Michael Cartwright Photography

Crash Course in Photography - Sunday 1st September 2024

This beginners photography course is a great introduction to using your camera properly, with as much information as possible packed into a highly productive day. Perfect for those who can't commit to longer photography courses and woud like to learn quickly. Crash course is a one day photography course in Yarm, Teesside that will help you to get off auto mode.

This photography course is designed to assist you with learning the basics of photography quickly and effectively.

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01st - 01st Sep, 2024

£125.00 / £125.00 Deposit

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I understand that committing to a longer beginners photography course just isn't viable for some people. This is where the Crash Course comes in! 

Learn all about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field and so much more during a friendly one day workshop in and around the beautiful town of Yarm, Teesside. 

Master your camera and create your own fabulous photographs with new skills that will last a lifetime on this highly popular beginners photography course. 

What You Will Learn

Camera functions – What do all of these buttons do?

Aperture – Controlling depth of field, blurring backgrounds

Shutter Speeds – Creating movement in your photographs

ISO – Shooting in low light

Exposure – How to manually create the perfect exposure

Focus – Keeping everything sharp

Composition – Techniques to create more interesting images

This beginners photography course is suitable for those with no previous knowledge. You will not require a tripod or any editing software to participate in this photography course. Bridge camera users are also welcome, please be advised that bridge cameras may not have all of the functionality of a DSLR/MIRRORLESS camera. For more info on the differences between cameras check out the following article...https://www.easybasicphotography.com/types-of-cameras.html


Photography course commences at 10am in Yarm and lasts 5 hours, ending at 3pm. 

We will break for lunch mid way through the day (not included, there are many shops and cafes on our doorstep to grab a quick bite to eat). Tea/Coffee is included. 

Suitable outdoor clothing is recommended, although the walking will not be difficult. 

Course notes are sent to mobile devices at the beginning of the session, so you will have a full set of notes to work with and to review in your own time once the course is complete. 

Crash Course is a scaled down version of our popular 4 week Photography For Beginners course. We've taken out the essential elements and condensed them into a fast paced one day workshop, suitable for those who would like to learn in a hurry. If you are worried about the pace, we recommend the 4 week photography course. 

Courses will generally go ahead in light rain, but can be rescheduled if the weather is not suitable. 

Full details are emailed out to attendees three days before the course is due to take place. 

Gift vouchers are avaialble 

"I finally know how to use my camera! Thanks so much Michael! Great day, looking forward to the next one."

“We were nervous to start this course with our limited knowledge of cameras. However Michael was brilliant. He put us at ease straight away. Over the day the instruction and guidance was excellent. I would not hesitate to attend another course with Michael and would defo recommend. Cheers John and Julie”


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