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Rita Garner
Tom Cummins
James Barron
Emeline Perronno
Jack Man
Sue Braat
Phillip Schoeman
David Hoare
Liz Manning
Rita Garner
Tom Cummins
Phillip Schoeman
Liz Manning
Sue Bratt
Emeline Perronno
James Barron
Jack Man
David Hoare
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Cost £180

Classes are restricted to 4 students
Proof of double-vaccination required

Now you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to broaden your photography experience.
This course is designed to allow you to explore different photography ‘Specialisms’ that you would not easily be able to experience on your own, all in a controlled environment under the guidance of an experienced photographer and instructor.
There are also two ‘Digital Darkroom’ lessons, introducing you to Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw and explaining their place in relation to each other.
This intermediate course is designed for you to learn the workflow to take your photography from pre-production, through a full shoot, to post-production and output for print or web.
The Specialisms are:

    • Using off-camera flash, studio lighting and portraiture;
    • Using off-camera flash, studio lighting and portraiture;
    • Night-time photography
    • Macro photography

Each Specialism is broken into 3 parts:

An introduction and explanation of the Specialism;
The controlled ‘live shoot’;
Using the Digital Darkroom.

In detail
1: An introduction to the Specialism
You will be introduced to the camera techniques and shooting practices required for the specific Specialism. This will involve PowerPoint examples, discussion and hands-on practice in the classroom (or in the field with night-time shooting) prior to the live shoot to ensure you understand the concepts involved in the Specialism and know how to use your camera in the best way to capture the shoot.

2: Live shoot
A ‘live shoot’ will be set up for you to utilise those skills in a real-world environment. You will experience photographing ‘clients’ in a studio environment, head out for external, night-time shooting capturing light trails and ‘light painting’ along with exploring a fascinating variety of macro photography.
These live shoots take place in and around Brighton.

3: Digital Darkroom sessions
The first hour of these Digital Darkroom sessions will see us work on a photo together, to introduce you to the editing concepts involved in post-production. The second hour you will work on your own photos from the previous session(s) under my supervision.

You will be required to have some kit available for the macro session towards the end of the course. You may find that you already have a macro facility on one of your lenses.
If not, you will need to purchase a set of extension tubes for your camera. These typically retail at around £20-25. You can get further clarification in the earlier lessons.

You must have a full understanding and control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You must be able to take photographs on fully manual mode.
You must have experience of using the above creatively to control how your image looks.
You must be familiar with your camera’s menus and settings.
You will need a tripod and obviously a camera with full manual operation.
A cable release is recommended but not essential.

Course Dates:
Classes are 7.00-9-00pm every Tuesday for 6 weeks commencing Tuesday 13th September


Matt Smith
"A must for any aspiring photographer"
Matt Smith

Bill will take you through the fundamental elements of composition, camera control, and even some handy hints on photoshop and raw editing.
A word of caution though, if Bill can't improve your picture taking then no one can!

"Bill is a great teacher..."
Phillip Schoeman

.... and I would thoroughly recommend his courses.
I have a much better understanding of how my DSLR works now and learnt a great deal on the beginners course, in all aspects.

" I really enjoyed it"
Sue Braat

Calm surroundings, small group, lots of visual displays and online weekly course notes. Bill was very open to questions and helped us with setting up our own cameras.
Bill explained some of the mystery of photography.

"Thanks Bill!"
Ann Needle

I finally understand and appreciate what impact the depth of field and focus point have on my landscape images. I already knew a lot of the theory but can now relate this to which of my images I prefer, and why - so thank you for that!

"A very informative, enjoyable course"
Liz manning

The sessions outside helped to consolidate things learnt in the classroom.

Bill was also most helpful when I emailed with queries.

"More please!"
emeline perronno

Bill’s classes are clear and all questions are answered allowing students to make quick progress, creating a nice step-by-step understanding of the camera and how to compose great photography.
The lessons were clearly presented with all questions answered.

"I cannot recommend Bill’s courses enough!"
james barron

Bill's lessons and well-structured at a pace for all ages and abilities with the invaluable field days to practice what you learn in the classroom.

Bill is a great, patient teacher with a wealth of photography knowledge.

"I was quickly reassured"
David Hoare

I enjoyed the way in which we were taught, making the technical aspects of photography accessible (and not being bogged down by too many superfluous technical terms), while also not giving any impression of being looked down upon, like the atmosphere in some photography clubs I've been to.

"No hesitation in recommending Bill"
Kevin Beattie

Bill’s overall knowledge, experience and training skills in all aspects of photography are second to none.
He has an unrivalled passion for photography with this enthusiasm conveyed and embodied into all his training sessions.

"Highly recommended!"
Aaron Smith

Bill Black is a confident, talented and accomplished photography master.
His facilitation style will compliment any learner from complete beginner to professional photographer.
Being able to adapt his laid back style and blend his extensive knowledge into a well rounded enjoyable session is what I most admire about Bill.


7.00pm-9.00pm,  commencing Tuesday 13th September 2022.
At my home for class sessions and at various sites in Brighton for outside lessons.
Please pay for the course using the link below. You can pay with paypal or any credit/debit card.

Please read the cancellation and refund policy below

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