Intermediate

Intermediate Level Courses

Project Day: Still Life & Product Photography

25 June 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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Project Day: Composition in Photography

9 July 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Cora James

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

12 August 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY OR SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Cora James

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

Street photography is sometimes described as one of photography’s classic forms, and it has a significant role in the medium’s history.

In recent years it seems to be enjoying a boom in popularity amongst emerging photographers, and with that surge there is also an amount of anxiety and questions: 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 unruly, yet attracts more than its fair share of manifestos and guidelines. We will go through some of the contradictory ideas by looking at the work and approach of significant street photographers, then head out onto the streets to shoot 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

10 June 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Cora James

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: B&W Darkroom Printing

24 June 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Morwenna Kearsley

A practical follow-up to our Introduction to Black & White course, or a perfect refresher for participants with some prior experience who are looking to get back into the darkroom! 

This course will concentrate on building your printing and editing skills, teaching split-grade printing techniques, and giving you the confidence to start working in coherent series. 

During this workshop you will learn to print black & white photographs to a high standard and make a concise series of images with consideration to how we read the photographic image. We will look at the work of other photographic artists who work successfully in small series and as a group to critique and refine each other’s images.

**Please note: This course only covers the printing of images and participants should therefore bring previously processed negatives (either 35mm or 120) and if you have one, a printed contact sheet along to the session**

All materials (including a range of papers) will be provided.

Course Outline

 

  • Presentation and analysis of what makes a successful series of photographs, and how the final print can be crafted to accentuate the photographer’s artistic intent.
  • Re-cap of basic darkroom skills - including overview of the enlarger, cropping, dodging & burning, and layering of negatives.
  • Learn how to Spilt-grade print, (a more advanced technique to create a print with greater tonal range and control).
  • Demonstration of pre-flashing and controlled fogging techniques.
  • Plenty of practical darkroom time to work on your images and gain confidence in the new skills and processes.
  • Brief presentation of your work to the group to showcase the skills participants have learned throughout the day.

 

 

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£85.00
concession: 
£75.00
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Project Day: Studio Portrait Photography

8 July 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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