Digital Photography

Digital SLR Camera Training

14 January 2017 - 15 January 2017
18 February 2017 - 19 February 2017
1 April 2017 - 2 April 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
David Grinly

If you're only using your camera on automatic you're missing out on the real art of photography. This weekend course is about learning to use your digital SLR camera with confidence and skill. Explore aperture, shutter speed and megapixels through to white balance, ISO ratings, histograms and much more! With a blend of technical tuition, demonstration, practical assignments and group discussion, you will discover how to unlock your camera's full potential and take better pictures.

If you don’t have a digital SLR we can often provide one for you - please let us know at time of booking to confirm. You can also use your interchangeable or fixed lens system, mirrorless or rangefinder camera on this course.
Bridge cameras without interchangeable lenses can be used too, but please note that they may not allow the full range of camera controls.

Computer experience is beneficial.

Course Outline

Digital SLR cameras - Throughout this two day course, we will discuss, demonstrate and explore all of the features of your Digital SLR camera from the ground up, so that you will gain the confidence you need when using your Digital SLR camera

DAY ONE: Features of your Digital SLR camera  

Part one: Areas covered include aperture, shutter speed and megapixels through to white balance, ISO ratings, histograms and all the rest. There will be time to ask questions and demonstrate the advantages of each feature, getting to grips with the “how’s” and “why’s” 
 
Part two: After a one hour lunch break, we will put into practise all the features that have been discussed and demonstrated in part one on a walk around town with your cameras. In the late afternoon we will come back to the gallery, learn a little about methods of downloading and viewing photographs, and explore some basic Photoshop tools.
 
DAY TWO: Exercises, Assignments and Review
 
Part one:  Question time. There will be a few formal exercises set up to practise on and time to discuss the elements learned in day one. We will also discuss in more detail the more compositional aspects of photography, and prepare for the afternoons’ assignment.
 
Part two:  After the one hour lunch break, in groups, you will carry out your assignments outside the gallery and be given a time to return with your completed assignments. Assignment presentations, troubleshooting and review. The last half of part two will involve editing and viewing the photographs, open discussions and asking any final questions.

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£175.00
concession: 
£155.00

Project Day: Still Life & Product Photography

5 February 2017
5 HOURS
SUNDAY
11.00 - 17.00
Tutor: 
Ronnie Baxter

Project Days are designed for those who are already familiar with some digital photography processes but who want to pursue a particular aspect and develop skills in a specific genre.

This one day workshop will introduce you to the history and development of Still Life and Product Photography and its use in commerce and fine art. We will look at the work of historical and contemporary practitioners leading to a practical demonstration of still life photography, encompassing the relevant lighting, styling and composition.

The day will include a simple product photography and lighting session exploring camera techniques and equipment you can use to create your own images.

**Participants are encouraged to bring along a small object that they would like to photograph during the afternoon session.**

This course is the perfect follow-on from our Digital SLR training courses and will support you in building upon your existing knowledge of camera skills and allow you to work confidently on your own projects. Some prior digital SLR photography experience is therefore recommended.

Course Outline

Morning: 

  • Brief introduction to the Still Life genre and a variety of styles, looking at it’s development through photography both as a commercial and artistic tool.
  • Build and light a still life setup - providing guidance and examples of different lighting techniques, composition and styling skills with participant involvement.

Afternoon:

  • Introduction to product photography and lighting for web use/sales.
  • Discussion of equipment and technical requirements, along with some handy tips, tricks and hacks!
  • Demonstration of Focus stacking - an advanced technique for combining multiple images.
  • Practical session where participants will get a chance to work in small groups to photograph the objects they’ve brought in, (sample objects will also be available if needed).
  • Q+A session

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£69.00
concession: 
£59.00
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Eyes Open - Photography for 12-16 yr olds

3 April 2017 - 6 April 2017
12 HOURS
MONDAY - THURSDAY
11.00 - 14.00
Tutor: 
Morwenna Kearsley

Take your imagination on a journey and experiment with a range of skills including digital photography, photograms, collage and animation.
If you have an interest in photography and visual art and are interested in trying new things, then this course is for you. 
The emphasis is on having fun developing your own visual style and meeting other aspiring young artists.

Course Outline

Day 1:  Eyes Open

In this introductory session, we will think about what makes a great photograph and why. Then we will work out what makes your photographs particular to YOU!

  • You will be introduced to a Digital SLR camera and we will explain the manual settings, fully exploring how to capture light and time in a single image and make the perfect exposure!  
  • Using a series of famous photographs as our guide, we will visit locations near Stills to re-create these images and investigate the successful elements of the photograph’s composition.
  • You will then have the opportunity to make your own, entirely unique set of images.

Day 2:  Back to the Future

Taking the photographic lessons we learned on Day 1, we will further investigate your particular uniqueness as an artist photographer!

  • Travel back in time before the invention of digital cameras and explore the magic of the darkroom.
  • Experiment with a camera-less technique called the Photogram which will allow us to make beautiful images using only paper, objects and our imaginations! 

Day 3: Cut & Paste

Using some of your spare prints from Day 1 & 2, we will explore and create a series of photographic collages.

  • Using cut-out techniques, drawing, painting, embroidery and more, we will transform your previous images into new and exciting works of art.
  • Experiment with making joiners, (a photographic technique made famous by artist David Hockney), where one picture is assembled from several overlapping photographs.

Day 4: Move It!

In this session you will have the chance to experiment with making your photographs move!

  • We will look at previous examples of artists that have used stop-frame-animation or still images to make a narrative film.
  • Develop a short story, and then shoot and edit your mini film using Adobe Premiere.
  • You will also have the option of producing and recording a unique soundtrack.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

concession: 
£120.00
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Project Day: Composition in Photography

25 March 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Keith Brame

Composition in Photography – Beyond the ‘Rule of Thirds’

Project Days are designed for those who are already familiar with some digital photography processes but who want to pursue a particular aspect or develop more specific skills in one or more areas.

This one-day introduction to composition and design in photography is aimed at beginners or those looking to improve their skills in DSLR photography who are moving beyond the auto and program modes, and want take more confident creative control over their cameras. 

Composition – the way that we organise a photograph – is one of the most creative opportunities for making strong images, but it is one that many people struggle with. Throughout the history of the medium, photographers have devised many different strategies for organising their pictures, and there are many techniques to explore and play with. We will spend a couple of hours looking at significant photographs and developing a vocabulary of composition and design.

We will then spend the remainder of the day out and about, identifying compositional opportunities and putting the new ideas into practice. It will hopefully change the way that you make pictures and view the world around you. However, I will not be revealing the ‘rules’ of composition – there aren’t any!

This course is the perfect follow-on from our Digital SLR training courses and will support you in building upon your existing knowledge of DSLR camera skills and becoming a better photographer in general. It will help you to work confidently on your own creative projects and develop the artist in you.

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£69.00
concession: 
£59.00
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Project Day: Intro to Street Photography

4 February 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Keith Brame

Project Days are designed for those who are already familiar with digital photography processes but who want to pursue a particular aspect or develop more specific skills in one or more areas.

This one day introduction to street photography (for the faint hearted!) is aimed at beginners or those looking to improve their skills in DSLR photography who are moving beyond the auto and program modes, and want take more confident creative control over their cameras. 

Street photography is sometimes described as one of the ‘purest’ forms of photography, and it has a significant role in the medium’s history. In recent years it seems to be enjoying a boom in popularity amongst photographers, and with that surge there is also an amount of anxiety: where are you allowed to photograph in public places? Is it permissible to photograph strangers? How do you manage to shoot without people noticing and being offended?

This style of photography is quite anarchic, yet attracts more than its fair share of manifestos and rules. We will pick our way through some of the contradictory ideas by looking in turn at the work and approach of significant street photographers, then head out into the streets to make our own attempts.

Most importantly we will also look closely at the technical camera-handling techniques that enable photographers to react quickly. In particular we will work on the technique of manually pre-setting exposure and focus before shooting. This allows the photographer to shoot very quickly, and also encourages a deeper understanding of light and camera controls.

No-one will be pressured to do anything that they’re uncomfortable with, and at the end of the day you should be in a better position to make an informed choice about the style of photography that matches your technical ability and your personality.

You will be able to take the skills and ideas on your next city break, or to rediscover your own town or city – making the everyday magical again.

This course is the perfect follow-on from our Digital SLR training courses and will support you in building upon your existing knowledge of DSLR camera skills and becoming a better photographer in general. It will help you to work confidently on your own creative projects and develop the artist in you.

 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£69.00
concession: 
£59.00
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Project Day: The City/Architecture Photography

26 February 2017
5 HOURS
SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Keith Brame

Project Days are designed for those who are already familiar with digital photography processes but who want to pursue a particular aspect or develop more specific skills in one or more areas.

This one day introduction to city and architecture photography is aimed at beginners or those looking to improve their skills in DSLR photography who are moving beyond the auto and program modes, and want take more confident creative control over their cameras. 

You will take your camera-handling skills out into the streets of a UNESCO World Heritage city, celebrated for the harmonious contrast between the orderly, neo-classical New Town with the organic ‘precipitous city’ of the Castle hill. It is also a modern urban space with its share of provocative developments that invite celebration and outrage in equal measure. Similar to landscape shooting with light and environmental conditions constantly changing - no matter how carefully you plan; city and architecture photography celebrates and explores the man-made artifacts that landscape photographers conventionally exclude.

We will explore a variety of city environments, all within a short walk (or maybe a tram ride) from Stills base. We will concentrate on three key decisions each time we shoot: exposure, focus, frame. Three decisions that allow the photographer to develop confidence and proficiency in their camera handling, as well as providing the foundations of aesthetic and creative control that are unique to photography. We will also spend some time investigating lens focal lengths and the effects of space, scale and perspective.

This course is the perfect follow-on from our Digital SLR training courses and will support you in building upon your existing knowledge of DSLR camera skills and becoming a better photographer in general. It will help you to work confidently on your own creative projects and develop the artist in you.

 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£69.00
concession: 
£59.00
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Project Day: Landscape Photography

28 January 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Keith Brame

Project Days are designed for those who are already familiar with digital photography processes but who want to pursue a particular aspect or develop more specific skills in one or more areas.

This course is the perfect follow-on from our Digital SLR training courses and will support you in building upon your existing knowledge of DSLR camera skills and becoming a better photographer in general. It will help you to work confidently on your own creative projects and develop the artist in you.

This one day introduction to landscape photography is aimed at beginners or those looking to improve their skills in DSLR photography who are moving beyond the auto and program modes, and want take more confident creative control over their cameras. 

You will take your camera-handling skills out 'into the field'. Landscape shooting is different from working in a studio as the light and environmental conditions are constantly changing - no matter how carefully you plan. 

We will explore a variety of city and mountain environments, all within a short walk from Stills base. We will concentrate on three key decisions each time we shoot: exposure, focus, frame. Three decisions that allow the photographer to develop confidence and proficiency in their camera handling, as well as providing the foundations of aesthetic and creative control that are unique to photography.

 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£69.00
concession: 
£59.00
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Digital SLR Photography (Friday)

3 March 2017 - 31 March 2017
12 HOURS
FRIDAY
11.00 - 14.00
Tutor: 
Ronnie Baxter

Master the camera and post processing skills required to produce an end result that matches your creative vision and expectations. This practical and fun course enables participants to fully explore the essential camera and Photoshop skills you need to produce stunning digital photographs. Experienced tutor David Grinly helps you harness your creative potential in four engaging and empowering sessions. De-mystify the technical jargon and unlock your DSLR camera’s full potential. Learn Photoshop from a photographer’s perspective and the essential skills you need to really make your images shine.

If you don’t have a digital SLR we can often provide one for you - please let us know at time of booking to confirm. You can also use your interchangeable or fixed lens system, mirrorless or rangefinder camera on this course.
Bridge cameras without interchangeable lenses can be used too, but please note that they may not allow the full range of camera controls.

Computer experience is beneficial.

Please Note: For the March dates there will be a week break half way through the course, with no class on 17 March. 

Course Outline

Week 1: Camera. 

You will be guided through the manual settings of your Digital SLR camera, fully exploring how to capture light and time in a single image. Learn how to generate accurate exposures through aperture and shutter speed control, and how to read digital histograms of the results. Understand and feel confident using ISO and colour balance settings, focus modes and depth of field, and how/when to apply them creatively.

Assignment: You will be given a project to be presented in the final week 

Week 2: Creating. 

Put into practice all the camera features discussed and demonstrated in Week 1 on a walk around town. You will then return to the gallery for a demonstration of Photoshop techniques. 

Week 3: Composition. 

After some time to practice editing images in photoshop, Week 3 will introduce you to photographic composition, history and appreciation.

Week 4: Critique 

Continue applying relevant editing techniques learnt during the course to the images shot for your personal project. On completion, the group will have an informal and supportive presentation of their work, with technical and critical feedback provided by the tutor and peers. 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£155.00
concession: 
£135.00
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Project Day: Studio Portrait Photography

25 February 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Ronnie Baxter

Project Days are designed for those who are already familiar with digital photography processes but who want to pursue a particular aspect or develop more specific skills in one or more areas.

This course is the perfect follow-on from our Digital SLR training courses and will support you in building upon your existing knowledge of DSLR camera skills and becoming a better photographer in general. It will help you to work confidently on your own creative projects and develop the artist in you.

The course will introduce you to some of the most enduring photographic portraits and provide discussion on why they remain so seminal. The course includes an introduction to lighting and composition techniques for portraiture, as well as providing guidance on shutter speed, aperture, lenses, and other visual controls.

You will use studio flash lighting to explore basic techniques in formal and informal portrait photography - though all of the techniques taught are transferrable to natural and other lighting media. There will be time for participants to photograph under three standard lighting set-ups.

Some digital SLR photography experience is recommended

Course Outline

Morning:

The morning session centers on discussion of the work of some classic portrait photographers and standard techniques employed. The discussions will include elements of composition, pose, gesture, format and technique.

Afternoon:

The afternoon session will cover practical studio lighting, standard lighting set-ups, direction of sitters, and time permitting also a brief introduction to some of the editing capabilities of Adobe Photoshop.

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£69.00
concession: 
£59.00
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Digital SLR Photography (Wednesday)

18 January 2017 - 8 February 2017
1 March 2017 - 22 March 2017
12 HOURS
WEDNESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
David Grinly

Master the camera and post processing skills required to produce an end result that matches your creative vision and expectations. This practical and fun course enables participants to fully explore the essential camera and Photoshop skills you need to produce stunning digital photographs. Experienced tutor David Grinly helps you harness your creative potential in four engaging and empowering sessions. De-mystify the technical jargon and unlock your DSLR camera’s full potential. Learn Photoshop from a photographer’s perspective and the essential skills you need to really make your images shine.

If you don’t have a digital SLR we can often provide one for you - please let us know at time of booking to confirm. You can also use your interchangeable or fixed lens system, mirrorless or rangefinder camera on this course.
Bridge cameras without interchangeable lenses can be used too, but please note that they may not allow the full range of camera controls.

Computer experience is beneficial.

Course Outline

Week 1: Camera. 

You will be guided through the manual settings of your Digital SLR camera, fully exploring how to capture light and time in a single image. Learn how to generate accurate exposures through aperture and shutter speed control, and how to read digital histograms of the results. Understand and feel confident using ISO and colour balance settings, focus modes and depth of field, and how/when to apply them creatively.

Assignment: You will be given a project to be presented in the final week 

Week 2: Creating. 

Put into practice all the camera features discussed and demonstrated in Week 1 on a walk around town. You will then return to the gallery for a demonstration of Photoshop techniques. 

Week 3: Composition. 

After some time to practice editing images in photoshop, Week 3 will introduce you to photographic composition, history and appreciation.

Week 4: Critique 

Continue applying relevant editing techniques learnt during the course to the images shot for your personal project. On completion, the group will have an informal and supportive presentation of their work, with technical and critical feedback provided by the tutor and peers. 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£175.00
concession: 
£155.00
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