Following requests from Benjamin’s previous students at the college, this additional day is designed to offer you extra time to process the portfolio of images taken on field trips. Based in the IT Suite, you will learn how to get the very best results that you can achieve from your digital camera’s raw files. After reflecting on your field trip images, you will select the images that you most wish to enhance.
The day will be spent critiquing and processing images from the courses that you have attended (as well as other shots you may have acquired since, using the shooting and composition techniques learned together at West Dean). Initially you will be paying particular attention to the fundamental importance of acquiring the best possible in-camera images that you are able to, so there will be a brief recap and run through of that important element of technique instruction.
The course is taught with the screen-projected Adobe software that is installed on the IT Suite’s workstation PCs. While you may be using Adobe’s Lightroom and possibly Photoshop already, some of you will be working with camera manufacturer proprietary software, GIMP or Affinity. The course will be appropriate for either, as the tutor will give Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) raw-file conversion instruction, which is appropriate, with their very similar algorithms, to all software packages today. There will be some Photoshop instruction too, so you get to experience working with layer adjustments. Again, the alternatives to Photoshop that you may already be using will be broadly similar in their functionality.
While the college PC workstations are running up-to-date Adobe software on Windows, if you prefer Apple products, you should bring your own Mac laptops or other devices that you typically use for image manipulation and/or storage.
With this additional day’s instruction, you will have a clearer idea of the very best results that you can achieve from your digital camera’s raw files. You will also be able to work with some basic layer-adjustments, producing the subtle but important localised modifications to your images that will help to take them to a new level.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Benjamin Graham is an award-winning internationally-published landscape photographer with over forty years' photography experience. He has been a category finalist several times in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year and, with a local image of West Wittering beach, was awarded the prestigious title of Overall Winner of the UK Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2017. A private tutor and group leader, dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the UK's coast and countryside, his work regularly appears in the UK and across the globe in major newspapers, magazines and on-line editorial galleries.
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