Digital photography

The Mansion, Totnes

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 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 local landscape; the interactions of people within it and an opportunity to do characterful outdoor portraits.

This course will include outdoor photography along the River Dart, on Vere Island and The Longmarsh, as well as urban photography of the charming old town.

Course content

• Learning to ‘see’ rather than just look!
• How to control Aperture & Exposure
• Depth of field
• Histograms (for getting ‘good’ balanced exposures)
• Use of Graduated Neutral Density filters or Bracketing/ blending exposures to control dynamic range
• Long exposures / Abstract photography
• Aspect ratios and how they affect an image idea
• Panoramic photography
• Use of tripods
• Digital image processing – using Photoshop Essentials
The aim to is help you use your camera 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 to bring but not essential, as we have some that you can borrow during the lessons.

Graduated Neutral Density & Polarizing filters may be useful if you have them.

Please bring your camera manual too – each camera has subtle differences.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Weekly photography assignments, 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

Start date07 June 2018
End date28 June 2018
Start time18:30
End time20:30
Concessions not available