Take quality photos – digital photography with David Clapp

Photography and digital image manipulation

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About this course

Let David Clapp show you exactly how to create quality photographic moments by using composition, light and subject matter. An instructive day on location, exploring, framing, capturing and processing images.

Course Description

With a huge array of cameras on the market, the issues of how to photograph competently seems ever more elusive. It often seems in these modern times as though camera technology overshadows the principles of photography itself. Understanding composition has always been a challenge in any artistic discipline, with many of the primary rules missing.

In this one day course, David will show you how to take quality imagery overlapping his specialist subject matters by shooting landscape and countryside / urban images. Learn how to see compositions, consider the best angles and understand when to shoot, at key times of day and just as importantly, when not to shoot. Arrive prepared and equipped to walk in the countryside, and other locations.

Learn how to control your camera, choose settings to match your subject and make your technical choices work for you. Photography is often about spontaneity and reacting to the location.

After a general photographic overview we will visit and explore two locations, within reach of West Dean to maximise our time behind the cameras, with an overview of our images at the end of the day back at the College.

Landscape – we will visit an interesting landscape location and learn exactly what makes a good landscape image. We will discuss the elements that make a good composition and how to place these in the frame for maximum impact.

Country and Architecture – think of this as the built environment. David will teach you better urban photography skills by looking at some local towns and villages through the lens. We will learn how to ‘tidy’ your compositions, how to simplify and capture a sense of place.

A question and answer session will end the day back at West Dean. A critique of David’s images will give you some further ideas to take away, on how to stay creative for your own future shoots.

This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Fully charged batteries / camera bag
  • Walking shoes and outdoor clothing (waterproofs) are essential
Wear appropriate clothing – please bring sensible outdoor clothing for the time of year – light waterproofs, walking shoes. Please note that this course involves walking up to 5 miles.


David Clapp

David Clapp is one of the UK's most successful landscape, travel and architectural photographers. A jack of all trades, he began working as a writer, contributing imagery and words for photography magazines. This lead to a career as a full-time professional in 2009, amassing a strong position as a global stock photographer

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