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Introduction to Photography & Camera Craft Essentials

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Fully Booked.

Four weekly sessions limited to 10 places - book early to guarantee a place (live workshop sessions using Zoom). 

This workshop is a perfect introduction to photography. It will provide you with a solid foundation and the technical confidence you need to take control of your camera and unleash your creativity. Through a series of no-nonsense, jargon-free sessions, you will learn essential skills along with an eye-opening introduction into the history of photography and the art of seeing. Fun and creative assignments will be given to help you on your journey. The course is aimed at anyone new to photography or for someone wanting a bit of refresher.

It is helpful if you are using a camera that allows you to control the settings in manual mode such as a DSLR or mirrorless camera. This workshop will be will be the same as a face to face workshop, just from the comfort of your own home.  Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with working on-line the tutor will be there to guide you through each step.

Week one: Tuesday 17th November 2020

Week two: Tuesday 24th November

Week three: Tuesday 2nd December

Week four: Tuesday 8th December

Time for each session: 18:30 – 20:30 GMT


Week one: Tuesday 17th November

Exposure and Camera setting. In this initial session, we will get to grips with the basics of photography. You will learn about the exposure triangle and how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work in harmony with each other and how you can use them creatively. We will also look at how to appreciate, understand and control light.  

Week two: Tuesday 24th November

This session will be focused on understanding essential composition skills, techniques and approaches, and how to incorporate these into your image-making. We will also discuss, viewpoint, lenses and focal lengths. 

Week three: Tuesday 2nd December

This session will look at the basics of processing raw files, image editing, file management and how to organise your images. The emphasis will be on teasing maximum image quality out of your files and using editing as a part of the creative process.

Week Four: Tuesday 8th December

This final session will look at more advanced techniques to add to your creative repertoire and build on your basic knowledge. We will also look at the work of some the great photographers from the history of photography.

Attend an online event before 30 November and receive 20% off new membership. Learn more →


  • A camera that allows you to control the settings in manual mode such as a D-SLR or mirrorless camera. 
  • Internet access
  • A webcam or microphone for interacting (your laptop may have these built-in already)
  • Speakers to hear the presentations
  • You will need to install the Zoom app, but full instructions will be provided.


Please look out for the attachment in your confirmation email. If you don't receive it, please email  

Ben will need access to your email address to enable him to send you a link to the class and to send any class notes - we will presume that by booking this course you are giving permission unless you contact us to state otherwise. 

We will also be sending you the tutors email address, and all the links and info you will need once you have signed up. You will receive a Zoom invitation via email, the day before the lesson begins.

Overseas participants - Please check the time of the workshop if you are outside the UK. This link which will help you to calculate the timing of the online workshop: 

Benedict Brain ARPS is a UK based photographer, journalist and artist. Benedict practices as a fine-art and commercial photographer and as a photography workshop leader. He is also an award-winning journalist and until recently was editor of Britain’s best-selling consumer photography magazine, Digital Camera.  He has contributed content to a range of titles including; Amateur Photographer, PhotoPlus, NPhoto, Professional Photography and Practical Photoshop. He currently writes a regular column, The Art of Seeing, for Digital Camera magazine.

Benedict is regularly asked to judge prestigious photo competitions such as the International Garden Photographer of the Year and The British Photography Awards. Travelling internationally as a public speaker Benedict talks about the art and craft of photography and finding creativity. He also speaks at shows such as The Adventure Travel Show and The Photography Show in the UK.

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Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.



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