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You have a camera, but feel overwhelmed by how it works? End up using the Auto mode or your phone’s camera instead?
The Intensive 7 hours Beginners Course will equip you with the most important skills needed to create high-quality photography in just one day. During the first 4 hours, you’ll learn key photographic concepts and techniques (exposure triangle, composition, shooting modes, focus, and more). After a well-earned lunch break, we’ll take to the streets of Geneva for 3 hours to put your newfound knowledge into practice. Feel stuck or overwhelmed? Relax – our approachable instructors will be by your side.
After the course, you will have mastered…
The basics of your camera settings and features – all taught in simple terms
How to use different lenses and equipment – and why
Composing striking photos from awe-inspiring landscapes to dreamy portraits
Creating photos that are sharp, colorful and well composed
Your camera: DSLR or mirrorless or superzoom
No camera? No problem. We offer free camera hire during the course (just tell us in advance).
Camera features – how to use ISO, aperture, shutter speed, shooting modes, flash and focus
Basic exposure – master exposure no matter your environment – using ISO, shutter speed and aperture
Creative techniques – using aperture to artistically change depth-of-field (e.g. blurry backgrounds in portraits), shutter speed to blur or freeze motion (e.g. light trails or insects mid-flight), and more
Composing a scene – from rule-of-thirds to posing photography subjects, learn the essential skills and creative theories to ‘level up’ your photography
Landscape photography practical tips
Trip photography practical tips
Portrait photography basics, posing, lighting
Lenses and gear – what lenses are right for you? You’ll learn the fundamentals to help you choose and effectively use your gear depending on your goals
Common mistakes – are your photos poorly exposed? Blurry? Maybe they’re just unexciting? We’ll help you critically examine your photography to keep you improving for years after the course