learn photography

with Helen Tinner

Photography courses sussex

lesson plans

After 25 years taking photographs of sport stars and celebrities, working on various film and TV sets and with many different fashion and beauty magazines, Helen is now offering her experience to those wishing to improve their photography skills and take better photographs either on their phone or with a camera.


Courses range from introductory to advanced, plus there are classes on 'posing', studio set up and post production workshops. The photography lessons are designed to be fun and imaginative, introducing some theory whilst allowing plenty of time to take photographs.  If you are looking to become a professional photographer, everything you need is here and has been carefully thought through for your benefit. 

Helen has also run these workshops for after school clubs and used them for her mentoring of students during their A-levels and GCSE's.  Several businesses have booked the courses for their team building days with great results. Click here to find out more

introductory lesson 

Whether you use a mobile phone or camera to take photos, there are three settings that need mastering.  Understanding these will enable you to move away from your auto or programme feature and let you explore the manual mode; giving you more confidence to create artistic images. The topics covered will be: -

  • Learn to comfortably hold your camera

  • Work the on / off switch

  • The 'Focus' button

  • Film speed (ISO)

  • Aperture (A /  F-stop)

  • Shutter speed (S)

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beginners lesson 1

This lesson will help you understand what type of lenses you should show you how different lenses create different properly to your camera. Choosing the wrong lens can lets you down Distortion - perfection Telephoto and wide angle functionality Topics covered will include: -

  • Wide angle - when best used

  • Standard

  • Portrait

beginners lesson 2

This lesson aims to save your time and money by showing you “how to get it right in the camera first”.

Topics covered will include: -

  • The Viewfinder - learn the information to include and edit out of your photographs

  • Cropping - an essential guide and important skill to have

  • Depth of field and other top tips 

intermediate lesson 

Composition .  What does it mean?  We will work through the three important formulas professional photographers use. These are: - 

  • Diagonals

  • Golden triangle

  • The rule of thirds

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lesson in understanding flash

Whether you have a detachable flash or want to learn more about using the flash in your camera to its most creative possibilities this course will provide the answers


  • Balancing different light sources

  • Flash V Ambient Light - be in control of your flash and produce stand out lighting effects

  • Direct of bounced - when to use and what will this look like

  • Fill-in flash - adding some interest to your photograph. When to use to best effect

  • Increasing and decreasing the power source - how and why

advanced lesson

These are the advanced elements professional photographers utilise: -

  • White balance 'WB' - working the 'Kelvin' temperature to work for you 

  • Histogram - what is it?

  • EV (Exposure Valuation). A secret mode everyone should seriously know about

1-2-1 Photography Tuition
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post production lesson 

Showcase your photographs. Learn how to quickly turn your snaps into pieces of wall-art or cards you can send to friends and family

  • Digital enhancing techniques using Picasa (a free download from Goggle) – great fun and easy to get to grips with. Gives very impressive results 

Post production photography skills

lesson in setting up a professional studio

Visit our office and learn from scratch how to set up a professional studio which is also safe to use. Topics covered include: -

  • Tripods & weights

  • Backdrop options

  • Reflectors, umbrellas, snoots and soft boxes 

  • Three main light sources; Key light, back-light, hair light (how they differ)

  • Using a light meter

  • Infra-red attachments

  • Remote attachments

Please feel free to bring along someone you can use as a model to practice your photography on.

lesson fees

  • Group lessons starts from £12.00 pp and A 1-2-1 lessons start from £40.00pp. Click below to make a booking

  • Fantastic for team building days. For more information about this unique service click here

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