Tony O'Connell

Digital Photography - SLR and compact workshop leader

Based in
Bradford, United Kingdom
Also teaches in North of England
Tony O'Connell | Digital Photography - SLR and compact workshop leader

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I am a practicing photographer, with a strong interest in social issues.

I undertake commissions for individuals and organisations ranging from product photography to event coverage and social documentary. Photographs have featured in the national and regional press as well as commercial and community marketing resources.

I regularly run courses and workshops, across the North of England, for groups who want to get to grips with digital cameras. Much of my practice involves working with groups to help them to communicate and express themselves through the use of photography. I am currently working with groups in the fields of disability, mental health, homelessness and migration.

One-to-one lessons

Group Classes

Master Your Digital SLR

Really get to grips with your digital camera – easily my most popular course.

This course covers all the essential information you need to become a competent digital photographer. The courses provide you with all the essential tools and techniques to give you a solid understanding of how your camera works and how best to use it. We will investigate all the key camera settings to give you even greater control of your camera and help you to take great shots.

You will learn:
How to get off ‘Auto’
How to take well exposed photos
How to take sharp photos
How to blur backgrounds
What ISO is all about
Which settings to use for portraits
Which settings to use for landscapes
How to capture movement
How to manipulate exposure to get the effect you want
How to make focus work for you
How to get the highest quality images
How to use histograms
Basic composition techniques

“An excellent course. As a relative beginner with a Canon EOS 600D I was keen to learn to move away from the automatic mode. The thought of ploughing through the manual filled me with dread - I needed to be shown what to do. Tony, the course leader, was brilliant. His friendly and supportive approach meant that the group members were able to assimilate the information and have the opportunity to practise what we had been shown. The small group size was a real bonus. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. I feel that I now have the confidence to use my camera in manual. I understand so much more, not only about the technical aspects of the camera, but about elements such as composition etc.”

Trevor

The course is held at my studio at South Square Centre, Thornotn, near Bradford – birthplace of the Brontes. See all my courses at www.tocpics.co.uk

Booking is essential so please contact me by email – [email protected] or phone 07887 885011 and I will reserve a space for you and forward full joining information. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of full payment.

This course is suitable for both beginners and people who have a little experience of photography as it ‘starts at the beginning’ and takes you through all the important steps to becoming a confident and competent photographer. You could also use it as a refresher if you have some experience but are a bit rusty.

Any type of digital camera is appropriate provided it has Manual or Aperture Priority setting.

No camera – No problem - try before you buy. If you haven’t yet bought a camera or are about to upgrade to a DSLR, you can borrow one for the course. Contact for details.

Alternatively, you could book on the I’ve Got A DSLR – HELP! if you are short of time or just want to learn the basics.

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
South Square Centre
Location: 
Thornton, Near Bradford, Birthplace of the Brontes, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
March 8th & 9th - 10.30 to 16.30 April 8th & 9th (Tues & Weds) - 10.30 to 16.30 May 10th & 11th - 10.30 to 16.30
Rates: 
£120 for the full course

Digital Photography Refresher

Check your progress, consolidate and further develop your skills.

If you feel that you have mastered the basic functions of your camera and now want to further improve you skills – this course is for YOU! You will also have the opportunity to tie up loose ends and to revise specific aspects of digital photography as well as covering new ground. There will be plenty of tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Bring some images for review and be prepared for a lively course!

You must have either attended the ‘Digital Photography Weekend; (which combines the ‘Digital Photography 1’ and the ‘Digital Photography 2’ courses) or be fully conversant with Manual, Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority Modes as well as ISO and focus and exposure modes. If you are not sure if you have the necessary knowledge and experience, please contact me and I will be happy to advise you.

The course is held at my studio at South Square Centre, Thornotn, near Bradford – birthplace of the Brontes. See all my courses at www.tocpics.co.uk

Booking is essential so please contact me by email – [email protected] or phone 07887 885011 and I will reserve a space for you and forward full joining information. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of full payment.

This course is suitable for people who have some experience of photography and wish to consolidate their skills. Ideally, you will have either attended the ‘Digital Photography Parts 1 & 2’ or be fully conversant with Manual and Aperture Priority modes, ISO and basic camera functions. You could also use it as a refresher if you have some experience but are a bit rusty.

Any type of digital camera is appropriate provided it has Manual or Aperture Priority setting.

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
South Square Centre
Location: 
Thornton, Near Bradford, Birthplace of the Brontes, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Tuesday November 5th & Wednesday November 6th 10.00-16.30 or Saturday November 30th & Sunday December 1st 10.00-16.30
Rates: 
£120 full course

I've Got a DSLR - Help!

Discover the joy of life after Auto.
Have you have invested in a ‘decent’ camera but are bewildered by all the buttons, dials and menus? This full day course takes you through the key functions and how to use them to take better pictures. You will be amazed at how much you can learn in such a short space of time!
This course is suitable for both beginners and people who have a little experience of photography. No previous experience is.
Why not save money by booking both ‘Digital Parts 1 and 2’ courses at the same time?
You will learn:

How to get off ‘Auto’

How to take well exposed photos

How to take sharp photos

How to blur backgrounds

What ISO is all about

Which settings to use for portraits

Which settings to use for landscapes

Some composition techniques

“Thanks for the notes and thanks for a brilliant course yesterday. I think I really gained a lot from it and feel very inspired to go out and take more pics with a new understanding”. - Gill

Suitable for users of dSLR, bridge or system compact cameras with Manual or Aperture Priority settings.
No camera – No problem - try before you buy. If you haven’t yet bought a camera or are about to upgrade to a DSLR, you can borrow one for the course. Contact for details.
Alternatively, you could go that step further and take the Digital Photography Weekend or Midweek Course

For more information visit www.tocpics.co.uk

It's a: 
class
Venue: 
South Square Centre
Location: 
Thornton, nr Bradford - Birthplace of the Brontes, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date and time: 
Weds 26th March - 10.00 to 16.30 or Weds 23rd April - 10.00 to 1.30
Rates: 
£65 full course

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