FAQ's (frequently asked questions)

Do I need to have any photography experience to come on the course?
No, it would be preferable if you had a knowledge of apertures, shutter speeds and ISO on a DSLR but no previous experience of photography is necessary, just a willingness to learn.

What do I need to bring with me?
Your camera equipment including: a DSLR camera, a short zoom lens, a flashgun, memory cards, a laptop, card reader and whatever other camera gear you have. You don't need to bring any studio lights as we have a fully equipped studio with Bowens lights.

Don't worry if you don't have any equipment let us know before you arrive and we can supply anything you need free of charge to use while you are with us. We also have a limited supply of secondhand equipment for sale at the course.

Do I get any written course notes?
Yes, all our courses come complete with comprehensive written notes and we also encourage you to personalise and add to your course notes to enable you to remember your key learning points. You also receive your workbook that you will need for applying for your qualification.

Is lunch provided?
Yes, refreshments are available all day and lunch is provided each day. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, we can cater for most dietary needs given some notice. Please let us know if you are travelling to us on the first morning early and we will arrange for some breakfast items to be available before the course starts.

What time does the course start and finish?
The course starts each morning at 10am and finishes at approximately 4.30 (with half an hour for lunch). The course runs midweek from a Monday to Friday, course dates are available on our Course Dates page. The course is based over two separate 5 day courses, so you would normally leave at least two weeks in-between the two 5 day courses so you have time to complete your workbook and research etc. However we do run the course over a two week block occasionally if you would prefer to complete the course as quickly as possible.

How many people are on the Course?
We limit the number of delegates to 8 people on each course so that our tutors have plenty of time to spend with everyone.

Where are you based?
We are in the North East of England in a bespoke studio set in stunning rural Northumberland.

The Studio has been designed with your comfort in mind and is set in the middle of a beautiful rural landscape. We are in a converted barn within the Duke of Northumberland's Alnwick Estate at Lee Moor Business Park. We have a training room including a digital suite complete with an Epson large format printer, a canteen and a studio fully equipped with Bowens flash heads.

We have exclusive use of some fantastic locations. We use rural locations which look great on portrait and fashion shoots. We are only a couple of minutes from Alnwick Castle & Gardens where Harry Potter was filmed and so there is always plenty to do for anyone you are bringing with you who isn’t on the course. See our Facilities page by clicking the link above to see our training studio and how to get here.

How to find us
By Train: We are 10 minutes from Alnmouth for Alnwick station on the East Coast Mainline.
By Car: We are located just off the A1, approx. 40 minutes north of Newcastle upon Tyne.
By Air: We are 38 miles from Newcastle International Airport and the Airport has links to the East Coast Mainline trains via the Metro System.
Have a look at our Location page to get detailed directions, if you need a lift from the train station then let us know and we can arrange collecting you etc.

How can I pay for the course?
We accept all major credit cards except American Express, we also accept bank transfers and Paypal payments. Please let us know what your preference is and we can arrange it all for you. You can also purchase the course through our online shop and follow the online purchasing system using paypal.

A non-returnable deposit of £500 is required when booking with the balance to be paid 14 days before the first day of the seminar. Failure to give four weeks' notice of cancellation of seminar will require full payment still to be paid. Courses booked with less than 4 weeks before the start date will need to be paid in full on booking, no cancellation or refunds will be given.

Can I use my Learning Credits from the military?
If you are a member of the military and are using your Standard Learning Credits (SLC's) then please contact us and we can help you with the necessary paperwork to get your funding. Please contact us to arrange payments with your resettlement officer and/ or individual payment schedules specific to your circumstances.

We are currently applying for our ELCAS status so please bear with us until we hear whether we are successful in being granted ELCAS status.

Is there are any help after the course?
Yes, there is email and telephone support whenever you need it, just drop us an email and we will try and help as much as possible. During your actual qualification application there is unlimited telephone and email support to help you gain the qualification.

Can I use the images I take for my website?
Yes, as always here at Photobarn you have full copyright on all images for personal or commercial use, so whether you want to use them on Facebook or put them on a website to promote yourself as a photographer you have full copyright of all images you shoot.

Are there any extra fees or costs not included in the course?
No, unlike other courses that charge you extra for add on units or hiring of equipment everything that you need to learn is included in the course fee.