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Sussex Photography Courses

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Sussex Photography Courses

Learn photography the easy way across Sussex & Brighton

Learn to use your digital camera, escape auto mode and achieve your goals

Want to learn photography in Sussex or the Brighton area but don’t know where to start? Look no further than photography courses, lessons and workshops from friendly and experienced teacher Matt Goddard. 

Matt is a professional landscape photographer with experience of teaching digital photography to over 150 beginners and improvers. Start from scratch learning photography or get help with something in particular. Previous experience is not necessary and you’ll learn everything you need!

Would someone in your life love to learn photography?

Choose your perfect learning option

Learning photography doesn’t have to be difficult with a little help along the way. Choose one of the three learning options to suit you, or get in touch if you’re in need of a more customised learning approach.

All three learning options include the technical skills of photography (e.g. depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc.) and creative skills, i.e. where to place compositional elements in the frame, how and when to use forms of contrast, and most importantly – artistic intent.

Photography Lessons

£90

Learn photography at your own pace

1-to-1 lessons of
2-hours each

Suggested content but can be tailored to you

Gift vouchers available

Weekdays & weekends across Sussex

Photography Courses

£180

Structured course with achievable goals

Course of 1-to-1 lessons of 2-hours each

Suggested content but can be tailored to you

Gift vouchers available

Weekdays & weekends across Sussex

Photography Workshops

£65

Similar content in a small group workshop

Half-day group photography workshop

Fixed Subject

No Gift Vouchers. Book directly with venue

Leonardslee, Horsham See workshop schedule

Photography Lessons

One to one photography lessons tailored to you and your goals

Need help to learn photography or improve your photography skills? Look no further than a one-to-one photography lesson or course of lessons.

Lessons run throughout the year and are 2-hours long but can be extended. Availability includes daytimes during the week and weekend. Get in touch to discuss or book your lesson.

The below recommended lesson plan is an excellent place to start your photography lessons. Or, tailor your lessons at no extra cost. You’ll be mastering photography fundamentals in no time!

At just £90 for a 2-hour session, now is the time! Or make it a group activity and bring family or a friend for a fee of £30 / lesson

Photography Courses

Truly understand your camera and photography fundamentals with a short course of lessons

A structured photography course of one to one lessons is the ideal way to learn. 

Lesson location is flexible and can take place in Brighton or in locations across Sussex, including; Ditchling, Henfield, Hurstpierpoint, Leonardslee Gardens near Horsham, Lewes, Shoreham, Worthing, Steyning, Horsham etc. 

Just ask and we’ll arrange a convenient location.

Are you starting off with a new digital camera? Looking to move on from auto mode? A beginners photography course is the ideal way to start. Learn the important first steps for creative photography. 

The number of lessons within the course is 2-4 lessons as shown below, or more lessons where helpful. Choose the photography course option to suit you…

Bronze Photography Course

The Basics
£ 180
  • 2x 2-Hour Lessons
  • Become confident with main camera controls and escape auto mode
  • Learn Depth of Field, Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO
  • Learn artistic composition for beautiful & engaging photos

Silver Photography Course

Build Confidence
£ 270
  • 3x 2-HoursLessons
  • Content of Bronze Course
  • Understand your camera's exposure controls for beautiful photos in any lighting
  • Learn what a histogram is and how to use it for the best quality photos

Gold
Photography Course

The Final Touches
£ 360
  • 4x 2-Hour Lessons
  • All previous content from Bronze & Silver
  • Includes a photography field-trip to practice new photography skills
  • OR learn basic photo editing using Adobe Lightroom

Contact me for anwers to your questions by using the below button, or to request your 1st lesson.

Photography Workshops

Learn the social way in a small group photography workshop. Perfect for beginners and improvers.

Join a photography workshop in Sussex for a more social way to learn. Workshops run over a half-day at the beautiful Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens – easy to get to from Brighton, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Horsham and most of Sussex.

Classes are for beginners and improvers with each workshop covering a clear subject e.g. depth of field, aperture, shutter speed, or artistic composition for beautiful and engaging photographs.

Workshops are kept small for lots of supported practise and time for questions. You will develop and become confident with your new photography skills.

See individual events below for further details.

Future Photography Workshops in Sussex

Choose from one or both of the below workshops to level-up your photography skills. Also makes for an excellent gift.

"I had the most amazing time with Matt at Leonardslee... Learnt so much in only a few hours and was so pleased with the results"

Saturday 27 April 2024
Photography - Learn The Art of Composition

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@Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens near Horsham, Sussex.

Looking to start a new hobby or take your photographs to the next level?

Learn how to take beautiful and engaging photos in this small-group workshop. The workshop will develop your creative vision for better photos and is open to all abilities.

The workshop is all about the art of photography with zero technical content! 🙂
Free day access to the gardens is included.

Monday 1 July 2024
Photography For Beginners Workshop

@Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens near Horsham, Sussex.

Looking to start a new hobby or take your photographs to the next level?

Learn the fundamentals of photography, how to use your camera and unlock your creativity. This workshop is ideal for complete beginners and improvers who are stuck in auto mode.

Free day access to the gardens is included.

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Testimonials

Matt is a wonderful teacher – and after years of being a bit hit and miss in my photography, I’ve finally learned the how and why of correct and creative exposure.

I really enjoyed being taught by Matt – his lessons are practical and feel like taking a walk with a really knowledgeable friend!

Maximum number of stars!

Matt was not only very knowledgeable but able to put this across in a manner that my daughter easily understood (even I a non photographer did!)

Overall a great 2 hours, good value for money and would 100% recommend booking a lesson or 2.

Thanks Matt I'm sure we'll be back for another lesson.

Matt ensured that I understood how the settings affected the pictures both in theory and practice.

His explanations were clear and easy to follow... I would have no Hesitation in recommending him.

Photography Lesson Pricing

2 Hour Lesson – £90
3 Hour Lesson – £140

Bring a friend – Add £15/hour (e.g. £30 for a 2 hour lesson)

Group Workshops are priced individually

Browse below for a suggested one to one lesson plan, or arrange a call to talk over what you’d like to achieve.

Frequently asked questions

Yes! I often teach photography from the very beginning and there’s nothing to be afraid of. We go at your pace and use handouts to help learn and also refresh your memory later on.

I can also help you get to grips with a new camera and the many many features often available – it can seem a little overwhelming to start with.

Yes, anyone can learn photography! A creative eye is helpful but isn’t necessary. Learn both technical photography skills and the skill of composition for well-rounded ability.

Photography can be learnt a little at a time and later it all comes together

By investing in lessons or workshops you’ll be guided and fully supported along the way. Lessons include handouts to refer back to and post-lesson support for any questions you have.

Most types of camera are capable enough to learn photography on. DSLR, mirrorless, bridge and compact cameras are all fine. If you’re not sure – drop me an email and I will advise.

I live in the mid-sussex area (Hurstpierpoint) and teach in and around Brighton and across central Sussex. Common locations include: Burgess Hill, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Henfield, Horsham, Lewes, Shoreham-by-sea, Steyning and Worthing, and beyond.

I do teach further afield but a small supplement may be added to cover time and travel costs. Feel free to ask.

Lessons are in a variety of settings to suit the lesson type and are often somewhere in the middle. These settings include; parks, the countryside, coast and scenic villages and nearly always a nice coffee shop!

Workshops currently take place exclusively at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens and include free day access.

Purchase a gift voucher for one or more lessons and leave the recipient to book the lesson for a time that suits. Or for group workshops please book via the venue – Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens

Vouchers are valid for 9 months from date of purchase. A physical voucher can be posted, or an e-voucher emailed to you.

Vouchers for 4 or more hours can be redeemed as one or more lessons e.g. a 4 hour gift can be used for a 4 hour lesson or 2x 2 hour lessons.

I teach children of 12 years upwards. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and you’re welcome to join the lesson too!

You’re in luck! Check out the ultimate camera buying guide. I’m happy to advise if you’re still not sure or have further questions.

Suggested Photography lessons for beginners & Improvers

The beginners photography lessons are detailed below. Choose to customise the lesson to your areas of development at no extra charge.

For a beginner photography course, combine the lessons, give yourself roughly 2 weeks in-between to get a little more photography experience and move on to the next lesson knowing you have support via email in the meantime.

Suggested Course of Lessons

Discover how your camera decides how bright or dark to make each photo.

Result
We’ll cover what conditions to look out for that often fool the camera and how to easily take control for the best results.

With this knowledge you’ll be able to:

  • Use the Histogram for better quality photos in all conditions – beating the camera’s auto settings!
  • Use White Balance for colour faithful to what’s in front of you.
  • Use White Balance creatively
  • Know why, when and where to save your photos as RAW or JPEG.

Discover how your camera decides how bright or dark to make each photo.

Result
We’ll cover what conditions to look out for that often fool the camera and how to easily take control for the best results.

With this knowledge you’ll be able to:

  • Use the Histogram for better quality photos in all conditions – beating the camera’s auto settings!
  • Use White Balance for colour faithful to what’s in front of you.
  • Use White Balance creatively
  • Know why, when and where to save your photos as RAW or JPEG.

Overview

Why can two photographs of the same thing vary so wildly? Composition for some can be considered a formulaic science, black magic, a subtle art, or all of the above!

Understand how to best present your subject and truly consider what you see before taking that photo.

Format:
2 hours split between learning and putting it all into practice outdoors. A tripod and selection of filters will be available for your use during the lesson.

Result
You’ll have a good understanding and experience of using a Polarising filter, ND filters and tripod. These aids will help further enhance your images and will offer new creative options such as long exposures.

Learn how to get the best from your captured images with modest editing in Adobe Lightroom.

Format
This 2-3 hour session will be based behind a laptop and you’ll be encouraged to bring your own images to edit together.

Result
Ability to edit photos in a variety of styles and understand what’s achievable.

The concepts from all the previous lessons and your new editing skills will help develop your own style and enable you to produce images that shine!

Optional Extra
The lesson can be extended to include photo printing at home or via external print services – in particular how to ensure the print will reflect what you see on screen.

With this knowledge you’ll be able to:

  • Import and catalogue your photos
  • Understand the key features and controls
  • Use a tried & tested workflow to guide you through the edit
  • Take your photos from good to great.
Further lessons can be added to form a complete one to one Adobe Lightroom course. 

Everything comes together with a lesson that focuses 100% on combining all of your new skills.

What to bring on your lesson

For most lessons you’ll need a camera that offers ‘creative’ or ‘manual’ modes e.g Aperture Priority (AV or A), Shutter Priority (TV or S) or complete Manual Mode (M).

A compact camera, bridge camera, DSLR camera or Mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) will all be suitable – just ask if you’re not sure.

Anything Else?

  • A Spare battery if available
  • A waterproof jacket / sun protection & water if sunny (check weather here)
  • Appropriate footwear for uneven surfaces (who knows where we’ll end up!?)
  • An additional camera lens if you have more than one
  • A tripod can be handy but isn’t essential
  • Lens filters (say what now??!) – if you’ve never heard of them / don’t have any – I will always bring mine for your use

Questions or special requirements? feel free to message me or call (number in the footer below).

About

I’m a professional photographer based in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex and I specialise in South England’s Landscapes & Seascapes.

I love teaching beginners & improvers to get more from their camera.
Free your creativity and enjoy photography to the max. 

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