Who is this course for?
Would you like to rectify some of the blemishes and errors in pictures taken with your digital camera? Would you like to create your own montages with images downloaded from the internet? If the answer is yes, then this course is for you.
Some basic knowledge of using a computer would be expected. For example, using a keyboard and mouse. Also saving files and opening programmes.
Watch demonstrations. Undertake practical tasks using image editing software called Gimp. This software is free and can be installed on your own computer at home.
Some of the task covered include:
Learn how to remove blemishes from pictures; merge multiple images together; resize & change resolution; add lighting & artistic effects; etc. etc.
Discussing and display results with the rest of the group.
Support and feedback
Feedback from the tutor, and discussions with other class members.
Additional costs and requirements
You might find it useful to bring a notebook/notepaper and pen and a USB flash drive (usually referred to as a memory stick or pen-drive) for storing work, edited photos, and information you have found on the internet, although this is not essential.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
No although your tutor may suggest things you could do at home if you wish. It would be advantageous to practice between sessions, and the tutor may send you emails (on your learner account) for you to respond to.
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.”