FPP RPS
Providing UK's Leading Photography Courses
1064 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6DS

Our courses are intended for the keen photographer who is looking to develop their photography skills into a profitable business. All our courses are very practical and therefore will involve a lot of picture taking, enabling you to create your own portfolio.

As a City & Guilds accredited centre, all our course include a City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma, up to an Ofqual level 3 qualification.

FPP is also an ELCAS approved learning provider and some of our courses qualify for ELCAS funding (Approved training provider for the UK Armed Forces) Working from two fully equipped studios all our staff are vastly experienced and formally trained and qualified. All staff hold at least their LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society)

3 Day Wedding Course £495.00
(Wed-Fri) City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma

The 3 day wedding seminar is the same as the 2 day seminar with an extra day to bring you up to speed with the technical side of using your camera on manual mode and how to set a camera flash unit. The morning session will cover how to set your camera manually, how to use a light meter and how to set up a flash unit both on and off the camera for wedding photography. In the afternoon we will use Photoshop to edit images ready to submit to the client. The remaining two days covers the whole aspect of wedding photography, from obtaining bookings through to producing the final album. In addition to the theory there will also be shoots with models on location at a local beauty spot, at home, in a church and in the studio. We will also cover technical difficulties you may encounter while photographing the intimate portraits of the bride and groom as well as how to set-up and pose the group photographs.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • To gain a City & Guilds workshop diploma in wedding photography
  • To be able to set your camera in manual settings
  • To correctly set your flash unit
  • To give you the experience and confidence to become a successful professional wedding photographer
  • To gain practical experience in directing and undertaking a wedding shoot
  • For you to create a strong portfolio that you can use for advertising and to show to potential clients

The main objectives of the seminar are;

  • To gain a City & Guilds workshop diploma in wedding photography
  • To be able to set your camera in manual settings
  • To correctly set your flash unit
  • To give you the experience and confidence to become a successful professional wedding photographer
  • To gain practical experience in directing and undertaking a wedding shoot
  • For you to create a strong portfolio that you can use for advertising and to show to potential clients

Wednesday

Refreshment will be served throughout the day

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 2.00 - 5.00
Weddings
  • Welcome and personal introductions
  • Course objectives
  • Instruction on using a light meter, understanding exposure settings and depth of field
  • Instruction on how to use flash correctly on and off camera using remote triggers.
Introduction to Photoshop
  • Cropping and bordering
  • Correcting exposures and levels
  • Removing blemishes
  • Converting an image to B/W
  • Converting an image to B/W whilst keeping some colour
  • Creating montages
PM Continued

Time Table

Time Subject Aims Objectives Method
9.00 - 9.30 Coffee and introductions
9.30 - 11.00

Using a light meter, understanding exposure settings, experimenting with depth of field and understanding how to use and set manual settings on your camera

To use a light meter and understand the relationship between time, aperture and ISO

To know how to use a light meter and be able to adjust the time, aperture or ISO and still balance the exposure

Evaluation table hand-out and practical demonstration

11.00 - 1.00

Practical lecture on using external camera flash unit both on TTL and manual. How to use off camera flash with remote triggers

To use a external flash unit on different modes and on and off camera with remote triggers

Set-up camera flash unit to work as the main light source for inside and also as a fill light for outside

Practical demonstration

1.00 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 4:30

Photoshop

To be able to adjust images using Photoshop

Use Photoshop to: Crop and border, correct exposure levels, remove blemishes, convert an image to B/W, converting an image to B/W while keeping some colour, creating montages

Step by step demonstration with hand-outs. All students will have their own work station and follow each step

4.00 - 5.00 Summary of the day with questions and answers

Thursday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 Weddings PM 1.30 - 4.30 Practical Photographic Session
Weddings
  • Equipment
  • Starting a photography business
  • Wedding coverage
  • Planning the day.
  • Over coming technical and weather difficulties
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride at home
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and groom at beauty spot
  • We also bring in an extra bride here

All images are shot both traditionally and contemporary

Time Table

Time Subject Aims Objectives Method
9.00 - 9.30 Summary of the previous day
9.30 -11.30

Theory on Wedding photography including

  • Equipment
  • Premises/leasing
  • Insurances
  • Suppliers
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Costs
  • Planning the day and photo list
  • Overcoming technical difficulties (bad weather conditions, balancing flash and selecting locations)
Lecture
11.30 -1.00 Practical photographic section Creating high key portraits of the bride at home, without studio lighting How to create high key portraits at home without studio lighting Practical session at a house with tuition
1.00 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 4.30 Location shoot of the Bride and Groom Photographing the Bride and Groom at a local beauty spot How to pose the Bride and Groom (individually and together), selecting the best location, using fill-in flash, using a reflector Practical session at a local beauty spot with tuition
4.30 - 5.00 Summary of the day with questions and answers

Friday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30- 4.30
Weddings Continued
  • Professional associations
  • Advertising
  • How to deal with enquiries
  • Meeting prospective clients
  • Presenting quotes
  • Presenting results
  • Costing and profits
  • Bookkeeping and accounting
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride at home (different model from Thursday)
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and Groom at the church
  • How to set-up and pose the group photographs

All images are shot both traditionally and contemporary

Time Table

Time Subject Aims Objectives Method
9.00 - 9.30 Summary of the previous day
9.30 - 11.30

Theory on Wedding photography including

  • Professional associations
  • Dealing with enquiries and meeting prospective clients
  • Presenting a quote
  • Presenting your results
  • Different types of wedding albums and costs to produce
  • Pricing and profits
Lecture
11.30 - 1.00 Location shoot of the Bride and Groom at a church Photographing the Bride and Groom at a church How to pose the Bride and Groom inside and outside the church, signing the register, how to photograph inside the church if flash is not allowed Practical session at a house with tuition
1.00 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 3.30 Location shoot of the Bride and Bridesmaid at home Photographing the Bride and Bridesmaid at home, together and individually How to pose the Bride and Bridesmaids together and individually using camera flash
3.30 - 4.00 Summary of the day with questions and answers and course debriefing

3 Day Wedding Course £495.00
(Wed-Fri) City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma

On completion of the course you will gain a Wedding Photography City & guilds accredited workshop diploma (as shown opposite) and have hands on experience of wedding photography, including obtaining bookings, directing and posing subjects and producing the final images for clients.

You will also leave with an extensive portfolio of all the images you have taken on the course that you can use for your own advertising and marketing and to show to potential clients.

This will give you the experience and confidence you need to start out on your own, or seek employment within this field.

All our courses are aimed at the keen amateur to the improving professional. No formal entry qualifications are required to attend this course, only an interest for photography, willingness to learn and lots of enthusiasm.

Once booked onto a course we will send you some pre-course notes to help bring you up to speed. On the First day of your course you will be given your course packs that contain all the course notes.

For the course you will need a digital SLR with a small zoom lens, a flash unit for your camera, AA batteries and a laptop. However any equipment you do not have will be lent to you free of charge.

Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Does the cost for the photography course include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?

The cost of the photography course covers all that you will need, including lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The only extra cost will be for accommodation if required (see above).

Do I need to have some experience in photography before I can come on a course?

You do not need to have any commercial experience; however it would benefit you if you have a good basic understanding of your camera and exposures when taking photographs.

What do I need to bring with me to the course?

Your camera equipment including; camera, small zoom lens, flash unit and memory cards, laptop and card reader (all are available during the courses to borrow if required).

Is there any back-up to help me after the course?

Once you have attended the course we offer continuous support with no restriction on time scale. You are always welcome to email, call or visit us.

What is the dress code?

There is no formal dress code. We advise you to bring something warm and weatherproof for when we will be shooting on location.

Will I need any transportation?

Transportation will be available if you do not have your own.

What use of the images taken on the course will I have?

All images taken on the course can be used for promotional purposes i.e. websites, brochures, portfolio’s.

What food and refreshments are included?

Lunch and all refreshments, including snacks and hot and cold drinks will be provided throughout the day.

What is the maximum number of students on each course?

All courses are limited to six students with up to three full-time members of staff. Digital Manipulation courses are limited to 10 students

Terms of Business

  • A non-returnable deposit of £100 is required when booking with the balance to be paid on the first day of the seminar. Failure to give four weeks' notice of cancellation of seminar will require full payment still to be paid
  • Courses booked less than four weeks before the course start date- Full payment required when booking, no cancellations or refunds will be given
  • Bookings from outside the UK- Full payment required when booking, no cancellations or refunds will be given
  • Payment is required in full when booking private seminars
  • All major credit cards are accepted

3 Day Wedding Course Dates:

29th - 1st December
20th - 22nd December

17th - 19th January 2018
7th - 9th February 2018
28th February - 2nd March 2018
21st - 23rd March 2018
11th - 13th April 2018
2nd - 4th May 2018
23rd – 25th May 2018
6th - 8th June 2018
27th - 29th June 2018
18th - 20th July 2018
8th - 10th August 2018
5th - 7th September 2018
26th - 28th September 2018
17th - 19th October 2018
7th - 9th November 2018
28th - 30th November 2018
19th-21st December 2018