Ordinary to Awesome – The Beginners Online Photography Course
Learn how to take better photos, with my online photography course. For anyone with access to a smartphone, tablet, or any kind of camera; for children, teens, families, and any beginners.
One price per family/household, for you all to learn together, and you can all take your photos from ordinary to awesome.
“I really enjoyed it! I recommend it to everyone!” – 10 year old
Worrying what to do with the children to keep them entertained?
Creative kids who need something to do? (that won’t make a mess?!)
Bored teens who love their phones? Who’d love to take better selfies and fabulous photos for social media?
Bored tweens who’d be keen to know how to use their new phone camera properly to take pretty pictures?
How about you, would you like to be able to improve your photos for when you can get out and about again, and be able to take better photos of the children?
Why not all learn something fun together whilst you’re stuck at home?
I can help with all of that!
With a week of daily lessons and five weeks of daily photography prompts and projects, plus ongoing support, feedback and extra tips, all with photography projects you can do around the house and garden.
I can help you to improve your photos.
I can help your children build their photography skills at home, and develop a passion for photography like I’ve always had.
I can help you entertain the children with something different to do.
I can teach you the technical skills and creative composition knowledge, to give you all the confidence to take fabulous photos.
No fancy camera needed, all just using your phone, or any tablet camera, ‘point and shoot’ camera, or any camera on Auto.
“It was really interesting, and a cool thing to do whilst in lockdown” – 12 year old
Learn how to take better photos with my beginners online photography course for families:
Ordinary to Awesome!
One week of daily PDF lessons emailed to you
Five weeks of daily photo prompts and projects to help you and the children practice your new skills
Ongoing access to a closed facebook group for more easy to follow tips, and share your photos for feedback.
One single price for you all (one family/household)
Let’s get through the next few months together! Learn to create and edit a whole range of photos, all at home or in the garden, just using your phone. Start the course on any day, and follow the lessons in your own time, with support in the Facebook group.
Step 1: BUY NOW!
Step 2: Follow the link in the Shop Page to sign up to the course emails too.
The course covers an introduction to how photography and cameras work, an introduction to exposure and light, settings to use on your phones or tablets, lots of composition techniques to improve the look of your photos, specific tips for taking better selfies/portraits & pet photos, photographing objects/things in your house, and lots of other genres and styles of photography. And editing your photos on your phone/tablet/camera for fun or to improve them further. Plus daily photo prompts for taking photos around the house and garden to practice. See FAQs below for more detail.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learned a lot, especially features and settings on my phone that I never knew about. Jane’s instruction was very clear and easy to follow… I now consider things such as light and alignment when taking photos, not just point and shoot and hope for the best! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to take better photos whether it’s for business or pleasure. Thank you Jane” – Sarah Howard, Reflexology, Therapeutic Massage, aromatherapy products (Sarah took my similar photography course for business owners)
“Thoroughly enjoyed Jane’s photography course my skills were severely lacking … Jane gave so many tips that really made a difference, including functions I didn’t know were available on my mobile camera. Positioning and lighting make such a difference for a start and the slider function is now in use. Information is given in bite size chunks so anyone can keep up… Such a plus for personal shots too, I am no longer ashamed of my efforts! Thanks Jane, it was great” – Clare Summerton, Forever Living aloe vera products (Clare took my similar photography course for business owners)
How will we learn to take better photos? What’s involved in the course?
A week of daily PDFs sent to you via email, and five more weeks of daily photo prompts and projects to keep you practicing. Plus ongoing access to a closed facebook group where you can ask questions, share photos, and get feedback.
Day 1: An introduction to photography and exposure. What makes a good photo, a brief history of photography, how photography and a camera works, what exposure is all about.
Day 2: Taking photos. Phone and tablet camera settings to find and use, and the best way to take photos on your phone, tablet and camera.
Day 3: An introduction to light. Types of light, having enough light, balancing light, and using flash.
Day 4: An introduction to composition – using various rules and techniques to create interesting and eye-catching photographs. Introduction, general guidelines, different points of view, the Rule of Thirds, using lines in your composition.
Day 5: More about composing photos. Framing and how to frame your photo, using foreground interest, using colour, black and white photos, using patterns and repetition, reflections and symmetry.
Day 6: More tips for different kinds of photos, different styles and genres of photography. Selfies, portraits and pets; landscapes; photographing objects with different styles – portraits, flatlays, lifestyle/still life, close ups; other forms and genres of photography.
Day 7: Editing photos on your phone/tablet/camera/computer. Improving your photographs with some editing techniques, and using filters.
Plus five further weeks of daily photo prompts and projects to keep you learning, practicing, experimenting and enjoying photography with. Now you know all about how to take a good photo, practice on these daily challenges and share them in the group to see who can be most creative!
Plus you can all use the closed facebook group to ask me any questions, get support and feedback.
Is this a new course?
Yes it is. Hence the low price, you get to try it out with me! I’ve been teaching photography to business owners for a year, and was about to start teaching landscape photography workshops. But these are strange and unprecedented times. And so I’ve put together this course, to help give you something fun and different to do with your children whilst you are at home with them over the next few weeks, that isn’t their school work or watching television! I know I will need some new ideas for my children! So let’s get through this together.
Who’s going to be teaching you all this?!
Hello! I’m Jane, a landscape and branding photographer based in Kent, UK. I have been taking photos since I was at least seven, when my favourite birthday present was my first camera! My first proper job was in a picture library, selling photographs – but I soon realised that I wanted to be the one taking them, so I found some evening classes and got learning properly.
Then followed nearly a decade of photographing for other companies, before children, and redundancy, led me to starting my own photography business. That was over six years ago now! I sell my local landscape photos as prints, cards and calendars, and I photograph other business owners for their websites and social media.
And I’ve also discovered that I love teaching photography too! So let’s have fun sorting out and super-charging your photos!
Who is the course for?
The course is for anyone who can use a phone, tablet or camera to take photos. I will send a set of information each day, suitable for children and to start any beginner off with. I’m thinking age 9-10+, but younger children can also join in and practice taking photos on their tablets or any point and shoot camera with a bit of guidance from you (my 7 year old is following it really well with me reading it to him). Tweens and teens can be left to complete it by themselves if you need the time for something else! Any adult beginner can also follow the course too – maybe without needing to do the games aimed at children, but feel free to do them too!
How long does the course take?
The PDF lessons will be emailed to you daily over the first week of you signing up, followed by five more weekly emails with daily prompts and projects to do. You’ll also have ongoing access to a closed facebook group where you can share photos for feedback, and ask any questions you have. You can do a bit each day of the lessons, or save them up and read them all at once. Each lesson will take maybe 15-30 minutes of reading the information, and then 15-30 minutes of practicing and doing the daily task. Then the daily photo prompts after that can take anywhere from ten+ minutes, depending on how much time you have, how much practice you do, and how creative you are with them.
Do I have to finish it in the six weeks?
The course is designed to be looked at daily, but you don’t need to. You’ll still have access to the pdfs and emails, so you can keep referring back to all the info, and ongoing access to the closed facebook group whilst it still exists, to ask me any questions.
How much does it cost?
It costs £99, which will give the whole family access to use the material, and access the facebook group for those old enough. You will be able to download the PDFs to keep and refer back to. You get 7 days of emailed lessons, five more weeks of daily tasks/photo prompts to get you practicing and have fun taking different kinds of photos around your home, and ongoing support in the facebook group.
Can you teach us?
For info and your piece of mind, I have three children of my own who I have also taught to take photos! They are currently 7, 10 and 12. Although the course is online it may also help you to know that I am DBS checked through Girlguiding, as I help to run my local Guide unit (10-15 year olds) – I have taught them to take photos in the past too! (This course will in fact more than cover the info needed for any of your Guide daughters to be able to do the new Photography badge). I am also checked through Kent County Council, in order to be a chaperone for my children’s dancing school. I am up to date with ‘Safe Space’ training for both too. I am not a qualified teacher (just the daughter of one!), but I have been teaching online for the past year in my facebook group for business owners, and with the online photography course for them too.
My children don’t have phones yet, can they still take part?
Yes – if they can use a tablet with a camera on it, or you have any point and shoot camera in the house that they could use, or if you’re willing to let them practice on your phone for a bit each day! The skills and techniques I will be teaching are transferable to any kind of camera, apart from a small section specifically on using camera settings on a phone or maybe on a tablet. I won’t be covering how to use the various settings on SLR / big / ‘proper’ cameras as this is a beginners course, but again all the skills and techniques can be used with those, on the automatic setting.
Can we do this course during lock-down / isolation?
Yes, that’s the whole idea! It’s something different and fun to do at home. The photo prompts will all be utilising items around the house or garden.
Any other questions? Send me an email and let me know – email@example.com
Ready to get through the next few weeks together? Sign up and start the course at any time.
Step 1: CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW!
Step 2: Follow the link from the Shop Page to sign up to the course emails too.