Have you got a DSLR or a bridge camera but are baffled by it? Do you take your photos in auto mode all the time? Unsure about how to process your images? Unsure about the best settings to use? Fear not, all can be made clear.

In response to popular request, I’ve put together 4 sessions at the Jubilee Hall in Rothbury, on consecutive weeks starting on Sunday, 4th November, 10 am – 12 noon.

Although primarily aimed at DSLR and bridge camera users, anyone interested in learning how to get the best out of a camera before jumping into buying a DSLR may find it useful.

All you will need is your camera, although a tripod will be useful at times.

In addition, I have a full frame Nikon D610 and various lenses available (for website subscribers only – insurance only covers them), so if anyone fancies seeing how a full frame compares to a crop sensor it’s there to be used.

We will end each session with a practical exercise. Depending largely on the weather conditions, it may be a walk through Rothbury or along the riverside, or possibly slightly further afield.

These sessions are free to website subscribers; non-subscribers will be £20.00 for all 4 sessions to cover the cost of room hire.

Website subscribers please follow this link to book a place.

Non website members please use this link – payment in advance will be required, as on previous occasions there have been lots of no-shows and the room still has to be paid for regardless.


The basic format will be along these lines –

Week 1

Sunday 4th November 10.00 – 12.00

Your camera – what the buttons mean, how to change settings and what the settings mean.

Aperture control, shutter speeds, focus, ISO and how to use the camera in different modes.

How a DSLR works

Practical use of settings


Week 2

Sunday 11th November 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Post processing and editing

Processing some images practical

Landscapes – composition, lighting, focus, subject matter

Riverside photo walk


Week 3

Sunday 18th November 10.00 – 12.00

Review images from previous week

Street and candid photography

Photo walk in Rothbury


Week 4

Sunday 25th November 10.00 – 12.00

Review images from previous week

Recap on previous weeks

Accessories- flash, additional lenses, filters, etc.

Practical session – weather dependent