Have you got a great camera but not sure how to use it fully?

Would you like to learn how to take your camera off auto? Are you a Mum or Dad and would love to take better photographs of your children? Or maybe a professional who needs to learn how to use their camera better for work tasks/projects?

You often get some great shots of your children or subject, but it’s a bit hit and miss and you don’t know why? Then come along to one of Catherine Evans’ beginner’s photography courses in Shropshire!

I would like to show you how to take great photos of your subject. Learn all about exposure, depth of field and good light. Improve your photography skills for those times when you can’t have a professional photographer with you, such as holidays, weekend walks or just playing at home.

The beginner’s photography course will compromise of four sessions of practical learning, with cakes and bottomless cups of tea or coffee at my studio and outdoors in Shrewsbury. 

Who will be teaching you?

I am a trained photographer with over 15 years experience, running a successful business in Newborn, Family Portraits and Wedding Photography.
I also have teaching experience as I used to work in a secondary school as head of dance. As a qualified teacher I am also DBS checked.


This course will run for four weeks and includes four sessions of 1 1/2 hours.

It’s perfect for those wanting to learn more about their DSLR camera and take it off auto. I will set weekly tasks and provide you with feedback as you learn. 

Cost: £165.  Location: My studio in Shrewsbury. 
Dates: Next course group course TBC

Equipment: Preferably a camera, which does more than point and shoot and we can work towards using your camera in aperture priority. (or manual depending on experience). Please make sure it is fully charged and bring your charger, manual and memory card, as well as a pen and paper to make notes.


I am ALSO offering one to one, or one to two sessions, at my home/studio based in Shrewsbury. The content can be bespoke to your needs, usually getting to grips with your cameras settings and functions during the first session. Then building your creativity and composition and specific photography interests in the sessions to follow. 

I am also running an online photography course for parents, for more details visit the blog post here. 

  • A one to one – 1 hour session is now only £99!        
  • A one to one – 2 hour session is £199. 
  • A one to two – 2 hour session is £200 (£100 each!). Perfect if you want to learn with a family member or friend.






Learn all about your camera, take control in a quick easy way.

Learn about ISO, Aperture and white balance so you can get the best shot of your family on days out.

Follow on support in a private FB group including feedback on any images you take. 



Learn how to make your photographs more professional.

We will study the fundamental principles of composition including the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing and more.



How to find good light in your own home and outdoors.

In this module you will learn how to use light in a way that enhances your images.

You will learn how to find great light for a portrait and how to find beauty in the shadows.



The last module you will work on how to create great natural expression from your family.

We will also discuss lots of tips when photographing children. 

View online course dates and book online


The next Beginners Photography courses are scheduled for October. (Dates TBC) 

In the meantime, I am offering Gift Vouchers for birthdays and anniversaries and these will be valid for 12 months.

I am also happy to discuss individual or 2 to 1 training.

If this is something you may be interested in please get in touch via the contact form below. 


” On arrival, we were greeted by a very welcome hot drink and a slice of scrumptious cake. We formed a lovely group of five who were often arriving from very busy day lives. Each week Catherine shared some of her vast knowledge, skills and experience with us. During the first few minutes, whilst we refocused our attention to photography we were able to share our experiences and discuss what we had learnt and been able to put in to practice from the previous week. Having others to chat to was invaluable as often we were learning together and helping each other out. 
Week by week, we worked our way through the course and each week we were able to build on what we had learnt the week before. I had never taken the camera off auto, so the prospect of combining so many different elements was going to be fun. We discovered the impact of changing the “f stop”, the aperture, the exposure and the white balance whilst also making sure we created an interesting composition with good light! As you can imagine this was such a lot to take in and to think about, but Catherine was just great at guiding us through each step and giving us chances to put it all into action. As our knowledge was increasing so was our confidence, after each week we carried out a little task at home and shared our results. We gave each other feedback and could see the quality of our images improving. Within the five weeks I learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed the whole course. The photo-shoot in the last week was the icing on the cake as it allowed us to put everything in to practice. Catherine is a very talented photographer who made me look at photography in a completely different light; her course is just perfect for those wanting to explore a world outside the “auto mode”. “

Julia Morgan

” I did Catherine’s first adult photography course and it was just fab! I learnt so much and it was great to have the opportunity to put theory into practice with Catherine to guide us. Learning, as a small group is great, we could distance effectively but still chat, have fun and share ideas. 

I would 100% recommend this to anyone thinking of booking. It’s nice to do something different and you’d be surprised how quickly you learn……

…..and as if that’s not enough to tempt you….Catherine also made some very delicious cakes to share in group! The chocolate and banana cake was a winner. “

Ruth Riley

” I thoroughly enjoyed Catherine’s photography course. It was great to see how my photos were improving each week and Catherine’s feedback was brilliant, helping me to achieve the photos that I wanted. The tasks that Catherine set us each week were fun and helped develop my love of photography and it was lovely to discuss our photos together as a group. Thank you Catherine. “

Donna Whitebread

” I can highly recommend this fantastic course. I am now able to confidently find my way around a camera. Catherine is certainly a master of her art, giving helpful informative tuition throughout. I have honed in on macro photography and continue even after the course has finished to learn more and get out and about with my camera. Thank you Catherine for all your guidance and expertise. You are a credit to your profession. “

Anne Masters





I also deliver 11 to 16 Children’s Photography Courses and tuition for students preparing for GCSE and A level photography.




Perfect for young budding photographers! The Children’s Photographers Training course is a fun, interactive and practical course for young people aged between 11-16, who have an interest in photography.
They don’t need to have a DSLR, any camera will do, even a phone. The course is designed to cover the creative elements of photography, including lighting and composition. We will also cover some technical aspects too for those that want to find out more about their cameras.


I’ve been a photographer for over 14 years and would love to share some of my passion for photography  – come and join me!


This course will run for three sessions of 1½ hours.


I will run this course during the summer holidays. I will set weekly tasks and provide you with feedback as you learn.

The course will cover:
1.Cameras and how they work. You do not need a DSLR, a phone camera will do!
2. What makes an image look great – Composition
3.People and Portraits
4. Taking the camera closer (macro photography).

Cost: £99


Location: My studio in Shrewsbury. 


Equipment: Any camera, it can even be a phone, charger and a pen and paper to make notes.


For both courses, I will set up a follow up private group on Facebook for feedback on your images and for general photography discussion.


On each course you will receive a certificate of attendance and a beautiful brochure of course notes.


Express your interest by sending me an email:

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