Beginners Photoshoot


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Beginners Photoshoot


ONE DAY COURSE            9:00AM – 4:30PM

The Beginners Photoshoot is suitable for those who have attended a Beginners and/or Beginners Plus Digital photography course here at Lacock Photography or elsewhere and want some technical and creative guidance in a ‘real life’ setting.

The Beginners Photoshoot creates a practical environment allowing students to practice using their camera and process their images using Photoshop Elements. The workshop will improve student’s confidence and ability to use their camera and to develop their compositional and post production skills.

The day will start with a technique review and composition tutorial. The group will then go out with Fiona for a guided photoshoot in Devizes or Bradford on Avon. After the photoshoot the group will return to the studio for a late lunch after which there will be a short Photoshop Elements tutorial. Students will then upload and edit their images from the morning session. The day will conclude with a review of images from the day.

This beginners photoshoot is for a maximum of 3 students to allow plenty of time for the tutor to give one to one support to each participant.
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On the course we will cover;

  • Brief revision of basic photography techniques including:
    o Focusing – auto, single/multi spot & reframing
    o Exposure – aperture/shutter priority
    o Exposure compensation & histograms
    o Composition & Colour – lots of ‘rules’
  • Rule of thirds
  • Landscape versus Portrait
  • Lines – diagonal, horizontal & vertical
  • Framing
  • Patterns & Texture
  • Isolate details
  • Changing your viewpoint
  • Perspective
  • Fill the frame
  • Curves and S shapes
  • Creative with colours


Beginners Course rated overall 4.8 out of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

♥♥♥♥♥ T.HR. – 17 Sep 14 Great to have an expert on hand during the beginners photoshoot, after each shot so I learned a lot. It was also good to have some photoshoot advice in the afternoon to enhance the photos I had taken.

♥♥♥♥♥ B.B. – 30 Sep 14 Great day on the beginners photoshoot, lots of help and guidance. Thank you!

♥♥♥♥ T.G. – 28 Sep 14 My second course at Lacock and once again it exceeded expectations , coming away with even more knowledge and enthusiasm!

♥♥♥♥♥ J.G.L. – 29 Sep 14 The practical tips during the beginners photoshoot were most helpful better than trying to gain understanding from the manual!


We run this course several times a year, mainly at weekends and Fridays. We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 3 students on each course. The small class size is important as we like to give one to one support during the shoot.

The dates we currently have places available for booking are shown above. Just choose the date you would like to come and add to cart. Payment may be made on our secure website by credit or debit card or by calling 01249 730571 to book and pay by card over the phone.

If you would like to book but none of the available dates is suitable then maybe a one to one or one to two session could be arranged, please use the contact form to let us know.

We aim to start at 9:00 am and the day ends at around 4:30 pm.

THE TUTOR - Fiona Turnbull

In recent times, Fiona’s interest and love of photography has blossomed; Fiona holds a Diploma in Digital Photography and been awarded the LRPS Distinction by the Royal Photographic Society. Always keen to improve her own photography, She is now working toward achieving the ARPS award.

In 2010, Fiona with her husband Andy set up a new photography business located in Lacock, the “Birthplace of Photography”. One of the few photography training schools to own it’s own purpose built premises, the business has grown year on year to become one of the UK’s leading provider of photography training. As an ex-mathematics teacher, Fiona is an experienced trainer and has developed this course for people who are at the start of their photographic journey. Fiona Comments: “As a relative newcomer to digital technology, I keenly remember the hurdles that need to be overcome when getting to grips with digital photography and the apparent complexities of modern digital cameras!”

Fiona has a wide range of photographic interests but is particularly keen on close up people, animals and nature photography. Fiona’s work can be viewed on flickr at:


Once you arrive we look after you for the whole day. You won’t have to go out to find somewhere to get lunch or bring sandwiches!

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch

You just have to bring your camera with memory card, fully charged battery and USB lead if you have one.

The Old Clubhouse B & B

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Additional information


6 May 2016 (Bradford on Avon), 22 July 2016 (Devizes)