Michael Cartwright Photography

Beginners Photography - 4 Week Course

NEW DATES ANNOUNCED!! - August 28th to Septemer 18th 2024 - 6pm - 8pm Wednesday evenings 

The perfect course for those wishing to take up an exciting new hobby....Beginners Photography will give you a jump start into understanding the basics of creative outdoor photography.  

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28th Aug - 18th Sep, 2024

£125.00 / £125.00 Deposit

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Photography is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors. It's a brilliant medium for spending time in nature's surroundings, exploring your creative and artistic sides while maintaining fitness in both body and mind. Once you take up photography an enthralling new world opens up to you, often becoming a life long obsession.  

However, with so many accessories such as filters, tripods and lenses...not to mention all of those buttons and dials on the camera itself, it can be hard to know where to even begin. 

This beginners course covers all of the basics and more over 4 weeks, giving you the knowledge required to begin enjoying your new hobby.

Learn all about depth of field, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, composition and lots more during an adventurous workshop that takes place across local photography hotspots. You'll learn the essential camera settings required make the most out of your equipment and the workings of your camera, while capturing the beauty of our local area. 

Sessions take place throughout Teesside in places such as Yarm and the banks of the River Tees. Each week will see a new aspect of photography introduced to the group, building upon your experience and technical skills.

This course is perfect for those who would love to take up a fascinating photography hobby, with a strong emphasis on capturing the beauty of the great outdoors. Perhaps you have been shooting for some time but would like to recap the basics? This course will help you to finally master your camera. 

Please note, this is geared towards landscape and outdoor photography and does not cover portrait.

What's Covered? 

Camera Basics - Lenses, Batteries, Menus, Buttons and Dials

Exposure - Capturing Light, Affecting Exposure 

Semi Auto Modes - AV/TV/P

Full Manual Photography

Tripods and Stability



Raw Vs Jpeg



Depth of Field 


Drive Modes



And Much More! 

Course Trainers

Over 4 weeks you will be working with Michael and trusted colleagues. We have a knack for explaining things in simple terms and a vast amount of experience in running workshops and courses over the past decade.

Course Timetable and Locations

Sessions will run between 6pm and 8pm for 4 consecutive weeks. 

Locations will be within the Teesside area. Exact locations will be weather dependent and will be given closer to the time. 

Session one will be in Yarm. All attendees will be emailed around one week before the course begins. 

Recommended Kit

A camera with manual capabilities is essential. If you are unsure, please contact us and we will check to see if your kit is suitable. A tripod is recommended, although not essential. 

As this is a beginners course you will be learning about different equipment during your time with us. You really only need a camera and lens to get started. 

Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear is absolutely essential as we will be working outdoors in British weather! Sessions will go ahead in light rain and winds. Should significantly bad weather occur, sessions will be canceled and rescheduled.  

Payment Schedule & Cancellation Policy 

Full payment is due upon booking to secure your space. A minimum of 14 days cancellation notice is required to access a full refund. This is to give us sufficient time to fill the vacant space. Cancellations within 14 days of course commencement will be offered an alternative date or a voucher for future workshops. 


I have just returned from a trip to the Arctic Circle arranged by Michael. The best I can say is that this was a trip of a life time! The tour was friendly with lots of laughs. Michael, Scott & Joe passed on their knowledge freely. Nobody was left out, there was something for everyone to do and along with the photo opportunities we had great fun on snowmobiles at midnight on a frozen river going from Finland to Sweden, a dog sled ride through a frozen forest , reindeer sled ride and so much more.
Would I recommend Michael Cartwright Photography?? Hell yes!! A trip I will never forget & many new friends made.

Mike Cook

Over the last 18 months I have been on a number of courses, workshops and photography holidays with Michael Cartwright and his team Scott Bonner and Joe Fletcher. Over that time my photography skills have really improved with their generous and friendly help and support. I have learned so much and met some great people along the way. The latest holiday in Arctic Finland / Sweden has been the icing on the cake. Well organised from start to finish with a range of activities and challenges. It was the most wonderful experience and I have some photographs that I really like. Huge thank you to the team and I can wholly recommend Michael Cartwright Photography!

Gill Davidson

Michael has a unique ability to take complicated subject matter and deliver it in a simple, passionate and infectious manner. He has taken me on a journey with his workshops from ‘extreme novice’ that was absolutely clueless to a confident enthusiast. I will be eternally grateful for all of Michael’s efforts in going the extra mile throughout my learning journey. He is a credit to his profession and he sets the standards for the rest of his industry to follow. Oh, and he is a thoroughly likeable chap too!

Stephen Smith

Great weekend away and I’m really pleased with my photographs! Thanks for a fantastic workshop, everything was first class, including the hotel, the food and the weather! I really enjoyed learning about different ways to compose my photos for a more professional feel. The workshop was well planned and was extremely informative and interesting. The fact that Michael kept a close eye on everybody's progress was an extra bonus. Thanks Michael

Uma Mannan

Both myself and my husband have been friends of Michael's for many years now during which time we have been on numerous photography trips with him! 

We have thoroughly enjoyed every single trip from the Lake District, Paris, Budapest but my absolute favourite was the trip to Finland, we may not have been lucky enough to see the Northern Lights but what a fantastic adventure it turned out to be!! Each trip has been made extra special with the fabulous group of people that we have had the pleasure of making friends with, aside from that there is of course the excellent opportunity to take some amazing photographs of simply stunning scenery and architecture. The trips are always well organised and thoroughly thought through from beginning to end, as well as coming away with some truly amazing photos you will for sure meet some lovely people and make fantastic memories......

Jayne Stephenson

I  attended my first camera course as a complete beginner, I didn’t even know how to turn the camera on! The initial course was perfect for me, very well explained throughout and left me wanting to know more. Michael and the team are brilliant teachers, they are all very patient and we have a lot of laughs along the way. Since learning how to use my camera I have progressed on to landscape workshops and now class myself as being very confident with my kit. I’ve joined Michael on many occassions and would definitely recommend these workshops! 

John Conlin