Photography Course Surrey Painshill Park

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A beginners photography course at Painshill, Surrey for any photographer who has either just purchased their DSLR or mirrorless camera or have been using them for some time on the automatic setting. These photography 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 photography 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!


July 2022

Saturday 23rd

September 2022

Saturday 24th

October 2022

Saturday 22nd

November 2022

Saturday 26th




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 4.00pm



Imber Court Photo Training deliver our 1 day beginners photography courses at Painshill Park, Surrey. Painshill was created in the 18th century by Charles Hamilton as a living painting, during your photography course you have the opportunity to photograph this work of art and discover dramatic follies, calming waters and stunning views.

We are members of the UK Trading Standards Buy with Confidence scheme. Our feedback is always excellent! All of our photography courses are delivered in a friendly, relaxed environment with everything explained in plain English.

Our photography courses at Painshill, Surrey have been designed for photographers from complete novices and those who have had their camera for some time and require help to use the manual camera settings and are looking to improve their photographic skills and techniques. Our Beginners Photography Courses are an excellent starting place and will teach you the basics and help you build the foundations to become excellent photographers in the future. At Imber Court Photo Training we believe there are three key elements that you need to understand and master to start taking great photographs. Your photographs need to be technically correct; this means you have used and understand the correct camera settings to capture the shot. Secondly your images need to be well composed and finally they need to contain an element of emotion! We can teach you the first two elements, but the emotion part comes with experience and lots of practice! Basically it’s all about being in the right place at the right time in the right lighting conditions and knowing what to do to capture that moment in time!

If you are currently shooting on the fully automatic modes and find the manual camera settings a mystery, your creative abilities are extremely restricted. We will show you how to take control of the aperture and shutter speed which are both vitally essential to make your images stand out from the crowd. You will also look at ISO, white balance and exposure compensation, composition of a photograph and some basic editing, amongst many other subjects.

Our track record on delivering beginners photography courses is outstanding. If you have just purchased your camera or have had a camera for some time and are keen to start achieving better results, then our Beginners Photography Courses at Painshill, Surrey with our expert guidance will inspire and guide you to develop a passion for photography.

All our photography courses are delivered by Ashley Gardner, a professional photographer and professional trainer with many years of photographic experience, who set up the company in 2009.

Ashley will show you how to achieve the key elements required to start capturing wonderful images. Once you have mastered the key elements you will have acquired the skills to start capturing great images with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera.

Below is some feedback that previous clients have sent about or 1 Day Photography Course at Painshill, Surrey: All of our Trading Standards Buy with Confidence Scheme feedback can be found here: 

I attended the one day beginners photography course at Painshill Park. The course was delivered by Ashley in a friendly and professional manner and pitched at just the right level for a learner like me. There is a good mix of classroom theory and also the chance to then try the theory in the beautiful grounds of the park. I feel that I have learnt very much to now build on as my photography improves. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to improve their skills get off of ‘Auto’.

I only wish I had done this course sooner and spent each lockdown practising. Ashley is a great trainer with a matching personality. My camera was a challenge but he worked it out with patience and I feel I have learnt so much in just a day. I am enthused to get out and practise and am sure I will be back for another course very soon.

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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