The course is suitable for anybody who enjoys taking pictures and is keen to learn more about how their DSLR camera works. You will gain confidence and control when using different programmes, from automatic through to aperture and shutter priority mode. Find out what all those buttons and dials do and discover what options are available in the menu. It is a practical course, tailored to individual needs as far as possible, and most of the time will be spent taking pictures photographing in West Dean Gardens. If there is time, we will try out manual mode.
At the end of the course you should be able to:
• Take photos and have mastered using the programme mode, aperture and shutter priority settings
• Appreciate which is the best programme for different styles of photography
• Use auto and manual focusing options
• Change the ISO and understand the principle of bracketing – exposure compensation
• Gain a greater awareness of the importance of composition and lighting when taking pictures.
On the technical side, explore the various programmes offered by different cameras, why we might want or need to change the ISO setting, learn the basic principles of bracketing, and experiment with different white balance options. Whilst getting to grips with your camera, you will also consider what makes a good, strong composition and how lighting can influence the overall impact of an image. The course does not cover post-image editing or manipulation.
There will be an illustrated talk, group discussions, and practical exercises to help everyone get to know how their camera work. There will also be group reviews of everybody's images.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. 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.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jacqui Hurst has been an editorial photographer since the mid 80's working with publishers and magazines, illustrating art, craft and gardening books and features. She is a member of the GMG and the NUJ. Recent books featuring her work are: 'Textile Landscapes' and 'Pat Albeck: Queen of the Tea Towel'. Jacqui started teaching at West Dean twenty years ago and found that she loved sharing her expertise and knowledge. She runs workshops in the UK and Europe.