Understanding Photography – Development of Photographic Skills


Evening Course

Nick Matthews

15 February 2021 to 14 June 2021


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Understanding Photography – Development of Photographic Skills.

This is an evening course of ten sessions. This course combines theory and practice to promote individual development within a group environment. Students will work on their chosen subject, with regular support, enabling you to achieve their goal. You will learn how to critically evaluate your own work and others for continuous technical and artistic improvement. Each week will build your skills and confidence. By the end of the course students will be able to create a digital photo book, print individual images or progress further by entering for a qualification with the Royal Photographic Society.

Monday 15 February 2021 1. ‘Ways of Seeing’ elements of composition to a make a great picture.
Monday 1 March 2021 Session 2. Using different cameras and lenses (from a phone to a DSLR camera)
Monday 15 March 2021 Session 3. Camera metering – speed, aperture & iso relationships
Monday 29 March 2021 Session 4. Understanding different exposures & histograms
Monday 12 April 2021 Session 5. How to control focus & depth of field
Monday 26 April 2021 Session 6. Switching to manual (part 1)
Monday 10 May 2021 Session 7. Switching to manual (part 2)
Monday 24 May 2021  Session 8. Overall digital workflow & basic editing (part 1)
Monday 7 June 2021 Session 9. Basic editing (part 2)
Monday 14 June 2021 Session 10. Basic digital colour management – get the colours right for print or web



Tutor information

Nick is a former student of Ron Frampton FRPS, an award-winning photographer, who lectured in photography at Dillington House for nearly thirty years. Nick holds a BA (Hons) Commercial Photography, MA (Photography) and is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and a member of the Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography (AFHAP).

Nick is a freelance photographer, recent projects include working for Art UK photographing sculpture in museums and private collections and for the Royal Navy recording the restoration of the RN ship figureheads at Devonport (the exhibition of which opens at The Box, Plymouth in May 2020).

Nick has established a close working relationship with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and Plymouth College of Art (PCA) who will both be adding to the courses offered at Dillington House
Nick’s ethos of, simple solutions for a great image, underpins his practical approach to teaching.

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.