Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course


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The Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course is for those keen to develop the creative side of their photography and improve the sharpness, exposure and impact of their images; both when taking photographs and subsequently when enhancing images on the computer.


ONE DAY COURSE – 10.00AM – 4.00PM

The Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course is held in our purpose built training studio in the village of Lacock – “the Birthplace of Photography” and is a mixture of tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera.

There are a maximum of 4 students on each course with a computer workstation running Photoshop Elements available for each to use to review their images following a photoshoot in the Cloisters and Grounds of Lacock Abbey.

To get the most out of the Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course, it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course.


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On the course we will cover;

  • Key Camera Controls & Revision of basic photography techniques including:
    o Focusing
    o Metering modes
    o White balance
    o Exposure
  • Histograms & Exposure Compensation
  • Composition & Colour
  • Lacock Abbey photoshoot
  • Downloading, reviewing & editing images
  • Review & Questions

REVIEWS - What our students say!

Beginners Plus+ Course rated overall 4.9 out of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

♥♥♥♥♥  Martin -Many thanks for a fantastic day, even if it was very wet. I really learnt a lot and your advice an camera upgrades was very helpful; I now have a shiny new Canon 750D to put my skills into practice with!.

♥♥♥♥♥  Jasmine – This was a really enjoyable day in a lovely small group! Great for consolidating existing knowledge, and also for learning and experimenting with new knowledge. Fiona is very encouraging, and an excellent teacher. The venue is perfect, and the photoshoot in the abbey, with Fiona’s expertise alongside, is not to be missed!

♥♥♥♥♥  Linda –  A useful & enjoyable day with a good mix of theory & practical. The small group made one to one tuition easier which was very useful. The venue is spacious & light & Fiona’s enthusiasm is infectious – lunch was good too! Many thanks.

♥♥♥♥♥  Steve -The Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course is a great day learning how to make the very best of my camera. Fiona was a great teacher, taking time to explain and encourage. Lacock provides an excellent venue – a huge variety of subject matter. Thoroughly recommend Lacock Photography.

♥♥♥♥♥  Pam – I thought the mix of theory and practical topics was excellent and pitched at the right level. The penny dropped regarding levels and histograms after Fiona’s simple explanation. This was one topic I was struggling to understand before hand. The venue couldn’t have been better. Overall the day was extremely enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to learn and improve their photography. Many thanks to you both.


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We run the Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course about once a month, mainly at weekends and Fridays.

We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 4 students on each course.

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 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 10:00 am so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. 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’s Beginners Plus Digital Photography Course enhances basic technical photography knowledge, particularly relating to exposure and histograms.  It also improves students ability to use compositional techniques and colour.

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
● Training Notes
● Entry into Lacock Abbey Gardens (we would appreciate if National Trust members would bring their NT cards with them on the day to save us a some fees)

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

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Additional information

Course Dates

30 July 2017, 13 August 2017, 29 September 2017, 19 November 2017