Beginners 1 Day DSLR Workshop Painshill Park, Surrey

Painshill Park 2 DAY Beg

A course for any photographer who has either just purchased their DSLR or bridge camera or have been using them for some time on the automatic setting. These courses are delivered in an easy to understand way with a mixture of both classroom and practical sessions with the beautiful Painshill Park as a backdrop. The course is delivered in plain English with simple explanations of the effects that the various camera settings can produce. Once you understand the effect of shutter speed which is all about either freezing or showing movement in our images and the aperture which allows us to decide if we want the background of our images either sharp or blurred you will have mastered the two important controls of your camera. In auto mode you have no control of these settings!


October 2021

Saturday 2nd




This day is suitable for all DSLR & Mirrorless camera users.

Ashley Gardner


Painshill Park, Cobham, Surrey

A digital camera. A tripod if you own one.

No previous knowledge required for this course.

9.30am to 4.30pm



We will guide you through the basic way in which a digital camera works and go through  its important controls. We will concentrate on freezing movement and how to decide if you want the background sharp or blurred. We will also look at white balance and ISO settings along with exposure compensation. We will also discuss the composition of a photograph. The day will be equally split with time in the classroom and taking images within the grounds of Painshill Park.

The last part of the day will be spent on discussing the methods used for downloading our images to a computer and some of the basic electronic enhancements we can make to our images prior to printing using image editing software.

At the conclusion of this workshop you will have achieved a good standard of basic photographic knowledge. You will be confident of capturing good quality images in a variety of situations and be able to use the camera’s controls to achieve this. You will also have attained the knowledge to download, enhance and prepare digital images for printing. You will now have reached a platform where you will be able to progress your photographic skills.

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Ashley is a brilliant trainer, his obvious love of cameras and photography showing throughout the day.  His knowledge of the subject and cameras is quite remarkable. He was very keen to help everyone and also motivate us all to go away and never use Auto again!

The day most definitely met objectives and aims for me.  I came away feeling that I wanted to do more and was certainly inspired on the day to experiment.  I came away with some lovely photos.

I thought that the course was absolutely brilliant for beginners – any more content and it would have been too much to take in.  Ashley is a very good teacher with great patience who is able to put students at ease, free to ask any questions at any point in the day without feeling embarrassed at their lack of knowledge.

Excellent – the day ran very smoothly with the correct balance of theoretical and practical learning. Ashley even let me practice using his Nikon camera which was more similar to another SLR that I had waiting for me at home so that I would be able to understand how to use that one as well as the camera I brought with me to the course. Not to mention the very generous gift of batteries when mine ran out!

Cannot rate Ashley highly enough. I was engaged throughout the day and found Ashley to be all of the above. He is a very good teacher!

Ashley was enthusiastic, engaging, and informative. Everything you need in a teacher. Thanks for a really great day. It was my first ever whole day away from my one year old, so although at times I may have seemed distracted, I had such an enjoyable day – thank you!


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