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Spend a day learning long exposure photographic techniques, painting with light and have the chance to use the innovative pixel stick

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to all students with an interest in photography, new students or ones who have attended Kate’s courses previously but wish to have some fun and enhance their long exposure skills. It’s ideally suited for people with DSLR, Bridge, Mirrorless Cameras or Compact Camera that have manual settings. 

If you have a basic compact point and shoot camera but are thinking of upgrading to one of the above then we do have a limited number of DSLRs that can be borrowed during the class. However the class is not really appropriate if you just want to point and shoot using automatic settings.

The course is accessible for people of all abilities as we can provide a learning support worker, carers may assist and all classes are planned to meet the specific needs of the group. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible.

What will you learn on this course?

This one-day course is a chance for you to enjoy learning about long exposure photography, using lights to paint patterns, and get the opportunity to use a pixel stick, a new innovative tool where you can photograph rainbow light waves, flames and bitmap images.

Artist tutor Kate Green will be on hand to offer guidance and support, honing your skills and introducing new techniques to suit your individual level. 

Throughout the course you will be encouraged to think creatively and to use your camera as a tool for expression. Using our desktop Apple Mac computers you will also learn file management techniques and post production using Photoshop Elements. 

Taught through a combination of tutor presentations and practical exercises the course covers a range of techniques and skills covering photography theory, technical understanding and artistic approaches including:

  • Understanding exposure - Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
  • Understanding shooting modes
  • Slow exposures techniques and painting with light
  • Taking control of focus – auto and manual
  • Composition and lighting

Kate encourages knowledge sharing and participation from participants creating a relaxed, fun learning environment where you can freely ask those questions you’ve always wanted to about you camera. Some 1-2-1 support may be given but this will depend on class numbers therefore independent research and learning is encouraged. 

On completion of this course you will have developed skills to create great long exposure images. 

Do you need to bring anything?

Bring along your camera and a tripod. We have a limited number of tripods available but it is essential to use one throughout the day so if you can bring one you’re guaranteed to get some great results. 

You can bring your own laptops or tablets if you prefer to use these for post-production instead of the Apple Macs provided but please remember any cables you might need to connect your camera to your device. It may be useful to bring a copy of your camera manual and to make sure your batteries are charged and you have free memory on your card.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Kate Green

Kate, you have the ability to demystify your subject by making it accessible through clear explanations of the basic principles including the formal elements, technical issues concerning cameras, lenses and software, and aesthetic concerns with reference to the work of influential photographers.  

You have enabled me to get more out of my camera, since I no longer use automatic programmes but prefer the aperture priority and manual modes, resulting in a marked improvement in how I take pictures and an increased enjoyment in the use of my camera.