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Come along to our fortnightly photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.
Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers.
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Saturday the 1st of February 2020
Shutter Speed and Action Photography - Temple Gym Hockley Birmingham - 11am - 2 Hours
In this session we will be looking at how you can use your camera's shutter speed settings to capture action in sharp focus. Whether you're new to or familiar with manual camera settings, this session will be a chance to play and get creative with the guidance and advice of the photography instructor.
£14.00pp     only 5 places left
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We have a different photo theme each fortnight and the two hour sessions take place in different outdoor locations across Birmingham. Great opportunity to try something new with the guidance of a professional photographer, and come away with some new shots for your portfolio or album.

Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

What’s involved? Each session starts with an introduction to the fortnight’s theme, and the photography instructor will chat about the camera settings and techniques to use. You’ll then have time to take lots of photos, with the instructor present to answer any questions. You’ll receive feedback and have a chance to chat with everyone to share tips and ideas. We’re a social bunch!

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Saturday the 1st of February 2020
Shutter Speed and Action Photography - Temple Gym Hockley Birmingham - 11am - 2 Hours
In this session we will be looking at how you can use your camera's shutter speed settings to capture action in sharp focus. Whether you're new to or familiar with manual camera settings, this session will be a chance to play and get creative with the guidance and advice of the photography instructor.
£14.00pp     only 5 places left
Saturday the 8th of February 2020
Beginner Guide to Photography - Library of Birmingham - 10am - 3 Hours
Looking to improve your photography? Our Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3 hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off of Auto mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots. The class is ideal for those who are complete beginners who want to get more out of their camera!
£48pp     only 4 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 15th of February 2020
Indoor Portrait Photography - Hockley - 11am - 2 Hours
When photographing portraits indoors, we’re contained by four (or more) walls, and a ceiling – all of which block out light. Of course, this results in a darker environment where we have to work a little harder to obtain a correct exposure. We’re also somewhat conditioned to think that a beautiful picture needs a stunning natural location, however, you can capture fantastic images indoors also – it just takes a little practice. Let’s get into some of the problems that arise with shooting indoors, and find out how to overcome them.
full - no places left
Saturday the 14th of March 2020
Street Photography - Birmingham City Centre - 11am - 2 Hours
Street photography can be addictive, but also frustrating at times! When there’s so much going on in front of your camera, it can be hard to pick out what to focus on and shoot. In this session we’ll be looking at how to separate a good photo story from the noise, and how to improve the photos you take when out and about with your camera.
£14.00pp     8 places left
Saturday the 28th of March 2020
Photographing Nature's Patterns - Sarehole Mill - 11am - 2 Hours
Join this session for tips on how to use your camera settings to creatively capture nature in a visually interesting way. We’ll be looking at composition, focus and colour.
£14.00pp     9 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 4th of April 2020
Outdoor Portrait Photography - Custard Factory Degbeth - 11am - 2 Hours
Portrait photography can be daunting, but it is also incredibly rewarding! In this session we’ll be starting with the basics of photographing people, and how you can feel confident and creative behind your camera. We’ll be looking at: lighting, capturing expressions and posing your subject.
£14.00pp     only 5 places left
Saturday the 11th of April 2020
Colours of Spring Photography - Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens - 12 Noon - 2 Hours
With Spring comes abundant colour. Colour is an important component in setting a mood of a photograph so we’ll be exploring the impact of certain colours, and how to produce a series of images using a single colour. You’ll be surprised at how creative you can get when you focus on colour in your shots!
£14.00pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 25th of April 2020
Beginners Guide to Photography - Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Looking to improve your photography? Our Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3 hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off of Auto mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots. The class is ideal for those who are complete beginners who want to get more out of their camera!
£48pp     only 6 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 2nd of May 2020
Fill Flash & External Flash Photography - Custard Factory, Degbeth - 11am - 2 Hours
Natural light is a favourite of many portrait photographers. There are times, however, when available light is poor quality and you simply need more to make a photo pop! When balanced correctly with your available light, flash can coexist beautifully to enhance your images. Off Camera Flash is when you syncing your camera with your flash. This allows you to take the flash off your camera so that you can illuminate your subject for a different angle. Taking the flash off your camera opens up a world of different options when it comes to diffusing the light through various umbrellas, softboxes and beauty dishes. The flash acts as a second light source, filling in areas where the image is underexposed due to the camera’s metering mode prioritising a different part of the frame. Learn techniques on how to use your flash off camera in this class.
£14.00pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 16th of May 2020
Using Aperture & Bokeh - Botanical Gardens - 10am - 2 Hours
Aperture is a tool for controlling the depth of field in an image, and choosing what areas are placed in focus. We’ll be exploring how to use aperture creatively, as well as playing with bokeh.
£14.00pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 16th of May 2020
Beginners Guide to Photography - Thinktank Birmingham Science Musuem - 10am - 3 Hours
Looking to improve your photography? Our Beginners Class is a great place to start. This 3 hour session is a photo walk that will have you weaned off of Auto mode, and transforming your everyday snaps into professional-looking shots. The class is ideal for those who are complete beginners who want to get more out of their camera!
£48pp     only 6 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 30th of May 2020
Sunset Photography - Gas Station Basin Birmingham - 8:00pm - 2 Hours
A beautiful sunset can be enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. Photographers refer to the last (dusk) hours of the day as the "golden hours" when the light is at its best for photography. Our light meters can be thrown off by the strong amount of light hitting our sensor, so we will be exploring manual mode and exposure compensation to intensify the colours of our sunset.
£14.00pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Refund Policy: 5 days notice required for a full refund. Re-scheduling requires 2 days notice. In the case of bad weather (heavy rain) the class may be cancelled and you'll be given the option of rescheduling or a refund. If you need to reschedule or refund your booking, then please contact the office using the form here . Your instructor is NOT able to refund or reschedule your booking for you.
Birmingham Photography Group
Photo by instructor Martin Tierney
Photo by instructor Martin Tierney
Photo by Martin Tierney
Photo by instructor Martin Tierney
Photo by Martin Tierney
Reviews
4.8/5 from 96 reviews
It was exactly what I expected :) The group size was just perfect. We had enough time to practice our skills and talk about techniques and our cameras. Whole meeting was very informative and run in a friendly atmosphere. I can recomend it to anyone seeking to gain some skills with a photography.
5/5 by Lukasz Waniowski
5-1-2020
I had fun and learned things around storytelling and how the technical aspects of photography work together. I have a desire to do more which is always a good sign. It was confidence building and a safe space to make mistakes:)
5/5 by Lyndsey Pearce
4-1-2020
Well organised with plenty of instant feedback and constructive advice.
5/5 by Ian Yates
15-12-2019
Absolutely brilliant!! Martin is always happy to give knowledge on anything you ask him and great advice and feedback. So helpful and friendly too. Can’t wait for the studio session and the rest of the courses next year!! Kelly.
5/5 by Kelly Turner
1-12-2019
Great location which worked well with long exposure shots. Thanks again Martin
5/5 by Sarah
17-11-2019
Great event with good instruction. Will be joining for another event soon.
5/5 by richard taylor
17-11-2019
Our first workshop with Martin, absolutely fanastic workshop, so much so we left having booked the next one 😊 looking forward to learning more and more. Thanks Martin
5/5 by Nadira awal
17-11-2019
Great event and a very knowledgeable tutor in Martin.
5/5 by Simon Stokes
17-11-2019
Excellent event and Martin was great
5/5 by Ahmed Albakri
6-11-2019
Despite the awful weather it was a very enjoyable and educational event. Nice group of people and a nice number for the tutor to help and advise. Martin knew the location well and was very knowledgeable and helpful with ideas for getting the best images with the weather conditions on the day.
4/5 by David Edkins
3-11-2019
Amazing. Well organised, lovely people and had a thoroughly great time. Fabulous opportunity for a novice to shoot in a studio. Big thanks to Martin. See you again soon.
5/5 by Sarah
21-10-2019
Great to have a number of different models & lighting set ups
5/5 by Lisa Morgan
20-10-2019
really enjoyable day loved the portrait studio lesson and enjoyed the course and definitely recommend anyone to go on and overall has helped with my portofolio and lovely people to work with and meet many new fellow photographers too and martin is a really good teacher
5/5 by Jennifer Smith
19-10-2019
It was a good size group - I think 4 to one teacher is a good ratio. Martin was really helpful and provided general tips as well as helping improve the shots I was taking. I would definitely book again. I thought it was good value for money.
5/5 by Sam Hewitt
5-10-2019
Really nice and thankfully a good weather. Martin's experience and guidance was welcome and insightful, not pushy and letting us experiment. will be looking at future events to sign up for. Many thanks
5/5 by Glen Colliton
5-10-2019

5/5 by Brian martin
22-9-2019
The input from Martin was good as always.
5/5 by Lynda Passey
7-9-2019
Martin was his usual excellent helpful and informative self.
5/5 by Mo Bradley
24-8-2019
Great trainer Knowledgeable and approachable
5/5 by Paul Shaffer
10-8-2019
It was really nice session and got many good tips from Tim
5/5 by Pablo Quintario
10-8-2019

5/5 by Christopher Parker
10-8-2019
It was really nice atmosphere and I learned quite a few things too.
5/5 by Gary Tomlinson
30-7-2019

5/5 by Sarah
27-7-2019
I thought it was great, very knowledgeable and Martin had lots of patience and was informative when answering questions. I look forward to attending more. Thank you.
5/5 by Kelly Turner
27-7-2019
Very helpful not my first time I learn so much off Martin
5/5 by Clive fisher
15-7-2019
This was my first time of attending one of the group sessions and I thoroughly enjoyed my time. I have been self taught through reading and watching videos, but to have the benefit of asking a very knowledgeable instructor I feel I have learned more. I'll definitely be attending further sessions.
5/5 by Kieren Coopey
14-7-2019
Thoroughly enjoyed my first bpg session. Martin put everyone at ease and ensured that he took time with everyone, offering guidance and answering questions throughout. I will definitely be back.
5/5 by Sarah
30-6-2019
i thought it was very well organised... The guide, Martin obviously knows his photography very well and i certainly felt comfortable asking questions and also liked his approach to teaching.. i.e in a very relaxed, informal style.. I've really felt like i've learnt something today and the course has also made me realise how much I DO know already... the confidence thing often stops me in my tracks. Metering in particular, feels much more natural to me, after today. Thank you so much again.
5/5 by Julie Walker
29-6-2019
Enjoyed photowalk at castle Bromwich hall gardens using colour and found the walk amazing and martins teaching really good and formative and was very helpful with rule of thirds and enjoyed meeting fellow photographers and look forward to Another photo walk
5/5 by Jennifer Smith
23-6-2019
Lovely oasis of calm, hidden from city life. Good to meet and chat to fellow photographers. Good location for all sorts of photography from macro to landscape. Came home thoroughly chilled, but having shot hundreds of photos.
5/5 by Julian Roderick
22-6-2019
 
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