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Jessops Academy Course DSLR Level 1

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Jessops Academy Course DSLR Level 1


Designed for the first-time DSLR user, this course is ideal if you’re looking to develop your skills.

Perfect if you feel confident with your camera but are looking to improve your skills and techniques During the course our trainer will cover a broad range of topics related to basic photography. If you find yourself always using Auto and you’re keen to learn more, this course is for you.



A mixture of theory and practical work is delivered in a fun, enthusiastic, jargon-free style. It’s not only technical knowledge of your camera that helps make a great picture, creative aspects of photography help too, and our trainers cover these, as well as sharing hints and tips, to ensure you start taking pictures you’re proud of.

This course is available in the following locations:

Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, St. Albans, London Oxford Street, Bath, Cardiff, Belfast, Horsham, Ipswich, Nottingham, Sheffield, Gateshead, Aberdeen and Leeds

Please check availability for upcoming dates



On this course you will learn:

  • Lens and focus operation
  • Camera handling
  • Controlling image exposure
  • Aperture & depth-of-field
  • Shutter speeds
  • ISO
  • Basic composition
  • Caring for your camera

This course is for you if you:

  • Have no prior photographic knowledge


Once purchased you will receive an Email with details of how to book your Jessops Academy training course. These instructions will also allow you to amend your booking up to 7 days before your course.

All course purchases that are not booked are subject to a 12 month expiry.
You are entitled to amend your Order at any time using the email link provided at the time of placing your Order, however, unfortunately We cannot accept an amendment to your Order less than seven (7) days before the proposed date of your original Course booking.

You can only attend a Course if you over 16 years of age on the date of attendance at the relevant Course or you attend the Course with a parent or guardian.

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Purchase this course as a gift

If you are buying one of our Academy courses as a gift you will be able to print a gift certificate upon completion of your purchase. A link for the certificate will be included in a follow up email sent to the email address registered to your Jessops account. In order for your gift recipient to book their course you will need to forward the same email which will include a link to our booking system. Bookings must be made within 12 months of purchase.

Jessops prides itself on the customer service we offer. From the day you buy your camera to the printing and photo gifts you produce we aim to give world class service all the way through your photographic experience. In 2013 Jessops relaunched its' customer training programme, Jessops Academy, to ensure that you can get the very best from your camera! With a range of courses available and venues around the whole of the UK there's a course available for everyone so why not book yourself on today and start taking the photos you've always dreamed of!



The Jessops Academy team is made up of a group of core trainers and supporting trainers around the country. This means no matter where you’re from there should always be a knowledgeable member of the Academy team available to help you on your photographic journey! To find out more about our core trainers please see below.

Trainer Details

Ian Savage
After studying photography, Ian's first job was at a classic camera store linked to the Royal Photographic Society in Bath which proved an invaluable experience, as there are not many cameras that Ian hasn't had experience with in the 18 years he has been working in the industry. Ian moved on to specialise in wedding and studio photography, which he is still actively involved with today.

Having worked in many different photographic retailers at all levels, Ian is experienced at teaching others how to get the best out of their cameras. Looking after Learning and Development for Jessops, Ian now leads a team of dedicated training specialists, who are passionate about photography and sharing expertise. Ian's knowledge of training and photography ensures a fantastic experience on all of his Academy courses.
Owen Clayton
Having worked in the photography industry for over 30 years, Owen has a broad range of photographic experience in a variety of genres. At the age of seven he was given his first camera, a Microflex 3.5 TL, which is still part of his collection and he continues to use it today. Owen specialises in social and landscape photography and he has seen his work published in a number of national titles.

Today Owen is a full-time Jessops specialist trainer. He's on hand to share his wealth of photography knowledge and advanced skill set. Owen's approachable and easy-going nature always makes his courses fun to attend. His passion and enthusiasm really helps others improve their photographic skills, while having a fun and fulfilling experience.
James Andrews
Encouraging his early passion for photography, James' parents gave him a Canon AE1 after getting tired of the countless disposable cameras he was going through! Following his AE1 James was an early adopter of the digital age and joined Jessops when he turned 16 to start earning for his first digital SLR. With enthusiasm for wildlife and underwater photography, James also has a keen interest in portraiture, macro and wedding photography.

At Jessops he advanced his career from a weekend part-time job all the way up to joining the Jessops training team three years ago. He is now responsible for all online training in Jessops as well as passing on his expansive photographic knowledge in a friendly, easy to understand style to staff and Academy customers alike!
Lizzie
I have been a photographer now for over 30 years. My parents before me were writers and photographers, so I grew up with darkrooms, film and weddings. My Mum hated them! For her they were a necessary evil to earn a living - I love them! There is nothing like the buzz (stress!) of being totally responsible for capturing a couple's most important day. I love the working with people to get the very best from them. That special fizz when you know that you've landed a key shot of the day is amazing.

I decided to go professional as a wedding photographer some 6 years ago now. I went on many courses; still do actually. Since then, I have become one of the preferred photographers for Blenheim Palace and take about 7 weddings a year. Around that, I teach photography one evening every week for Oxfordshire County Council and many week- ends either for myself or other organisations. During the week I work for Cancer Research UK - rewarding in a totally different kind of way. As part of that role, I'll photograph sports, advertising, events, children, animals and scenery - all skills needed by a wedding photographer. (There aren't many weddings without buildings, gardens, cars and children. The pets come quite often too!)

People have said of me that I'm kind, patient, easy to get on with, smiley and have a Pam Ayers/Victoria Wood type of humour and never appear anything but calm. (If only they knew!) Above all, they all say that they've really enjoyed their learning experience and cannot wait to get out with their camera. Wonderful
In order to purchase and book your course we have a number of options available. You can purchase your course in store, over the phone (0344 800 4444) or on the Web . (All bookings require full payment before you can book a date.) Once payment has been taken and approved you will be invited to book your course – this is done in different ways dependant on how you purchase:

In Store Purchase:
Upon completion of the payment the sales expert will ask you if you wish to book your course at the time or later. If you choose to book at the time you will be able to instantly book from the range of available dates at the time. If you choose to book later you will be sent an email with a link to grant you access to our booking system and book your course.

Online Purchase:
Upon completion of the checkout procedure there will be a slight delay whilst your payment is confirmed. This may take a few hours dependant on the payment method. Once confirmed you will receive an email inviting you to book your course using our online booking system. You will be able to choose from the range of venues running your course and select the course date that suits you.

Calling us Direct:
If you wish you can call us directly on 0344 800 4444 to book your course. We will be able to process your payment over the phone and there will be a slight delay whilst your payment is confirmed. Once confirmed you will receive an email inviting you to book your course using our online booking system. You will be able to choose from the range of venues running your course and select the course date that suits you.

Purchasing this course as a gift?
If you are buying one of our Academy courses as a gift you will be able to print a gift certificate upon completion of your purchase. A link for the certificate will be included in a follow up email sent to the email address registered to your Jessops account. In order for your gift recipient to book their course you will need to forward the same email which will include a link to our booking system. Bookings must be made within 12 months of purchase. Alternatively you can purchase a gift solution in store.
With great venues around the UK there’s sure to be a course near to you, you can see address and transport details about all of our venues below:

Please note that not all courses are available in all venues, please check availability before you purchase. The course description tab will tell you what venues the selected course runs from.

Aberdeen
31-33 Market Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5PY

Nearest Station(s): Aberdeen
Suggested Car Park(s): NCP Virginia Street (AB11 5BY)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1

Bath
Unit SU54
Southgate Street
Bath
BA1 1AQ

Nearest Station(s): Bath Spal
Suggested Car Park(s): Southgate Bath Car Park (BA1 1TP)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1

Belfast
19-21 High Street
Belfast
County Antrim
BT1 2AA

Nearest Station(s): Belfast Central
Suggested Car Park(s): Great Northern Multi-Storey Car Park (BT12 5EE)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2, Studio Level 1

Birmingham
Unit 3
55 Temple Row
Birmingham
B2 5LS

Nearest Station(s): Birmingham Snow Hill, Birmingham New Street or Birmingham Moor Street
Suggested Car Park(s): Snow Hill Station (B3 2BJ) or Bull Ring (B5 4BU)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2, CSC Bridge, Studio Level 1, City Tour

Cardiff
19-21 Churchill House
Churchill Way
Cardiff
CF10 2HH

Nearest Station(s): Cardiff Queen Street
Nearest Car Park(s): St. David’s Centre Car Park (CF10 2EQ)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2, CSC & Bridge, Studio Level 1

Gateshead / Newcastle
External Venue
The Quayside
Lombard Street
Tyne & Wear
NE1 3AE

Nearest Station(s): Newcastle Central Metro
Suggested Car Park(s): Dean Street Car Park (NE1 1PG)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1

Glasgow
Unit 3-5 Buchanan Galleries
Glasgow
Lanarkshire
G2 3GF

Nearest Station(s): Glasgow Queen Street Station or Buchanan Street Subway Station
Suggested Car Park(s): Buchanan Galleries Car Park (G1 3HL)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2, CSC & Bridge

Greatworth Hall (Wedding)
Elizabeth Melvin Photography
Greatworth Hall
Greatworth
Near Banbury
Oxon
OX17 2DH

Nearest Station(s): N/A – Driving advisable
Suggested Car Park(s): Parking on site

Courses Available: Wedding

Horsham
External Venue
Sandygate Lane
Lower Beeding
Horsham
RH13 6NF

Nearest Station(s): N/A – Driving advisable
Suggested Car Park(s): Parking on site

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1

Ipswich
UCS Waterfront Building
Ipswich
IP4 1QJ

Nearest Station(s): Ipswich)
Suggested Car Park(s): Duke Street Car Park (IP3 0BQ) or Total Car Parks (IP4 1BZ)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1

London
129-131 Oxford Street
London
W1D 2HU

Nearest Station(s): Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines) and Tottenham Court Road (Central and Northern Lines)
Nearest Car Park(s): Soho Car Park (WF1F 7NQ) or NCP Berners Street (W1T 3NE)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2, CSC & Bridge, Studio Level 1, City Tour, Macro

Manchester
107 Market Street
Manchester
M1 1WN

Nearest Station(s): Manchester Victoria or Manchester Piccadilly
Nearest Car Park(s): Manchester Arndale Centre (M4 3AQ)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2, CSC & Bridge, Studio Level 1, City Tour

Nottingham
12/14 Clumber Street
Nottingham
NG1 3GA

Nearest Station(s): Nottingham
Nearest Car Park(s): Trinity Square Car Park (NG1 4AF)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, DSLR Level 2

Leeds
Swarthmore Education Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square
Leeds
LS3 1AD

Nearest Station(s): Leeds
Suggested Car Park(s): West Street Car Park (LS1 4PD)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1

Sheffield
The Source Skills Academy at Meadowhall
300 Meadowhall Way
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S9 1EA

Nearest Station(s): Meadowhall South Tinsley Station
Suggested Car Park(s): Meadowhall Blue or Yellow Car Park (S9 1EP)

Courses Available: DSLR Leve 1, DSLR Level 2

St Albans
4 The Maltings
St Albans
AL1 3HS

Nearest Station(s): St Albans City
Suggested Car Park(s): The Maltings (AL1 3HL)

Courses Available: DSLR Level 1, City Tour

“Excellent, incredibly helpful” – Janet, Glasgow

“Informative and delivered in an entertaining way” – Sarah, Birmingham

“From having no knowledge on the camera I now have lots of helpful hints and tips to help me in the future” – Kelly, Birmingham

“This was a superb, very worthwhile course. The tutor’s knowledge and enthusiasm has definitely inspired me to go out and use my camera more” – Anne, Glasgow

“Trainer was great at explaining things simply” – Anon, Glasgow

“Great having trainer instructions rather than reading a poor handbook!” – Anon, Nottingham

“Liked putting theory into practise, trainer tailored the course to meet all our needs” – Carol, Nottingham

“Very clear analogies/examples to bring the information to life” – Suzanne, Glasgow

“Already booked my DSLR Level 2!” – Lewis, Glasgow

“Having a knowledgeable instructor able to help across all camera models really helped” – Matthew, Birmingham

“Ideal for beginners” – Graham, Glasgow

“Well presented, very happy with the content” – Anthony, London

“So impressed with the trainer’s knowledge, really enjoyed the day” – Natalie, London

“Trainer communicates complex issues well” – David, London

“I feel much more confident to use my camera” – Vicki, London
We run courses throughout the UK but to avoid disappointment you can check availability of courses in your local venue by clicking the link below.

Please note that your space on a course is not confirmed until you have processed the booking through our online booking system (you will receive details on how to do this shortly after purchasing your course) - see the "How to Book" tab for more information.