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Photography for Beginners

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The perfect workshop for beginner photographers, The Assembly Hall are excited to partner with award winning photographer, Clare Barker Wells to bring you 'Photography for Beginners'.  

This 2-part workshop series for beginners covers everything you need to take your photos from ‘ordinary snapshot’ to ‘beautifully created image’.  Come and learn how to find the most flattering light, create interesting compositions and get to know your camera so that you can take beautiful photos with the auto setting turned off. Learn the principles and basic rules of photography and how to apply them to capture special moments in everyday life, whether you're using your iPhone or a DSLR camera. 

You don't need a fancy camera to attend this workshop, as the best camera is the one you already own. With extensive teaching experience, Clare will guide you over two separate sessions allowing you to practice what you've learnt in-between workshops and to give you the confidence you need.   

At the conclusion of the workshop you will have an understanding of basic photography and you will be able to use your camera on the manual setting confidently and effectively.

Who is this workshop perfect for

  • Individuals who want to capture special moments with their family and friends

  • Anyone who has a DSLR but hasn't learnt how to take it off the AUTO setting

  • Creative individuals interested in photography

What you will learn

Session 1: Light and Composition

1. Light 

  • Learn why light is integral to taking a good photograph

  • How light changes a photograph

  • Learn how to find good light in any situation

2. Composition 

  • Understand the basic ‘rules’ of composition

  • Learn how to create beautiful portraiture compositions

  • Learn how making simple changes in composition can take a photograph from a boring snapshot to an interesting and unique image

Session 2: Understanding Your Camera

3. How your Camera Works 

  • Learn basic technical knowledge to help you understand your camera better

  • Find out what aperture, shutter speed and ISO are, how they work, and why they're important to you

  • Understand lenses and focal lengths

  • Learn about exposure and metering

4. Taking Control of your Camera

  • Learn what all the buttons on your camera do, and which ones you need to use

  • Find out how to get those blurry backgrounds you see in professional photography

  • Learn why your photographs sometimes don't turn out how you want them to

  • Switch your camera to manual mode and never look back!

Essential Info

Duration: 4 hours each session (8 hours total) 
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Dates: Session 1: Tuesday 4 June / Session 2: Tuesday 11 June
Maximum Number of Participants: 10
Pre-Requisites: No pre-requisites
What to Bring: Your DSLR or mirrorless camera with a fully charged battery and memory card installed. 

Cost: $390


Clare Barker Wells 

Clare is an award-winning, internationally published lifestyle photographer who is basically in love with shooting families (her own, and other people’s). She’s known for her rich, authentic, often editorial style, always capturing the real beauty of her subjects. On top of this, one of her favourite things to do is to teach others how to take control of their camera and to find and take the photographs that make their hearts happy. She is originally a Brit, but having lived in Russia, Malaysia, and now Singapore, she has almost forgotten what a proper English cup of tea tastes like, so isn't sure she can really call herself British anymore (although the sarcastic sense of humour will never leave her.) To find out more about Clare and to see more of her work, visit here:


Commonly Asked Questions

I barely know how to turn my camera on!  Will I find this workshop too advanced and overwhelming? 
No. This workshop takes you right back to basics and delivers new information in a simple and practical manner. 

My camera is really old. Should I buy a new one?
Absolutely not!  Clare has extensive experience with many camera styles and models and will be able to assist you with what you already have. Clare will also discuss differing types of cameras in the class, and what suits different styles of shooting. You may find that you don't need the newest, biggest DSLR out there.

I already know about Aperture and ISO etc but still find it overwhelming putting it into practice. Is this course right for me?
Yes. Clare brings the whole class back to basics to give a solid understanding of not only what these things mean, but why they are important, and how they all work together. The practical element will allow you to put this all into practice and leave you feeling confident with your camera. 

Will I get any one-on-one time with the teacher despite it being a group class? 
Yes.  Clare has warm and approachable style, and always allows time to address and individual concerns or questions. 

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