Beginner Photography Course St Albans

I have been running this photography course in St Albans for just over 9 years now and it has proved hugely popular with anyone wishing to get to grips with their DSLR. It is is aimed at beginners who want to learn to take better photos by getting to know their camera better, but also by working on composition and light.

Here are examples of the kind of images the participants were able to create after completing the course:

During this photography course you will learn:

  • Shooting in Manual mode by understanding the exposure triangle: the relationship between Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO setting
  • The impact of the lens/focal length on your image
  • How to recognise the different types of light and understanding white balance
  • Focusing techniques for sharper pictures
  • The basic rules of compositions


There are no prerequisites for this course but you will need a digital SLR (Canon or Nikon) or any camera with interchangeable lens such as Panasonic Lumix, Olympus, Fuji and if you have more than one lens please bring them along to the course. If you don’t yet own a DSLR or bridge/mirrorless camera but are thinking or purchasing one please do take a look at my “What starter DSLR camera?”  page.

Photography course in St Albans

The class will be taking place in my home in St Albans, Hertfordshire (near the Quadrant in Marshalswick). I will be teaching the class and places will be strictly limited to a maximum of 4 participants to make sure everyone gets as much as possible out of the class. The first 4 sessions will be classroom based and the last session will be a hands-on practical session, shooting outdoors if the weather permits. There will be assignments each week which will require 1 to 2 hours of your own time outside of the class. The more work you put into this course, the more you will get out of it!

Sign up

The course will run for consecutive 5 weeks starting w/c 7th September 2020. I will be running 2 classes in parallel:

– Monday evenings 8:15-10:15pm starting 7th September 2020 – SOLD OUT
– Tuesday mornings 9:30am-11:30am starting 8th September 2020 – SOLD OUT

This class is priced at £279. To reserve your spot on the course, please select your preferred slot class below and press “Proceed to Secure Payment”. Please note that the course fee is non-refundable unless another person is found to take your place. We’ll be covering a lot of ground each week so I recommend you only sign up to the course if you are able to attend all five sessions.

Sorry, this course is now SOLD OUT. Please get in touch to be added to the waiting list for future courses.

photography course review
Before the course I had very recently asked for and been given a DSLR for Christmas. The manual was impenetrable and my best hope was to shoot in automatic mode and hope for the best. Steph’s course was perfect – Steph explained all the essentials for mastering my DSLR one step at a time without making it at all daunting. In class and with homework we put each step into practice and before long we were all taking pictures that our friends and family couldn’t believe we’d taken.

Lisa L.

St Albans

My expectations of this course were far exceeded in every way and this investment has been worth every penny. Stephanie you are wonderful at explaining how the camera works and how this translates into much improved photographs. I would 100% recommend this course to friends and everyone I know has been so impressed with the change in my photographs.”

Nina M.

Hemel Hempstead

Stephanie Belton’s photography course is the perfect place to go for people who want to progress with their photographic skill. Actually no matter where you are at with your photography, Stephanie will bring fill in the gaps and get you to the next level. You will leave the course feeling, like you’ve definitely learned something good. I sure am very thankful to Madame Belton and will always follow her work from now onwards. Great stuff!

Brigitta S.


The classes with Stephanie have been fantastic. I had only ever used my SLR camera on auto before and taken really mediocre shots. I really wanted to get better at taking shots of the children in particular; this course gave me the confidence to experiment a bit more, feel like I know what I am doing a bit more and to actually take some pretty decent shots!! I highly recommend it!

Sarah P.

St Albans

I approached the course with some trepidation, having had no experience of DSLR photography whatsoever. Although I still have much to learn, Steph’s course took my photography to a new level in just five weeks. My photography improved immeasurably, exceeding all my expectations. The way the course was taught means that I won’t forget what I’ve learned, so I have gained a skill I can build on. Importantly, it also provided me with huge enthusiasm to do so. I would recommend Steph’s course to anyone, even if you’ve never picked up a DSLR before!

Anna B.

St Albans

Absolutely thrilled with the course, it was easy to follow, great weekly challenges, Stephanie gave great feedback on my photos and we even had a cuppa waiting for us when we arrived! I can’t believe the difference this has made to my photographs, thank you so much Steph!

Anna S.

St Albans

I thought your course was fantastic. I learnt so much and your delivery and explanations were just spot-on. Thanks you so much Steph!

Gail H.

St Albans