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8th June 2019

40-week Complete Photography Course


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Want to really get to grips with photography? This 40-week complete course is for you!

For the third year I am running my popular 40-week photography course.

What’s it all about?

Helping you become a better photographer and aimed at discovering direction for your art, this practical, skills-based Complete Photography Course is designed especially for the photography enthusiast. Mostly held outside on locations in Northumberland, the lessons are hands-on; you get to take lots of photos.

Although there is a syllabus (see below), it is flexible to suit the participants. Non-compulsory assignments follow on from the lessons. I usually give one assignment a month if you want one, but it can be more.

Anyone who comes on my courses gets free ongoing support through a private Facebook group I run and where I offer free and heavily discounted extra photoshoots and workshops.

When and where is it?

The course starts on Friday 6th September 2019 at 10:00 am. If this doesn’t suit you, then contact me with your availability as I am considering running a second course alongside it.

The complete course comprises 40 lessons of at least 1½ hours duration; they sometimes overrun because we are having fun. Based in Amble, I hold lessons at different venues in and around North and  East of Northumberland. Some of the sessions are in the evenings and at dawn at mutually convenient times.

How much does it cost?

The cost is £860, which works out at £21.50/lesson, which is great value. If you miss a lesson for any reason, I run catch-up sessions for you.

What’s different about the Complete Photography Course?

This is very different from a vocational qualification course. It is built for the enthusiasts, and not for those seeking employment in the photographic industry. Employment content is deliberately excluded. Unlike the NVQ 3, you won’t spend 90-hours studying health and safety in the workplace, researching potential employers or writing a CV. This course is about photography and creating better images.

I’ve only taken snaps before and my friend has a good eye great, is this course for us?

Yes! Assuming no previous knowledge, the Complete Photography Course teaches basic to advanced techniques. Previous participants had all levels of knowledge when they started out. With areas not found in the NVQ course, such as landscape, macro, wildlife, abstract and street photography, plus a lot more besides, you’ll realise your own photographic style and not be pushed towards taking photos looking like everyone else’s. You’ll discover the philosophy of photography and learn about its history. You’ll investigate compositional techniques – creating balance and tension, line and form – while learning about lighting and colour, monochrome and tones. The syllabus is flexible and previous courses have concentrated on some aspects of photography and excluded others on request of the participants.

The training is hands-on with photography discussions too. Although encouraging you to practise skills, complete portfolios of themed work, and research other photographers, there is no pressure. You can put in as much work away from the course as you have time for. Some of my previous participants just came along to learn something new, others have started earning money from their photography.

How does this compare to other courses?

Please do contact me for a copy of the syllabus so you can compare it to those of other courses that are on offer. I’m sure you’ll find my Complete Photography Course content is unparalleled. Besides following the syllabus, you will work alongside others, helping each other to progress in a co-operative environment. You’ll get tutor support through emails, phone and Facebook. There will be optional assignments and challenges to help you consolidate your skills and additional led photoshoots to join. You will also have access to my library of photography books and articles if you ask for further reading.

My courses are friendly and fun. You’ll complete it with the knowledge and skills to take photographs of the subjects you love in your own unique style.

Questions and Answers

What if I want to do this course, but cannot attend of Fridays?

Contact me! I am considering running this at other times if there is sufficient demand.

Where is the course based?

Mostly in and around Amble. It may be delivered in other locations if there is a demand.

How many people will be on the course?

Between three and eight people.  I need a minimum of three participants to run each course. I won’t run the course with more than eight participants.

How much is the course?

£860 for 40 x 1½-hour (minimum) lessons. This includes membership of my exclusive Facebook Group where I offer ongoing support and discounted and free events.

Can I get a student loan to pay for this course?

Unfortunately not. But the course is such good value that even if you pay by credit card and repay over two years, at the current interest rates (18.5%) you will still be paying hundreds of pounds less than an NVQ 3 Certificate, which cost £1260 from Northumberland County Council last year.

Can I pay you in instalments?

Sorry, no. Many of the overheads have to paid for up front. I realise that it’s not a small amount, so I do take credit card. You can also pay by bank transfer, PayPal, cheque or cash.

What sort of camera will I need?

Ideally you will have a camera with interchangeable lenses: a DSLR or Mirrorless Compact System Camera (CSC). You will need at least an advanced compact or bridge camera. If you are intending to buy a camera, if you book on this, or any of my other courses, I will sit with you over a coffee for an hour or so to talk about finding a system to suit you, there is no extra charge for that. I also have a blog post about buying a new camera here: https://ivorphotography.co.uk/new-camera/

What happens if you cannot deliver the lessons.

An amount equal to the payments made are held untouched in a bank account. If something happened to me so I could no longer deliver the lessons, a refund equal to the cost of the remaining lessons would be made. Everyone gets a cold now and again, and if I fall ill then the lesson will be postponed, or I will engage another specialist photographer to run the lesson.

Can I buy into just a few parts?

Maybe, subject to availability. But, the entire course is better value and comes with email and phone support, catch-up sessions, group membership, access to the library and the led shoots. I do run shorter courses and workshops too.

I have done previous training with you, will this be suitable for me?

Yes. This course is suitable for all levels of learner. My previous clients get a £40 discount.

Is this an accredited qualification?

No, and deliberately so. This keeps costs down, allows for flexibility of course content to suit participants. It also allows me to exclude the employment based content of the NVQs, which are probably not of interest to most photo enthusiasts. My courses are about learning photography and don’t pretend to be about qualifications.

If you are looking to progress to a degree course for future employment in the photographic industry then and NVQ might be the route for you to take. Saying that, one of my clients has just progressed to study photography at a top university. If you decide to study elsewhere, please be careful, there are a lot of courses claiming to be diplomas that are not! They may be the lesser “certificate” qualification or not a recognised qualification at all, though they claim to be. If you are looking for an NVQ course, I am happy to help you choose the correct one from a reputable provider. Send me a message and I’ll try to help you.

How do I know if the training is good quality?

Please check my feedback on Google:  and on Facebook

If you want to free from established constraints in your art, if you want to be challenged or just want to work alongside other photographers, if you want to build on previous academic or vocational training, if you want to learn photography to a high standard, then yes, this may well be the course for you.

The New Complete Photography Course Syllabus

If you want to come along, then please contact me for a copy of the  full syllabus.




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