Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Welcome to our online learning resources. Below you will find everything that you need to get started in photography. These resources are designed to accompany our in person workshops and one-to-one training.

General Information (7)Equipment (33)Exposure (31)Composition (14)Software (4)Editing (16)Lighting (2)Genres (3)Photographers (15)Portfolios (7)Videos (2)


Within these pages, is everything that you need to know to get you started in photography. It is intended to be comprehensive and give you an introduction to all the skills you need to begin your journey in photography and to progress quickly.

The information is broken into small pieces, so that it can be absorbed at your own pace.


The video above gives an introduction to Padlet and how to use it.

We use Padlet on our courses and workshops as a place to build a portfolio and show what we have learnt.

If writing isn’t your thing, then Padlet also allows you to record audio, record videos and record your screen.

Padlet is free to use and has apps for most platforms and can also be used in a browser.

Click here to sign up to Padlet

Example of using Padlet for photography journal
Digital Journal Photography Course

Snipping Tool / Screen Capture

Because raw files are being used, some services will struggle with the file size or format. For a quick and easy way to get a useable file the screen capture tools on Windows or Mac can be used.

The snipping tool on Windows – Windows + shift+S
The capture tool in Mac – Cmd + Shift + 4

Health and Safety / Risk Assessment

Image of Life Bouy

General Health and Safety
Appropriate footwear and clothing, warm, windproof, waterproof.

Be aware of slip and trip hazards, mud, water etc.
Be aware of trip hazards, especially when distracted by the view. Be aware of putting your camera bag down and that it is not where you or anyone else can trip over it. If you are with a group of photographers be aware of deposited camera bags.

If you are heading to somewhere rural, let someone know where you are going and your route, check the weather, charge your phone. For further information see:

Check tide times if near water, be aware of ways in and out of tidal areas.
www.tidetimes.org.uk (also includes sunrise and moonrise times)

Display Screen Equipment (DSE)
Keep track of how long you spend in front of the screen, take breaks. The recommended time is 5-10 minutes for every 60 minutes and 60-90 second breaks every 30 minutes.

Importing images into Lightroom / Photoshop

To IMPORT images into Adobe Lightroom, click IMPORT in the bottom left corner of the screen. This will bring up the dialogue box

On the left select your Memory card, your images will be displayed in a grid on the right select the destination folder) a new folder can be added). Click IMPORT in the bottom right corner

Exposure Triangle

Every photograph is an exposure, created through the use of three controllable factors: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. Changing one of these settings means changing the other settings. Each element has a trade off that effects the image.

Exposure is measured in ‘stops’ each stop is half or double the amount of light of the previous number. For example f/4.0 is half as much light as f/2.8, 1/125th second is twice as much light as 1/250th second, ISO 400 is four times as much light as ISO 100. – on a digital cameras this is broken down further into thirds of a stop, each click on the camera control dials changes the exposure by 1/3 of a stop.


Composition is the arranging of elements in a work of art.
That could be music, painting, drawing, illustration, film, photography…

In photography the Rules of Composition are a set of rules and guidelines that help to create stronger images

Images that are well composed are more likely to be good images.

They help us to get the person looking at the images (viewer / audience) to look where we want them to

The Rules of composition are guidelines, sometimes breaking the rules can make the strongest images. However, they provide an excellent framework and starting point for creating strong images, particularly when you are first starting out in photography.

Adobe Lightroom Photography Plan


The industry standard image editing package. The £9.98 per month photography plan includes Adobe Lightroom Classic, CC, Adobe Photoshop and Mobile apps for both.

More details about the subscription and cancellation terms can be found here:

Photography Legal, Ethics, Photography Etiquette and Copyright Considerations

Image of a light house in the sunset

Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel.” Metropolitan Police

However, it is always polite to ask for permission, to stop taking photographs of people if asked to do so and to be aware of other people around you. In the photograph above the person taking photographs blocked the view of several other photographers and dozens of other members of the public trying to take photographs. He may be allowed to be there, but in photography circles most people would take their shot and move out of the way. Photography is all about patience and sometimes it is good to share the experience. Often groups of photographers at a location like this will share tips, locations, sometimes even equipment and there is certainly a community aspect to it, regardless of the forum.

What do you think about “street photography”? The term, the activity, the ethical implications and considerations.

Copyright of photographs in the UK belongs to the person who created the image, the copyright lasts until 75 years after their death, when they move into the public domain. The only exclusion is if you are taking the photographs while working for a company. These rules vary around the world. You do not have to have a copyright notice or symbol attached to the images. Under UK law these rules apply to ALL images found on the internet, even ‘Orphan Works’ where the creator cannot be immediately identified.

Some questions to think about:

Are we allowed to take photographs wherever we want?
Do we need consent and / or permission to photograph people?
Do we need consent and / or permission to publish a photograph of a person?
Who owns the copyright to the photograph?

UK Government Copyright Guidance