One Day Workshop

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: Landscape Photography

15 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.

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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Project Day: Digital Workflow (with Adobe Lightroom CC)

29 July 2017
5 HOURS
SATURDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Kat Gollock

Adobe Lightroom helps solve two of the main problems that afflict digital photographers: how to organize all of the files, and how to edit them without spending all of your spare time at a computer screen. 

Lightroom is a convenient and flexible programme that helps you to organise and sift your photographs into collections, and also gives access to a powerful set of tools that edit, enhance and export your pictures. You can use intuitive pre-set tools, you can create your own favourite adjustments, you can edit large numbers of images with one click of a mouse, and you can fine-tune your image-editing by selectively working on parts of a picture. And you can experiment, secure in the knowledge that you are working in a non-destructive environment, and that your pictures are safe.

This practical one-day course will introduce you to the principles of file organisation and image-editing, giving you the knowledge and confidence to choose when to work with this convenient and flexible programme, and whether or not you need the full power of Photoshop Creative Suite. Sample picture files will be provided for you to work with, or you can bring a selection of your own. If you work in RAW, please also bring JPEGs on a memory stick, external hard drive or cloud storage such as Dropbox. 

Course Outline

You will get to know the Lightroom layout and workspace, importing a set of files into the catalogue and starting to organise the files into collections, and adding useful file information. You will explore the opportunities for viewing and aids for analysing the pictures. You will start to use the convenient quick develop editing tools.

We will explore the digital image-editing workflow. The usual flow is to correct and optimise before we enhance, interpret or exaggerate. The basic areas to consider are cropping, cloning, colour and tone. Taking each in turn, we will correct and clean up the pictures in a measurable and controllable way. We will investigate techniques to control digital noise, colour distortions and lens corrections. We will work on individual files and also start applying corrections to batches. We will create and apply pre-set corrections.

Having corrected and optimised the picture files, we can start interpreting, enhancing and exaggerating – the fun part of image-editing. We can try colour to black-and-white conversions, using the many pre-sets to guide; we can selectively boost or restrain colours; we can add grain and textures, vignettes and split tones; we can mix and match these effects and create and save our own favourite effects. We can apply adjustment effects to selected picture areas. 

Image editing is all good fun, but how do we know where to start? Or when to stop? We’ll have a look at some photographic styles and techniques from photography’s rich history to give us some ideas and then try to replicate them. We will discuss ways of using the programme and the technology to develop photographic projects. And we will look at how Lightroom can help us to export those projects as books, prints and slideshows. 

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: 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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