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Auto to Manual in 1 day

Photography Workshops for Beginners

Got yourself a camera but don’t know how to use it?

We’ll teach you how in just one day.

1-to-1 Class | By Zoom | £150

Your camera is really easy to use when you know how. Join one of our 1-to-1 live photography workshops with one of our professional photographers to learn in simple, non-technical language exactly how to operate your camera on Manual setting. That way you can take full advantage of your camera, and start shooting images you can be proud of.

We’ve been teaching people how to use their cameras for over a decade, on our award-winning photography holidays, so we know a thing or two about improving your camera skills. In fact, we’re so confident we can get you off Auto setting, we’ll guarantee you’ll use your Manual setting before you finish the session.

So, come join us on our jargon-free day, learn how to create the pictures you want to make and take control of your camera.

"Buying a Nikon doesn't make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner."

- Marius Vieth

What you'll learn ...

We’ve all been there. You plough through the manual that comes with the camera for a while, but it’s about as clear as mud. You know that Auto setting isn’t really making full use of all the functions on the camera. And you’re keen to create exactly the pictures you want to take. But how do you get there?

On our 1-day photography workshops, we’ll give you simple, clear instruction on how your camera works. Then we’ll try out a range of different shots – portraits, still life, landscapes and more. To really see what your equipment will do.

Between 10am to 3pm, we’ll guide you slowly through only the essential switches and buttons – all in non-technical language – so it’s easy to understand. You’ll get 1-on-1 tuition at a pace that suits you. In no time you’ll be using your camera ready to take any type of shot – in any situation. And once you’ve grasped it, we’ll try out a range of professional styled shots on location to really show you what your camera can do.

In summary, you’ll get,
  • Non-technical tuition from Auto to Manual setting, at a pace that suits you
  • Guarantee you’ll be on Manual by the end of the day
  • Get 1-to-1 guidance from a professional photographer
  • Try out a range of professional-styled shots on location, so you can start to shoot images that you love
  • Have your shots reviewed at the end of the day

"You don't take a photograph. You make it."

— Ansel Adams

How to book a place ...

If you want to join us, simply click the ‘BOOK NOW’ button below – or if you have a question, click the ‘MAKE ENQUIRY’  – or drop us a line to and we’ll get straight back to you.

For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.

— Henri Cartier-Bresson

A little bit about us ...

At Creative Escapes, we’ve been running our award-winning photography holidays & photography workshops since 2007, and have taken hundreds of clients from Beginner to competent photographers in next-to-no time.  

Recommended by The Sunday TelegraphThe GuardianWall Street Journal and many more, our hand-built luxury photography holidays combine boutique accommodation, off-the-beaten track activities, low-tech tuition and small group sizes.

We’re well known for our tuition style – very informal, lots of fun and definitely non-techy. So why not come along, meet the team, and finally get to grips with your camera.

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Learn retouching from a pro

Got lots of pictures … (but need a tweak?)

We’ve teamed up with a top professional retoucher, who’ll reveal all his Lightroom secrets, 1-to-1.


Half Day Workshop | By Zoom | £100


We’ve all surfed the web, watched a few ‘How To’ videos, bought magazines, books, downloaded free eBooks …. but ended up none the wiser. Retouching tips are either too complicated, too fast or simply teach something that looks in the end, well, not that great.

Sadly, there’s not much time during our fabulous photography holidays to learn the deeper art of retouching, so … we’ve teamed up with Ryan Davies, top professional advertising retoucher for the likes of Puma, BBC, FatFace, Snow & Rock, Conde Nast and Endemol, who’ll show you how, 1-to-1.

He’ll show you all the tricks he uses on all his advertising jobs, whether that’s from his recent assignment for Puma shooting Lewis Hamilton, or on location this year in Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and South Africa.

As you might imagine, retouchers of this calibre are £££, but thankfully he’s agreed to a hugely discounted rate of £100 per session.

So, come join us, learn retouching – live – guided – and turn those images sleeping on your PC into trophies!

"Today there is too much retouching, and I don't like it, except on me."

- Carine Roitfeld

What you'll learn ...

Each image needs it’s own recipe to shine, not a few generic styles or plug-ins.

How about actually improving your images, with a 1-to-1 tutor, a program customised exactly to you, at your own pace? Using your images as examples.

On our half-day 1-to-1 retouching workshop, we’ll give you simple, clear instruction at each stage of the process. (There’s no-one else there, so you can tailor the program to suit your exact needs). We’ll try out a range of different styles, and use only your images, so half the job is already done.

At a date and time that suits you both, Ryan will guide you live (even showing you remotely on your own PC) every trick, tip and contemporary style he’s used in 20 years retouching advertising images. He’ll start at a level that suits you best – helping you gently enhance your work so it retains the essence of each picture.

In summary, you’ll get,
  • A half-day live workshop 1-to-1 with a top advertising retoucher
  • Remote access to your PC to show you each technique in detail
  • Using your own images so you end up with a collection with more punch
  • Suitable for all levels of tech skill

"Please don't touch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them."

— Anna Magnani

How to book a place ...

Since Ryan is mostly off shooting jobs on location,  we can only take limited numbers – so places are strictly limited and first come, first served. If you want to sign up, simply click the ‘BOOK NOW’ button below – or if you have a question, click the button next to it  – or email us as normal to – and we’ll get straight back to you.