Photography Courses – Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Level 1: Introduction to Your Digital Camera

Wednesday 12th & 19th October, 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday 5th & 12th November, 14:00 – 17:00

This practical, hands-on course is designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge. 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

Saturday 20th & 27th August, 14:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 14th & 21st September, 18:00 – 21:00
Wednesday 16th & 24th November, 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday 3rd & 10th December, 10:00 – 13:00

This practical, hands-on course is designed for beginners, those wishing to refresh previous knowledge, and those who have completed ‘Level 1: Introduction To Your Digital Camera’.
You will learn new camera settings and develop your photography skills, focusing on how to use white balance, metering, bracketing, focusing, histogram and more.

Level 3: Landscape Photography

Saturday 17th & 24th September & 1st October, 10:00 – 13:00

Over the course of three sessions – including a day spent shooting on location – you will gain new skills & insight into the art of Landscape Photography. Ideal for those who have completed, or are already familiar with the topics covered in, our Level 1 & Level 2 Courses.

Level 3: Studio Photography

Saturday 8th, 15th & 22nd October, 14:00 – 17:00

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 & various lighting techniques that you can easily replicate in your home.

Level 3: Street Photography

Saturday 5th, 12th & 19th November, 10:00 – 13:00

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.

Level 3: Documentary Photography

Saturday 3rd, 10th & 17th December, 14:00 – 17:00

Documentary photography follows a single topic or story in-depth over time, as opposed to photojournalism’s real-time coverage of breaking news and events. By deepening our understanding and emotional connection to stories, documentary photography can capture and sustain public attention, and mobilise people around pressing social and human rights issues.

Level 4: Design & Develop a Photography Project

Starting Autumn 2022!

Express your interest now! Prospective participants can now register their interest for this in-demand course, which is due to start this Autumn. This course is designed for those who have the potential to achieve excellence in their field and have a keen interest in pursuing a career or education in photography.

Film Photography

Level 1: Black & White Photography

Monday 14th & 21st November, 18:00 – 21:00

With our own photographic history being built on black & white film, we recognise the importance of this medium and how these skills link to digital photography, from picture taking to post production and the final print. This course will be run over 2 x three hour sessions starting with picture taking, through to editing, processing, and printing your negatives.

Level 2: Printing Your Negatives

Monday 12th & 19th September, 18:00 – 21:00

Learn how to get the best out of your previously taken black and white negatives in a hands-on session aimed at understanding the potential of black and white photographic printing. It is for those who have completed or are already familiar with the topics covered in ‘Level 1: Black & White Photography’.

Darkroom Hire

Participant can choose date and time

Our Darkroom is available to hire. It is accessible to all, from Monday to Saturday, from 10am-5pm. Before booking, participants must either have prior darkroom experience; be a past-participant of our ‘Film Photography’ courses; or have completed our ‘Darkroom Induction’.

Video Production

Level 1: Learn the Basics of Video

Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th September, 14:00 – 17:00

The course provides a general practical introduction to the field of video. It introduces basic concepts of the moving image with a limited amount of theory. You will learn how your DSLR/digital camera can introduce a new world of practical and creative options, however the field is vast and the uses and techniques available are many.

Printing and Presentation

How to Create a Photobook

Saturday 8th, 15th & 27th October, 10:00 – 13:00

The course will look at the different elements involved in creating a photobook from an initial edit, through to a meaningful sequence and design considerations. The course also covers a variety of publishing options, including self-publishing, short run and on-demand printing, and working with a publisher.

Portfolio Review

Participant can choose date and time

The ‘Portfolio Review’ is designed for photographers with a developed and committed approach to their work. The purpose of the review is to provide photographers, and artists working with photography, the opportunity to present their portfolio and gain a professional opinion on their work and constructive feedback on their artistic development, and expand their professional network and exchange ideas.

Traditional Processes

Wet Plate Collodion

Saturday 29th October, 11:00 – 17:00
Saturday 26th November, 11:00 – 17:00

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.


To register you interest, please contact Conor at

Additional Services

  • One-to-One Photography
  • Participant can choose date and time
  • We offer bespoke photography courses, where we can offer one-to-one and group training experiences specifically designed to suit your needs, cover topics you would like to learn and develop skills in areas of your choice.
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