Photography essentials

Learn to make beautiful images with your camera

An online course with
Emily Quinton
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Available as part of the Makelight Membership

Hi, I'm Emily

I've been taking photographs since I was seven and a practising photographer for most of my career.

For the past few years I've been sharing my passion with thousands of people at workshops and online with my photography courses.

On this course I'll introduce you to the essential elements of photography and get you to the point where you're confident with how to use your camera.

AN Inspiring, accessible ONLINE COURSE

Get camera confident!

Get off "auto" mode with your camera. 
Start making great photographs for your Instagram, website or blog.

Capture the moment

Improve your Instagram

Style a scene

And lots more…


What we'll cover

By joining this course, you'll receive a series of video-based and written lessons that will take you through the essential principles of photography.

Using natural light

A big mistake that people often make is to use flash or to shoot with artificial light. We'll get back to basics and learn how to understand and use natural light.


How to place your subject in the image so it looks good, how the foreground and background relate to each other, and visually how your images are structured.

Finding inspiration

Sometimes, just getting going can be a challenge. I'll give you a series of inspiring ideas for projects and exercises to help you improve your photography.

Developing a photographic style

If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil.

All the technical bits

Words like ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture, all those numbers on various dials… understand what they all mean!

How to use your own camera

You don't need a fancy camera to take this course! Use whatever you have and we have guides for where to find your settings.

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Love for the Makelight experience

“Emily's Photography Essentials course gave me the confidence to use my DSLR camera, and create my own product photography for my website. Makelight courses have been invaluable in growing my independent business.”

Heidi Lawton — Extra Special Touch

“Great teaching, supportive and always evolving. I love how new surprises are always being added. Makelight grows with you!”

Debbie Lamey MacDonald

“Makelight is the most accessible and supportive community I've ever been part of. The instruction is top notch and you are never alone. Amazing!”

Vicki Bouchard — sixtee_isthenew_fortee

“Its a great way to develop your creativity while participating with a friendly, like minded community.”

Catherine Garner

“A lovely community, Emily and Stef' support is super, and doing the courses I've seem a huge improvement in my photography”

Jude Magee — @jude_magee

“Comprehensive lessons. Great online support through FB live Q&A. Wonderful tools!! Love this community!”

Preeti Verghese
Who We Are

Emily & Stef

Makelight is hosted by wife and husband team Emily and Stef. During the course you’ll hear from both of us via email and in our dedicated Facebook group.

Emily Quinton – @emilyquinton

Photographer, teacher, author, maker and mother of four. You'll find me on Instagram and Pinterest sharing my passion for photography.

Stef Lewandowski – @stef

Designer, technologist and Emily's partner in Makelight, as well as at home! I've been taking photographs for years too and jump in with technical problems.

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£30 / $39 per month

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