Are you frustrated with your photos and feel like you don’t have a clue what to do with your camera?

  • You’re stuck on automatic and you know you’re not making the most of your camera
  • You feel like your camera has too many buttons and you don’t know where to start
  • You’ve tried to photograph your kids but they move so fast, they end up looking like they have two heads
  • You want the photos with the blurry backgrounds
  • You know you have a good camera but you use your phone because it’s easier
  • You think there’s so much jargon and you can’t make sense of it

If so, my 1-2-1 photography tuition is for you!

I help people in Angus, Dundee and Perth just like you get to grips with their cameras and I’d love to help you overcome your challenges with your photography.

I know that you want to put your camera to good use and be able to take photos that you’ll be so proud to put up on your living room wall. Your kids having fun without a care in the world. Your dogs running around on the beach. The flowers in your garden that you’ve worked so hard to grow looking oh so pretty. The amazing places that you go on holiday.

You want more than just mobile phone snaps and I know you can do it, too! I’ve had so many people tell me that they don’t want to do “arty-farty” photos of flowers or think that it’s not possible with their camera. Often they’ll ask advice on another lens to use because they don’t think their lens is good enough but I’m a firm believer in learning what the lens is capable of first before buying a new one.

And I can tell you, every single time my clients go away full of enthusiasm for their photography and many in search of the nearest flower!

I’ll give you the knowledge to help you improve your photography in language that you understand. But it’s not just about the knowledge. Yes, you’ll learn everything you need to know to take great pictures on manual mode and more than that, you will have the confidence to get out there and do it.

We’ll start off with some theory in your home (don’t worry, I make the technical jargon easy to understand and there won’t be any tests) and then there will be plenty of time for you to practise your new skills using your own camera in your local area. I’ll be on hand to answer all of your questions as we go.

This course does exactly as promised and comes with a confidence boost that makes you want to “get out there”. It made sense of my camera and those buttons I never went near for fear of breaking stuff! Turns out those buttons are really useful…….ha! Being a one2one course it is pretty much tailored to “you” and your camera. I would recommend this course to all those, who like me, have neither the time nor patience to wade through instruction manuals the size of War & Peace and would prefer to spend 3 or 4 hours in good company with a knowledgeable professional who gets to what you need to take great pictures. Highly recommended.Graeme Kirkpatrick (August 2017)

What you’ll learn

What’s included

  • What the numbers on your lenses mean and how to decide which lens to use
  • How to hold your camera to keep it steady
  • Aperture, shutter speed and ISO – what they are and how they work together to give you the photos you want
  • How to use each focus mode to achieve pin sharp photos
  • How to use each metering mode to create perfectly exposed photos
  • How to change the white balance so the colours in your photos look realistic
  • 3 hours tuition at your own pace
  • Lightbulb moments as it all falls into place
  • A folder full of the tuition content so you can go over it again at any time
  • The confidence to shoot on manual
  • A big happy face as your photography fears melt away – this one I give you at no extra charge!

What you’ll learn

  • What the numbers on your lenses mean and how to decide which lens to use
  • How to hold your camera to keep it steady
  • Aperture, shutter speed and ISO – what they are and how they work together to give you the photos you want
  • How to use each focus mode to achieve pin sharp photos
  • How to use each metering mode to create perfectly exposed photos
  • How to change the white balance so the colours in your photos look realistic

What’s included

  • 3 hours tuition at your own pace
  • Lightbulb moments as it all falls into place
  • A folder full of the tuition content so you can go over it again at any time
  • The confidence to shoot on manual
  • A big happy face as your photography fears melt away – this one I give you at no extra charge!

Do you want to take photos like these?

Here are a few photos my clients have sent me. Yes, you too, can learn how to take photos just like these!

Photo of a dog taken by a client of Anne Johnston
Photo of birds taken by a client of Anne Johnston
Photo of a girl taken by a client of Anne Johnston

“The beginners lesson was so helpful and I now feel more confident in using manual mode on my camera. Anne was able to really help me put everything into practical use during the lesson. Anne showed me how to use certain camera features to gain particular photos I was looking to shoot (for example: portrait shots with blurred background, working with movement, and working in natural light). I would definitely recommend Anne.”

Jennifer Hamilton (February 2017)

“Excellent one on one tuition. I bought a new camera with lots of settings and functions that I had absolutely no idea how to use. I had become reliant on using ‘auto’ for my photos but knew I was not achieving optimal performance and testing the camera’s full capabilities. After Anne’s help, I will no longer have the auto function on again. I can now look forward to having fun with my camera. Thank you so much.”

Kelly Meighan (July 2016)

“Anne is a very friendly person who made the whole learning experience enjoyable. She explained things well and answered all of the questions I had. She showed me quite a few things about my camera which I didn’t realise and they have made a big difference to my photography. I have had a boost of confidence to just get out there and click away.”

Kirsty Watson (May 2016)

Online booking

To make a booking for Photography for Beginners you will need your own DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens.

Full payment of £147 is required upon booking and can be made by debit or credit card. Gift vouchers are also available.

Use the link below to check my calendar and make your booking directly. I have tuition sessions available during the day Monday to Friday and limited availability on Saturday mornings. Most bookings are made 4 – 7 weeks ahead. Please get in touch if you have any questions before you book.

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Frequently asked questions

The one-to-one Photography for Beginners tuition is £147
Photography for Beginners is designed for DSLR and mirrorless camera users. Most of my clients use Canon or Nikon cameras but I’m not a brand snob so if you use another brand that’s fine with me
If you live in Angus, Dundee or Perth then I will come to your home. We will need a quiet room to work in and we can use your garden or local area to practise in if the weather is nice.

If you don’t live in any of these areas and are still keen to be trained by me, please just ask. If you’re willing to travel into the area I may be able to hire a room for us to hold the tuition for an additional cost

The tuition takes 3 hours with generally around 2 hours spent on the theory and an hour for you to practise your new skills
Photography for Beginners is designed for one person so that you can fully benefit from personal tuition but your friend is more than welcome to book their own session
Absolutely, yes. I can tailor the tuition to your needs and help you fill in the blanks and master your camera’s manual controls
Don’t worry, I totally appreciate that people learn in different ways and that you might forget something I tell you during our session. I will give you a folder full of all of the course content I teach you and I’ll be at the end of my emails after if you need me
You must be aged 18 or over
I can tell already, you’re the best kind of friend. Of course you can buy a gift voucher! Simply select a gift voucher in the payment options and I’ll pop the voucher in the post to you… unless it’s your friend’s birthday tomorrow and I can email you a voucher for you to print and put in a lovely card instead.

Gift vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase and cannot be refunded or transferred to another person.

Pick my brains

Would you love to have a 1-2-1 session with me but live too far away?

Do you want to buy a new camera but don’t have a clue where to start?

Do you want to upgrade your lens so you can take better photos of your children, beautiful mountain vistas, sports or whatever else takes your fancy?

Or maybe the photos you’re taking just aren’t getting the results you’re after. Are the photos too blurry, the wrong colour or is the camera focusing on the wrong thing?

Book a Skype call with me and I’ll help solve your photography problem wherever you are in the world. You don’t even have to leave your house.

This morning I had my Beginners 1 2 1 course with Anne and am now very keen to get out there with my camera set in manual mode. Anne’s tuition has helped me to understand my camera so much better and took the “scary” out of deciding on my own exposures. Thank you Anne. I am looking forward to your help with Lightroom.Rosemary Llewellyn (August 2017)