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Brighton Photography courses & Lessons

Learn photography and unleash your creativity

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Want to Improve Your Photography?

Your Beginner & Improver digital photography lessons will provide an excellent grasp of the fundamentals. Choose to quickly build confidence and technical skills with 1 or 2 private photography lessons, or complete the Brighton Photography Course over 5 lessons to go from zero to hero! All lessons are on a one to one basis and we work at a pace comfortable to you.

Or, join one of my group photography workshops starting this October.

It’s common to have a camera that is capable of so much but be stuck in the limited auto mode. You’re not alone. Compact cameras, mirrorless cameras and digital SLR cameras all work on the same principles. By learning the fundamentals you’ll be able to apply your newly found skills using any camera. No previous experience is needed, you’ll learn everything you need to get photographing!

Choose an option that best suits you:

  • One-to-One Private Lessons – get help understanding a new camera, or develop in a particular area
  • Brighton Photography Course – Structured collection of one-to-one private lessons to learn the principles 
  • Brighton Photography Group Workshops – a social way to learn in a small group
  • Tailored Group Photography Workshops – tailored just for your group

Private Photography Lessons in Brighton & Sussex

All photography lessons centre around landscape photography in and around Sussex but the skills you’ll learn will also underpin other forms of photography; such as street and nature photography.

My Private photography lessons are all one to one and take place in the Brighton area, as well as across Sussex, on weekdays or weekends. There’s also an option to have a friend or 2 join for a small extra fee.

Each lesson is tailored to you as an individual at no extra cost. We’ll work on your goals; perhaps how to take better photos on holiday, the fundamentals of photography, or even just how to use a new camera.

If you’d like to learn the fundamentals of photography from the beginning, I offer a structured course run over roughly 5 lessons depending on your previous experience and the learning pace that you find comfortable. The beauty is that you can choose to complete just the 1st lesson or 2 and see big improvements in your understanding, skill, and creative approach. Or complete all 5 to include photo editing and even printing if you’d like to take your photos through to the end of their journey! See further below for the lesson plan. 

Brighton Photography Course

Structured course of one to one lessons

This structured photography course is a programme of 5 private one to one lessons that will take you step by step through how the camera controls work, why, and when to use each mode.

By understanding your camera’s settings you’ll experience a clear step forward in your photography and experience creative freedom to express yourself. A full breakdown of each lesson can be found further below. You can see some of my portfolio of local images in the Brighton photography gallery.

NEW – Brighton Photography Group Workshops

Sunday 25th October | Brighton Photo Fringe | Free Group Photography Workshop for Beginners
See Details and book here.

Tailored Group Photography Workshops

Try something different with a group workshop tailored to your needs. Tailored workshops are available starting from just 2 hours long. Group workshops are priced against your requirements. Get in touch and I’d be happy to help.

Lessons are available weekdays or weekends. Gift vouchers are available for all lesson types; just gift a voucher and leave the lucky recipient to arrange a time that suits. Vouchers expire 6 months after purchase but will be extended where it’s not possible to complete the lesson e.g. Covid-19 lockdown.

Group workshops are priced against your requirements. Please get in touch using the contact page or give me a call.

Private Lesson Pricing

£35 / hour – Suggested lesson duration of 2 hours
£30 / hour  – Discounted where 4 or more hours are pre-paid
+£15 / hour – Bring a friend for a small additional fee
For workshops – please see pricing against the event
Browse below for suggested lessons, or book a call to talk over your goals and what you’d like to achieve.


"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!"


"We arranged a 2 hour 1to1 lesson for my 14year old daughter to learn how to handle her new Canon DSLR camera. 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"

Nicky & Safia

"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"


Private Photography lessons for beginners & Improvers


Beginners photography lessons are detailed below, or 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 

Need a little help to understand how to use the basic controls of your camera?

Perhaps you’ve just started using your digital camera, or you’d like to re-familiarise yourself.

An excellent understanding of what to use and when but without getting into the more complicated stuff.

With this knowledge you’ll be able to:

  • Select the right camera mode for any given situation
  • Correctly hold your camera for blur free photos and to avoid achy limbs
  • Get more from your camera with many photo tips that only come after years of experience.

Before diving in, we’ll also check if your camera is set-up properly as you’ll be amazed the difference it can make!

We kick-off with a learning session followed by getting out there to put it all into practise – with full guidance and support.

A good understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO and how they inter-relate.

With this knowledge you’ll be able to:

  • Make better decisions than the camera – leading to improved photos + ability to use controls creatively to your own personal style.
  • Understand how, when and where to use the various settings for traditional or creative use.
  • Understand related terms such as depth of field, f-stops and hyperfocal distance (sounds fancy, but it’s not complicated, I promise!!)

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

What to bring on your lesson

You really only need just you and your camera! It can be any dedicated camera (I don’t yet teach ‘iPhoneography’ but may do in the near future) for your 1st lesson where we’ll get your camera set-up and show you the controls and what to use when for the best photos

What kind of camera will I need?

For most of the 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). It doesn’t matter if it’s a compact camera, bridge camera, DSLR camera or Mirrorless compact system camera (CSC). Basically if it’s a camera and not a phone, then you’re all set!! Oh, and don’t forget to charge the battery beforehand.

Anything Else?

A Spare battery can be handy just in case
A waterproof jacket / sun protection & water – depending on the forecast (check weather here)
Appropriate footwear for walking on uneven services (who know’s where we’ll end up!?)
Feel free to bring an additional camera lens if you have more than 1 
A tripod can be handy but isn’t essential. I will always bring mine for you to use where needed.
Lens filters (say what now??!) – if you’ve never heard of them / don’t have any – I will always bring mine as needed

If you’re not sure or need to let me know of any special requirements – feel free to message me or call (number in the footer below).


About Me

I’m a professional photographer based in Brighton, specialising in South England’s Landscapes & Seascapes. I enjoy teaching beginners & improvers how to get more from their camera and by doing so free them up to get creative and enjoy photography to the max. 

Start your learning with a one to one photography lesson

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