Need some help with your camera or photography technique?

If you do, then I've just the thing for you! I've been teaching people photography for many years, which is a skill I learnt when I worked on Which Digital Camera and Practical Photography magazines. My courses suit everyone from complete novices, through to experienced enthusiasts, as there's a range of options. The only thing you really need is a camera with manual control and I advise you at least have a DSLR or CSC (that's the ones with removable lenses).

The majority of my courses are run one-to-one, but I do also partner up with some big organisations to offer group courses on specific subjects. You'll find out more about both the one-to-one and group options in the text below, but in summary; I offer a range of different training courses/workshops for entry-level users through to the more advanced enthusiasts.

One-to-one training

All my in-house workshops are run on a one-to-one basis, as this enables me to create bespoke courses to a level that suits each student. I find that the courses work far better this way, as you get to learn a great deal more than you would in a group environment, because you dictate your own pace and won't be afraid to ask lots of questions. I offer my one-to-one courses on any  week day where I have a space in my diary (Monday-Friday), and a day course runs from approx 10am through to 3pm. For most workshops, I am happy to come to you (Mileage is charged at 50p p/mile for  any journey that's further than 5 miles from Biggleswade), or you can come to me in the Biggleswade area. All studio related workshops are held at my Biggleswade home studio. If you can't see a course listed below, or have a specific training requirement - please drop me a line, as I can always create a course for your needs. 


Basic Camera Skills: £249 per person

By far my most popular workshop is the basic camera skills. It's aimed at anyone who has just bought themselves a new DSLR camera, or someone who is struggling to get to grips with the one they have had for a while (stuck on auto settings). The level of detail covered on this course is very much dictated by you. I build a bespoke workshop for you, that works on your current skill levels to help you understand the way to change the pictures you take. I will teach you what the shooting modes do, and what the numbers mean in terms of how each setting effects what you capture. You'll learn about taking pictures in low-light, preventing camera shake and a whole host of other useful techniques. I try really hard to ensure that the technical stuff is made as easy as possible, and I have lots of great ways for you to remember the key things. You'll finish the workshop as an inspired photographer, armed with the tools to help you take better images. 

Advanced Courses: From £299

My advanced courses cover a range of subjects:

Editing Skills £299 per day -  A training course for those who wish to do a bit of post production in something like Adobe Photoshop Elements or Lightroom.

Studio Portraiture from £349 per day  - This course is all about studio lighting and the skills required to pose a subject. We can arrange models for these courses if you want to try shooting something a bit more dynamic, but it pushes the price up to £599 per day. Alternatively, you can bring a confident friend, which drops the price down to £249 per day.

Family Photography course £299 per day - This is a great course for any enthusiast photographer who wants to take better outdoor pictures of the family. Bring the family with you, and walk away with great images and a lot more confidence. 

Group Courses:

I run training days for a number of local visitor attractions, which are targeted towards a variety of DSLR photographers from novice to enthusiast. These courses are not recomended for compact camera users, and that includes the ones that look like DSLR's as you cannot control these cameras in the same way as you can a DSLR. The simple way to know if you have a DSLR, is that the lenses can be removed, and you can manually set shutter speeds and apertures. There are some cameras that are similar to a DSLR, which are called Compact System Cameras. These are generally smaller products, and are partially suitable for the training days. There will however be some elements that CSC cameras cannot perform as well as a DSLR, especially for action photography. The general photography days are ideal for those who wants to discover more about a new DSLR camera, or for those who wish to escape from using auto settings. The general courses cover the basics of setting your cameras shutter speed and aperture settings, and also how to utilise things like, ISO, metering and focussing modes. The birds & beasts and airshow photography days are perfect for photographers who have a basic knowledge of their camera. They are more focussed on advanced use, and specifically around capturing action. Both the birds and airshow courses cater for a mix of skills, so if you're not that confident with your camera, there will be help on applying the camera settings. To book a place on one of these courses, you will need to visit the individual company websites for details. Please be aware that all my group photography days are limited to a maximum number of clients, to ensure you get personal attention. The exact number varies by location, but it's around 15/20 people. Book early to avoid disappointment. 

Jordans Mill (Bedfordshire) Garden photography group training day - £107* per person, including lunch 

For the second year, we are offering photography training days at the wonderful Jordans Mill in Bedfordshire. The next available date is Wednesday 26th July. Click on the date links for full details on the Jordans website, and book via the Jordans Mill book tickets page

Birds and Beasts training workshops (Nr Bedford) £89* per person, including lunch NEW FOR 2017

This course is booked direct with The English School of Falcony (Herrings Green Farm), who are based at Wilstead, near Bedford. This is the perfect course for anyone who is interested in wildlife photography or just action in general. After a bit of classroom time to explain the basics of camera operations, the morning starts with some focus on a range of different animals including Hedgehogs, Tortoise and more common farm animals. The afternoon gets more challenging as I teach how to photograph flying birds of prey including Owls and Eagles. For each subject, you get exclusive access and I work hard to try and make the backgrounds are natural as is possible when using captive animals. There are two dates available for 2017, with the first being Friday 14th July, and the second on Monday 4th September. The price is including entry to the site, a welcome drink, lunch and your training. 

Airshow photography workshops at The Shuttleworth Collection, Bedfordshire. £150* per person, including lunch

For 2017, there's just the one date for The Shuttleworth Collection group aviation photography training day. The workshop will be on Thursday 20th July and will include some unique opportunities to get up close to some of The Collections lovely aircraft and vehicles. The day will start with a bit of classroom time, where you will learn about setting aperture, shutter speed and other camera settings. You'll then get to learn how to photograph an aircraft in a museum, on an airfield and then flying in the air. At the end of the day, you will have been taught how to photograph aircraft in a range of different locations and techniques. This is a comprehensive workshop that suits enthusiasts with basic camera skills through to the more experienced user. There's a bit of period portraiture included during the day and a lovely buffet lunch. Find out more and book your place on the Shuttleworth event page

Airshow photography workshops at IWM Duxford, Cambrideshire. £150* per person, including lunch

There are two remaining dates available for the aviation photography worshops at Duxford in 2017, that are aimed at equipping photographers (basic and enthusiast levels), with a range of techniques to help improve their photography of aircraft. Each has a different theme with the workshop on Friday 23rd June being a United States Air Force theme with a period re-enactor used to teach some portrait skills. The final date for 2017 is on Friday 25th August  SOLD OUT, and will look at the Royal Air Force, with a well-known popular aircraft featuring rather heavily that day! Each date will start with a bit of classroom time, where you will learn about setting aperture, shutter speed and other camera settings. You'll then get to learn how to photograph an aircraft in a museum, on an airfield and then flying in the air. This is a comprehensive workshop that suits enthusiasts with basic camera skills through to the more experienced user. There's a bit of period portraiture included during the day and a lovely buffet lunch. Find out more and book your place on the IWM Duxford event page

Hurricane Heritage day - £150* per person, including lunch

Taking place on Thursday 3rd August 2017, this day features a bit of photography training but it's more aimed as a photographic opportunity day. The day is run in association with The Shuttleworth Collection and Hurricane Heritage who own and operate Hurricane R4118, which is a Battle of Britain veteran aircraft. As part of the day, you'll get to spend time around the aircraft, and for those who are physically able to get up on the wing, there's a chance to sit in this historic airframe. The Darren Harbar Photography involvement comes in the form of setting up some interesting photography opportunities, including some portraiture and period vehicle sets. You can find out more information and book your place via the Shuttleworth event page

*Please note that the group course prices are set by partner companies and are subject to change.