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Training Courses

Do you want to take better pictures? Are you confused about how to choose your settings? Why is it better to shoot natural light portraits at f2.8 than f11? What is ISO and what do I need to set it to to get the best pictures? You can learn all of this and more, quickly and efficiently with johnordphotography.



What We Offer.

We offer a range of training courses:

(i) Bespoke one-to-one courses at £749 (one day intensive)

(ii) Small group training courses starting at £199 (one day, groups of 6 maximum)

(iii) Taster sessions starting at £49 (one hour)

Why Learn With johnordphotography?

Sharing my knowledge and experience is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I have enjoyed an amazing level of success early in my career, and I believe that this puts me in a unique position to share what I have learned. So even now, as a highly skilled professional photographer, I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be an eager yet sometimes frustrated learner – to have a few happy accidents in my bag, but be left scratching my head wondering why that shot worked yesterday but it isn’t working today…

Having won commissions with major brands, exhibited at some of London’s most prestigious venues, and in 2012 photographing one of the world’s biggest sporting events, I feel that I have a perspective worth sharing. I believe that I have something to offer above and beyond the run-of-the-mill courses available elsewhere. I run courses for small groups (max 6 students per session) and in one-to-one bespoke format. My start point is that each course is a positive, enjoyable, and beneficial experience for every student. My courses are interactive, hands-on, and most of all FUN.

And if qualifications are important to you, I am an award winning photographer with the British Institute of Professional Photographers, and am part of the Canon Professional Network.

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The Cotswolds has so many amazing locations, and our studio, kinetic studios, is situated right on the doorstep of Sudeley Castle, one of the most picturesque locations in the country. We’re thrilled to have access to shoot in the grounds of the castle, and we also have EXCLUSIVE access to shoot in Stanway House, a stunning Grade I listed Jacobean Manor House in the Cotswolds. The two storey stone mullion bay windows in the Grand Hall give exceptional natural light, and amongst others, Vogue Magazine have shot fashion editorials here. If you’re looking for a unique photographic experience, shooting here offers a rare opportunity to practise your skills in truly stunning surroundings.

What’s Included?

While informative and structured, small groups mean plenty of time for one-to-one tuition, so each session can be tailored to meet the students’ individual requirements. Every session includes tuition in the studio to introduce the theory and the concepts, with studio and/or location shoots to practice what you’ve learned in a real shooting environment.

All courses include entry into Sudeley Castle or one of our other partner venues, and lunch at the White Hart in Winchcombe (or one of the many local country pubs the Cotswolds is famous for). You’ll receive comprehensive course notes to take away (both bound hard copy and digital PDF) and ongoing support is an integral part of the training (and included in the price). All students will also receive preferential rates for studio hire and discount vouchers for camera equipment from our partner photographic retailers.

What Will I Learn?

We will take you through all of the basic elements of photography, including:

  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Creative Shooting Modes (Getting Out of Auto!)
  • Crop vs Full Frame Sensors
  • Lens Choice
  • Composition

Every element is taught in an EASY TO UNDERSTAND, JARGON FREE way, backed up with SIMPLE PRACTICAL EXERCISES that YOU will complete on YOUR camera. The idea is that you go away with images that you have taken, and that you can refer back to later, and so gain an understanding of the effects that aperture, shutter speed, and ISO have on image quality.

Bespoke One-to-One Courses

If you are interested in our bespoke one-to-one courses, these are run on dates to suit you, and are available on application, priced at £749 inclusive of VAT. We build these courses around your requirements, whether you want to know how to shoot high end product photography in the studio, or balance flash and ambient for a fashion shoot on top of a mountain. Places are limited so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

Intensive One Day Courses

We have the following Intensive One Day Course dates available for in 2016:

01 October 2016: Introduction to Studio Lighting £199 BOOK NOW 

29 October 2016: Product and Still Life Photography £249 BOOK NOW

26 November 2016: Beginners Studio Portraits £249 BOOK NOW

27 January 2017: Location Portraits at Sudeley Castle or Stanway House £249 BOOK NOW

Taster Sessions

Our Taster Sessions are priced at £49 for a one hour session showing you the basics of your dSLR.

Do You Offer Vouchers?

We offer vouchers for all of our courses, which make ideal birthday gifts and Christmas presents for the photographer in your life. Please get in touch using the contact page for more info about our vouchers.

Have a look at our testimonials below to see what our students think of our courses, and for more details please do get in touch using the contact page or give me, John Ord, a call on 07939 077 336 to discuss what you’d like to learn today. Courses are running regularly so there’s always one coming up soon!




“A great day and I learned a few things that now make more sense to me than before.”     Ray R

“I must admit that before I arrived I was a bit apprehensive, as I was a bit worried that I was going to get lost in a lot of technicalities and jargon, but from the moment I arrived John made me feel totally at ease and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day. Thank you John for making everything so clear and for not making me feel a complete ‘numpty.’ ”     Anon

“Great day yesterday learning tips and techniques for portraiture. Good results I think, and a great course!”     Matt T

It has truly inspired me, and I am now totally committed to continue practicing the techniques, and taking lots of photos, ignoring the ‘Auto’ setting from now on.”     Peter D


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