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Course Location & Timings


Dates: February to November 2012

Timings: 09.45am - 5.00pm

Address: 25 Westerby Lane, Smeeton Westerby, Leics, LE8 0RA

Telephone. 0116 2796906

Price: £135

Lunch: Included


Nature = Nature & Bird Photography Course at Rutland Water. Oakham


Photography Course Timings


9.30 -10am Arrival, coffee & biscuits 10.00am camera settings & theory

12.30 -1.00pm light lunch (included)

1pm-3pm Practical photography

3pm-4pm Review photographs

4pm-5pm Photo-editing Demonstration

5pm Questions & course feedback


DSLR Course Requirements


Digital SLR Camera

Extra lenses - optional

External flashgun - optional

Fully charged battery and / or a spare

Empty memory card

Any other kit you need explaining

change of shoes if wet.


Please ensure you have a fully charged battery as we will be using your camera a lot and batteries do to tend to run out.For batteries and cards at huge discounts visit


Is it worth buying Sigma or Tamron Lenses

It's always nice to have the dedicated Nikon lenses on your camera and in the ideal world it would be good to stick with the branded lenses. In reality though you can often get a similar Sigma or Tamrom lens for about 2/3rds of the price.

I personally don't have a problem with buying non Nikon lenses as I've owned and used Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX and a Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 EX for the past two years without any problems.

What about other Flashguns

I must admit though I do have some non Nikon lenses all my flash guns are Nikon branded. I haven't tried other makes so I can't comment but I suppose It's because the price difference isn't so large as it is with lenses. I use my flashes a lot with the Nikon Creative lighting system which I think works really well. I don't think I would feel confident using other brands.

If anyone has tried them in a multiple flash setting I would like to hear your comments.


Camera Buying Guide - Canon

This section is dedicated to helping you choose a Canon camera outfit and it is divided into four sections: Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi Pro and Professional. Canon seem to have more models than you can shake a stick at so the variations are numerous but here goes. See the Nikon Camera Buying Guide

Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom. One lens for every occasion

Before you choose you camera please consider carefully the lens you buy with it. The shop will probably try and sell you two lenses - an 18-55mm kit lens and a 55-200mm or 75-300mm telephoto zoom. This means you will miss pictures while changing lenses and also open the camera up to dust and dirt.

I use and I'm a big fan of the Tamron 18-270mm Superzoom which will save you having to buy and carry two lenses plus save you money in the long run on additional camera bags and filters. There is also less chance of missing those important shots because you are changing lenses.

Please see the Which Lens Should I Buy page for more details

Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera Approx £300

Canon 1200DThe Canon EOS 1200D is an ideal first-time DSLR for those seeking maximum control, compatible with EF and EF-S lenses, as well as a wealth of accessories in the EOS system. It boasts an 18MP sensor at the heart of its ergonomically-designed body, with full HD video recording on hand for when the action unfolds. The camera’s pentamirror viewfinder is joined by a 3in LCD resolving details with 460k dots, while other notable features include a 9-point AF system, a maximum sensitivity setting of ISO 12,800 (exp.) and continuous shooting at a rate of 3fps. Furthermore,


Canon EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera Body

Canon 100DThe Canon EOS 100D Digital SLR Camera Body is the smallest and lightest camera in the Canon digital SLR range and is the optimal fusion of performance and portability. Aimed at enthusiasts, the 100D shares similar features to the EOS M compact system camera, such as an 18MP sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, 3.0” touchscreen and 1080p video capability (at a rate of 30, 25 and 24fps), with continuous focusing. The Canon EOS 100D is a responsive, easy-to-use camera with Scene Intelligent Auto, which analyses the conditions and picks the optical camera settings to ensure you get the best image. Accommodating all of the technology essential to DSLR photography but in a feather weight body of 407g, the Canon EOS 100D is the ideal choice for keen, on-the-go photographers who desire exceptional image quality in a compact and lightweight package


Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Body - Approx £479

Canon 700DThe Canon EOS 700D Digital SLR Camera Body brings the power and ease-of-use straight to your fingertips and in a lightweight body that’s exceptionally portable, yet solid in the hands. The Canon EOS 700D holds onto the same level of specification as its predecessor (EOS 650D) with the addition of a few physical enhancements - an improved outer body finish, a 360 degree mode dial and the ability to preview Creative Filters in real-time when using Live View mode. The Canon 700D keeps the versatile features that made the 650D so popular and responsive, such as the intuitive 3.0" vari-angle LCD touch screen, an 18 megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5 processor, 9-point AF system and the ability to record full HD 1080p (30p) movies, with stereo sound.


Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera Body

Canon 7DThe Canon EOS 7D is a digital SLR built on the needs of photographers - in fact, in the design process Canon consulted over 5,000 photographers to ask them what they needed most from their camera. Featuring 18 megapixels and a 19-point cross-type AF sensor, the 7D combines great accuracy with even greater flexibility. AF settings can be customised, enabling both photographer and camera to quickly adapt to the scene. A new metering system, the Focus Colour Luminance (iFCL) intelligently measures focus, colour and luminance across 63 zones. There is a dual layer sensor which gathers information from each distinct zone to produce an accurate, consistent exposure. In addition the 7D offers an Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, allowing photographers to control external speedlites with no additional accessories and Full HD 1080 movie shooting.

Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Body Only £1299 Approx

Canon 6dThe Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera Body is a full-frame DSLR and sits below the Canon 5D Mk III in the EOS line-up. Weighing in at just 680g, the Canon EOS 6D is built to a similar size and weight as the EOS 70D, yet combines a powerful full-frame imaging system and superior low-light performance with a compact, robust and lightweight design. The Canon EOS 6D features a 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5+ image processor (same as 5D Mk III) and an 11-point AF system with a single cross-type focus sensor. For the first time in any EOS model, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity are included, enabling photographers to capture stunning images on the move, tag them with location information and wirelessly transfer them to a computer or smartphone. The EOS 6D has a standard ISO range of 100-25600 which can be extended to ISO 50-102800.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Body £2299

Canon 5DThe Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body follows on from the highly specified 5D Mark II but with the addition of a few new, much needed enhancements. The 5D Mark III is aimed at the semi-pro and professional level photographers who desire a lightweight, weather-proof construction, outstanding image quality and impressive levels of speed. The 5D Mark III features a high-resolution 22.3 CMOS sensor and Canon’s powerful DIGIC 5+ processor to ensure a lightning fast frame rate of 6 frames per second. A 61-point AF system (41 cross-types) and an expandable ISO range from 50-102,400 ensures both static and fast moving subjects can be captured, even in dimly lit environments. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III can also record Full HD 1080p movies with stereo sound and full manual control, and the 3.5mm mic and headphone socket allows audio monitoring while recording.


Buy a body only and a better lens

Standard Lenses
Each session will list a suggested camera for that level and offer advice on suitable lenses and flashguns. Most amateur models tend to come with a 18-55mm zoom as standard but as you get higher up the price scale it is more common to buy a body only and a separate lens.

Flash photography with the built in flash
The flash built into amateur cameras is of very low power so I have also suggested suitable flashguns which can be purchased when funds allow. These units all have swivel heads which will allow you to bounce the light off a ceiling or wall for a softer light. This subject is covered in great depth on the Portrait Photography Course

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