The growing popularity of digital SLRs is fuelling an expansion in training facilities as more consumers ditch their compact cameras and take up photography as a hobby.

The greater affordability of DSLRs is a key factor behind Experience Seminars? recent move to a larger training centre near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, said Brian Hall, one of the partners and directors.

?This is a reflection of the growing SLR market and the differences between film and digital,? he told us, adding that visitor numbers have grown 15% year on year.

There has also been a change in the type of course participants. Three or four years ago most of the training delegates had ?migrated? from film to digital SLRs, said Brian. But now, 75-80%, are DSLR novices who have only used compact cameras – prompting course leaders to launch a ?back to basics? foundation course.

Backed by Canon, the seminars are held in three seminar rooms, each holding up to 20 delegates and a training/conference room for smaller groups. There is also a one-to-one training room.

The program covers Canon?s EOS system, how to get the most from your camera and ?what you can do with the images once you have taken them?.

Experience Seminars now operates 700 events ? including more than 30 seminars – covering DSLR newcomers, professionals and corporate training.

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