Introduction to photography and your DSLR  -  9 week course

Starting Wednesday 7th September

7-9pm @ Filmbase

For the novice photographer looking to make the most out of their camera

Cost of course is €240 for 9 (2hr) classes

Do you know what aperture, ISO or shutter speed means? Many camera owners don't know what half of the buttons and features are for! Learn to use your camera to its full potential under the guidance of an experienced professional.

This intensive course teaches you how your SLR works and how to get the best out of your camera for, and in, any situation. The level of one-to-one attention and instruction will enable you  to competently shoot what you want, where and when you want.  If you are a complete beginner eager to progress to new and exciting levels in photography, come and join us.

Learning Aims

This photography course covers the basic aspects of digital photography and your camera. Using your own camera this course covers every aspect of your camera over a full 18 hours of tuition with a professional photographer.

At the end of this photography course you should:

  1. Understand how a camera works and the combined effects of changes to ISO, Aperture and shutter speed. 
  2. Understand where to start with your settings in any lighting situation
  3. Become more familiar with the basic manual functions of your digital camera.
  4. Understand rules of composition and when to break them
  5. Gain an understanding of natural and artificial light and its effect on your subject
  6. Become creative with your composition and lighting
  7. Acquire the knowledge to improve your landscapes, portraits, street photography and more. 
  8. Know how to process and enhance your images in Adobe lightroom and photoshop
  9. A thorough knowledge of image processing for online sharing and watermarking your work
  10. Know how to upload backup and store your images
  11. Be proficient in resolution, sizing and learn helpful tips for printing your images

I explain the intricacies of the digital world in plain English, leaving you confident with your newly acquired technical skills. You will leave your digital photography course competent to shoot anything from portraits, products, landscapes, travel, or whichever genre you choose.

Every participant will have the opportunity to experiment with the settings on their camera with guidance from the tutor.

Intended Audience

If you are beginner with a digital SLR, hybrid or micro camera with manual capabilities and you want to take high quality digital images for a hobby, work, or to kick start a career in photography, then this is the photography course for you. Previous experience is not necessary.

Required Materials

To participate in this photography course, participants must bring their own digital camera (DSLR, FourThirds or Micro FourThirds camera with manual exposure controls and RAW file recording capability) and your camera manual. Not sure if your camera is suitable? Contact me and ask: / 086-2265615

N.B. Classes are run subject to acquiring minimum numbers. You must be over 16 to attend


Here a few samples of images that you can take using the techniques you will learn during this course

Dates (Wednesdays) If you are able to make it to some but not all of these dates, let me know


Location : Filmbase, 2 Curved St, Dublin 2


Thanks to Julie for this feedback...

"I have really enjoyed my semi private class with Dee. I had attempted in the past to understand the basics of photography by myself without really getting it, but Dee has a very simple way to explain things that make total sense so it's easy to grasp and apply. I also left with great insights on what makes a great photo, from a creative point of view. A very good balance of technicality and creativity. And Dee's a beautiful person, fun to be around, all the ingredients for a quality workshop."


Also thanks to Mark for these words...

 For me it worked because I knew what I wanted and she covered it. Everything Dee explained to me made sense and was easy to understand which I think is the crucial thing. Photography by its very nature is very technical and it's easy for people to get lost in it. Particularly when it comes to f stops etc. I think her style works well because she tends to check that people are following so I think she will naturally go at their pace.