Experimental digital photography

The Mansion, Totnes

Who is this course for?

This course is for those keen to develop the creative side of their photography and build confidence using their camera’s manual settings. You may already know how to use the basic functions of your camera in manual setting, but you will have the opportunity to learn and practise this on the course if you do not.

Course content

This is a playful and fun course where you will practise using the basic manual settings on your camera (shutter speed, aperture, ISO). With a focus on distortions, reflections and light, you will look at the work of some contemporary photographers to inspire your images. You will learn some top tips for better photography including composition and simple lighting and then use these skills to create some fun images with a twist; portraits, abstract, landscapes and still life. Depending on the weather, we may take some photographs on location to review back in the classroom. You will be shown some manual distortion techniques with printed images, and be encouraged to play with the experimental settings on your camera.

Support and feedback

The tutor will provide 1:1 feedback and instruction. Learners will be invited to share their images with the group and provide positive advice and feedback.

Additional costs and requirements

Bring your digital camera, fully charged battery, memory card and charger. If you have the instruction manual for your camera then please bring it along. If you have a tripod it may be useful. You may wish to make notes so bring a pen and notebook.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?


About the tutor

With a background in state education and community arts, Elena believes passionately in nurturing the artist that dwells within us all. Having fun and enjoying the process is central to this core belief. She aims to maintain a supportive environment for all to enjoy the creative process at every level.

Elena has been teaching a wide range of Art, Craft, Textiles, Photography and environmental education for over 13 years. She has a degree in Visual Communication and specialised in Photography at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. This led to an interest in experimental techniques exploring the rich history of the medium including homemade and box cameras. Her professional work includes working with a professional commercial photographer and animation production in London. She is currently discovering cyanotype and anthotype processes using the natural world as an alternative to the darkroom.

Start date18 May 2019
End date18 May 2019
Start time10:00
End time15:30
Concessions not available