Beginner’s Photography Course, Manchester

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I’m running yet more Beginner’s Photography Courses in Manchester for all those who’d like to get to make it a serious hobby. Maybe you’d like to shoot in manual and be a little more in control or just find a reason to take more pictures! This course is suitable for complete beginners, keen amateurs wanting to brush up on their manual skills and even semi-pros who want to learn how to use light more creatively in their images – you really can take what you need from this inspirational day. This will be my 3rd year running this particular course and it has proved enormously successful, with many of my attendees going on to earn from their photography and others leaving inspired to make photography a more integral part of their lives.

My photography courses are based loosely around the images I take in my personal life as a mother, wife, traveller and story-teller. The aim with my personal photography is for it to result in images I want to put on the walls of my home that I’m proud of. Whatever you enjoy taking pictures of (and maybe you don’t know what that is yet!) this course will give you ideas, passion and technical guidance taught in a way that won’t scare you, so that you can begin to feel more confident about picking up your camera and can expose images correctly and creatively, using aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

The Beginner’s Photography Course is one full day usually on a weekend that requires you bring a DSLR (digital camera with full manual capability) old or new. We will begin with a session covering the basic knowledge needed to take better photos with your DSLR using the manual camera functions, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Each attendee will shoot in full manual the whole day. We look at light, exposure, composition, creativity, how to choose your subjects/scenes wisely, where and when to take photos to get the best results and even when NOT to take photos! I also give you the knowledge you need to store, use and print your images to make sure you get the best results. The course is suitable for anyone starting from the very beginning, through to people wanting to brush up their manual skills and get inspired with light! You really can go at your own pace.

The course is now Covid safe and permitted as an educational training course under the current guidance as of 14th September 2020 – the venue is a light and airy space with plenty of room to spread out, you may wear a mask of course if you so choose and hand gel will be provided. 


NEW BEGINNER’s PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE DATES: 18th October 2020, 24th October 2020


 Beginner’s Photography Course 18th October 2020 – *£175 COURSE FULL


Beginner’s Photography Course 24th October 2020 – *£175 


*prices increased slightly to accommodate the use of a Covid safe venue.



  1. Full Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Mobile
  4. Date of chosen course
  5. Your current skill level
  6. Name/type of camera you will use plus any lenses you have (send me a photo if you’re not certain!)



-We’ll be based in Manchester City Centre (venue confirmed nearer the time) and we’ll start at 9am, running through until 5pm.

-The workshop will start with a brief getting to know each other and your camera over a cuppa,  followed by the manual technical session. We then practise our new knowledge of the manual settings with a little indoor shooting and then follow this with some further creative shooting outdoors in the city. 

-Lunch and a drink are included, then out again to practise some more portrait based techniques using light, creativity and some models!

-Finally back to the venue at around 3.30pm to chat about choosing your images, how to use and store them, any questions!

-Following the day I’ll invite you into a Facebook group so you can add the photos you took from the workshop and get a little critique. You can use the group as a general Q & A platform so that I can help you along over time as you get to grips with what you’ve learned.



*You must bring your own DSLR camera with at least 1 lens

**Gift vouchers are available for future dates just contact me to let me know and I’ll post within 48 hours.




Photography Skills Brush-Up & Trouble Shoot – Intermediate Level 1-2-1


The Skills Brush Up & Trouble Shoot is a 1-2-1 course which includes 2, 3 hour sessions online over 2 weeks. Designed for keen amateurs who have previous experience of shooting in Manual or have already attended my full day course in Manchester. In the 1st 3 hour session, we’ll brush up on Manual settings, technical knowledge, Aperture and Shutter priority.
In the 2nd 3 hour session we’ll discuss your personal challenges and progression, equipment and some projects to get started with. We’ll put together a personal tailored plan for moving forward.
6 hour course £250pp


The Photography Projects – Intermediate Level 1-2-1


The Photography Projects is a series of 6 online, 1 hour, 1-2-1 sessions spread over 6 weeks with the aim of introducing you to a project each week that will stretch your photography skills.
The projects will be set for you personally after our first session, taking into account your skill level and needs. Each week for 6 weeks we’ll meet again online for a critique of the images you’ve created, we’ll address any challenges you faced and discuss ideas for the next project.
I advise this course is suitable for keen amateurs who already feel fairly confident with the settings on their camera.
6 week course – £350 pp


*Please email me if you’d like to arrange one of the above 1-2-1 courses!



Anyone even vaguely considering this, DO IT!! I went on this course earlier this year and haven’t looked back. Nicola is the most wonderful tutor and so generous with her knowledge. I learned so much and have been shooting in manual ever since which I never thought I’d be able to do. Can’t recommend enough.” Jennifer

I first came across Nicola’s amazing work following her images of a friends’ wedding. I was so pleased to find out that she also offered workshops!! I had an amazing day on her creative workshop, I gained new confidence in a few elements that I’d already learnt but hadn’t “used in anger”, and got some really good results on the day. If anyone is considering booking a workshop (either group session, or one-to-one) with Nicola, I would highly recommend doing so as soon as you can. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, creativity and teaching style are all absolutely top notch!!! First class day 🙂Carolyn

I was looking for inspiration and creativeness with my photography and contacted Nicola Thompson and booked onto her Beginners Photography Course. The day was awesome and jam packed with knowledge and direction at a pace I could follow. I came away knowing my camera a lot better and feeling inspired to pick up my camera and shoot my family and friends in a creative way. Thank you 🙂” Phil

Ahh Nicola Thompson your passion shines through your face like beams and you have the ability to make people feel calm & safe and that everything will be alright, which is quite rare. Thanks for reigniting my interest and inspiring my eye on yesterday’s workshop. I’m not so scared of that big black plastic thing with all it’s buttons & dials. And am looking forward to practising in family adventures & holidays!Claire


Here are some of my images taken on previous courses plus some of my personal work…


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