Photography and digital image manipulation

Digital photography – basics and beyond with Tracy Calder

Ref: SSS09879


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About this course

Learn how to expose, compose, and edit like a pro. Get the best out of your digital camera, and expand your skillset to create unique and memorable images.

Course Description

Unleash the creative potential of your camera and create images with genuine impact and emotion. Using a mixture of short, classroom-based discussions and fun, practical assignments you will learn how to get off auto and take complete control of your equipment. Once mastered, you will explore tried-and-tested techniques for improving composition, developing personal style, and leading the viewer’s eye around the frame.

Aside from the basics, you will be introduced to more advanced photographic and creative concepts such as Ma (the Japanese celebration of space), slow photography, and eye tracking. You will also learn how to critique your own images, and the creative benefits of failure. There will be plenty of time to review your work and to carry out basic editing tasks using Adobe Lightroom. At the end of the course you will be handling your camera with confidence and producing work you are truly proud of.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. Dinner is included for non-resident students throughout the week to enable participation in these events.

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A short swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (if pre-booked)

• A celebration dinner on the last evening

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Digital camera and lens (any focal length)
  • Charged battery (and preferably a spare), plus charger
  • Plenty of clear memory cards
  • Suitable clothing for outdoor sessions (including walking boots and waterproofs and sun protection)
  • Tripod (if available)
  • Lens cloth
  • USB memory stick (optional)
  • A note of your Adobe ID login, if you have one

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB stick
You have full use of college computers (with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop), but may bring in your own laptop.


Tracy Calder

Tracy Calder (née Hallett) is a former editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and currently works as Technique Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine. She has written various photography books, including Close-up & Macro Photography (which was recently translated into Chinese and French). Her work has been exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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