Pearl goes Back to School: Useful Photography Courses for Bloggers

A few weeks ago I decided to put to use a Groupon voucher I had. After stalking Groupon for a while, obsessively checking for new deals each day I thought the best thing to go for would be something that saved me the most money and also take the chance to do something I wouldn’t usually be able to. I toyed with a few offers but when a photography course came up I knew I had to go for it. I’ve never had any professional photography lessons and I hold my hands up, I was struggling to get to grips with my new DSLR. So on a quite Sunday the week before London Fashion Week I found myself in Piccadilly, Manchester at Manchester Photographic (who don’t just have studios in Manchester by the way).

The one day beginners course was just ┬ú29 with Groupon instead of the regular ┬ú90 – suddenly making something out of most peoples price range very affordable. The day was not just educational, but really fun too. I can’t believe how much I learnt. The tutor was very approachable and took time to make sure everyone got some one-on-one time. I had always been a bit suspicious about Groupon, I wondered if you would get a lesser service since you were saving so much money but I would have been happy to pay the full price the course was so good. Manchester Photographic hold lots of other courses and as a blogger I really think it is worth the investment. The courses I think would really benefit bloggers are below but do check out the website to see the full range. Most people on the course I attended were there just to have fun so anyone can go along be it for professional or amateur purposes. If you want to use your skills for blogging or just for getting better holiday snaps.

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels – no point having that fancy camera if you can’t make the most of it!
  • Photoshop – so you can get to grips with post shoot editing and effects
  • Street Safari – all the tricks of shooting street style photography and also a great first step into something that can be rather intimidating
  • Fashion Intro – from creating glamourous images to tackling client briefs, everything to get you started in fashion photography

As for Groupon, it was so easy to use, you just buy the offer you want and they send you a voucher to redeem with the company holding the offer. Ive signed up to receive emails for deals in my area so I don’t have to scour the site everyday, I can just scan an email and see if anything takes my fancy. All sorts of things crops up from weekend breaks, beauty products, eating out and cooking utensils, it is a real mix.

Here are some of the photo’s I took on the course. As you can see just playing around with simple things such as composition and focus make s huge difference to the quality of your photos. For me learning about Aperture and Shutter speed has made the most difference to my photos – creating that beautiful dreamy background effect and capturing action shots without the blur. Also understanding the rules of composition I now understand why some photos work better than others. Getting to put all my new skills to work the next week at LFW was the best part, I’m sure you will agree that my street style and runway shots from this season are so much better, so much so that many have been used for professional purposes outside my blog – keep your eye on my Featured In page!

Have you ever used Groupon? Have you taken a Photography Course?

Would you like a post on photography tips?

12 thoughts on “Pearl goes Back to School: Useful Photography Courses for Bloggers

  1. I love, love, love daily deals websites – made some amazing buys on there – but wasn’t sure whether these photography courses would be helpful or not. Great review, and yes, a photography tips post would be fab – no matter how many books and manuals I read, I still panic when venturing out of Auto!

    • That is exactly how I felt, but now Im going to do the other courses too as it was so good – hoping for some more money off vouchers too! Will get the tips up asap.

  2. I would love a post on photography tips! I really want to understand more about shutter speeds to get the dreamy background effect you refer to in your post. I adore the photo’s you took, especially the one of the tree with the berries on (which I think is a Mountain Ash/Rowan as a side note) and the final shot is also gorgeous 🙂

  3. Sign me up:) Well, if I lived in the UK:) I’ve been thinking about a good photography course but I need to work on a good camera first. I think some camera tips would be awesome to hear about. I use Groupon all the time here in the states and love it accept when I don’t get around to using them! I wish some of them had longer expiration dates.

  4. never used Groupon but I would like to give it a try somedays… I like the pictures you took and can’t wait to see how much more you can do now with the new skills!


  5. Well I think you got your moneys worth the photos are great!! I would love to take a photography course I took it in highschool but that was with old black and white film that I had to develop myself. There is so much to learn about digital ~loved your pics ~Heather

  6. Sounds like a great course, I’m going to have to research group-on and Manchester photographic as my niece is studying photography at GCSE level so it might be a nice pressie idea too. xx

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