CHOOSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

My courses cover subjects that can be explored at different levels. These descriptions give an idea of the topics covered but each course will be tailored to your current knowledge and experience.
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This gives you the freedom to explore subjects as you are ready and to continue with further sessions as you progress. On any course we will spend the first few minutes assessing your current level of knowledge so we don’t waste time going over things you already know. This results in training that is tailored to your individual requirements and means you get the best value out of the time.

If you're looking for training in a particular area and don't see a relevant course here, please get in touch to find out how I can help you.
Teaching the foundation photography course
Technical Foundation (2 sessions) £350 | 4 hours
People often come to me in frustration, feeling they have a natural feel for composition but lack the technical skills to get the shots they want. If that sounds familiar then this is the course for you.
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This course is aimed at complete beginners or anyone who feels confused by their camera settings. It is split into 2 sessions.

We will start by assessing your current level of knowledge then together we will blast away many of the myths surrounding what you need to take truly awesome shots. You will leave with a solid grounding in the basics, renewed confidence and the skills you need to get the shots you want.

In session one you will learn how to manage exposure; the vital relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO and how to manipulate these to achieve the optimum setting for any situation. We'll cover:

  • Units of measurement
  • Demonstration of exposure
  • Side effects of the 3 functions
  • Aperture - depth of field
  • Shutter speed - motion blur
  • ISO - noise
  • The camera’s light meter
  • Aperture priority mode
  • Other modes

In session two you will learn about choosing the right type of lens for the job plus some essential technical tips and processes. We'll cover:

  • Histograms
  • Capture file type - RAW or JPG
  • Lenses and perspective
  • Speciality lenses
  • Light falloff
  • Colour and white balance
  • An introduction to post-processing workflow

Bring your camera plus your ten best images (if you have them).

You will get the most out of this course if you have a camera with manual and aperture priority modes. SLRs are ideal but other camera types may also be suitable. If in doubt, drop me an email or give me a call.
Studio lighting equipment
Using lighting equipment £175 | 2 hours
Creating lighting effects is now easier, more convenient and cheaper than it ever has been but to take advantage of this you must have a good understanding of the rules of light and lighting equipment.
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A studio environment gives you the power to create any kind of lighting scenario you could want but it can be a confusing area with such a bewildering array of light modifiers and other accessories to choose from. This course will teach you how to use and control various types of lighting equipment to achieve different creative techniques. We will concentrate either on studio lighting or the use of speedlights/ off-camera flashguns, depending on your requirements.

Depending on your level we will spend about half of the time on the technical side and half on the creative use of light.

Exact topics will depend on what you need but typically we will cover:

  • The inverse square law in action
  • Understanding hand-held light meters
  • Using modifiers
  • Creating hard and soft light
  • Flagging techniques
  • Using gels for creative effects

To take this course you need a firm understanding of the subjects covered in my Technical Foundation course.
Award winning portait using butterfly lighting on a grey background
How to shoot portraits £175 | 2 hours
Want to create better portraits? Not sure what type of lighting to use? Struggling with composition? For every portraiture shot you need to take into account these five essentials:
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  • Light
  • Location
  • Exposure
  • Pose
  • Expression

This course will cover each of these in detail, demystifying the processes involved and helping you to add a professional edge to your images. We look at your current work and see how you can improve.

Bring your camera plus your ten best portrait shots.

To take this course you need a firm understanding of the subjects covered in my Technical Foundation course.
Portrait of stylish lady with hat
Shooting models, fashion and beauty £245 | 2 hours
Working with a model can bring a whole new dimension to your work and can make the difference between good and stunning images.
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As with all the courses the content will be designed for you at your level. Popular subjects include:

  • Types of shoot; purpose (editorial, commercial) and style (beauty, avant garde, fine art)
  • How to design and style your shoot; mood boards
  • Formulating a shoot plan that works for you
  • Choosing and sourcing the right model for your project
  • How to light a model to match the style of the shoot
  • Posing models, both experienced and inexperienced

This course will include theory and practice with a model.

To take this course you need a firm understanding of the subjects covered in my Technical Foundation course.
Award winning close up image of tulip flower
How to shoot close up/ macro £175 | 2 hours
This genre of photography is different to any other and brings its own unique challenges. The good news is that you usually have time to work things out, if only you know how.
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On this course we will photograph several still life subjects. Obtaining sharp focus over the subject area with extreme shallow depth of field is one of the biggest skills that we will cover.

To take this course you need a firm understanding of the subjects covered in my Technical Foundation course.
Adobe Lightroom training
Using Adobe Lightroom for workflow and processing £175 | 2 hours
Managing your post-production stage is an essential part of the overall photography process. Getting this bit right will maximise your time and effort.
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This course is all about workflow. First, we establish the best process for importing, organising, rating, editing and exporting your images. Next, we look at the ways in which you can use Lightroom to create a processing style and apply it to a batch of images.

Bring a set of unedited images from a shoot, preferably.
Photography training using a wedding couple
How to shoot weddings £175 | 2 hours
Photographing weddings can be a rollercoaster ride requiring many skills before you even get to the photography.
Wedding photography includes portraiture, social reportage, product, and in some cases landscape photography, all rolled into one very busy day! On top of this, every wedding is different, every wedding venue offers a different set of opportunities and challenges, and every bride and groom have different plans and expectations.
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Having photographed a great many weddings over the last 15 years, I have built up a wealth of experience and knowledge that I am excited to pass on. I am fully qualified, having gained an associateship with the BIPP in the wedding category, which is known as the most challenging of categories.

The contents of this course will be tailored for you and your level. You may be just starting out, or you may be a seasoned professional wondering how to push the bar and rise above the competition.

Bring your twenty best wedding shots.

To take this course you need a firm understanding of the subjects covered in my Technical Foundation course.

Alan Harbord
British Institute of Professional Photographers Licentiateship 2009
British Institute of Professional Photographers Associate 2014
The Societies of Photographers 4 GOLD competition awards, 2017
The Societies of Photographers Qualified, 2017
The Guild of Photographers, Qualified 2013
The Guild of Photographers International BAR of Distinction 2013
The Guild of Photographers International BAR of Distinction 2015
The Guild of Photographers, Photographer of the Year 2014 runner up
The Guild of Photographers Photographer of the Year 2013 runner up
The Guild of photographers 1 GOLD competition award 2013
The Guild of photographers 10 SILVER competition awards
The Guild of photographers 76 BRONZE competition awards

Ready to take your photography to a new level?
Based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Covering all areas


© 2020 Alan Harbord Contact Me

Ready to take your photography to a new level?

Based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Covering all areas

Alan Harbord
British Institute of Professional Photographers Licentiateship 2009
British Institute of Professional Photographers Associate 2014
The Societies of Photographers 4 GOLD competition awards, 2017
The Societies of Photographers Qualified, 2017
The Guild of Photographers, Qualified 2013
The Guild of Photographers International BAR of Distinction 2013
The Guild of Photographers International BAR of Distinction 2015
The Guild of Photographers, Photographer of the Year 2014 runner up
The Guild of Photographers Photographer of the Year 2013 runner up
The Guild of photographers 1 GOLD competition award 2013
The Guild of photographers 10 SILVER competition awards
The Guild of photographers 76 BRONZE competition awards


© 2020 Alan Harbord Contact Me