Digital Photography Courses. 25 Westerby Lane Smeeton Westerby, Leics. LE8 0RA Tel 0116 279 6906 email glen@digitalphotographycourses.co.uk

Course Location & Timings

 

Dates: February to November

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

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

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included

 

Nature = Nature & Bird Photography Course at Rutland Water. Oakham

 

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

www.mymemory.co.uk

 

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.

Photography Course Gift Vouchers are available for:

Birthdays,

Anniversary,

Christmas

or Just Plain.

Simply contact us with recipients name and email address and we'll send them or you a personalised gift voucher, in the Adobe PDF format, for you to print out and pop in their card.

 

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Photography Course Booking - Download PDF Version

Thank you if you have just purchased a Digital Photography Course. You may want to bookmark this page but we will send you an email, usually within 48 hours, confirming your booking. There are a few things you can do before the course to ensure your experience runs smoothly. You can download a copy of this page as a PDF to print out.

  1. Please ensure you have fully charged batteries.
    Better still to buy a spare battery before the course visit www.mymemory.co.uk or www.7dayshop.com
    for batteries at less than half price.

  2. An empty memory card with space for 100 images.

  3. A free buffet lunch is included and there will be a vegetarian option. If you have any allergies or special requirements it may be better to bring a packed lunch. Coffee & biscuits are provided on arrival.

  4. Bring warm clothes and a change of shoes as the practical sessions do take place outside.

  5. You can find a map and directions here.

  6. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

Gift Voucher Booking - Download PDF Version

Thank you if you have just purchased a Digital Photography Course Gift Voucher. You may want to bookmark this page but we will send you an email, usually within 48 hours, confirming your booking. There are a few things you can do before the course to ensure your experience runs smoothly

Please email us here with a few details.

  1. The PayPal name of the purchaser. This is so we can match the Gift Voucher to the recipient.

  2. The voucher persons name so we can personalised their Gift V0ucher .

  3. The address you want the Gift Voucher sending to.

  4. The special occasion so we can send the correct Gift V0ucher to the recipient i.e. Xmas or Birthday

  5. The email address of the recipient so we can keep them inform of upcoming courses.

We aim to send PDF Gift Vouchers within 48 hours but please allow up to 14 days for your gift voucher to arrive if you need it sent by post.

  1. Once the required details are received your vouchers will be emailed in a printable PDF format usually within 48 hours. Please allow up to 7 days before getting concerned.

  2. Anyone buying a gift voucher will be notified by email of forthcoming course dates by automatic subscription to our newsletter. You can unsubscribe at any time but it will then be the recipients responsibility to keep checking the website. We will not pass your details email on to anyone else.

Course Location and Timings - Download PDF Version

Dates: January to November

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

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

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Lunch: Included with vegetarian option. Coffee & biscuits on arrival

Nature = Nature & Bird Photography Course at Rutland Water. Oakham

Photography Course Timings - Download PDF Version

9.30 -9.45am 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

Photography Course Requirements - PDF Version

Digital SLR Camera (or Bridge Camera)

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare battery

An empty memory card with space for 100 images

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 www.7dayshop.com

Digital SLR or Bridge Camera

What's the difference between an SLR and a Bridge Camera?

The most obvious difference visually is the size. Bridge (or hybrid cameras) are generally smaller but may look very similar to a digital SLR camera. The main technical differences are:

The the lens on a bridge camera cannot be removed. This is not a major problem as they often have a 10x to 20x zoom lens.The equivalent - if you could buy one- would be a 24mm to 600mm zoom.

Digital SLR's on the other hand are quite large and heavy by comparison but do allow you to replace the standard lens for a wider or more telephoto lens. This allows you to fit a telephoto or longer zoom lens so you can take pictures of small objects, maybe birds or small animal, from further away without them appearing as a dot on the picture. Most serious amateurs and professional photographers would only ever use an SLR but If you only ever plan to take snapshots then buy a digital compact or bridge camera and keep it with you at all times.

A Hybrid Bridge SLR has an electronic viewfinder, rather like that found on a video camcorder, rather than the optical one found in a DSLR. Technically these cameras are nearer to compact cameras in as much that the sensor size is smaller than a Digital SLR and you cannot remove the lens. The similarity come with the fact that you do view the image directly through the lens via the electronic viewfinder. The advantage of these cameras over a normal compact is they usually have a 10 -15 times optical zoom compared to the normal 3 to 5 times zoom on a standard compact camera.

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We also run group photography courses for charitable organisations, police forces, university and college. If you have a specialist photography, Photoshop or group course in mind then drop us an email or give us a call and we'll see if we can help you.

Please Contact Us If You Have Any Questions


email - glen@digitalcameracourses.co.uk or call 0116 279 6906

 

Resolution can be complicated

Resolution can be complicated and is something that confuses a lot of people but I’ll try to keep it simple and brief.

Optimum print resolution is generally recognised as 300dpi, with 240 dpi being an acceptable resolution and 180 dpi being the bare minimum.
If you divide your final cropped resolution by these numbers then you will get the maximum print sizes for those dpi resolutions.

If you are using an 18MP Canon 7D then your uncropped pixel count out of the camera is 5184 x 3456px so your maximum print sizes would be approx:

18x12 inches at 300dpi
21x14 inches at 240dpi
29x19 inches at 180dpi

You said your cropped was roughly 1/9th, so the central 3rd vertically and horizontally, of the full resolution so you would effectively only have a final print pixel count of 1728px x 384px if you divide both px dimensions by three.
This means your maximum print lengths can only be 6 inches at 300dpi, 7.5 inches at 240dpi or 10 inches at 180dpi.

LR and PS can do what’s called interpolation, where extra pixels are added, but this will only work for about up to about a 50% increase. There is some software called Genuine Fractals which claims to increase image size over 1,000% Hope that all makes sense.

Is Film Grain and Digital Noise the same?

No. Grain refers to Film and Noise refers to Digital.

True film grain was a result tiny of grains of silver  halides suspended in a gelatine emulsion. The larger these grains then the more sensitive the film. One of the finest grain films at the time was Kodakchome 25 which was only 25 ASA (or ISO) whereas a 400 IS0 film would have been quite grainy due to the larger light gathering clumps of silver halides (salts).

It was possible to push the ISO by developing the film for longer but this made the grains even bigger.  It wasn’t unusually for press photographers to push develop 400 ASA (ISO) TriX to 1600 ISO which resulted in extremely grainy night football images.

This was actually part of the charm of shooting at high ISOs was the gritty nature of the B&W images.

On a CCD the pixel size doesn’t change so the signal is amplified, rather like turning the volume up on a stereo to high causes distortion, this results in digital noise. For ease we tend to refer to digital noise and grain as the same thing as in both cases the images look “grainy”.  At very high ISOs the signal is amplified (and distorted) to such an extent that the images displays much more colour noise as the different coloured receptors handle the amplification differently. This can be lessened by noise reduction in LR or by converting to B&W.

Sometimes modern cameras are too grain free and I’ve found myself adding pretend film grain in Lightroom and converting an image to B&W to add “grit” .

The larger sensor size in a full frame DSLR results in each larger light receptor being able to gather more light so these need less amplification than that from a smaller sensor. This is why compact cameras with small sensors struggle with noise.

Student Testimonials

I learnt more in the first 30 minutes of this camera course than I had in the last year.

Paul Houghton

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

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Objectives achieved. I now know how to take the kind of photographs I've always aspired to. Glen is patient and informative and I felt I got the right level of tuition without being to technical. I would definitely recommend this photography course to others. - Tina Cornah.

The course was very easy to understand and follow. Glen made you feel comfortable and confident at all times when using all the camera settings. Very enjoyable, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. No More Full Auto. Clare Hartford.

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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

Student Gallery June

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 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.

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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

Thoroughly enjoyable course. Everything was explained really well and the opportunity for one to one tuition during the practical sessions with things that I struggled on was welcome. Good mixture of information and practical guidance. - Sara Holland

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