learn photography

with Helen Tinner

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: -

  • Film speed (ISO)

  • Aperture (A /  F-stop)

  • Shutter speed (S)

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beginners lesson 1

This is a fantastic lesson to introduce you properly to your camera.  Topics covered will include: -

  • Learn to comfortably hold your camera

  • Work the on / off switch

  • The 'Focus' button

  • Different lens capabilities. Telephoto and wide angle functionality

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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

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?

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

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

1-2-1 Photography Tuition

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 

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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.


How to pose and interact with your clients for photo shoots. Topics covered with include: -


  • Finding the illusive ‘best side’

  • Creating different looks

  • Perfecting smiles

  • Slimming techniques

  • Posing groups

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lesson fees


  • A one 2 One lesson plan is £60.00 for an hour and a half tuition. These are held either at your home or a location or your choice within a 15 miler radius from RH13 0AS. There will be a small travel fee if the booking extends beyond this radius.

  • Alternatively choose three lesson plans for £150.00, saving £30.00.

  • Group bookings start from £35.00. Fantastic for team building days. For more information about this unique service click here

make a booking


At Helen Tinner Photography we are looking to raise funds for the charity Crisis and we would love you to help. To do this, we are donating 10% of the booking fee, which will go to the charity.  

  1. If you wish to book choose your lesson plan and make your 10% donation through our Just Giving page

  2. Afterwards call the studio: 01903 877755 or email helen@helentinner.com to secure your date

  3. If this is a gift voucher please let us know and we will send you a gift voucher

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Helen Tinner Photography

The Business Park

1 Maydwell Avenue


West Sussex

RH13 0AS