Make the Most of Your Camera

15th - 22nd September 9:30am - 3:30pm

This is a 2-day introduction to photography and a great chance to get to know your camera. The course is designed to help you understand and control your camera to take the best photos you can. You will also learn about composition and creativity in the magnificent setting of The Bishop’s Palace Gardens.

As much time as possible will be spent taking photos outdoors, learning as you shoot. During breaks you will review photos in the classroom. The first day will build the foundations of better photography, allowing students to practice taking photos during the week that follows. The second day of the course will build on the foundations, developing new techniques and knowledge. There will be time at the end of both days to review students’ work and discuss what has worked and what can be improved upon.

This course is suitable for those who wish to make better use of their camera - those who are looking to improve their basic skills. It is helpful if you are familiar with your camera’s more basic settings.


You’ll learn how to use camera settings, and work on colour, focus, aperture and shutter speed. You’ll learn how to take photos when the light isn’t optimal, and get some non-technical advice on how to improve your photography.


This day will focus on using natural light, framing photos, taking portrait shots and close-ups. You’ll also have a go at setting the camera to ‘Manual’. During the second part of the day you’ll learn about post-production - how to make your photos even better! There will be a chance to discuss your photographs with George, looking at what has worked, and why. 

Course Tutor: George Chan. George has been a film-maker and photographer for over 20 years. He spent most of his career at the BBC Natural History Unit working with Sir David Attenborough, producing and directing on programmes including Planet Earth and Wild China.

Equipment needed: You will need a digital camera with at least one lens, and memory cards.

Sundays 15th and 22nd September, 2 weeks: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Stable Yard Room
£130. Includes tea, coffee and a 10% discount for The Bishop’s Table 

Book online here, by visiting the Palace Shop, and by calling 01749 988111 ext 200.