Basic Composition Guidelines; Simplicity, Rule of Thirds, Balance, Framing, Lines, Patterns, Symmetry, Texture. Understanding your camera’s settings

  • Program/Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority & Manual 
  • The relationship between aperture and shutter speed to obtain correct exposure
  • Controlling depth of field 
  • Movement and background blur to enhance the image 
  • Colour balance settings 

The qualities of light – Golder hours and Blue hours, considering the sky and working with the weather. 

Simple image adjustments using software the student has be it Photoshop, Lightroom or something else. I would need to know so that I can fit the correct instruction in to the course. 

Once these basics are understood we can move onto the assignment section with additional techniques explained in greater detail. 


This course has been designed for students who have little or no knowledge and want to learn the basics to improve their photography skills using compact, digital 35mm or cell phone cameras. 

Learning Outcome

Images (best 3 from each assignment) would be sent for critique and my comments would be sent back. 

From selected images I would create a collage of images within Photoshop and print it and send along with a certificate of completion to each participating student. 

I do not know whether this would be best done on a zoom meeting or maybe I should video everything and students can watch at their leisure 9 but timing is important – this is where you can assist with your experience with other courses you run. 

Once you have read this perhaps you would contact me as to which direction I should pursue and how much I should charge and how long the course should be. 

As a final note this is the course for beginners I can go into far more detailed techniques for intermediate and advanced students. 

Course Instructor

Karim Haider Karim Haider Author