Ability levels within our training programme
Our training programme has been designed to provide a wide variety of events to meet the needs of photographers at all levels. We structure the programme to avoid unnecessary overlaps so delegates can build on their knowledge from course to course.
Because of this structure it is very important that you enter the programme at a course which is appropriate to your knowledge and experience of digital photography as, due to the “fast track” nature of our training and the amount of information in each course, there is not the opportunity for lecturers to cover topics explained on previous courses. It is also unfair to delegates who have progressed through earlier courses to find that topics previously learnt are being repeated. Our DVD programme is also graded on the same basis. If you are unsure which level is right for you, call one of our advisors who will be happy to discuss it with you. Our training programme is now split into three levels of courses:
- Level 1 - Foundation level (camera basics and correct approach to photography)
- This category is aimed at photographers who are making the transition from digital compact to digital SLR for the first time and have little or no knowlege of the basics of using an SLR camera. Also ideal for those who are self taught and need some gaps filling in. They are also perfect for anyone struggling with some of the new technology. The events are presented at a slightly slower pace allowing for more interaction. If skipping this stage you need to be able to comfortably use the menus and basic Full Auto and PIC modes on the camera which are not covered on the other levels.
- Level 2 - Intermediate level (understanding photography and camera overrides)
- This is where we recommend that most photographers, who have confidently used SLR cameras before, ideally start providing they are happy operating the menus and basic settings on the camera and can use and understand the Full Auto and PIC modes on their camera. Our foundation courses are far from basic and they cover all the key features of photography and key settings on the camera that need to be mastered and understood, as all the subsequent courses are based on the assumption that you have understood these basics fully.
- Level 3 - Advanced level (advanced usage, flash and photographic techniques)
- These are designed to look at the techniques required for specialist areas of photography. They are designed to teach you about the techniques required, rather than how to use your camera. They will not cover the basics such as exposure mode useage and basic photography skills such as correct aperure, ISO, shutter speed selection, depth of field and exposure compensation / AE Lock, as these are fully covered on our level 1 and 2 events.
If you are unsure as to which level of course is suitable for your knowledge level and photographic experience then please feel free to call our customer advisors. This is why we have phone booking and not an online system, it ensures that you get a course that is suitable for your level of expertise and one that you will gain maximum benefit from.