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Beginners Private Photography Lessons in Galway 2019

Learn photography at your own pace with a course plan tailored to your areas of interest. 

I'm currently running one to one private photography lessons titled The Fundamentals of Digital Photography. I have been teaching these courses for 6 years now and also run monthly group workshops for beginners, check out the group workshop page for details. The 4 hour course is very hands on and can be tailored to photography beginners, intermediates or advanced skill levels. This course is aimed at people who have a digital SLR or mirrorless camera or people who are planning on buying a camera and want to learn the essential skills to take better photos. Intermediate or advanced skill levels is also catered for if the attendee has specific areas of photography or lighting which they wish to learn. Photography lessons may take place in your own home or in mine. Each course is tailored to your requirements to ensure you get the best out of the course. This is run over a 4 hour session.  

We'll be examining the core concepts of digital photography with a view to understanding and overcoming the common issues encountered by new digital camera owners. Course attendees will be encouraged to bring their own camera but this is not a requirement. The course will be in a relaxed environment where students are encouraged to ask questions and get hands on. The aim of the course is to provide a solid understanding of digital photography and we'll examine typical shooting scenarios and the best settings to use to improve your picture taking. 

Below is a general outline of what you can expect to learn on the course.  For booking information, please contact me and I will provide you with more details & confirm your booking. I also run group based one day workshops for group of up to 4 people. More info on my Photography Workshops page.

If you have any questions about the course or require some more information, feel free to get in touch. 

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The beginners full day photography workshops are €120  | The 4 hour private one 2 one photography course is €240

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Attendee feedback from a photography workshop

"Thanks for all the info at Saturday’s workshop Gerard, I really enjoyed the day and it seemed to go so fast, a sure sign that it was really interesting. I spent all day yesterday out practicing and putting into action what we went through and it’s all making since to me now. Previous to this, I would have ideas of shots I’d like to take but never knew what settings to use, but now I understand what the camera is trying to do, even before I take the shot and I must say I’m finding a vast difference in my images, only one day after your workshop, thanks again." 

Tony McMahon – October 2013 Workshop 

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Tip: Camera equipment & lenses can be expensive, if you are a home owner, consider contacting your home insurance provider and listing your camera equipment on your household insurance policy. This can be done for about an extra €30 per year and will safeguard yourself against accidental damage. 

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FORGET Auto Mode

Get CREATIVE with your Camera


Private ONE 2 ONE lessons

What my attendees say...

"I have attended other courses with other photographers...

but none were delivered this effectively or successfully

5/5 star recommendation" | Rob Eyres - Nov 2014 Workshop

Learn "The Fundamentals of Digital Photography" FAST

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Gerard Conneely PHOTOGRAPHY


An ACCELERATED learning experience

into the world of Photography & Lighting


set of photography courses

we'll take a DEEP DIVE

into camera settings & controls

and get you fully UP-TO-SPEED

in a single sitting...

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What to Expect

A comprehensive well thought out course for beginners...

which simplifies the use of your camera

through PRACTICAL & hands on training...

A relaxed & informal group setting

of like minded peers

learning at the same pace...

Total Beginners Welcome

No Experience Required

We'll go beyond camera controls...

& learn about photography & lighting

for portraits & landscapes

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much more! create


with no compromises!

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Learn how to shoot any scene by using only 3 buttons on your camera!

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Camera Focusing

Out of the box - your camera decides what to focus on

This is a setup we should really avoid...

I'll teach you a technique called...

"Focus & Recompose"

Where you can pinpoint your focus...

In any part of an image - quickly and accurately...

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Learn about gear:- cameras & lenses | tripods | speedlites | accessories

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Learn why "lighting" is more important, "location" is secondary...

Take advantage of good light, in a bad location...

Lighting:- for landscapes | portraits | natural & artificial lighting techniques

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Get to grips with window light

Shooting with natural light...

Master backlighting...

Taking photos at night...

Shooting indoors without flash...

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Exposure - learn how to control the brightness of an image or certain areas within an image...

Camera's lack the ability to see what we see...

This is often what the camera does when it is confronted with a tricky scene

You'll learn multiple techniques to overcome those issues & get correct exposures...

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Learn how control your backgrounds for that out of focus effect

Typically used for portraits - it helps draw the viewers eye to the subject

"Depth of Field" - the term used for the amount of out of focus blur...

With a full topic on Depth of Field - we'll cover this in great detail...

& you'll get hands on to put that effect into your images

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Online booking available...

No deposit required

Digital Photography Workshop Course Overview


How Your Camera Works
Understanding Digital Camera Sensors
Understanding Camera Exposure: Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed
Understanding Camera Metering
Understanding Depth of Field
Understanding Camera Lenses: Focal Length & Aperture
Understanding White Balance (Image Colour) 
Understanding Camera Autofocus
Understanding RAW Files: Why Should I Use RAW?

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Camera Types & Accessories
Selecting & Using a Camera Tripod
Camera Lenses
Using Wide Angle Lenses
Using Prime Lens
Using Telephoto Lenses
Using mid range zoom lenses
Choosing which lens for which photo

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Camera Usage
Camera buttons, dials and key menus
Using Camera Shutter Speed Creatively
Reducing Camera Shake with Hand-Held Photos
Landscape photography - using a tripod
Action Photography – Kids, Pets & Sports 
Image Composition
Photo Bracketing - why & how to use it

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Understanding Dynamic Range of Light
Types of light - soft light, hard light, diffused & directional light
Lighting vs location - whats more important and why?
Lighing for portraits
How to photograph in sunlight & shade
Using flash indoors vs outdoors
Using your builtin camera flash

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Attendee feedback from a photography workshop

"I just wanted to thank you again for Saturday's photography workshop. It was exactly what I needed to go forward with my photography. Trying to learn about exposure without any help was only getting me so far and you explained it in such detail and made it a much more graspable concept to understand as well as opening my eyes to new things that I had no idea of. You've set my love for photography in stone now so thank you for that. I cant wait to put it all into practice." 

Kieran O'Halloran - April 2013 Workshop 

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What you can expect from the photography course

Theres quite a few manual pages listing of all the buttons & menu settings of your DSLR. The reality of is that most people only use a selected few buttons over & over again. The reason being, at the core of photography is the concept of the exposure triangle, essentially the 3 elements that control the light being recorded by the image sensor and thus making your photo. It doesn't matter what camera you have, even your iPhone uses the concepts of the exposure triangle to take photos. If you learn nothing else this year about photography, but you fully understand how the exposure triangle works, you'll be taking some seriously good photos. And what's nice about it is that the same principles of exposure apply to any camera, once you understand the concepts of exposure, they're the same from camera to camera, just the buttons may change slightly.

In my 4 hour course, I cover the exposure triangle in great detail including it's secondary effects like motion blur, freezing fast paced action & dropping backgrounds out of focus with shallow depth of fields as show in the image below. These are the creative effects possible once you understand exposure. Exposure & the many other topics listed above will be demonstrated in detail. 

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We'll run through typical shooting scenarios and we see what works, what doesn't work & why. For example, we'll take a scenario where it's just too dull indoors to take a photo without flash so we examine what we need to know about flash & how best to use it. This will be one of many typical shooting scenarios which we will examine. The course follows the following format: 1) learn the concepts in a related environment, it won't be like school I promise 2) view photos which demonstrate the concepts 3) review which buttons control the concepts and 4) take real life scenarios to put them into practice & get hands on with your/my cameras. The many other sections of photography that will be learned in the course will follow a similar format. Then wheather permitting we'll head outside and get some more shooting practice. 

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General advice on caring for your camera & lenses

The glass on the front of your lenses can be scratched easily, consider purchasing a UV filter which is a screw on glass filter which attaches to the front of your lens. These come in different filter sizes so be sure to check the filter size for your particular lens. These filters do not effect image quality so can be left on the lens permanently. If the UV filter get scratched, simply replace it with another one while keeping your lens safe from dust, dirt & scratches. 

When not in use, store your camera in a cushioned camera bag, while keeping it safe against knocks it also ensures that no dust is getting to the camera. To remove the build up of dust from the front of your lens, the best tools  to use are a micro fibre cloth, a lens pen (simular to a brush for brushing away dust) or a rocket blower (blows air on the lens to blow away any dust). You can find these by searching for them in Amazon UK. You can also get these in camera shops in Galway.

I would not advise leaving your camera or lenses in your car overnight in the winter months as it gets quite cold & condensation may build up on the lens. If condensation does build up, do not try to wipe it off, let it evaporate naturally. 

Try to get into the habbit of using your camera strap & finally, if you do not use your camera for a prolonged period of time, remove the battery. 

This 4 hour course has a lot packed in & we will cover a large amount of detail. As the course is one to one, we can move between topics at a quicker pace than a typical classroom based course. You'll have the advantage of my full attention for the full 4 hours, we can move at a pace that suits you, cover the topics you like & skip the ones you already know. The flexibility of this type of training will ensure you leave with the knowledge you require.

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Hi, I'm Gerard, an experienced wedding photographer & photography teacher. I photograph weddings throughout Ireland & I'm based in Co. Galway in the west of Ireland.

I'd consider myself to be a people person, I know how to bring out the best in my couples & I take what I do very seriously, but you would never think so when working with me.

I've been photographing weddings for 11 years; my style is very much documentary in nature & I’ve found over the years the best way to capture beautiful moments is to let them occur naturally. Many love stories have unfolded in front of my cameras and it truly is an honour when a couple places their trust in me to document their day.

While some of my couples live only a few miles away, others plan their wedding from abroad & I place great emphasis on taking care of my couples both pre & post wedding. If you like the idea of a photographer who will guide you through each step from the pre-wedding meeting, the day itself & right through to delivering your printed story in an Italian handmade album, I'd love to hear from you...

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