Photography: Essential Skills and Creative Approaches - Part Two - Nottingham Trent University



This practical course is aimed at enthusiasts who want to take their photography to the next level.

This course is ideal for anyone with a grasp of the basics of exposure, composition and lighting and anyone who knows the basics.

You might have attended a beginners’ course in digital photography and are looking to reach the next level, or you might be a more experienced camera user who needs some structure to help you develop further through practical photoshoots.

To get the most out of this course you must have some familiarity with Photoshop and have your own digital camera.

You will complete lots of exciting photography exercises covering landscape, architecture, studio portraiture, location portraiture, still-life and product photography.

On this course, you will:

- use and understand the more advanced functions of your digital camera
- undertake practical photo shoots with guidance from a professional photographer
- use high-end continuous lighting and flash in a well-equipped photography studio
- practise photographing professional models
- learn more about camera handling, autofocus, exposure and location lighting
- shoot projects to a brief and consider what’s required and how it will be achieved
- evaluate and critique your work alongside your peers
- produce portfolio standard images
- take your original photographs and, with the aid of Photoshop, convert and enhance RAW files and export these as jpegs.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will have the skills to make exciting (and potentially saleable) pictures.

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have completed a beginners’ course, either at NTU or elsewhere.

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You’ll find full-size photography studios, equipped with backgrounds and Profoto lighting, and comprehensive Mac editing suites with software for photography editing including Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Here’s what our previous attendees said:

‘Doing this course with Paul was a great experience. The tips I picked up have really made a difference in the quality of my photography – and the course enabled me to push my photography into new areas, including studio portraiture and HDR, which is really exciting! I’d recommend this course to anyone looking to refine their camera handling and learn new techniques, especially as you get the chance to ask questions and receive one-to-one advice’ MK

Tutor Profile: Paul Carroll graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours Degree in Photography.

He then cut his photographic teeth working on the UK's best-selling photography magazine ‘Digital Photo’ planning, writing and illustrating articles on camera and lighting techniques.

Paul now works as a full-time freelance photographer shooting marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns for a wide range of commercial clients.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Five weeks of quality tuition with an expert tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 10


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


5 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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