Developing the Photographers Eye



This course covers composition and the use of light and colour to create dynamic pictures.
We will look at a number of compositional tools to construct an image that has real impact. The morning is classroom based where we will look at a number of images and work out why these pictures grab the viewer and keep them interested. In the afternoon these concepts will be put into practise on location around Flatford Mill which is a beautiful location for photography.

We will also discuss how the quality of light affects the mood of an image. How does the direction, colour temperature and intensity of light affect the photograph and how can we best use these qualities to produce an image with real mood and atmosphere.

I will also cover the some of the technical aspects of photography such as creative use depth of field, correct exposure, the exposure histogram, white balance and exposure compensation.

This course is suitable for the complete beginner through to an intermediate level of photographer. If you are a more advanced photographer technically I think you would still benefit massively from this course if you find composition tricky. A big focus for this course is creating strong images from a compositional point of view.

Last, but not least, all my photography courses are run in a relaxed atmosphere because I think people learn more if they are enjoying themselves during the learning experience.

Tutor: Steve Hedges
During my career I have photographed a wide variety of subjects including public relations photography, commercial photography, portrait and wedding photography as well as landscape and nature photography. I am qualified with the Master Photographer’s Association and the Royal Photographic Society. I have been shortlisted in the Outdoor photographer of the Year competition in 2011, 2014, and 2015 and in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year twice, the last time being in 2015. For many years, along with my normal photographic assignments I have been running a variety of photography courses and workshops. I find it immensely rewarding helping students to reach their full potential as photographers.

What To Bring
Almost any camera will be fine for this course. Bridge cameras, compact system cameras and digital DSLRs are all fine.
Tripods are very useful but not essential.
Suitable clothing and footwear are necessary because it is important to be comfortable when taking photographs outside on location.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Expert Tuition
Free Wi-Fi
Hot and Cold Drinks


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Flatford Mill Field Centre
East Bergholt

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers


1 day (9:30am to 5:00pm)

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