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DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course

Learn how to get the most out of your DSLR camera with this superb Back to Basics Photography Course in Kent and Essex. Learn from experts and gain valuable confidence and skills in a day.

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This superb DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course is perfect for you if you want to learn how to get the most out of your DSLR camera while improving your photography skills at the same time.

Hugely informative and incredibly enjoyable, this introductory digital photography course runs in both Kent and Essex and will teach you the skills needed to capture stunning, professional looking images every time. Taught by an expert photographer, the course covers many different functions including shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings - so relying on the auto mode will be a thing of the past! You will learn how to gain full creative control of your camera and understand exposure issues in order to produce images with perfect density and tonal range. Working outside, you will gain valuable hands-on experience as you study several different camera functions; what each function does will be explained carefully and you'll then have a go at altering the aperture to see how this affects the depth of field and how shutter speed affects motion blur. At the end of the course you will receive free downloadable notes and advice so you will be able to refer to this in the future.

The course will give you a thorough understanding of your DSLR camera and how it works, and you will be able to go away feeling confident and ready to take some beautiful and creative photographs. Improve your photography skills today - or treat a budding photographer to an extra special experience gift that they will never forget!

The DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course is suitable for those over 16 years old; those younger than 16 must be accompanied by a full paying adult. You must have a DSLR camera with you to participate.
The DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course lasts from 10:00am - 4:00pm, with a one hour break for lunch.
Minimum Group Size: 1
Maximum Group Size: 20
The DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course is available in both Kent and Essex on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.
You should dress for the outdoors for the DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course - wear warm clothing and bring waterproofs if required. You must bring with you a DSLR camera, and lenses and a laptop with Photoshop if you have them as well as your camera manual. Don't worry if you don't have all of these items as only the camera itself is compulsory. Bridge cameras are acceptable but you may be restricted slightly; compact cameras are not recommended for this course.
The DSLR Back to Basics Photography Course is only restricted in extremely adverse weather conditions. You will be notified on the day if the course has to be postponed.
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This week we've been speaking to Darren, creative director of Raid Photographic. Offering a range of photography services from courses to weddings, there's something for everyone. So to hear about their exciting history and exclusive inside information, read on...

1) Hi Darren, please explain your journey as ‘Raid Photographic’ so far.

I started photography around 10 years ago, initially studying Garden Design I picked up a camera to photograph plants for identification and to use for virtual gardens. Progressing from there I went to work for Royal Caribbean on The Liberty of the Seas as a cruise ship photographer where I learnt a lot about the trade.

After returning from the ships I continued photographing weddings and portraits part-time and started teaching photography courses to people back in January 2012. Since then I have successfully taught over 900 students the basics of photography and now also run workshops for The Royal Photographic Industry.

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In October of 2012 I went back to work full time as a photographer and qualified as a photographic judge for the SLF South London Federation and the KCPA Kent County Photographic Association. I was also awarded a Licentiateship and an Associateship from The Royal Photographic Society for my work.

Today I teach many different workshops and courses as well as photographing a variety of subjects, I also have teams of event photographers around the country.

2) What has been the biggest or most memorable event you have provided?

I have photographed HRH The Prince of Luxembourg, TRHs The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, HRH The Countess of Wessex, The Lady in Waiting, Jessie J, JLS, Union J, The Vamps, Wiley, Amelia Lilly and Rebecca Ferdinando, soon I should have also photographed Peter Andre.

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3) Is there any inside information you can give us?

Expect to interact, talk with the other participants, a quiet group will learn less than a group with a bit of chat. Have fun, if you aren't having fun you shouldn't be doing it. Relax, I teach in a less technical way and use many visual representations to make it easier to remember. Never turn down an opportunity, even if it is not paid!

4) Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you’d like to tell us about?

We are currently writing new course structures for Lightroom and Photoshop, we are also developing online video content for users to learn from home, this will be a subscription service and will eventually have guest photographers and speakers. We will also be purchasing a minibus next year to run daytrips and holidays.

Thanks for the chat, Darren, photography really is a great way to capture precious moments and see exciting things. 
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