Who is this course for?
A chance to develop your photography skills and be creative with your camera. This short course of 4 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 start getting the best out of it.
Time will be spent doing a mixture of: theory and 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.
• Learning to ‘see’ rather than just look!
• How to control aperture and exposure
• Depth of field
• Histograms (for getting ‘good’ exposures)
• Use of ‘graduated neutral density’ filters or bracketing/blending exposures to control dynamic range
• Aspect ratios and how they affect an image idea
• Panoramic photography
• Use of tripods
• Low light / night photography
• Digital image processing – using Photoshop Essentials
The aim to is help you 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 in the first session. There will be opportunities for reviewing photographs during the course.
Additional costs and requirements
Whilst any camera will do, ideally you will gain the most from bringing a compact camera (in which aperture and exposure length can be adjusted); a bridge camera; Compact System Camera (CSC) or Digital SLR camera. Great images can still be made with many modern smartphone’s in-built cameras and tablet computers. Comfortable footwear and a waterproof coat are recommended for our outdoor-based photography assignments.
A tripod would be useful but not essential.
Graduated neutral density and polarizing filters may be useful if you have them.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Weekly photography assignments, including a pre-course one will be given as ‘homework’ to help develop your skills and for us all to discuss.
About the tutor
Phil Hemsley works part time as a mathematics Tutor and enjoys photography in his spare time, often incorporated within his adventures and explorations on the moors and the coast. Phil has a background in teaching science, maths and outdoor education.
He also runs landscape and nature photography workshops within South West England. He really enjoys helping people to learn to use their camera, to learn to see rather than just look, to express their feelings in this medium and create considered photographs.
His regular photography blog is a mixture of ideas to try and thought-provoking philosophical articles on the various landscapes that he has spent time in. Phil’s photography and writing have appeared in UK and internationally in magazines and books. Fine art prints of his work have appeared in art gallery and museum exhibitions. He is a valued member of the National Trust’s Photography Team.
His photographic work can be seen at www.philhemsley.co.uk