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The Photographer's Eye - Kel Portman Sun 08 Jul

  • Arts

This is a course for those who have never been taught the art of photography.  It won’t confuse you with technical jargon, rather you will be encouraged to look at ideas and approaches to help you take better photographs.

Photography is one of the most accessible ways of making images and of visual self expression.  With modern cameras the important skills are the eye and imagination rather than a great technical knowledge.

There will be exercises that help you handle and control your camera, but the emphasis is on the creative rather than the gadget.

Using as subjects the Cotswold landscape and still life Participants will explore the language of photography, image construction, design and composition, lighting, selection of colour, illustration and narrative.

Participants will need their own digital camera to work with. There will be regular viewing and critique of images coupled with feedback, helpful suggestions and advice.

Registration and Arrival 9.00am-9.30am; course begins 9.30am. Course ends 5.00pm


Course fee includes coffee on arrival, morning break, delicious two-course lunch, afternoon tea.  All tools, equipment and  materials supplied.

Kel Portman is a practising artist, photographer, curator and educator, with extensive experience of teaching in the UK, America, Greece and Asia.  His images are widely exhibited and in private collections in Europe and the United States.  As well as organising exhibitions and running his own workshops and courses, he is a lead artist with Walking the Land (a land-art collective) that uses art to link landscape with community and to widen awareness of ecological, and countryside issues.



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