Photography for Parents
AKA : HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR KIDS BEAUTIFULLY
“Photography is my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary.”
Photography for Parents - Advanced course
Next course starts on 15th April 2024
6 week Photography course designed to help further advance your photography skill and move beyond simply capturing what's in front of you. Choose this course if you are already friends with your camera but want to learn how to shoot creatively in full manual, how to go beyond the basic composition rules and start expressing yourself through photography
KEY COURSE INFO:
what you learn:
In this course we build on the key photo skills we introduce in the Fundamentals Course and learn some new ones ( although completing the Fundamentals course is not a pre-requisite)
You will love this course if you want to keep growing your photographic eye, truly control your camera and start making your photos reflect who you are and who your family are. This is the course where your photography really picks up the pace. We will support and challenge you to help you find your own voice in photography.
This is the course for you if :
- Are already familiar with your camera - but want to get better at using it in full manual - with no overwhelm or frantic guesswork
- You want to take photographs that look more polished and that truly show you what you pictured in your head - still true to your kids and who they are
- You want to be able to capture true emotions and express yourself through photography
- You want to get more creative with light and colour to elevate your images and make them shine
Next course starts on 15th April 2024
The bookings for this course are not open yet - request to be added to the waiting list to be offered priority booking and Early Bird prices when the course registration opens
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN in this course :
This course was designed to help you grow your photography skills beyond just being able to take "nice looking photos".
You will love this course if you want to keep growing your photographic eye, truly control your camera and start making your photos reflect who you are and who your family are.
This is the course where your photography really picks up the pace. We will support and challenge you to help you find your own voice in photography.
INSIDE THE MODULES - aka WHAT DO YOU LEARN?
Module 1: Getting started in Manual mode
First steps into shooting in full manual – understanding your exposure and metering, finding correct exposure for your subject, handling over and under exposure and adjusting your settings without even taking your camera away from your eyes.
At the end of the module you will have gained full control of your camera - no more guessing game and unpredictable results with all the control going firmly to you. You will be able to understand your jump off points for different situations and how to adjust them to the changing light or environment
Module 2: More on manual exposure and why your camera is often wrong
Learning when the ‘correct’ exposure is not the “right exposure”, understanding and interpreting your histograms, learning how your environment can help you get the right exposure even in tricky light, dealing with challenging light situations.
Knowing when to trust and not trust your camera's exposure assessment. Knowing exactly how to adjust things when the images don't turn out looking right out of the camera. Having a method to help you capture different colour accurately - especially when it comes to skin tones, or elements that are bright or dark
Module 3: Powerful composition
Learning what makes a strong image and learning to create your own, consistently, with the help of our advanced composition techniques – beyond the rule of thirds. Visual storytelling and creating connection to create images which go beyond just pretty.
Learning new concepts in composition - things that will help you create exiting visual flow, help with impactful storytelling and draw the viewer's eye into the image rather than away from it.
Module 4: No such thing as bad light
There is no such thing as bad light - even with just a sliver of it you can make a statement in your images. In this module we teach you how to work with low light - through low key photography - playing with light and shadows. And we give you an introduction to Flash - for when you want to boost your existing natural light that little bit more.
You will learn how to use light and shadows to your advantage, literally learning to paint with light - letting it uncover your subject, and hide what you want to stay out of light. Much like the light module in our Fundamentals course this is very much an AH-HA lesson that will shake your photography to its core.
Module 5: Photographing emotions
In this module we get under our subject's skin and focus on photographing emotions. We show you how to reply on more than facial expression to show emotions and how to use your creative toolkit, including colour theory to make the viewer see and understand the emotion felt in the moment.
Learning how to capture genuine connection with your subject and their true emotions – whether happy or mad! Going beyond the smiles or frowny faces to portray your children’s true selves and capturing the moment. Using body language and other creative means – from colour theory, editing style and more!
BONUS Module 6: Your creative self
Exploring various photographic styles and conventions. Learning to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses and taking steps to grow further. Bonus creative exercises to take you outof your rut and help you continue to grow your photography.
Next course starts on 15th April 2024
In my opinion Advanced level 2 is absolute must as it expand the knowledge from level 1 to the point, that you can take photos confidently, and knowing what you do. I did it online and my teachers were superb, passionate, helpful and very flexible.
Photography for Parents Advanced
Book your space now:
Course starts : 15th April 2024
( 6 weeks incl 1 week break)
course cost : £279 (payment plans available)
- 6 weekly modules covering all key aspects of children’s photography,
- weekly live online class ( also recorded) - on Wednesday evenings
- personal feedback and advice on your images
- private support group
- PDF workbook
Photography for Parents ADVANCED
Photography for Parents Fundamentals
Next course starts on 19 June 2023
OPTION 1: Fully immersed :
OPTION 2: Light touch
All the core learning materials and bonus materials but excluding the interactive elements such as our live class, personal feedback on your images - perfect for the more independent students
All the learning resources, all the community, all the support, all the personal help. Virtually failproof
Core learning resources and follow on access to Photography for Parents community
But will it work for me? - our guarantee:
We know our course works. We have seen a few thousands of students go through our courses and really improve.
BUT, if you find that after the first couple of modules that it just doesn't work for you, you haven't learnt anything new, it's the wrong level for you, you haven't improved, or you simply don't get on or engage with it - we will simply refund you in full. Simple as that!
Frequently asked questions
You need to be able to understand your camera's basic functions - you should be familiar with shooting in priority modes, change your focus options to suit your subject and understand your camera's metering. A basic knowledge of light and composition will also be beneficial. If in doubt, check our Fundamentals and Advanced placement quiz to check your level more thoroughly. If in doubt, just get in touch.
No, you don't need to complete the Fundamentals course first. As long as your level of knowledge cover the key areas we teach in that course, you will be fine. We created a placement quiz which should help you decide which level is right for you. Download it here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kgxf0cn64b7uq9z/Fundamentals%20or%20Advanced.pdf?dl=0
The course consists of 6 modules, each focusing on a different aspect of photography - 5 core modules and a bonus last module : Idea Bank with advice on follow on practice and development.
New materials release
Every Monday morning, we will release the module's core materials for you to access and read at your leisure. You don't have to be online when they are released - when you log into your learning space, the materials will be waiting for you. The modules include little 'Try it now' exercises which you can follow to immediately put in practice what we explain in the materials.
On top of that, you get given weekly homework - nothing strenuous, we usually ask for a few photos which illustrate the skills we teach in that module. Usually, our students tend to spend weekdays on the module and the little practice exercises and do the home assignememt at the weekend. We give you personal, detailed video feedback on those homework photos. Our students often say that this feedback is one of the absolute best things about our course. Please note that we do not provide feedback in our Light Touch version of the course.
Every week, typically on Wednesday or Thursday evening, we run a live webinar class, during which we cover and expand on all the key elements of that module, we answer your questions, we provide additional explanations and illustrations. These sessions are scheduled in the evening and always recorded, so that even if you couldn't join live, you can always relay them. Please note that this element os not available to our Light Touch students.
Finally, there is also our private group - for the students of your course only. The group ia a great opportunity to share your images, ask questions, chat to your fellow course mates. It's also where we post any additional materials and info and / or run little additional video demonstrations when needed.
Each course is run by an experienced instructor - professional children's photographer who is your main point of contact to answer your questions, provide your feedback and talk to in your FB group and in webinars. They're there to help and nurture and cheer you on in your photo journey.
No. You DO need A camera. And your camera needs to allow you to make changes to some of the manual settings ( going beyond the ‘landscape’. ‘portrait’, ‘fireworks’ modes). You’ll often be able to tell if your camera has those just by looking at it - if it has a wheel with letters M, A, S, P or M, Av, Tv, P on it you’re good to go. Some modern cameras do not have that though, but still let you change those settings, so just drop us a line with your camera’s make and model and we’ll happily advise. We even have a few cameras for rental if you need.
If you're relatively familiar with most of the technical topics we cover in Level 2, you will be absolutely fine. We packed A LOT into Level 1 course. Frankly, we expect that some of the things will take longer to sink in so if you're not able to recall from memory everything we covered, you're absolutely fine. It'll come. Actually building up on them in Level 2 often helps to get it all established.