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Photo workshop with Stephen Whitehorne – Understanding your digital camera and basic technique

July 29 @ 9:45 am - 5:00 pm


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Saturday, 29th July, 2017

Understanding Your Digital Camera and Basic Technique

1 day workshop for beginners – £75
(to be paid in advance by 13th July, 2017 by returning the attached booking form)

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The day in a nutshell

The main objectives of this workshop are to learn the basic techniques of using a digital (or film) camera and to more effectively express your personal vision. You will gain the confidence to use the ‘manual’ setting, as well as other basic camera settings, so that you are properly in control. We will also begin to look at the visual elements seen within the camera viewfinder to achieve more satisfying compositions.

What to expect

Your tutor for the day is Stephen Whitehorne, a professional landscape, portrait and property photographer with nearly 3 decades of experience. This first workshop will involve discussions, practical demonstrations and taking photographs outdoors. It will also include tutorials and review sessions with digital slide shows. Emphasis will be placed on understanding your camera and basic technique although we will also consider aspects of composition. Landscape and nature will be our principal subject matter.

What to bring

  • Ideally, a Digital SLR camera with lens/lenses; although a simple compact camera will do
  • An empty camera memory card
  • Your camera manual
  • A tripod, if you have one
  • Photographs you would like to share/discuss

What we will cover

Meeting up – 9.45am – At the White Fox Gallery – Introductions, tea & coffee.

The Basics – 10 – 10.30 – The camera, lenses and focal length, aperture, shutter, exposure, aperture and shutter speed relationship, depth of field, digital file types, basic accessories.

Camera Settings – 10.30 – 11.30am – Selecting File Type, ISO, Colour Space, White Balance, Manual mode, Image Optimisation etc.; the aim being to apply the correct settings for your camera to best achieve your photographic objectives.

Slide Show – 11.30 – 12.30pm – A digital slide show illustrating the effects of using different lenses or focal length settings, showing the significance of appropriate choices for exposure, using filters and an introduction to the fundamentals of composition; an opportunity for discussion. Finally, a quick look at A Year at the Hirsel exhibition for creative possibilities/inspiration.

Lunch – 12.30 – 1pm at the Cottage Tea Room (allow about an extra £5 for this).

Taking pictures – 1 – 3pm – Following lunch, a couple of hours out taking photographs, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of the Hirsel Estate. Stephen will be alongside you, helping you work through solutions for perfect exposures and better compositions.

Tea and biscuits – 3:00 – 3:30 pm – Returning to the gallery for refreshments.

Review Session – 3:30 – 5.00pm – Reviewing your photographs through digital projection, “the good”, and just as importantly, “the bad and the ugly.” Looking at and discussing what worked but also where mistakes were made and why.



July 29
9:45 am - 5:00 pm
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