New Workshops & Trips for 2017 by James Brown

DSLR Learning are proud to introduce some amazing new workshops for 2017 that will help improve your photography and technical ability. Alongside you will find some jam-packed weekend and day trips away helping you meet new people and share your passion whilst learning new skills. Have a look below and see if any take your fancy.

Please note that all trips & workshops are on a first come first serve basis. We are expecting the trips and workshops to be booked up fairly quickly so please book soon to avoid disappointment. 

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Christmass Gift vouchers by James Brown


So after my back surgery I'm now slowly getting back on track with DSLR Learning and will start adding some content on here again, any suggestions please comment below and I'll be happy to help.

We have some new dates for the Beginners Masterclass. Gift vouchers for Christmas are now available to purchase at a discounted price of £40.00.

Vouchers are avalable from our products page here

Flash and Natural Light Photography by James Brown

This  guide will give you a basic understanding of how to technically use flash lighting and natural light. 

By changing the aperture and turning up the flash power resulted in a perfectly balanced image. 

The shutter speed was set for the ambient light, the lamps. Changing the shutter speed will effect how much of it is seen, the longer the shutter speed more will see e.g. 1/8 The shorter the shutter speed the less will be seen e.g. 1/60.  The aperture was set to match the power of the flash, the same principle works - If the Groom was to dark then more light would be let in,  e.g. F11 to F8.  If the Groom was to light then less light would be let in e.g. F8 to F11.

Simply using a window can provide perfect light for portraits. 

Adding a large reflector and turning the image to black and white can make a 'moody' image. 

A small reflector under the chin will bounce light and create a clean looking image. 

Metering Modes by James Brown

This is a tool that is overlooked by many photographers. It has a huge impact on your images and can make all the difference to your picture’s end result.

When taking a light reading, you are in fact reading the amount of light that is available around you through the cameras lens. The metering mode gives the camera more information as you are now refining how the camera reads that light and the more control you have over the light the better your images will be. 

Different metering modes are used for different situations and should be used accordingly. Obviously rules are meant to be broken but you must learn the rules first. Next time you are taking pictures, select the different metering modes and you will see how different the results of each image are. Changing the metering mode has a huge impact on your images.  

So where do you find the metering options? On the camera you usually have several different places where you can find the same thing; on the back of the camera and in the main menu system are the most common. The logo for the metering options looks like the rectangle shape with what looks like an eye in the middle. 


There are 4 different types of metering options; centre-weighted, spot, partial and evaluative. Each one reads light in a different way resulting in specific exposures.

1. Centre-weighted average metering

The light is measured across the whole lens but takes most of the reading from the centre point. Itdoes not take the focus into account and uses the same average reading for every shot. Most of the time I use this for landscape photography. 

2. Spot metering

Spot metering measures the light in the middle of the lens; a very small circular area covering just 2%-4% of the picture area. This gives you a very precise light reading and can be used for small subjects or areas of interest. It can also be used when light is behind a subject, which results in the light falling on to the subject rather than the light from behind the subject which would ordinarily give you a silhouette. 

3. Partial metering

Partial metering is a little larger that spot metering, and reads about 8%-13% of the lens. Again this can be used for things like group shots or portraits when the light is behind them. 

4. Evaluative metering

This is the default metering mode and can be thought of as auto. Light is measured across the whole of the lens but is very biased to the focus point being used.




DSLR Learning - New blog by James Brown

Hi everyone, after a while of thinking about setting up a blog I've taken the plunge. I'm going to try and keep you up to date with our workshop dates and locations, camera club news as well as adding photography advice, tips and ideas and answering any questions you have. 

Thanks for reeding, now time to think about what I'm going to blog about next...any ideas?