are designed to enable you to gain essential
background knowledge very quickly without dwelling
on information, which although interesting, does not
effect your everyday
photographers on the courses
need to be aware that
although we do start from the
basics, the learning curve is
steep. The Academy maintains
a high standard of both
technical and creative work
but for the Certificate course
we do not expect students to have previous
qualifications or experience. If you do, then that will
obviously be of benefit to you and the course as a
Simply wish to increase or update your skills? You
will be able to do this. If you have your sights set
higher then we can help you attain your objectives
with our Advanced Courses.
is chiefly by Malcolm Kemp, who is the Studio
Director of Champaigne Photography.
Malcolm is proud to be an
Associate of the Royal
Photographic Society and
was an Associate of the
British Institute of
of which he was a
Chairman. This Award he
gained in 1986 in the field
of Scientific Photography,
having been a Professional
Photographer since 1967.
He also holds the City &
Guilds Certificate in
Malcolm was a photographer in the Royal Air Force
and later was in charge of Photography Courses at
Ware College in England. He has had several years
in the Defence Industry as a Scientific photographer
and for fifteen years has run this Photography and
Design Studio in Norfolk and Australia.
His teaching experience has ranged from evening
courses for amateur photographers to Full Time
Professional Courses at the Defence School of
Photography, West Suffolk College and The College
of West Anglia. The Certificate of Education was
gained at a two year course at Hatfield University.
Although Malcolm has a wide experience of the
Profession he is still surprised by what his students
teach him, he never stops learning!
The Studio carries out all types of photography and
graphic design work in both the Social and
This ensures that students are being taught the
latest industry techniques by fully up to date
The Academy has a full range of studio and
location lighting units.
To enable us to maintain a close interaction with
our students we limit the number on each course,
thus giving a low student to instructor ratio.
This is a weekend course designed for those that
would like to know how to handle their camera and
use light to give them an understanding of
photography above the standard of "Point and Shoot".
It is designed for the amateur photographer but does
give a good introduction to our higher level courses.
This course is not assessed or certified but student
critiques are given to encourage a high standard.
The course consists of technical studies,
demonstrations, artistic guidance, a lighting
demonstration and Photoshop corrections.
To enrol please fill in the form at the bottom of this
page and type "Understanding Photography" in
We will then contact you to confirm course dates.
The course cost is just £95 per student and there is
a £15 discount if you enrol another student as well!
Frequently Asked Questions.
Q. Do I need an expensive camera?
A. You will need a suitable camera, (according to the
type of Photography for which you are aiming). If
you are thinking of upgrading we can advise you on
your choice during the course.
Q. Is it all classroom work?
A. There is a mixture of technical studies,
demonstrations, location photography and practical
assignments on most courses.
Q. Do I need a computer?
A. You will need access to a computer. We will advise
which programmes are suitable and give appropriate
Q. Do I need to attend every session?
A. The courses impart a lot of information in a
structured way. Missing a session may incur extra
instruction at a small cost. Please call if in doubt.
Q. Is my work assessed?
A. Our Certificate courses (not weekend courses) are
assessed in Technical Studies and Practical work,
successful students are awarded the graded
The technology of how the camera and its parts work.
How the camera is controlled by the operator.
Digital technology and how it works.
Composition and the aesthetics of the image.
What makes a great photograph.
Student photography critiques.
Use of flash.
Introduction to Photoshop.
Downloading images from the camera.
Image corrections and editing.
Creating a Portfolio.
A photographic Essay of images will be undertaken by
all students during the course, which will be assessed.
Students who successfully attain all the assessment
standards will be awarded their CPA Graded
Certificate at Pass or Distinction level.
The cost of the Certificate course is just £110 and is
inclusive of Work-book, also there is a £15 discount if
you enrol another student on the same course!
A series of advanced modules have now been
introduced which enable the student to gain
experience and knowledge in more specialised
techniques or work to a higher level.
These modules are only open to Students who have
undertaken the Certificate course, thus preventing
experienced candidates from being held back by those
with less training. Usually scheduled for weekends
these modules often entail going on location.
Typical subject matter may include close-up
photography, panorama production, low light work,
advanced Photoshop, studio or location lighting etc.
If you are an ex student and would like to be informed
of these courses please contact us so we can include
you on the mail-out.
For other courses please contact us.
For dates fill in the form at the bottom of this page
and we will contact you by email or telephone.
The Champaigne Print Award.
This award is given to the student producing, in the
opinion of the instructors, the best photograph on
each course. They then make an award to the "Best
of Year" student which is awarded at the end of the
year. We display here some of the photographs to
be given this prestigious award.
How to Enrol
Telephone, call in or Email us this application form.
You will be notified as soon as possible when you
have been allocated a place. We will then need a
registration deposit of £25 (deducted from the course
fee) to secure your place on the course.
The balance of the course fee is payable on the first
night and is non-refundable.
Deposit or fee payments may be made by cash, cheque
or alternatively by PayPal or cards here :
Courses start subject to sufficient enrolments, limited
places allocated strictly in registration order.
You will be asked to sign this form on the first session.
Please do not submit this form for a general enquiry.
Contact us by Email
Several questions often asked by course applicants
are answered in the FAQ's below.