Online Photography Course for Beginners

4 weeks to Better Photos - with Paul Crawford

Online Photography Course for Beginners

4 weeks to better photos - Do you want to create fantastic pictures of your family, children and friends?

Do you want to take better photographs when visiting new places?

Are you frustrated with the quality of the photographs you take with your fancy new camera?

Fed up with blurry, out of focus photos?

Confused by all the buttons, dials and options?

Are you Stuck on Auto?

Do you end up just using the camera on your smartphone because its easier?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this is the perfect online photography course for you!

  • Location

    Online & via Google Meet

  • Duration

    4 week course with weekly Live Q&A

  • Price

    £39.00 per person

  • Start Dates

    Scroll down to see all available starting dates

What you will learn on this online photography course for beginners

  • Setting up your camera
  • Advice on buying new equipment
  • The different modes and when to use them
  • Avoiding camera shake
  • Getting sharp photographs, even if your subject is moving
  • Explore the relationship between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
  • Understanding the effect of different lenses
  • Taking control of Autofocus - no more blurry pictures!
  • Improving your compositions
  • Understand the importance of light
  • How to capture flattering portraits of family & friends
  • Get your Landscape pictures in focus from back to front
  • How to edit your photos
  • Getting your photos printed
  • Answers to ALL your photography question with our Live Q&A sessions

Learn to take better photos of...

Family Events

Family Events

Get better photographs at special family occasions. I will show you how to take natural, candid pictures of your family and friends at weddings, parties, christenings etc.


Local Landmarks

Improve the photographs you take to remember family days out at landmarks, either locally or when on holiday

Your Kids


Learn to take natural, candid pictures of your kids without distracting backgrounds


Close ups

Explore the world up close! I will show you tips and techniques for Macro Photography



Learn to freeze the action and keep moving subjects in focus - no more blurry pictures!



Learn how to improve your landscape photographs - impress your friends with stunning images

During this online photography course for beginners, we will take a look at some of the basic common controls found on most cameras. Whatever type of camera you have, I want you to start to get an understanding of what each of the controls does, how they work, any disadvantages or drawbacks to them, and how to start getting better results from each control.

What Camera Equipment do I need?

This 4-week online photography course is suitable for those with DSLR, Compact System Cameras (Mirrorless) and many Bridge Cameras.

If your camera has a dial with M A S P or (Tv & Av on Canon) then you will benefit from this photography course.


Is this the right photography course for me?

Welcome to "4 weeks to better photos" - your easy to follow online photography course.

Are you curious about photography but don't know where or how to start? Or maybe you have been taking pictures for a while but disappointed with your photos?

This course is just right for beginners and it's all online, which means you can learn from your home, at your own speed.

Over 4 weeks, you'll be part of a small group of learners just like you. I'll help you understand your camera, the secret to taking beautiful photos, and how to capture special family moments.

During this course, you don't have to worry about strict schedules. You can review the lessons whenever it fits in your day. At the end of each week, we have a Live Q&A to get answers to any questions you may have.

By the end of the course, you'll know how to use your camera and be on your way to building a collection of photographs you would be proud to display on your walls.

It might even be the start of an exciting new career!

So, are you ready to start taking amazing photos? Sign up for 4 weeks to better photos and let's make those picture perfect moments together!

Understand your Camera

Let's get you off Auto & Get More predictable results

Easy to Understand

Everything explained in easy to understand term  - no jargon! 

Learn at your own pace

Short, easy to follow lessons that you can fit around your busy day

Gain Confidence

Start taking photos you would be proud to display on your walls

Course Content

Week 1 - Understanding Your Camera & Basic Concepts

An introduction to the different types of cameras, lenses and accessories and look at the different equipment you might need to capture the images you want.

We will also learn the basics of photogaphy, including exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO

Understanding your camera and basic concepts

Week 2 - Shooting in Different Modes & Conditions

The main goal of this course is to help you take the first step towards taking better photos by moving out of automatic mode. We will explore what the different camera settings do and I will encourage you to try the different camera modes to see the difference it makes to your photographs.

We will look at different techniques for capturing images in challenging conditions (low light / action pictures) and avoiding Camera Shake - the number 1 cause of blurred images!

Shooting in different modes and conditions

Week 3 - Lighting & Composition

It's all about the light!! We will explore the importance of good light in photography working with both natural light and artifical light using flashguns.

What makes a good composition? How to create visually appealing photographs. What to avoid and some guidelines which maybe used to improve your photographs.


Week 4 - Photo Editing & Building a Portfolio

The final step is to edit and print your work! Beginners often overlook the importance of editing. We will take a look at basic photo editing tools (both free and paid options) to improve colours, contrast and brightness, learn how to crop and straighten photos.

For me, it's not a photogrpah until it's printed. We will look at the options available for printing your photographs and how to prepare your images to get the very best quality prints.

Photo Editing & Building a Portfolio

Each Week - Live Q&A 

At the end of each week there is a Live Q&A via Google Meet to get answers to any of your questions!

each week live q&a

Meet the Instructor - Paul Crawford

My name is Paul Crawford and I have been a full-time professional photographer & tutor for over 30 years. I have been presenting my most popular in-person group course "Get more from Your Camera" since 2011.

These online courses are born from that, taking everything I have learnt from teaching this material and presenting it in the most comprehensive format yet. I will explain the various modes and functions available on your camera with simple and easy to understand terms, help you gain confidence using your camera and improve the overall quality of your photographs.

I still photograph around 30 weddings a year, and most of my time is now spent teaching and helping others with their photography. I've helped hundreds of people just like you, both online and in person, to achieve their photography goals.


How it Works

  • Select a start date from the options listed below
  • Enrol on your selected start date for course
  • During enrolment, you will be asked to confirm an email address and create a password to access your new account
  • You will receive an email with the dates for the Live Q&A sessions - get them in your diary!
  • I will email you when the first week of course content becomes available
  • The Live Q&A session will be at the end of each week with me to answer any questions you might have.
  • The following morning you will receive a link via email to the course lesson containing the Live Q&A recording and the following weeks content will be available for you to start.
  • At the end of the 4 week course, you will receive a "Certificate of Completion" to download and print.
  • All course material and recordings are available to you for 1 year

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! You can read the content on any device including laptops, smartphones and tablets. You can also join the Live Q&A sessions using a mobile device, although I find it is a better option to use a desktop or laptop running Chrome browser for these.

No, you can watch the Live Q&A sessions on any internet enabled device. I use Google Meet to host these sessions and you don't need to download any additional software to attend as they are browser based. 

You have access to all the lessons, videos and recordings of the Live Q&A sessions for 1 year.

Each lesson has a comments section where you can post your questions. I will respond to all questions personally. You can also join the Live Q&A at the end of the week to ask your question in person.

I use Google Meet for the Live Q&A sessions. You have the option to turn off your camera if you don't want to appear on screen to the other attendees. 

Yes, the Live Q&A session will be recorded and published as a lesson in the course content so you can catch up at anytime.

I am always happy to help! If you have any further questions about this course, please get in touch

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Reviews from Previous Students


“I am an amateur photographer with lots to learn and your course has really helped me gain some insight into all aspects of photography. Very thorough and well organised course content and I have to say you are a great teacher!”


“This course has been brilliant! Paul has been great at explaining things in easy to understand little steps”


“Watched this course and found that it really helped clarify the basics. Now to try and put it all into practice! Thank you Paul”


“This course has been brilliant! Paul has helped me understand so much more than simply reading a camera manual. Thanks so much!”


“I have really enjoyed this course and my husband has told me he is starting to see a real difference in my photos recently. I am getting so much more enjoyment out of taking photos now”


“Thank you for an excellent course. As a complete beginner I have learned so much!”