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Level 1 Photography

In association with Bass & Bligh cameras, this course is suitable for beginners and those who already enjoy taking photographs but wish to understand manual exposure controls and to improve their compositional skills.

Bass & Bligh

1-day workshop led by Valerie Mather Photography in association with Bass & Bligh. (Now available as Online 1:1 tuition).

The day will be a mix of theory and hands-on exercises with your camera, to help you put into practice the theory behind manual exposure settings, plus lots of opportunities to ask questions. Val specialises in teaching in a fun, jargon-free, practical way. Val has been awarded the internationally respected Distinction Associate of the Royal Photography Society (ARPS) which recognises a high standard of both technical and creative skills in photography. A representative from Bass & Bligh cameras will be on hand to help with the practical exercises, and to provide you with a range of cameras and lenses to try on the day, if you wish.

By the end of the day you should be confidently taking control of your camera settings, and ready to demonstrate your own creativity by applying your new-found compositional skills.

This 1-day workshop will focus on three key components of photography:

- Taking control of your camera by switching over to manual/understanding the “Exposure Triangle”.
- Learning the basics of composition.
- Understanding which camera settings will help you achieve your desired look for different scenarios: e.g. portrait, landscape, sports and macro photography.


Price:  NB This workshop is now available online via Zoom on a 1:1 basis on a date to suit the participant. The Zoom session is 3-hours and the participant recieves a hard copy guide to creative manual exposure and composition tips, plus the workshop slides. Price for a 1:1 session is £150 (no VAT) (discounted to £99 if booked simultaneously with an in person 1:1 3-hour workshop anywhere in Yorkshire). Payment in full is due at the time of booking

Group size: maximum of 10 places. 

Location: Harrogate Community House, 46-50 East Parade, Harrogate HG1 5RR. (venue website:

Facilities: Tea & coffee are provided. There is on-street parking outside the venue (disc parking restrictions do apply other than on Sundays).

Equipment: Please bring with you a digital camera with manual controls, charged battery and memory card. Pen and paper if you wish to take notes. NB: A helpful handout will be provided on the day, summarising what you will have learned during the course, to help you practice your new skills going forward. A representative from Bass & Bligh will be on hand with a range of cameras for you to try on the day, if you wish.

Dates: Contact Val on 07968 558795 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of available dates for group and 1:1 sessions.

How to book: Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (07968 558795) to book your place.