I have had an Olympus Pen camera for a couple of years now but in reality I haven’t taken that many photos with it. Certainly not compared to how many I have taken on my phone anyway! Like many of us having a camera to juggle along with children, picnics, bikes and all the other paraphernalia is just a step too far! I do, however, look at some of the stunning photographs around and wonder “How did they do that!?”

Enter Jessops Photography Academy!

The tutors are photography experts through and through, many of whom started their careers at Jessops on the shop floor and some have also worked as professional photographers. As such they are armed not just with the technical know-how and enthusiasm but knowledge of all the different cameras and equipment on the market.

Here is a snapshot (no pun intended!) of tips and tricks I picked up on a four hour overview of the courses Jessops Photography Academy offer:

Adjusting the Aperture (fading out the background to focus on the subject)..



Playing with the Shutter speed for some really fun images (the one below would be amazing to do on bonfire night!)..


even more awesome capture..





and a bit of magic (just call me Derren Brown)..




Getting creative with composition and exploring the subject from different perspectives focusing on shadows and light, angles and negative space


The technical knowhow of achieving these and many many more effects feature on the Jessops Academy Level 1 course (I won’t spoil the surprise but my favourite involved a disappearing person!).

There are also stacks of other courses on offer such as Wildlife including Birds of Prey or Big Cats, Wedding, Motorsports, City Tour and specialist Studio and Macro photography sessions.

If you are interested in one of these brilliant photography courses to discover more about your camera Jessops are offering a very special price of £79 (Saving £40, normally £119) on Level 1 or 2 courses for my blog readers!

  • This is only valid on the Photography Level 1 or Level 2 course .
  • Customer will need to check location (Available at Jessops Academy venues across the UK including Birmingham, London Oxford Street, Manchester, Cardiff, Worthing, Nottingham, Sheffield, St Albans and Gateshead Metro Centre) and check availability online then call 0344 800 4444 to book.
  • You will need to quote WBWSEPT14 to claim the discounted session.
  • You will need to have BOOKED your course (not attended) by 31st December 2014.

Thank you to Ian, Vicky, Owen and James who were fantastically patient and helpful on our Oxford Street course providing the perfect introduction to the camera ignorant (ie me!). Thank you also to Rebecca and all Jessops PR team for inviting me on the course.

Linking up with The Gallery where the theme this week is Creative.

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

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6 Responses to Creative photography with @Jessops #thegallery

  1. Jacq says:

    Some very clever photos there 🙂

  2. Coombemill says:

    I would love to do something like this, I am learning through trial and error. Love the effects you share here. Popping by from The Gallery

  3. Tara says:

    Wait, what? HOW did you do the floating man pic?!
    Great photos and great take on the theme. Love to see people enjoying their photography more x

    • Louise says:

      Thank you! A sprinkle of magic and a little help from shutter speed and burst mode – great fun! x

  4. Some great photographs!

  5. What great shots! Sounds like you got lots out of it 🙂

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