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Get off Auto



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PPractical course  



LOCATIONS (2021): The Savill Garden (Windsor)

(For summer 2021, we're limiting the courses to selected venues and to smaller groups than usual. Other venues usually include: London (central), Liverpool (Albert Dock), York (central), Chester Zoo, Cambridge (central), Oxford (central), Cotswold Wildlife Park (Oxfordshire), Crich Tramway Museum (Derbyshire),, Pensthorpe (Norfolk), Brighton (central), Cambridge (central).)


Using your EOS camera’s automatic modes is great for snapshots and to help you as you learn your way around your camera. However, your camera won’t get it right all of the time, particularly when you want to start improving your composition and creativity.

How do you get beautiful blurred backgrounds or pin-sharp subjects? Learn how to get the results you want and the light you need for great shots.

To step your photography up a gear and take greater creative control of your camera, you need to get off auto.

Away from the Basic Zone – which contains all of the automated modes like SCN, Flash off, Auto+ – there’s a lot more to consider before pressing that shutter button. On this one-day practical event you’ll learn all about the exposure triangle and how to make best use of three of the Creative Zone modes – Program, Av and Tv. You’ll get to know the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed and how, on the different modes, they can be utilised to extend your creativity.

You’ll grow more confident navigating round your camera, understanding what each of the buttons and dials does and where to go in the menu for the settings you need.

It’s the perfect day out for EOS newbies or if you’ve had your EOS camera for a while and are ready to take the next step. You’re guaranteed that you’ll learn the techniques needed to get the image right in-camera, reducing the amount of time spent in post-production.

By the end of the day you’ll be much more confident in handling your camera and able to take more control of your photography, whatever subject you shoot. You’ll know how to blur the background, take sharp shots and understand that by controlling the ISO you’ll be able to use your camera in a variety of ways without being held back by a tripod.

This course is at a beginner’s level, so no experience is needed. This fully practical event is run at a location specially chosen to practise the different skills you’ll learn during the day.

As part of your course, you’ll also get to watch a comprehensive pre-course video tutorial. This is an integral part of your course and will help you familiarise yourself with a few of the key terms and functions that we’ll be using on the day. What’s more, this video remains available to you after your course, so if you need to brush up on any of the key points, you’ll be able to do so at your leisure afterwards.

For the best learning experience, groups are kept small on this course. You be one of five EOS photographers (maximum) on the day. And, because we know the Canon EOS system inside out, you’ll be given relevant and tailored instruction on your EOS camera, whether you own the EOS 1300D, 750D, 5D Mark IV or M5.

So take that next step – get off Auto and learn how to use your EOS camera to its full potential.


Beginners and above; all Canon EOS cameras.


– Pre-course video tutorial
– Hands-on tuition
– Entry fee to venue
– Printed handout, sent prior to event

– Refreshments
We recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you, though some food may be available to purchase at the venue.

There's a maximum of five photographers on this practical course, meaning you get plenty of opportunities to have your questions answered and the tuition tailored to your camera.

In order to keep you safe, we're running only selected practical courses at spacious outdoor venues, and restricting the number to six (five attendees plus your tutor). Our carefully chosen venues have suitable restrictions in place, including the number of people allowed on-site, plus social distancing and hygiene measures. Your tutor has already had two doses of vaccine.

You should not attend the course if you feel unwell and are showing any of the common Covid-19 symptoms. Our current terms and conditions have been adjusted to reflect the uncertainty of the times.

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