Explore your camera part 1: Get off auto


Venue Space: Studio 5

With: Going Digital Devon and Cornwall

When: See below for all available dates


£85. See below for booking details.

About this event

If you’re a beginner and using your camera on Auto, or trying various settings with mixed results, this workshop will give you a good foundation in photography in just one day.

Learn how to create blurred backgrounds in your portrait and close-up shots to make your subject really stand out, and take detailed landscape photos, by shooting in Aperture Priority. Find the fastest way to access your camera’s features, how shutter speed affects your photos and how to avoid camera shake by adjusting ISO. Learn how to add interest to your photos with some tips on composition and put it all into practice by taking some close-up, portrait & landscape shots.


Where: Commencing in the classroom, to learn how to get the best from your camera, then out and about here in Dartington, taking a variety of photographs. Finally back to the classroom to discuss your images with plenty of time for your questions.
Group Size: Small, friendly classes with a maximum 10 students per tutor.
Dates: 20th January, 16th February, 17th March, 11th May, 22nd June, 28 September, 16 November
Times: Full day, usually 10am to 4pm
Previous Experience: These photography lessons are for complete beginners or if you’d like to learn to shoot in Aperture Priority to take control of your photographs.

Cameras: DSLR, Mirrorless Compact System (CSC), Four-Thirds, Bridge, Superzoom and Compact.

Don’t have a camera yet? We’re happy to provide a loan camera, free of charge, on many of our workshops. If there’s one available you’ll be able to reserve it when you book.

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Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.


We are a charity, and over the past few years we have begun to revitalise our vision, purpose and impact as an experimental project. As a member, you’ll feel much more a part of our work, helping us to create a Dartington that is fit for the 21st century and is a model and test-bed for a sustainable society.