Digital photography workshop
Who is this course for?
A short introductory workshop to develop your photography skills and be creative with your camera. This short course of 2 hours is an ideal ‘Taster Session’ 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 outdoor photography experience of the local landscape itself and 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 & Exposure
• Depth of field
• Understanding Histograms (for getting ‘good’ exposures)
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 learn some of the skills to 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 this 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 either:
• a compact camera (in which aperture and exposure length can be adjusted);
• a bridge camera; a 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.
Please bring your camera user guide / handbook (that came with your camera – very helpful for finding certain functions that may be ‘hidden’ within the various menu options)
Graduated Neutral Density & Polarizing filters may be useful if you have them (Please don’t worry if you don’t have any of these!)
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Not Applicable on this Taster Session
About the tutor
Phil Hemsley works part time as a Mathematics Teacher 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. 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 & books. Fine art prints of his work have appeared in art gallery and museum exhibitions. His photographic work can be seen at www.philhemsley.co.uk
Phil is proud to be a member of the National Trust Photography Team. He also leads Photography Walk Workshops for the South Devon Area of Natural Beauty Team; runs Wildlife & Landscape Photography Workshops for Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust; is the Official Photographer for Visit South Devon; and a contributing photographer for Natural England and The Dartington Hall Trust.