One of the things I enjoy most about my photography business is working with people from all walks of life in the various photography workshops I set up throughout the year. The majority are set up to cater for novices and beginners that just want to achieve a little bit more than what they get from pointing their camera at their family.
Before you plan to attend one of my workshops I would strongly suggest that you invest in a DSLR camera. While this is not strictly a necessity, and you will be able to follow along in a lot of the workshops we do recommend taking that step. If you are a total beginner then there I would generally recommend looking at the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D5200. I personally have used Nikon cameras all my working life, which is I why I recommend them. But you will not be turned away or shunned for having a Canon or any other maker.
One of the main things I work on with attendees is composition of images. The reason for this is that whether you have a DSLR or a camera phone, you can significantly improve your photos by following some really simple guidelines for great compositions. Essentially this workshop covers how you should frame your images and where to place the main objects you are shooting. Even with the simplest and oldest cameras you gain some great improvements here.
Lighting is another subject I love to work on because it is so versatile and offers great creativity. You do not need professional lighting and remote flashes unless you want to go for high end strobe effects. But with inexpensive and homemade accessories you can greatly improve your images. There are really simple techniques that you can employ to soften the harshness of the flash and reduce those ugly shadows it can leave. But what is often the best tip is getting people to use their flash during daylight to improve especially portraits taken in very bright conditions.
DSLR basics is probably one of my most popular workshops. There are so many people that take the plunge with an inexpensive digital SLR camera, but then struggle to get to grips with all the features, settings and buttons. In this full day workshop I will go through all the main functions and what their exact effects are. I will give you exact guidance how to get started and how to move away from auto or program mode to help you start taking more control. As mentioned above, Nikons are my preference and you can find great options at www.d3200vsd5200.net.
With just a bit of practice and with a long list of some fun photo projects you can do in your own time, you will quickly improve the quality and creativity of your pictures. Printing and enlarging them, or even getting them on specialty paper or canvas will take things to another level and friends and family will be wanting you to take some photos for them as well.
Make sure to check out my site for regular updates on workshops and the topics to be covered.