Beginners' Photography – a fun way to learn the basics.

Tutor - Lyle McElderry AIPF

Do you want to learn some basic camera skills? If you have a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR are you a bit baffled about how to use it? My goal will be to help you begin to understand your camera and know what it does, and why it does it. In this course you will learn how to take better photographs and have a lot of fun in the process!


I will teach simple, first principles about:

How to compose your photograph so that it has the maximum visual impact.

How to use the available light to get the best possible photograph.

How to take photographs which are not too bright and not too dark.

How to make sure your photographs are sharp.

Some Introductory Top Tips:
Landscape photography, including how to take great panoramas
How to take good group/family photographs
Flower photography
Close Up / Macro photography

And also you will learn:
How to upload, store and edit photographs, simply and easily.

The course will be hands-on and you will be able to put into practice what you learn.

Full Course Notes will be provided

How it will happen:
The course involves two, three-hour sessions of tuition, including an outdoor shoot (weather permitting). Times and dates to be arranged with you to suit.

Where this will happen:
I am based in Westport, in the beautiful County of Mayo and this is where I usually run my courses.

Equipment needed:
Please bring your camera with its battery fully charged. Also please bring the camera's manual - if you have it. Most of the photography will be done outdoors, so all-weather gear and strong shoes/boots would be a good idea.

Cost: €100.00 per participant. You can pay for this course by clicking HERE


Bookings are made directly with me, Lyle McElderry:

via my website:

by email:

or on 086-3625645

About your Tutor: Lyle McElderry AIPF Facebook: lylesimages

I like to teach in an inter-active, fun way and I will always be on hand to help you achieve the very best results during our time together. I love sharing what I know with others. If you look at my website you will see that I enjoy photographing many different types of subject and so I hope I will be able to help you with the area that particularly interests you. The West of Ireland provides endless opportunities for the photographer. You could see this as an introduction – a chance to explore what is on offer and perhaps (if you don't already live in County Mayo) plan to return to this area and capture even more!

Photoshop Elements Editing – The Basics and Beyond......


You take good photographs but to make them great photographs you often need to 'make' the end result through digital processing. This is particularly true if you shoot in RAW format. (If you currently don't shoot in RAW, I would hope that by the end of this course I will persuade you that you should!) This course will help you harness the power of Photoshop Elements as a post-capture editing tool.



To some extent the course will be dovetailed to match your specific needs. However, basic (and some advanced) features of Elements will be covered, as described below.

These will include how to transfer images to your computer, organise your photographs, and back-up your images for safe-keeping.

There will be an overview of the Tools within Elements as well as tips on how to use the Quick and Guided Edit Modes.

However the course will be focussed on using the Full Edit Mode and learning how to get the most from it.


I will be encouraging you to capture your images in RAW and so we will look at processing images in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) which comes with the Elements software.


Rotating, cropping and straightening

Controlling tones and fixing colour tints with Levels

Adjusting Hue/Saturation

Using Selection Tools

Understanding & Using Layers & Masks

Re-touching Techniques

Controlling 'Noise' in your pictures

Adjusting Colour Curves

Sharpening Techniques

Converting to Black & White

Resizing your images for web use, etc.

Preparing Images for Printing

The course will run in six two-hour modules which will be held at Ballinlough just outside Westport or elsewhere by arrangement.

COST: €200.00 per participant. You can pay for this course by clicking HERE

You will get the most out of this course if you can bring a laptop which runs Photoshop Elements.


CONTACT ME: Please contact me to arrange and pay for Photoshop training

© Lyle McElderry 2014

To buy a Training Gift Voucher please click HERE

How to contact me:
WWW: via this site by clicking HERE
Mob: (+353) 086-3625645