Practical Photography

Ref: C2224495

Practical photography will be a very hands on course split into two elements. The first part will be Studio Portraiture, this will involve creating a studio with background and full professional flash lighting. We will develop skills in sitter direction, studio lighting, DSLR camera operation and Photoshop. We will finally produce prints of the end results. The second part will involve scanning old images, restoring any damage and applying colour to black and white pictures. We can scan flat prints, negative and slides. Once scanned will develop our re touching skills and restore the old images back to life and if desired apply colour to them. This element is more computer based and will involve Photoshop. We will print our final results.

Course aim

The course is to be divided into two elements. The first half of the course will give an insight into Studio Portraiture. The second half will be an introduction in to Image Restoration and Re colouring of old black and white images.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Operate a DSLR camera. Have an understanding of the relevance of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.
  • Create a studio environment with flash lighting. Direct a sitter and capture professional standard Portraits.
  • Scan and restore old images.
  • Operate a computer using Photoshop.
  • Produce prints of your work.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please research old family photographs for the second element for us to scan.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full course outline

Practical Photography Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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