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An ideal follow on from ‘Exposure I’, this course will deepen your understanding of your camera and teach you to take better photographs in a range of genres.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to improvers, those who have attended Exposure 1 or people with a digital camera that have a good understanding of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO all work together and usually shoot in Aperture, Shutter or Manual Mode. 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 DSLRs 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 which is an ideal follow on from ‘Exposure 1’. 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! You will be encouraged to continue or start a portfolio of your best shots or create a new body of work.

You will be taught how to take better landscape, travel, street photography and portrait images and how to achieve special effects in camera rather than through post production in Photoshop. During this course you will also gain a deeper understanding of the various rules of composition. 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.

Each week participants will be set a short weekly assignment to practice what they have learned that week. It’s important to the success of this course that you have the time and the motivation to complete the weekly assignments and to work on your own portfolio or body of work. An active element of each class is downloading, discussing and reviewing each other’s images shot in response to the weekly challenge.

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 and learning is encouraged.

On completion of this course you will have developed a critical eye and greater ability to select and proof your images. You will have a deeper understanding of the genres 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

The tutor has the ability to demystify the 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.