Digital photography: edit image and capture

Alexander Centre, Tavistock

Who is this course for?

A chance to develop your photography skills and be creative with your camera. This short course of 3 evening sessions is ideal for beginners or those with a bit of experience. The aim is to get out of ‘taking snaps’ in automatic mode- and learn about creating meaningful photos. The camera is a tool, this course will show you how to get start getting the best out of it.

Time will be spent doing a mixture of: theory & digital image processing ideas in the classroom; peer reviews of photographs; outdoor photography experience of the landscape itself; the interactions of people within it and an opportunity to do characterful outdoor portraits.

This 2-hour long workshop session is ideal for relative beginners. The aim is to introduce ways to get out of ‘taking snaps’ and learn about creating meaningful photos. The camera is a tool, this session will show you how to get start getting the best out of it. Some of the greatest photos in history have been made on small, simple cameras.

Time will be largely with an outdoor photography ‘photowalk’ to gain experience of the local landscape, to explore and express your responses to the world around you.

Course content

• Learning to ‘see’ rather than just look!

We’ll explore:

• Learning to ‘see’ and finding the essence of why you want to make a photograph about something
• Photographic ‘aspect ratios’ and how they affect an image idea
• Use of mini-tripods/bean-bag pods for long exposures
• The aim to is help you learn ways to use this tool to develop the way you can aim each time to make an expressive response to the world before your eyes – to consider light, shadows, natural textures, form, framing and more – to help you make photographs you are proud of.

Support and feedback

Students are invited to bring in at least 2 or 3 prints of photographs with them as a mini portfolio for review and peer discussion during the session.

Additional costs and requirements

• Great images can be made with many types of cameras – including modern smartphone’s in-built cameras – so bring what you have/prefer. Comfortable footwear and a waterproof coat are recommended for our outdoor-based photograph.

• *** Please bring drinks and snacks in a rucksack – this will allow us to spend more time outdoors exploring ideas and making photographs!

You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Suggested photography assignments, will be given as to help develop your skills and for us all to discuss.

About the tutor

Simon Longstaff currently works as an ICT and Maths tutor for Learn Devon. He also works at the University of St Mark & St John and as a Senior Design Engineer for Partech Electronics.

Simon has spent most of his working life in the field of Electronic Engineering and was previously the Technical Director of his own instrumentation manufacturing company before undertaking his teacher training.

Simon has a 1st class honours degree in ICT with Education from Exeter University, and a PGCE incorporating a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), He also is a specialist in teaching Maths, gaining a level 5 Additional Diploma in Numeracy. He recently (2015) completed a Master’s Degree in Professional Practice (with Distinction) at the University of St Mark and St John, specialising in exploiting open source technology to create musical instruments within the Maker Community.

Simon is a keen musician and composer and has for the last twelve years performed each summer season at Sterts Theatre in their musical shows.

“I’m a great believer in ‘experiential learning’, and firmly believe that people learn by doing. This is so important, particularly with a technical subject like ICT; it is the familiarity with everyday computing tasks that build on a person’s levels of confidence and skills.”

Simon Longstaff, Tutor Learn Devon

Start date22 Feb 2018
End date22 Mar 2018
Start time19:00
End time21:00
Concessions not available