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The Photographer's Eye - Making not Taking Sat 13 Oct

  • Arts

The American landscape photographer Ansel Adams suggested that photographs are made not simply taken.

This is a course for those who wish to expand and develop their photographic skills, to ‘make’ photographs, extend their own creativity and visual self-expression, rather than simply leaving it to the camera to decide.

Photography is one of the most accessible ways of making images and with modern cameras becoming simpler to use, the important skills are the eye and imagination rather than a great technical knowledge.

The course is divided into two sections;
1. Image capture
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.

2. Post camera editing

Using various apps on phones, tablets or laptops, we will be examining means of basic image editing.  These will include: image re-sizing for print and screen-based media; cropping; content edits; tone manipulation; colour correction; image enhancement and more.

During the course, there will be exercises that help you handle and control your camera and ‘device', but the emphasis is on the creative rather than the gadget.

Additionally, there will be regular viewing and supportive critique of images coupled with feedback, helpful suggestions and advice.

What to bring: Participants will need their own digital camera to work with, together with either a tablet, phone or laptop in order to process images. Outdoor clothing and footwear for sessions outside.

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, editing 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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