a worshop participant holidng a camera for the Aberdeen Beginners DSLR Photography Workshop page
a particpant of judy laing photography workshops on the Aberdeen Beginners DSLR Photography Workshop page


 A relaxed one-day workshop for beginners to learn how to understand and use their DSLR camera.

Perfect for you if:

You have a fancy DSLR camera but only use it on AUTO

You want to take photos that are light, airy and beautifully composed

You’d like to learn how to create soft, blurry backgrounds


Get off Auto

You’ll learn about aperture, shutter speed and ISO in clear, simple terms. We’ll put you, not your camera, in control and show you how to get the images you dream of.

Colour & Light

You’ll discover how to get great colour into your images straight from the camera without any additional editing. We’ll discuss how light transforms an image and apply this knowledge to find good light whatever the weather throws at us.


Learn to apply the basic rules of composition on your DSLR camera or even on your phone, to create striking images.

Practical Hands on Experience

This one-day workshop is not all about theory. The best way to learn is to practice so we will spend the afternoon out and about with our cameras taking pictures. I’ll be there to help with settings and offer advice and guidance.


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 be lots of notes to take during the day.

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 10th September  – Fully Booked

Friday 19th November – 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.