This course is an introduction to photography. The aim is to ensure a general all-round knowledge of both analogue and digital photographic techniques, with the objective being to make well-crafted and consistent photographs using a variety of techniques both in the darkroom and digitally. This course will help you become more confident with your picture making and act as an introduction to our other courses on offer. You'll finish with a strong understanding of the main genres of photography and the ability to develop your own personal style and interests.
This course prepares you for further study with an essential introduction into understanding all functions of the camera and shooting in manual mode. You'll learn the terms for both analogue and digital modes and be introduced to both the digital and analogue darkroom.
We'll guide you through both black-and-white film, processing film, making contact sheets and making prints learning the necessary darkroom skills. There will also be group discussions and presentations by the tutor, ensuring you understand the mechanics of picture making through both analogue and digital methods.
The Introduction to Photography short course covers areas which are often overlooked, such as how to understand analogue techniques in order to make better digital images. The weekly sessions allow you to experiment and learn in an informal and friendly atmosphere. You'll be introduced to informal discussion and critiques of your work while we also encourage you to explore and play, with an emphasis on the practical production of a range of images.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
This course is taught by David George.
This course is suitable for absolute beginners wishing to learn about both analogue and digital photography.
"I really enjoyed the course. The facilities are outstanding in terms of photography and dark room/studios."
"I really enjoyed the course. I felt we accomplished a lot."
"The course was fantastic – it was nice that the class size was small so we all had time with David individually. I particularly enjoyed working in the dark room. David was an excellent teacher and very enthusiastic about the subject, which really made a difference."
"The course was absolutely fantastic and exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed learning to use a film camera and getting experience of shooting, processing and developing. Shooting with a DSLR in manual rather than auto modes was a really valuable way to feel in control in the camera. Working with RAW files and doing work on photoshop was great. I love the colour and black and white prints that I have taken away and plan to frame them! David was a fantastic tutor – friendly, funny, passionate about photography and teaching and very approachable. The course size was perfect. I have already recommended this course, tutor and department to friends and family."
"I really enjoyed the course with David George. He was very patient and answered any questions we had. The class was a good size. It was a good mix between analogue and digital photography. Very good value for money."
"This was an excellent course that provided superb instruction at a very good pace. I was also surprised at the start of the course when we were presented with analogue cameras and real film to take photos with. I was expecting it to be all digital. My surprise soon turned to delight though as we were shown how to use the cameras, the importance of learning the different elements of the camera and how understanding this allows you to use any type of camera. I really enjoyed taking photos on the camera, learning about processing film, and enlarging my own photos. Overall, this was an excellent course, in a great location with good equipment and and very good tutor. Thank you!"
|Course dates||Course will be rescheduled to Autumn 2020|
|Length||One day a week for five sessions|
|Day and time||Saturday, 11.30am to 5.30pm|
|Maximum class size||12|
A 20% discount is available for:
If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.
Participants will normally be expected to bring their own cameras but some will be available from the department for use during class times. Please contact us beforehand if you do not have a camera.
The course fee includes the cost of materials.
Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Please select when you would like to start: