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Many people absolutely love taking photographs. Some go and buy a fancy new digital camera with lots of buttons on it and a nice big lens. It looks great and they look like a professional photographer!
But the truth is they don't really know what they are doing and just stick it on the "auto" setting and hope for the best. Does that sound familiar to you?


Well not to worry, I won't tell anyone if you don't. But I would like to help you if I can.

I like to teach people the basics of camera operations so they can get off auto and onto manual which is the secret behind taking fantastic photographs that will make your friends go "oooh, that's good, who took that?"

No prior knowledge needed!

100% Private Tuition

Or borrow one of mine

Even available via
zoom call

Great for future reference



You will learn how to take fantastic photographs with your own camera!

We can cover all the essential camera operations you'll need to know, including:

  • Aperture

  • Shutter Speed

  • ISO

  • Composition

You may also like to learn how to apply these skills in various fields of photography, including:

  • Still life photography

  • Photographing movement

  • Portrait photography

  • Documentary photography

After learning the theory, many students like to practice shooting together. This affords plenty of opportunities to ask me questions, and I can look over your photos, suggesting how to improve.

You really do not need to know anything about photography to benefit from this photography workshop, all you need is a passion for it!


My workshops have been used by:

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How much does it cost?

Getting Off "Auto" Photography Workshop: £150
• Private, One-to-One Tuition
• 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
• Available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

This photography course - Getting Off "Auto", is great value as it covers everything you'll need to start taking fantastic photographs in just one day!

Alternatively, if you are not a beginner I offer hourly tuition giving you the flexibility to fit photography training around your current schedule, and you can focus purely on the areas you need the most help with.

Hourly Private Tuition: £55 per hour
• Private, In-Person Tuition

Image Critique: £35 
• 30 mins via Zoom

• 8 of your images reviewed and critiqued

• Guidance and plan of action so you know how and what to improve on

• Recorded so you can play it back whenever you like.

My photography workshops are also available to buy as gifts, please contact me if you would like to treat someone special!


I'm a friendly, professional photographer based in Sheffield with over 17 years of experience running a successful photography business.

My work spans multiple specialisms, including weddings, family portraiture, pets, commercial photography and of course wildlife photography- all of which has given me a broad range of experience which I can pass on to you.

Have a look at some of my work on this website, check my reviews below and on Google, and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Image by Jamie Street

"I found Rachel really helpful and easy to get along with.

She tailored the workshop around my abilities and gave me loads of useful tips.

I'm more than happy to recommend her."

Paul Watt

Image by Christian Wiediger

"My husband bought this present for me... What a great day - Rachel made me feel at ease and was extremely knowledgeable. I enjoyed the day immensely and would certainly recommend Rachel to anyone who is interested in photography. What a lovely lady - can't thank her enough. Looking forward to meeting up with her again in the new year."

Lorraine O'Leary

Image by Aravind Kumar

"It was a pleasure to spend the whole day with Rachel.

She gave me some very useful tips and I understand my camera much better now. She also provided links to equipment I need and a word document with basic explanations of how the camera works."

Zienka Domaca

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"My daughter and I had a workshop training session with Rachel. She was very thorough and we had a great time learning about using our cameras away from the basic settings and introducing the use of more advanced functions."

Bill Jameson

Image by Veronica Benavides

"A great photography teacher.
I thought Rachel was passionate and great at giving a bite-size workshop to enhance learning. I particularly enjoyed the practical tasks and understanding composition."

Davis Kiima

Image by Luke Stackpoole

"I decided I needed to take photography lessons to learn more about my camera and I have to say Rachel has been amazing. Rachel explains everything so well and is very patient. I have just changed my camera so will be heading back for some more lessons.
If you are thinking about having lessons, 
I would say book in now!"

Esther Whitmore

Image by Annie Spratt

"Rachel's very good at teaching you the principles of photography, and in applying those principles to practical situations. I went into the workshop with a pretty good understanding of how a camera works and how to take a decent photo, and I still learned loads. I would definitely recommend booking on one of Rachel's workshops if you're a total beginner, or if you want to take your photography skills to the next level."

Joe Field

Image by Gianandrea Villa

I took the 'getting off auto' workshop with Rachel and had a great day. The workshop really helped me learn how to take photos, both the 'theory' behind it as well as giving me a lot of practical opportunities to shoot in different scenarios. It was very informative and fun.

Charles MacDonald-Jones

Image by Dan Smedley

"I was very inexperienced, but, a day spent with Rachel taught me so much. Rachel taught me how to use the settings on my camera so I could switch off auto and have much more control over focus, light, framing and much more. I wish I had done this years ago! Rachel is a fabulous and very patient teacher... I seriously can’t recommend Rachel enough - she has really given me a newfound enthusiasm and much more confidence to try different things.

Thanks for an excellent day and I’m so happy with the images I captured that day and the ones I’ve taken since."

Lyndsey Paja


contact me

Rachel Sinclair - Photography Tutor  |  Tel: 0114 383 0644

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