Creative photography – making defining photographs with David Clapp

Photography and digital image manipulation

Ref: SWE11749

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About this course

Build on your digital photography skillset as you learn to improve your technical control and creative decision making. Varied photographic locations – landscape, coastlines, and architecture – are visited to enable you to enhance your creative travel photography.

Course Description

Build your photography to an enviable standard, with expert guidance and help from one of the UK's leading landscape, architecture and travel photographers. The course has been designed for those already familiar with the basics of photography.

As with all creative endeavours, the technical control is just the start of a long process of refinement. The tutor will unveil skills and principles, getting you to fully explore the creative process that goes into making defining photographs.

The course will concentrate on a variety of photographic disciplines, while using the backdrop of West Dean Gardens, local architecture and landscape. You will be able to explore many differing skill sets within close proximity including the following key subjects:

• Composition and creative decision making

• Learning extensive camera control

• Explore greater image aesthetics

• Simplification of imagery for greater impact

• Colour / black and white and an introduction to infrared photography

• Spontaneity and speeding up your flow

Another key aspect will be to extend your photographic computer skills, one of the most vital skills to master in today’s modern world of digital photography. The tutor will be on hand to help you get the very best out of your own photographs and create a truly exciting photography course.

To start there will be an illustrated talk about the tutor’s own professional portfolio, with images from across the globe and the underpinning thought processes that go into making a great photograph. He actively welcomes discussion and participation in uncovering his and your own photography.


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.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, 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 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)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Your camera – all camera makes and types are welcome – mirrorless / DSLR / crop sensor.
  • A range of lenses representing wide angle to longer zoom lenses, so a range of photography styles can be achieved. Macro lenses are also welcome.
  • Tripod and mount – ensure you bring a reasonable quality tripod that can elevate the camera in different positions, with the ability to get low.
  • Cable or wireless release
  • Charged batteries (plus spares and charger)
  • Memory cards
  • USB lead (camera to computer connection)
  • Camera manual (best option is to download the manual PDF to a mobile device)
  • USB memory stick to save your images to at the end of the course and a note of your Adobe ID login, if you have one
  • Also essential – be prepared to walk and work outdoors, so bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs and suitable study waterproof footwear, and a rucksack.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB Memory sticks
Please note: It is essential that you have computer skills, as while instruction will be given on getting to grips with the software, the tutor will not teach basic computer skills. Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


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


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

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