Affordable Photography Courses around Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Illuminate provide affordable and enjoyable photography training courses to small groups and individuals. We have a high ratio of trainers to delegates so we can give each individual the attention they need to help develop their camera skills. We run training courses at a number of venues around Staffordshire including the Wolseley Centre (courses run in partnership with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust), Jackson’s Coppice near Eccleshall, Cannock Chase at Brocton, and the Peak District. We hand pick our course venues to ensure great facilities plenty of interesting places to photograph.

Starting out as a photographer can be expensive, with everyone trying to sell you the latest camera, lens or accessory. Our aims aren’t to encourage you to spend a small fortune on new equipment, but to help you improve your skills using the equipment you already own.

Based in Stafford we run courses around the Staffordshire area, as well as residential courses further afield. We also provide one-to-one art and photography training. We run some courses in partnership with Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at their Wolseley Centre, located between Stafford and Rugeley and on the edge of Cannock Chase.

If you’re just starting out in photography we recommend our popular “Improve Your Photography” course. This beginners course is ideal if you are looking to move away from the automatic settings on your camera and start exploring the creative options if offers.

In addition to our camera skills courses we also teach photo editing using Photoshop Elements. We look at how to manage your photo library, how to process RAW images, working with layers and selections and how to retouch your photographs.

From time to time we also run courses on more specific subjects, including portrait photography, landscape photography, photographing pets and working with flash, both in the studio and on location. We also run occasional group expeditions, such as bluebell walks in the spring or trips out to local woodland to take in the autumn colours. These trips out don’t include any formal tuition but have our tutors on hand to help out if you need advice.

Our trainers come from a variety of backgrounds allowing us to have an excellent range of specialist photographic knowledge on hand to help answer any questions. Between them they use (or have used) the majority of major camera systems including those from Canon, Nikon and Fuji.


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Kind Words From Our Customers

Very good balance of practical and desk work.


Excellent course. Have learned a lot. Thanks.


This course has been exactly what I hoped it would be. I now feel more confident in using my camera and inspired to find new and interesting subjects to photograph. Both tutors were clear, helpful and patient.

Very interesting. Thank you.

Thanks for the great tuition, I now feel I have more confidence and knowledge to go out and experiment with my photography after completing the advanced training course.


Good, well presented course. Enables a novice to go out and start taking good pictures.


Very good. Made the course interesting and not too technical.


Excellent course making best use of weather conditions. At last I feel confident to take my camera off auto.

Helpful, friendly. Can bring expert knowledge down to the level of novices for good understanding. Relaxed and unpretentious.


Helpful, clear and responsive to questions.

Felt I had more confidence to use manual setting on the second day of course.


Great course. Very helpful. Tutors very friendly and helpful. 10/10.


Useful course covering many elements of editing with useful practical activities to support each section. Tutors have detailed and extensive knowledge to help and answer all queries.


We thoroughly enjoyed our walk round the wood and taking photos – although I’ve lived in Stone for some years now I hadn’t heard of it before so it was a real find.


Very relaxed and very informative. Very good.


Found tutors very easy to understand. Look forward to the next available course. Thoroughly enjoyed the course.


I found the course to be very useful. The practical elements cemented the learning. The pace of the learning was just right.

Overall an excellent course.


Thanks for a great course. Really enjoyed it.


Very interesting and informative course for beginners. Given me a lot to think about. May come again another time when I have my new camera!

Very informative throughout.


I found this course very useful and would recommend it to anyone new to photography.

“Very good tips & knowledge of user’s cameras to help find the settings.”

Very good. Course well designed. Good explanations.

A very good, value for money, workshop. Really enjoyed it.


Brilliant course. Very informative with plenty of practical advice.


Very helpful, approachable and friendly. The pace was just right and I felt very much at ease to ask questions. Thank you very much.


Really helpful and supportive. Thank you.


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