Photography Courses in 2020/2021 – throughout Dec/Jan/Feb

Digital Photography

Level 1: Introduction To Your Digital Camera
Saturday 23 & 30 Jan 2pm – 5pm
Wednesday 3 & 10 Mar 6pm – 9pm

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls, focusing on how to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO to correctly expose your photographs. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

Level 2: Develop Your Photography Skills
Wednesday 10 & 17 Feb 6pm – 9pm

You will learn new camera settings and develop your photography skills, focusing on how to use white balance, metering, bracketing, focusing, histogram and more. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

Level 3: Street Photography
Saturday 16, 23 & 30 Jan 10am – 1pm

Street photography is the art of capturing life, culture and humanity, commonly in a candid manner. A street photograph usually features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places, and often has an idea, story or message going on beneath the surface. This creative and practical course will help you to develop and gain confidence in street photography, how to approach your subject, shoot candid shots and develop your personal style and technique.

Level 3: Studio Photography
Saturday 13, 20 & 27 Feb 2pm – 5pm

You will gain knowledge of studio lighting setups and techniques to enable you to take quality studio images from family portraits and stylish fashion shots, to interesting still lifes and eye-catching products. You will learn how to set up the lights and various lighting techniques that you can easily replicate in your home as the cost of studio lighting has fallen dramatically.

Level 3: Landscape Photography
Saturday 13, 20 & 27 Mar 10am – 1pm

  • Day 1 will be based in the Belfast Exposed studio where we will fully prepare you with the knowledge to move into the field of landscape photography with confidence, looking at both historical and contemporary work.
  • Day 2 is on location. The location will be decided on day 1, as well as the choice between a morning sunrise shoot or an evening sunset shoot.
  • Day 3 is back in the studio. The photographs taken on day 2 will be reviewed, with the tutor providing valuable, constructive feedback. Followed by further teaching on the subject.

Film Photography

Level 1: Black & White Photography
Monday 15 & 22 Feb 6pm – 9pm

This course will be run over 2 x three hour sessions starting with picture taking, through to editing, processing, and printing your negatives. We also look at composition and taking images in full frame capturing the entire scene and obtaining correct exposure and metering techniques. The image taking skills are mirrored in our post-production learning.

Photoshop Basics
Saturday 6, 13, 20 & 27 Feb 10am – 1pm

The course will introduce you to the Photoshop interface and will cover the basic Photoshop features such as working in layers, and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.

Lightroom Basics
Saturday 12 Dec 10am – 4pm

The course will cover the basic Lightroom features and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs, how to prepare your photographs for printing, and how to catalogue and organise your library of images.

Creating a Photobook (Online)
Saturday 6, 13 & 20 Feb 2pm – 5pm

The three-week ‘Creating a Photobook’ course, developed and delivered by photographer Christopher Barr, will guide you through the process of creating a contemporary photobook. This course will cover initial ideas, photographic terminology, editing and sequencing, publishing and marketing, printing and binding, expectations of production costs, and other issues you may encounter when producing a photobook.

Traditional Processes

Wet Plate Collodion
Saturday 6 Mar 11am – 5pm

Wet Plate Collodion is a 19th century photography process of creating images on glass or metal plates. This one day, intensive workshop will let you relive the excitement experienced by the pioneers of photography. Each participant will shoot and process their own unique ambrotypes, from start to finish.

Bespoke Training Courses

Dates can be chosen

Belfast Exposed also offers bespoke training courses, where we can create a one-to-one training experience specifically designed to suit your needs.

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Darkroom Hire

Available Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

Our Darkroom is now available to hire. It is accessible to all, Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am-5pm. Before booking, all users must have prior darkroom experience, be a past-participant of our ‘Film’ photography courses, or have completed our ‘Darkroom Induction’.

To book, email us at

Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 2FF

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