen through the viewfinder is actually a TV monitor picture, like that found in a bridge camera, rather than an optical image as in a true DSLR. On most bridge camera’s this TV monitor image tends to be a very small, grainy looking affair and as such is a poor substitute for the optical viewfinder image found in a true DSLR. I’m pleased to say the monitor in the G1 is in a class of its own. It’s bright, sharp and clear and at first glance looks very much like an optical image.

Sensor Protection

The other main difference with the G1 over a true DSLR is not only the lack of a mirror but also the lack of a shutter in front of the sensor. Seeing this sensor exposed, once the lens is removed, is very scary. Anyone who has had a DSLR for any length of time will be aware of the blemishes which can appear on the sensor after a short while, and this is with the sensor being protected by a mirror and a shutter, so I dread to think what could happen to this naked CCD. The camera does have a cleaning mechanism but I would still take great care when changing lenses.

Menus and Settings

This camera has lots of settings and a confusing array of buttons to find them. There is a menu button, a function button, a quick set menu button and another button hidden behind the control wheel I had to read the instruction book to find. Everything you need is there but it's not always where you expect to find it.

Micro 4/3rds System.

The other thing that is slightly different to most DSLRs is the Panasonic G1 uses the Micro 4/3rds system. This format uses a slightly smaller sensor, than that of the normal DX format, which allows for the cameras smaller physical dimensions. Because of this smaller sensor the image magnification factor is equal to 2x magnification, compared to a 35mm camera, as opposed to a 1.5x magnification on a DX format camera. These means a 200mm lens on the G1 is equal to a 400mm lens on a 35mm camera. This compares with a 200mm lens on a DX camera being equivalent to a 300mm lens. It’s generally recognised that larger sensors offer better quality, especially at the higher ISO settings, but I’m pleased to report that I was quite impressed with the G1 low light performance although the display gets a bit grainy in the dark.


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 is a compact, lightweight and high quality camera which is capable of excellent results. The optics and electronics are first class and I’m sure anyone buying one will be pleased with the results. I was impressed with the quality of the electronic viewfinder, which was clear and easy to use, but also had the option of Live View on the flip out LCD screen. I do have my reservations about that exposed sensor though and the limited range of lenses.

So is it a DSLR or Bridge Camera?

I‘m going to refer to the G1 as a non-reflex DSLR and as such its users will be well catered for on our beginners DSLR courses. It has fewer limitations than a bridge camera and the wider range of settings comparable to and SLR. Personally I would still choose a traditional DSLR for the extra sensor protection and wider range of lenses on offer.

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers are available for any Digital Photography or Photoshop course. They can be booked for a certain date or be left open for the recipient to book a course themselves - subject to availability. All photography course Gift Vouchers are valid for a full 12 months.

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions

email - or call 0116 279 6906

Student Testimonials

Having spent over a year using my camera only on full auto to take photos I decided I needed help to figure out all the settings I should be using.

I'm so pleased I did. This photography course explained all the settings and all the best picture composition tips I needed. Glen ensured no one left without all of their questions being answered- including me.

Laura Simpson


Hi Glen "Thanks for a most enjoyable and informative day, It answered all my questioned plus many more. Considering lunch was included I thought it was really excellent value for money."

David Stone

Hi Glen. I'm just dropping you a note to say how much I enjoyed the course today. You answered all my questions and gave me the confidence to go out and use my camera properly. Today has turned my box of expensive gadgets into top class photography equipment. Thanks!

Barry Cunliffe


This has been a great photography course and I know I can now take proper photographs instead of just snaps.

Highly Recommended.

Ivan Last

A good balance of technical & practical information with enough detail for the more experienced camera user without losing the beginners interest. A great course for getting the best out of my DSLR.

Iain Carpenter

A Fantastic Course. I now know how to use all the functions on the camera I didn't even know were there. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.

Karen Evans

I have enjoyed the day. I need to get out now and take hundreds of pictures to get it to stay with me.

Rosemarie Redfern.

I was a complete novice but now I feel quite excited about experimenting with my photography.

Carol Aries.

A great introduction to DSLR photography. Many thanks.

Phil Harrisonwild.

I had a load of questions and every one was answered. Really good examples on the course notes. Glen's a very patient teacher.

Helen Jones