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A fun and friendly course introducing digital camera basics for people with a fancy camera but little idea how to use it to its full potential.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners and you don’t need any previous experience as full instruction and guidance is given. This course is aimed at people with a digital camera that usually shoot in ‘Auto’ but would like to understand how the camera works and how to take better pictures using manual settings. It’s ideally suited for people with DSLR, Bridge, Compact System Cameras, Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras or a compact camera for enthusiasts that has 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 DSLR’s that can be borrowed during the class.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities who are able to use a camera. . The room is wheelchair accessible and a carer or support worker may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

What will you learn on this course?

This is a fun and friendly course introducing digital camera basics for people with a fancy camera but little idea how to use it to its full potential. It’s an opportunity for you to unleash your creativity, have fun with your camera and start creating pictures you will want to keep, share and maybe even print! Or, if you have some photography experience this is an opportunity to continue or start a portfolio of your best shots or create a new body of work.

You will be taught the basic rules of composition and lighting and get a real insight into what all those knobs and buttons on your camera are for. You will also learn how aperture, shutter speed and ISO all work together to help you create stunning pictures and get the best out of your camera. 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 post production skills and file management basics.

Each week participants will be set a short weekly assignment to practice what they have learned that week.

The tutor encourages knowledge sharing and participation from all members of the group creating a relaxed 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, learning and the completion of practical weekly photography assignments in-between classes is encouraged. An active element of each week is downloading, discussing and reviewing each other’s images shot in response to the weekly challenge.

On completion of this course you will have a solid understanding of the basics of photography and an improved confidence in the operation of your camera. You should feel inspired to be creative with your camera and want to explore your own capabilities further.

Do you need to bring anything?

Bring along your camera, a tripod if you have one and appropriate clothing for going outside.

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 is also useful if you bring a copy of your camera manual.

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.


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