Photographic Training Workshops

Beginners Guide to Photography

Photographic Training Workshops with Julian Claxton

Half Day Workshop aimed at those who want more from their camera and want to learn the basics of photography using a DSLR, Bridge or Compact Camera.

In The Beginners Workshop we will explore some of the settings on your camera. Specifically covering;

• The difference between aperture and shutter speeds

• Program mode

• ISO and why this matters

• Composition

• Landscape basics

• Different file types

• Why you don’t need to spend thousands on a camera

Typically we spend the first two hours in the workshop/studio, working our way through the above points.

During the 3rd hour we head out of the studio. Leaving the theory behind, heading out to a local location to practice some of the elements we’ve discussed.

It’s then back to the studio to critique some of the images we’ve taken and a final Q & A session.

Each participant takes home pre typed notes from the course

Courses typically run from 9:30am – 1:30pm and include coffee and homemade cake.

Places on the courses are strictly limited to a maximum of 2/3 people. This helps keep the tuition personal and concise, making sure you feel comfortable with what is being covered.

Course dates for the beginning of 2013 are ;

• 20th January

• 16th February

• 3rd March

My workshops are relaxed and informal sessions, enabling you to get the most from your camera.

I regularly write technique and informative features for several photographic magazines including Professional Photographer, Bureau of Freelance Photographers & Practical Photography, so you can be assured of an informative, relaxed and enjoyable photographic workshop.

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About Julian Claxton

My passion for photography is supported by experiences gained on exciting travel adventures and through working for fantastic photographers. In 2006, I made the exciting step of realising my dream of becoming a freelance photographer. Since this pivotal moment, I have held numerous exhibitions, been featured nationally & internationally in print and won numerous awards, including being a finalist in the National Geographic Photographic competition in 2013 with one of my documentary images from the Sudan. From an early age I began to enjoy taking pictures of my daily life, basking in the thrill of sending the film to the printers and eagerly awaiting the pocket sized prints. My first foray into the world developing and printing strangely began at school when I was asked to produce a descriptive photo for the school newspaper. A front page shot later and I was destined to start the long arduous journey of becoming a photographer. In between exciting travel adventures and working for fantastic photographers, I graduated from college and at a crossroads in my journey to becoming a pro photographer, I embarked on a career working as a medical photographer. Learning new skills and dabbling in video production as well as progressing design skills, I yearned for the challenge and freedom of becoming a freelance. I have been fortunate enough to work on some amazing assignments which have included shooting a documentary assignment with an air ambulance, gaining full access to a British Pro cycling team during an international UCI tour, cycling to Rwanda and creating a photographic documentary of my journey. The experiences continue to grow, meeting wonderful people to photograph and telling the story of their journey. The list of events and striking moments that have played out through my viewfinder continue to grow and provide me with ever increasing snapshots of life to capture. One of the highlights of my career thus far has been staying in rural Uganda, teaching photography to the kids from the region, in a project I set up in late 2014, entitled ‘Give a child a camera’. The basis of the project is to supply 35mm cameras and film to the rural schools in this region of East Africa, teaching the children how to shoot photographs. After a week of taking photos of their life, an exhibition is held at the school and the children leave with their very own album, camera and film. One of the images I shot at Eden school in rural Uganda, during morning chapel won the 2015 Travel Media Tourism and Photography award. A great honour and one that I wouldn’t have picked up had it not been for the wonderful children of East Africa. For further information please visit
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