Photography Courses in the Algarve, Portugal

Algarphoto has been providing photographic services, art and design on the Algarve since 2008. Recently, we have consolidated our position and now specialize in photography courses and client commissions.

Our photography courses in the Algarve are ideal for all levels of experience, from novice to semi-pro. If you are visiting the Algarve and want to improve your photographic skills in between days on our marvelous beaches, then we have the right photography course for you right here in the beautiful Algarve.

We provide a wide range of photography courses for all levels of experience.

What can I expect on my photography course?

Whether you choose a single day course or decide to stay longer and tackle more advanced photography, you can expect a warm welcome and some enjoyable but structured learning. Whatever your choice of course may be, you will receive clear printed course notes to take away as an aide memoir covering all of the theory behind the practical work.

You will improve your ability to “spot” and frame a good photograph. You will improve your knowledge of photographic terms and your ability to use your camera. But we are NOT in a classroom here, far from it! You will enjoy a trip to some of the many fabulous locations here in the Algarve. We are located just three kilometers away from Albandeira and Marinha beaches with some of the most spectacular coastline in Portugal. Praia da Marinha is a world-class location right on our doorstep  and Albandeira beach boasts one of the best natural stone arches in the world!

You will learn how best to do things “in camera” and a little bit about editing your images in Photoshop using legitimate wet darkroom techniques. You will enjoy the learning experience and go home a better and more confident photographer….

Novice SLR user photography course

This course is designed for people who are just starting out with SLR photography or perhaps those who used to have film cameras and are just getting in to digital photography.

If you just got a new SLR and you want to start taking better photographs, this is the course for you. This is a practical course with full support notes and tips. In just one day you will be able to use more of the functions on your new SLR and understand how to take better photographs without suffering hours of technical detail that you just don’t need. The course is summarized below and you can download the pdf file for full details.

  • Introduction to the digital SLR
  • Tips on composition
  • What the semi-automatic modes do and when to use them
  • Practical photography session using auto and auto-mode settings
  • Review of your photographs
  • Introduction to Photoshop

 

Intermediate level SLR photography course

This course is designed for people who are accustomed to SLR photography but regularly use automatic or an automatic mode function. This course is intended to give you a detailed understanding of Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes.

If you just had your SLR for a while and you want to break away from shooting in auto and start taking better photographs, this is the course for you. This is a practical course with full support notes and tips. In just one day you will be able to use more of the functions on your new SLR and understand how to take better photographs without suffering hours of technical detail that you just don’t need. The course is summarized below and you can download the pdf file for full details.

  • Tips on composition
  • Using the Aperture Priority mode
  • Using the Shutter Priority mode
  • Changing metering mode for tricky lighting situations
  • Practical photography session using auto and auto-mode settings
  • Review of your photographs
  • Some legitimate darkroom techniques in Photoshop

Advanced level SLR photography course

This course is designed for people who are accustomed to SLR photography who want to gain full understanding of all the controls on their camera. This course is intended to give you a detailed understanding of  the functions available on modern digital SLR cameras with emphasis placed on manual mode shooting

If you have a good understanding of your camera but want to take full control of your photography, this is the course for you. This is a practical course with full support notes and tips. Taken over two days, this course looks at every aspect of your camera. We will work with the aperture, shutter, ISO e speeds, metering modes, exposure compensation and some basic filters (polarisers, ND’s and ND grads) The course is summarized below and you can download the pdf file for full details.

  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • AF modes and where to use them
  • Ev Compensation and how to use it
  • ISO e Speeds and how they change things
  • Neutral Density (ND) and ND Graduated filters
  • Using a Polarising filter
  • Practical session and review on both days
  • Using layers for exposure control in Photoshop

Advanced Photography Course Plus

  • add a studio photography day to your photography course

This is a bolt-on day for the advanced photography course. This is a studio flash day for people who want to be able to use and understand studio flash photography. You will learn lighting techniques with studio flash for portrait photography and how to create high key and strong shadow art lighting effects with flash. Ideal for anyone setting up in studio photography or building confidence for anyone thinking of using studio hire from time to time.

  • Portrait Lighting with twin diffused flash heads
  • Adding a “hair” light with a snoot
  • Using snoot and barn door lights to create high key and art studio images