The Courses… are designed to enable you to gain essential background knowledge very quickly without dwelling on information, which although interesting, does not effect your everyday photography. More experienced 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 whole. 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.  
The Instruction... 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 Professional Photography, 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 General Photography. 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 Capability... The Studio carries out all types of photography and graphic design work in both the Social and Commercial fields. This ensures that students are being taught the latest industry techniques by fully up to date Professionals. 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.
 
Understanding Photography 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 comments. 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 instruction. 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 Academy Certificate.
UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY  FRIDAY EVENING Course brief How cameras work Photo practical brief How lenses work  SATURDAY AM  PM Exposure control Colour balance Lighting demo Colour Composition Flash lighting How computers work (notes)  SUNDAY AM PM Digital resolution Photoshop intro Location photography Digital cameras Image corrections Location download Digital sensors Student photo critique The Certificate Course  Eight weeks duration, seven from 6.30 - 9.00 pm, one on location on a weekend half day. Starts off with basics and very quickly takes students to a high standard of knowledge and ability. An interesting, enjoyable course for those with a real interest!
Course Content 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. Location photography. Lighting. Use of flash. Introduction to Photoshop. Downloading images from the camera. Image corrections and editing. Digital printing. Scanning. 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!
Advanced Modules 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  
David Sawyers                      Cindy Lee                                           Trevor Skinner Samantha Wallace                       Karen Nienaber                                         Rod Noendeng Graham Gillman                                                                    Terri Barclay Kylie Parkyn                                                          Steve Fels  Cindy Blackmore                                                     Nicole Richardson Matthew Rampton                                        Simone Campbell  Kerri Haimes                                                             John Paichl  Dale Bond                                             Sandra Dickinson Jo Larsen                                              Minna Burgess Jade Cannell
                                                                                                     YOU?
Several questions often asked by course applicants are answered in the FAQ's below.
The Courses… are designed to enable you to gain essential background knowledge very quickly without dwelling on information, which although interesting, does not effect your everyday photography. More experienced 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 whole. 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.  
The Instruction... 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 Professional Photography, 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 General Photography. 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! Several questions often asked by course applicants are answered in the FAQ's below.
The Capability... The Studio carries out all types of photography and graphic design work in both the Social and Commercial fields. This ensures that students are being taught the latest industry techniques by fully up to date Professionals. 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.
Understanding Photography 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 comments. We will 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 instruction. 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 smallcost. 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 Academy Certificate.
The Certificate Course  Eight weeks duration, seven from 6.30 - 9.00 pm, one on location on a weekend half day. Starts off with basics and very quickly takes students to a high standard of knowledge and ability. An interesting, enjoyable course for those with a real interest!
Course Content 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. Location photography. Lighting. Use of flash. Introduction to Photoshop. Downloading images from the camera. Image corrections and editing. Digital printing. Scanning. 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. Next course starts Tuesday 31st January. 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!
Advanced Modules 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 below 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.
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  
David Sawyers           Cindy Lee                      Trevor Skinner
 Samantha Wallace     Karen Nienaber                 Rod Noendeng 
Graham Gillman                                      Terri Barclay  
Kylie Parkyn                            Steve Fels      
Cindy Blackmore                Nicole Richardson
 Matthew Rampton                      Simone Campbell     
Kerri Haimes                           John Paichl
  Dale Bond                        Sandra Dickinson
Jo Larsen                            Minna Burgess
Jade Cannell
                                                               YOU?
Photoshop intro
UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY
FRIDAY EVENING
Course brief
How cameras work
Photo practical brief
How lenses work
SATURDAY AM
PM
Exposure control
Colour balance
Lighting demo
Colour
Composition
Flash lighting
How computers work (notes)
SUNDAY AM
PM
Digital resolution
Location photography
Digital cameras
Image corrections
Location download
Digital sensors
Student photo critique