You know already that you can win one of our courses in Sunday's prize draw. If you're new to us, you also hopefully got a gist of what we are about and what a learning experience might look like with us. But if you're not sure, let me just give you the lowdown on our upcoming Fundamentals of Photography for Parents course which is coming up shortly.
1. What is the Fundamentals of Photography for Parents course?
The Fundamentals of Photography for Parents is a 6 week course designed to help you learn how to work with your camera and how to capture your families in a natural environment.
We built it up to cover not just the camera skills ( knowing what the buttons do, without understanding why and how you might use them is pointless) but also all the other elements that come together to help you capture a beautiful moment skilfully - understanding composition, understanding visual storytelling and understanding light. Between these 4, you have the fundamentals of photography covered.
2. Who is if for?
Any parent out there who wants to learn to take better photos of their kids! But specifically, level wise, it's suitable for levels from complete beginner ( 'I've never used a camera other than on auto' or 'I only just got my first camera') to intermediate ('I've dabbled a bit and self taught myself stuff but it seems patchy' or 'I've done a short course that taught me the camera basics but don't feel confident when capturing my kids).
And yes, we do have courses that cater for those that are more advanced, and if you're not sure which level you are, here is a handy questionnaire that can help. Just so you know, at the moment we're fully booked for all the spring/summer Advanced courses and if you're interested, you can get onto the waiting list for September.
3. How does it work?
The reasons our courses work so well is a combination of well designed instruction materials ( you may have got a glimpse of that through this bootcamp ) and a ton of support available for you. Here is how the course works:
The course consists of 5 core modules, plus a bonus, idea-bank module. It's spread over 6 weeks, including a break week after the first 3 weeks. And here are the key components:
- The core materials:
Each week, on Monday morning we open a new module which focuses on a specific building block in your photography education. We start with camera know how, followed by composition and light. You don't have to be online when your module opens, you can simply access the materials at the most convenient time for you, either directly on our site, or in the form of a downloadable pdf.
- The live class
Each week, we run a live webinar class in which we go over the week's materials, answer your questions, show additional examples, explain techniques and chat to you. These are held on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings - typically from 8.0 pm and are recorded so that if you can't access them live, you can always re-watch them
- The home assignments and personal feedback
Each week you get given a home assignment to help you practice what we cover in that particular week. You submit your images to your instructor and receive a personal, video feedback in which your instructor goes image by image to provide you in depth feedback. This means the advice is fully tailored to you and your progress.
- The support group
Each individual course run gets a dedicated support Facebook group which is where you can connect with your course-mates, communicate with your instructor and get additional help and support. Our courses are limited in numbers per group to ensure that you get the right amount of support and instructor time.
After you complete your course, you are invited to our long standing Alumni group where we run weekly and monthly themes and where you will find lost of likeminded parents sharing their love for photography.
Between those 4 support elements, you are guaranteed to progress and get better week on week. We know, we have a roughly 90% course completion rates and everyone who joins in progresses, and progresses well! And that's a promise!
4. What do you need?
A camera. It doesn't have to be expensive or fancy, but you do need to be able to use manual and semi manual modes - usually marked with letter such as A or AV, S or TV, M and P. If in doubt, ask us!
5. Who are our Instructors?
We have some amazing instructors waiting for you! Michaela Strivens, Alannah Hebbert, Alex Tandy, Lisa Friday - they are all seasoned pros specialising in photographing children and families with years of experience under their belt. They are very skilled at capturing children in their natural environment, being their authentic selves, showing their true personalities. There is a wealth of knowledge gained both in their professional lives and as photo parents themselves! But as well as being amazing photographers, they are also fabulous teachers - understanding, patient, encouraging and able to make complex concepts easy to understand.
Next Fundamentals course starts on Monday 25th April . We have a small handful of spaces available for that course date
3 more reasons why:
You will surprise yourself at how much you’ll pick up in a few short weeks.
Here are just some of the skills you’ll have learned by the end of the Fundamentals course:
- how to take lovely, flattering portraits
- creating meaningful, candid photos that truly tell the story of your kids
- highlighting your kids little details – toes, eyelashes..
- capturing your kids in action – hops, jumps, sprints, fun on the swings and more
- creative techniques such as photographing fireworks, water play, silhuettes and a lot more
- rules of composition to apply even to your phone snaps – those will improve too!
- making the most of your home light and finding beautiful light outside
- plus a lot more!
Use the code CLICK100 to take £100 of the price
I hear you have questions?
What photographic knowledge do I need to start the course?
For our Fundamentals course, you’ll be absolutely fine even if you’ve never picked up a camera before. If you have, but aren’t 100% comfortable with your settings, you’ll find the course will help you structure your knowledge and you will quite likely pick up a few new tricks as well.
If you’re relatively familiar with the camera’s manual settings, but want to try out new techniques and develop your composition – our Advanced, Level 2 course is the one for you. If you’re not sure where your knowledge puts you, just get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.
What do I need for the course?
- A camera with manual controls – it doesn’t have to be an SLR, a mirrorless or a bridge camera are absolutely fine – get in touch if you’re not sure if yours is up to the job. These days, most cameras beyond the simplest of point-and-shoot ones ( does anyone even buy these anymore?) tend to do just fine.
- Ability to spend approximately 2h per week ( not necessarily in one go) on your photography practice. We suggest spending at least 15min daily for best results
- Access to the internet ( that’s a given but we had to mention it )
- A child / children you can practice your photography on
What happens in the course? How does it actually work?
The course consistes of 6 modules, each focusing on a different aspect of photography.
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 'Ttry 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 assignmemt 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.
Every week, typically on Tuesday or Wednesday 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.
Finally, there is also our private Facebook group - for the students of your course only. The group is 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.
What camera do I need? Does it need to be a Pro camera?
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.
AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CAMERA? We can rent you one free of charge. We only take a fully refundable deposit which comes back to you when the camera comes back to us. Please get in touch before booking to ensure we have one available for you.
Will I improve? I’m not an ‘artist’ type
Ah. The question not many people actually ask, but nearly all want to know. Obviously - I don’t know you or your ability BUT I have seen over 1000 students go through our courses and every single one of them improved. Some improved more than others, some really got the ‘photography bug’ and moved on to start their own photography businesses, some just kept it as their hobby and a way to get better photos of their kids. Not everyone can become the next Annie Leibovitz but everyone can learn how to use the camera to deliver the kind of results they want ( like that blurry background in images or being able to capture your kids on the move - sharp!) and everyone can learn how to master their camera and principles of composition and light which make your photos much stronger. So yes, you will improve, even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist.