Our Tutors

Our tutors are experienced professionals from a variety of fields of photography, digital media and lens based arts. They are all freelance practitioners with varied and exciting practices that inform and complement the courses they deliver.

We have worked with most of them over many years and highly value the skills each contributes to Stills’ unique offer.

Lydia Beilby

Lydia Beilby is an artist, curator and educator. She is a founding member of artist’s collective Screen Bandita, whose expanded-cinema pieces and workshops have been commissioned and performed widely at film festivals, galleries and unusual spaces around the UK and Europe. Lydia is also the short film programmer for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Lydia teaches courses on Cinema for the Open Studies Department at The University of Edinburgh.


Lydia teaches our Hands on Film: Process and Practice and Light Movement: Seeing, Feeling, Experiencing Experimental Film (Online) courses.

Erin Busswood

Erin Busswood is an artist from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in Glasgow. She recently graduated from the MFA program at the Glasgow School of Art, and prior to that, studied Sociology at Simon Fraser University, and photography at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Her current work simulates and appropriates gestures, tones and personalities from online videos with new age, self help, religious, and eco-psychological themes. Her work attempts to recreate and investigate the ways one self-defines; through virtual reality, religion, self help, family, friendship and relationships; with a particular interest in performing character and representing ‘image’.


Erin teaches our Digital SLR Camera Training course (both online and in Stills).

Paul Cowan

Paul graduated in fine art with a degree in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art, but has been working with photography for over a decade, collaborating with designers and craftspeople to showcase and sell their work.
His commercial portfolio include photographic commissions for some of the best makers across Scotland, Paul’s compelling images help specialist businesses such as cabinetmakers, custom stair manufacturers and architects sell their services.
Paul also lectures in photography part-time at Edinburgh College.


Paul teaches our Landscape Photography, Product Photography and Digital Inkjet Printing courses.

Caroline Douglas

Caroline Douglas is a visual artist working with photography and moving image. In October 2017, she began her PhD by practice at the Royal College of Art, researching the role of women in early Scottish photography. She is a celebrated visual artist; in 2011 she received the 9th Helen Keller International Award for her work ‘Playboy Entertainment for Men’ and in 2016 was awarded a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award for the work ‘Zero Hours Creativity‘. She has exhibited internationally including Galerie Huit, Rencontres d’Arles International Photography Festival and Columbia University, New York.


Caroline teaches our Colour Darkroom course

Laura Hynd

Laura Hynd is a UK based photographer, as happy photographing a garden at dawn, as a well known personality… Her practice blends portraits, environmental stories and powerful personal work seamlessly.

She exhibits internationally, is Associate Lecturer at Falmouth University, and a visiting lecturer at several universities.


Laura teaches our Natural Light Portraiture course.

Martin Elden

Martin is a graphic designer based in Glasgow. His work is informed by both artistic practise and commercial projects.
He loves to experiment and work with different processes and substrates to create the most relevant solution to convey the message at hand.


Martin teaches our Design Layouts for Graphics and Print (Adobe InDesign & Illustrator) course.

Brittonie Fletcher

Brittonie is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. She has an MFA in Fine Art Photography from Edinburgh College of Art and a BFA in Photography and Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Brittonie’s photographic work ranges from 35mm to large format, with combined use of hand-applied historic process ProtoPhoto to hybridised 21st century digital technologies. Her fascination with history and chemistry has made her an expert in analogue and alternative darkroom techniques. In addition to Stills she is currently staff at Penumbra Foundation in NYC and Fairfield University in CT as part of their innovation lab.
She has worked with institutions across the world including Royal College of Art and received honours such including the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Award and a nomination for RPS Hundred Heroines. She is the director of ACTINIC Festival.
Brittonie was instrumental in establishing our alternative darkroom programme and teaches our alt darkroom courses including Eco-Darkroom (online), DIY Darkroom (online), Intro to Platinum/Palladium Print and Liquid Silver, as well as 1:1 tuition both online and in house.


Gavin Fort

Gavin Fort is an award winning sound recordist and engineer producer. He studied popular Music from Edinburgh Napier University and completed an MSc in Sound Design from The University of Edinburgh. He is also a Certified User of Avid Pro Tools. Gavin has been working professionally with musicians, artists and actors both in the recording studio and on location since 2004. He has worked on a wide range of audio projects from punk albums to instructional horse riding audio books to interactive multi-media hospitality training platforms.


Gavin teaches on our Sound Recording and Editing for Artists & Filmmakers course.

Kat Gollock

Kat Gollock is an Edinburgh-based photographer specialising in performance, portraiture and events. A graduate of both Stevenson College and Edinburgh Napier University, Kat has been working within the photography industry since 2007. As well as freelance work, she teaches photography and has been involved in several art based youth engagement and community outreach projects. She is picture editor for Edinburgh International Film Festival and project assistant for Neu! Reekie. Kat was recently awarded the Jill Todd Photography Award bursary and is exhibiting a solo show at Stills as part of Projects 20.


Kat teaches our Digital SLR Photography and Digital Workflow with Adobe Lightroom courses.

David Grinly

David Grinly is a visual artist and one of Stills’ most experienced tutors. He studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and then went on to complete an MSc in Electronic Imaging. He has a varied portfolio; he spent several years’ working as a commercial photographer, contributing to major publications like The Guardian and The Observer, The Financial Times and The Herald, while also developing and exhibiting his personal practice. David now works as Stills’ Research Associate and lectures in Critical Studies at Edinburgh College.

David teaches our Studio Portrait Project Day.

Zoe Hamill

Zoe Hamill is an Edinburgh-based photographer and works at Stills as a technician. She studied photography at the University of Ulster in Belfast and has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland in Dublin, Kaunas Photo Festival in Lithuania and Glasgow Women’s Library.


Zoe teaches our Photoshop course and Eyes Open, our course for children.

Cora James

Cora James is a visual artist based between London and Edinburgh. She is an assistant tutor at London College of Communications and teaches photography at Edinburgh University. James’ practice focuses on the everyday and has been described as ‘a collective and obsessive process in which she wanders the streets continually in search for what remains unseen’. She has exhibited extensively, including galleries in Rome, Edinburgh and Glasgow and has completed commissions for leading publications including Vanguards and Source.


Cora teaches our Composition in Photography Project Day, and our Street Photography and Architecture courses.

Morwenna Kearsley

Morwenna Kearsley is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. She was awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship to undertake an MA in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, which she completed in 2015, and has a degree in photography, film and imaging from Napier University. Morwenna has participated on residency programmes across the world including at the Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Italy and has exhibited widely. She was recently selected for Stills’ AMBIT exhibition, which showcases the most exciting photographers working in Scotland right now.


Morwenna teaches most of our darkroom courses including Introduction to Black and White Photography (online) and Black & White Printing 2.

Wilfred Magnussen

Wilfred is an Edinburgh-based designer and content creator.
He is a recent Digital Media Graduate from Edinburgh Napier University with a passion for digital video, photography, design and motion graphics.
He is the co-founder and content creator of Easydays Creative, and works on various commercial, events and wedding photography assignments.


Wilfred teaches our Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC course.

Lou McCurdy

Lou graduated in Photography from Napier University in 2020. They have gone on to be employed as Photographic Technician for Napier University, offering support and advice to students throughout their studies.
McCurdy’s commercial work includes commissions for The List, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, (with images used extensively in publication and throughout the city for the 75th Anniversary edition) as well as product photography, content creation and video production on such campaigns as Gay Times x Channel 4 – Proud All Over.

Since 2018, McCurdy’s personal photography has documented the local and international drag scene in Edinburgh, building up an expansive archive depicting an ever-growing and ever-evolving scene.


Lou teaches our Project Day: Scanning & Editing course

Andrew McKelvey

Andrew McKelvey is an Edinburgh-based freelance motion designer and animator. He has developed and produced digital media content for a range of clients, including leading Edinburgh agency Studio Something. He is also a lecturer at Napier University, teaching digital software including After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Nuke X and Unreal Engine 4.


Andrew teaches our Video Compositing with Adobe After Effects course

Michael Vince Kim

Michael Vince Kim is a Korean-Argentine photographer. His work is rooted in the elusive nature of memory and identity in the face of displacement.

He was selected as one of Magnum Photos’ “30 Under 30” in 2015 and was awarded first prize in the People Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest.

Michael’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in TIME, The New York Times, National Geographic, and The Guardian among other publications.


Michael teaches our Documentary Photography course.

Thomas Whittle

Thomas Whittle is an artist who’s practice encompasses photography, painting, drawing, and publishing. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has curated various exhibitions including the ongoing project Slide Night. He is founder of the curatorial project MONOMATIC.
In 2016 he founded Long Distance Press, a small publishing company, with artist Adam Shield – to date they have published 14 books. Whittle’s recent publications include Conche Paintings and IonRU, Your Space is Only a Line, My Mate Bill Blake and Camper Vans Deuce.
He has been Visiting Lecturer at Newcastle University, Middlesbrough University, Sunderland University, Goldsmiths University of London and Edinburgh College. He has also devised and delivered learning programmes at Tate Modern, The Fruitmarket Gallery, and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.


Thomas teaches our Overcoming Creative Roadworks (online) and Self-Publishing Toolkit courses.