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Aberdeen Beginners DSLR  Photography Workshop


Do you have a fancy DSLR camera but have it stuck on AUTO and hope for the best?

Maybe your photos of your children and family leave you disappointed? Are they often blurry, dark and lack that wow factor? 

Would like to learn how to create that beautiful blurry background you see in professional photos?

If you said yes to any of those questions then I can help you!

I am delighted to offer a 1-day relaxed workshop for beginners helping them learn how to use and understand their DSLR camera. You will learn how to transform your photos from BLAH into images you are proud to share and frame! 


What you will learn

Get Off Auto

When we shoot on AUTO the camera is in control. The workshop is centred around you understanding how the camera controls light and exposure by learning about aperture, shutter speed and ISO in clear, understandable terms. You will learn to take the images you have always dreamed of by understanding these simple settings!

Colour and Light

We will look at how you can get great colour in your images straight from the camera without any additional editing. During the day we will discuss how light transforms an image and in the practical session we will put that knowledge to use by looking at how to find good light whatever the weather throws at us.


By learning the basic rules of composition the images taken on your DSLR camera or even on your phone will have that WOW factor and stand out from the crowd.

I will teach you how!


Practical Hands on Experience

This one day workshop is not all about theory. The best way to learn is to put it into practice. We will spend the afternoon with our cameras in hand taking photos. I will be there to help you with knowing what settings to use and to ask questions if you are having any difficulties.

Kind words from past participants

Thoroughly clear and understandable guide to your DSLR – very impressed with the effort put into this short course. It takes great teaching ability to pass on the underpinnings of photography in a few short hours and to combine this with hands-on practical experience. Thoroughly recommend it as a small investment added to the expense of your camera.


Thanks Judy for a brilliant workshop! If you’re looking for photography lessons with a gifted professional photographer with the warmest and most welcoming personality – book with Judy Laing. Fun, educational and great practical work. I think I now understand the exposure triangle!


Got questions?

Who is the workshop for?

The workshop is suitable for beginners. Do not worry if you have no experience whatsoever. It is also suitable for you if you have a little understanding of aperture, shutter speed or ISO but are not yet sure how to put it all together. The workshop will fill in the gaps for you and have you confident in manual mode in no time!

How much does it cost?

The cost for the day is £125 and includes tea, coffee, homebaking and a delicious homemade lunch. You will also be provided with handout materials to take home with you. I only have around 6 workshop attendees at the one time so I can provide you with lots of time, attention and answer any questions you might have. After the workshop there is an optional Facebook group you can join for ongoing support and weekly challenges.

What do I need to bring?

All you need to bring with you is your camera, fully charged of course, an SD card and any lenses you might own. A notepad and pen will also be useful. There will its of notes to take during the day.

If you have your camera manual handy then please bring that as it can be useful on the day off we need to search for a specific function on your camera model.

Please also dress appropriately for the weather on the day. We will be outside for 1-2 hours.

Can I buy a Gift Certificate?

Please use the link below for booking a place for your family member or friend and just get in touch and I will send you a lovely Gift Certificate through the post for you to give to them. Alternatively I can send you a Gift Certificate that is valid for 12 months for them to choose a date of their preference.

What will I learn?

The day is a mixture of classroom learning and a practical outdoor session. WE will cover topics such as exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO in a clear step by step format. I will take you from shooting in AUTO mode to being able to control the camera in full manual mode. We will also discuss composition and how to use natural light to its best advantage.

What dates are available?

Friday, December 6th – Spaces Available

Friday, January 17th 2020 – Spaces Available

Friday, February 14th 2020 – Spaces Available


Do you offer 1-2-1 training?

Yes.  I do 1-2-1 training. If if you are looking for something other than a beginners group workshop then please do get in touch to see if I can help. I enjoy mentoring other photographers looking for training in a specific area, for example, shooting in natural light, how to get the best from children in images, posing, editing, business and marketing advice. We will tailor the day to your exact requirements. The cost is £299 for a half day session.

Please note I do not mentor photographers within a 50-mile radius of Aberdeen.

All mentoring takes place Monday to Friday during term time.

Can I get a refund?

I am unable tor refund or reschedule your purchased ticket within 4 weeks of the workshop date. 

Ready to book your place?

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