Understanding Photography – Developing Your Photographic Skills


Day course

Nick Matthews

10 December 2021


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Ideal for someone with an interest in photography and who wishes to technically and visually improve their photographic skills, either with a camera or a smart phone. The day starts with brief introductions of each participant and a favourite image.


  • Ways of seeing – Compositional elements & different photographic genres
  • Structured critiquing for improvement
  • Metering / shutter speeds / apertures / ISO / exposures & Histograms


  • Practical session taking images
  • Review the images from the session
  • Digital workflow & storage
  • Colour management & editing



Tutor information

Nick Matthews BA (Hons) Commercial Photography, MA (Photography), ARPS (Associate of the Royal Photographic Society) AFHAP (Association for Historical & Fine Art Photography).

Nick originally trained in film photography (in the mid Seventies) and more recently studied digital photography, full time for five years, at Exeter and Plymouth colleges. During his Master’s degree he undertook teaching degree level student’s photography.

Nick is a freelance photographer with a diverse client base across the UK. With an ethos, of ‘A simple solution for a great image’ underpins his practical approach to teaching and having fun with photography.


Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.