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Photography Training

Welcome

These training courses are offered to our guests at Four Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Oban and are mainly aimed at beginners and improvers. The courses are run for small groups of up to 4 people, so you'll get lots of individual help and encouragement. One-to-one sessions are also an option, bespoke training can be tailoured to your needs so if you have something specific you would like to be more confident with then please get in touch.

 

"Well, if anyone had told me at 10am this morning that by 4:30pm I'd be able to produce a passable portrait using a two-light studio set-up, I wouldn't have believed you. A huge thanks to Duncan for his Studio Lighting Fundamentals workshop. It was an enthralling day. Pitched perfectly for me. Duncan's ability to teach, in terms of conveying information in an easily understood way, is excellent. I can't quite believe how much I seemed to have learned today."

Donald MacKenzie

 

Courses

Are you someone who has invested in their first "proper camera", perhaps a DSLR or one of the new breed of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras (MILC), only to have it gathering dust because its all too complicated? Or are you relying on the Auto mode to set everything for you? If you don't know 'your aperture from your elbow' you are not alone and help is on hand.

Whether you want to photograph landscapes, flowers, people, pets or whatever else this training will help. You will be guided on the fundamental camera controls such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO, so that you can progress from Auto and start taking control. An emphasis will be placed on practical exercises to build confidence in using the camera.

Prerequisites

None, no technical knowledge required, everything will be explained.

Delegates should bring

Booking

When booking Four Oaks Bed & Breakfast this course can be included as an extra. The course fee is £95 per person and includes refreshments.

Are you perhaps looking to use off-camera flash, understand dynamic range and get to grips with neutral density filters, use a hand-held light meter or better understand a histogram?

Prerequisites

Assumes a sound working knowledge of basic photographic practice.

Booking

Please get in touch to discuss your needs (please see contact page) to arrive at a programme of truly bespoke and tailored training.

This course aims to introduce studio flash lighting, giving you a basic set of skills and techniques to setup simple indoor one and two light configurations for portrait and fashion shooting.

Topics

Prerequisites

Specific experience of using flash is not necessary but this will include a hands-on element so delegates should be confident to operate their camera's primary controls for exposure, focus and white balance.

Delegates should bring

Booking

N.B. Course to be phased out later in the year, being incorporated into the Lighting Fundamentals for Speedlights.
This course can currently be run as a one-to-one or for a small group, please get in touch to discuss locations/dates/prices.

This course is similar to the Studio Lighting Fundamentals course in that it aims to introduce flash lighting, giving you a basic set of skills and techniques to setup simple one and two light configurations for portrait and fashion shooting. It covers how to use small portable hotshoe type flashguns (often termed Speedlites or Speedlights) in off camera configurations and with more than one light.

Topics

Prerequisites

Specific experience of using flash is not necessary but this will include a hands-on element so delegates should be confident to operate their camera's primary controls for exposure, focus and white balance.

Delegates should bring

Booking

This course can be run as a one-to-one or for a small group, please get in touch to discuss locations/dates/prices.

 

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