Digital photography course for beginners

Fri 19 April - Fri 24 May

6 week course for beginners who would like to get to know their camera better.

This 6 weeks course is designed for beginners who would like to get to know their camera better , explore various settings, learn about effective composition and how to use a light to produce professional looking images. The course is also suitable for keen photographers who have been using a camera for a while but not to the full potential and mainly use the preset modes.

After the course you will be confident to use your camera on full manual setting and you will be able to deal with any difficult light situation.


The course will make you confident in use of your camera on various settings and in fully manual mode. You will learn about how aperture works and determines depth of fiels in your images. You will test various settings of shutter speed and experience the effect of capturing a moving subject. You will apply ISO and white balance correctly to enhance your images and get to know what is the best lighting for successful photography. You will discover how in camera lightmeter works and how to compose  an eye pleasing composition. In the last part  you will learn how  to edit your images for the best printing outcome and presentation.  

Week 1: How to use aperture creatively 

 Week 2: How shutter speed works and controls result 

Week 3: What ISO & WB means and how to use it 

Week 4: Successful composition, lighting and use of lenses 

Week 5: How the exposure metering works 

Week 6: How to edit and present your images 

Practical information

You will need to bring a tripod, a camera with manual settings.

Each session will last 2 hours and 30 minutes and it will be a mixture of indoor and outdoor learning (weather permiting) while practising with your camera.   

 Places are limited to 12 students only for more personal approach and with plenty of time to practise and ask questions. 


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You are required to bring your own camera for this course and other equipment will be provided.

Course leader

This course will be led by a local photographer and tutor Iva Dyke. Iva has been working in  photography industry for over 20 years and teaching photography courses for over 15 years in the local college and privately. She currently takes images on a digital SLR, however she occasionally likes to get her old film camera out and create images on black and white film. Iva is a passionate photographer who doesn’t shy from any photographic challenge; she likes sharing her passion and helping other photography enthusiasts to achieve their perfect imagesHer teaching style is very relaxed and informal, backed with years of experience in freelancing and teaching people from various walks of life. For more info about Iva, please see her website or her Instagram account @ivadyke

Useful information

  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the house
  • Free Blue Badge parking within the car park

Find us

By foot
You can find us on foot less than one mile from the city centre, either by walking through London Road Cemetery: Paxton’s Arboretum and across London Road, or by using the back entrance through the alleyway between 229 and 231 Humber Avenue, CV1 2AQ.

By train
We’re just a 20 minute (1 mile walk) or a short taxi ride from Coventry train station.

By bus
You can jump on the X18 (Stagecoach bus) to Stratford from Stop TS2 near Sainsbury’s in Coventry city centre, arriving on London Road right by the entrance to Charterhouse in just 10 minutes. The X18 runs every 30 minutes.

Alternatively, you can catch the 3 (National Express Coventry bus) towards Warwickshire Shopping Park from Cross Cheaping (Stop BS6) in Coventry city centre, arriving at Humber Avenue on London Road right by the back entrance to Charterhouse in just 7 minutes. The 3 runs every 15 minutes.

By car
We have a large car park available for Charterhouse visitors just off London Road (A4114). Car park charges apply.

Sat Nav destination: CV1 2JR

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