Hi. I’m Sarah and I have been a professional photographer for over 15 years. I have a passion for photography and over the last 12 years I have been teaching beginner’s (like you!) how to take control of their cameras. For me it’s about teaching in a way that people understand, without the jargon and technical mumbo jumbo. I’ve taught hundreds of people in a way they understand. It just works!


South Wales Beginner’s Photography Training

You’ve read books. You’ve trawled You Tube but are you finding that most photography tutorials are full of techie jargon? Manuals are usually no help either – I usually all asleep on page 2 and I’ve been a photographer for about 25 years! You’re not alone.

I love photography and in these courses I aim to explain to you, in simple and jargon free terms, how you can take control of your camera. I want you to get it off automatic and start having the confidence to take control. Cameras are wonderful tools and are capable of so much more than you think and it’s not hard if you go back to basics.

I aim for these courses to be fun, relaxed and practical. You’ll get plenty of chance to practice your skills and to ask lots of questions.

During this beginner’s training course we will cover:

The Camera
Feel the fear and do it anyway! We’ll get to know your camera and look at how it works from the inside out.

How to use your camera settings to ensure you get sharp images every time.

Tired of your images not looking how you expected? Too light or too dark? I’ll show you how to control and manage the way your camera a records light.

Love that dreamy look when the background is blurry but the subject crisp and sharp? Wonder why one subject is crisp and the other out of focus? I’ll show you why and how you can get creative.

Shutter Speed
Tired of capturing blurred shots of your kids on the move? I’ll show you how you can capture action in your photography.

Finding the Light
We’ll head out and practice some of your new found skills and I will teach you about finding the best light for your images.


dslrTo make the most of this course you should own a digital SLR camera or a mirrorless camera. A DSLR or mirrorless camera will allow you to swap lenses and manually control your settings. Although the course is designed with these types of camera in mind you can still benefit from the course if you have a bridge camera for example.

If you are not sure if you have the right type of camera for this course then please contact me for a chat or give me a call on 07852 255766.

The courses will take place in Bridgend.

Number of beginners trained since 2008

Attended the photography for beginners course yesterday and had to write a review. I am a total beginner and was shooting on auto. Sarah went through the basics and made very thing make sense! I now feel I have the tools to explore shooting in manual and take better photographs. Sarah took the time to chat to each of us in the group to help tweak things to suit our individual cameras. If you are thinking about doing it… Do it! You won’t regret it.


I really enjoyed Sarah’s beginners photography class. I felt like I learnt a lot even though I am already on a beginners photography course!! She helped me understand my new camera and she explained it all really well. I felt like it ‘clicked’ altogether after attending the one day workshop. Highly recommended.


I recently went on Sarah’s “love my camera” training for beginners.  I absolutely loved the session with Sarah where a small group of us learnt all of the basics to be able to start using our DSLR cameras with more confidence. Sarah explained everything really clearly and by the end of the morning we were all able to take some great pictures and actually knew what we were doing! Thank you so much Sarah.


I’ve had my camera for 5 years and it’s always been stuck on automatic mode. Sarah explained everything is a simple and fun way. I now understand what my camera is actually doing and I feel so much happier about using other settings. Thanks Sarah.


My camera was gathering dust in a cupboard as I have never really known how to use it properly. Sarah really helped me understand the basics which has given me so much more confidence to play with different settings and get different effects. Great course.


I’ve done lots of photography courses in the past and have read lots of books. I learnt more from Sarah in 4 hours than I have from any other course. She makes everything simple and has so much patience!



Give the Gift of Knowledge

A voucher for a 1:1 training session will help someone you love develop new and exciting skills

Do you know someone who loves photography, has a great camera and isn’t really too sure how to use it? Maybe they had a camera as a gift and they don’t know where to start. Do they tend to keep it on auto and hope for the best? Do the buttons and setting baffle them? Let me help.
2024 sessions will take place at an exciting new venue in Cowbridge on Mondays and Thursdays. Limited weekend appointments available upon request and will take place in Bridgend.
Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. A print-at-home e voucher will be emailed to you upon completion of the checkout process.