Improve Your Photography

Take Better Photographs – The Course

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My ‘Take Better Photographs’ course runs at various times through the year. Over a weekday from 10am-5pm I provide an introduction to photography in a relaxed environment, a real hands on experience. Every single person who has been on it rates the course on feedback forms as better than expected and most importantly tick yes to the question ‘Do you feel that the course will help you to take better photographs?’.

For the course in February I welcomed Brian Aiton and Nick Fletcher to my Loch Lomond base in the village of Drymen and we started by learning about how cameras work, making sense of all the dials and controls before getting hands-on with some practical skills. I really enjoy the moment in each course where you can see that they really understand how easy it is to take control of the camera and to get more creative.

For the afternoon we travelled to nearby Balmaha, where we experienced some excellent weather for the time of year. Here are some photographs of Brian and Nick in action.


Brian on the beach at Millarochy working on mastering his camera settings!


Nick capturing some vibrant colours thanks to the low sun in the sky


Getting creative with some props for a still life examples


Nick in action capturing some of the signage for the trails around Balmaha


What a view! Loch Lomond and its islands viewed from Craigie Fort, Balmaha


A must have photography opportunity at Balmaha with the brand new Tom Weir statue.

Course Topics

Within the course we cover topics including camera controls, portraiture, landscape photography, composing photographs, aperture, exposure, focus, shooting in manual, advice on equipment, workflow, digital editing, light, how cameras work, showcasing your photography and developing your photography skills.

The Results

Nick and Brian by early afternoon were comfortably shooting on manual mode with a real clear understanding of the camera controls. This allowed them to concentrate on their compositions and create some really strong images. Here is an example from each of them. I am really pleased with not only what they captured but their understanding of how to take better photographs.


Nick Fletcher’s excellent photograph of Loch Lomond, taken from Craigie Fort, Balmaha, Loch Lomond

Brian Aiton's superb Loch Lomond photograph, taken during the course.

Brian Aiton’s superb Loch Lomond photograph, taken during the course.

Steve & Brian’s verdict

Some really nice feedback from the guys: From Brian ‘I enjoyed every second of the course most best of all was seeing the photographs that I took. It made me feel like I am making real progress’. From Steve ‘Paul helped me grasp the principals very well and I have gained a lot of confidence from today’. Thanks guys you made the day very enjoyable, please keep me up to date with your progress in photography.


Take Better Photographs Course Attendees – Nick Fletcher (Left) Brian Aiton (Right)

About Me:

I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – or call me on 01360 661029.

Further Reading

If you like landscape photography please have a look at my pictures of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs as well as Balmaha. You may also enjoy reading my Top 5 Tips for Improving Your Photography and New Photography Challenges.

Future Courses

My one day ‘Take Better Photographscourse is available throughout the year with a minimum of one person and maximum of four per course. The cost is just £99 + booking fee. You can find out more and book the next course at my ‘Take Better Photographs’ page.

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