Level 1: Cameracraft, Editing, and Portfolio Course


This six-week course will teach you how to make your camera do what you want it to, and create much better photographs with a wow factor.

Each week you are invited to join a 2 hour taught session and then, via course notes and exchange of emails, your homework is an opportunity for you to engage in 8 guided hours of practising your new skills with your camera.

Your tutor is Stewart Wall who began his professional photography career on a local newspaper in 1978 before freelancing for Fleet Street titles. He is also a qualified and experienced teacher of photography, specialising in camera craft, documentary photography and photo-book making. This online course is based on the NCFE course structure he teaches in Colleges and Universities.

It is an ideal course for anyone wanting to engage with college courses, distinctions, or camera club competitions.

The six weeks are structured into three skill zones:

Camera I Editing I Portfolio

Week 1: Camera Skills 1

Whether you use a film camera, mobile phone, mirrorless, rangefinder or DSLR digital camera, the teaching in the first week will cover the essentials of controlling the camera controls to enable you to create images with increased impact and wow factor.

We will cover aspects such as how to use camera controls to blur the background, show movement and speed, and understand the power of composition. After the two-hour session, the course homework will enable you to continue building your skills in this zone.

Week 2: Camera Skills 2

Camera skills are a vital foundation to creating images with a wow factor and in this second session, we will address any issues from week 1, introduce new skills and engage with the skill zone in a more creative way.

Week 3: Editing your images 1

Now you are feeling you are in control of your camera week 3 introduces you to editing. Even images that have been ‘gotten right’ in the camera can be edited to show even more impact. We will consider different software packages and discuss creating workflows to speed up creating work.

Week 4: Editing your images 2

Week 4 is an opportunity to address any issues students have come across since week 3, and then to take your editing skills to an even higher level. We will also cover integrating software packages and consider the use of templates for editing.

Week 5: Building a portfolio / publishing photobooks

Now you are using your camera well, and have developed a workflow for editing your images you will want to show them to others. In this session, we look at ways o building a portfolio or maybe creating a photobook.

Week 6: Feedback session and moving forwards

The last session revisits the different elements of the course and creates a valuable feedback session on work students have created during the course.

What to do with your work will also be considered in that you may feel ready to apply for a distinction, or feel prepared to join a college course. Maybe you will look to enter competitions or consider photography as a profession. This last session is a nice way to end the course.

Who is this course for?

This course is an ideal course for anyone who wants to improve their ability with their camera and for those wanting to engage with college courses, distinctions, or camera club competitions, or even make photography their profession.

Participants do not need to have prior knowledge of these skills since they are covered by the course. Previous students report they learned a lot and enjoyed meeting and joining in with everyone.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered online over six weeks in 2-hour zoom sessions plus an additional optional 48 hours of guided teaching at home. 

Who is the lead tutor?

The course is taught by professional photographer Stewart Wall who is a trained and qualified teacher. He has led several social documentary and street photography events for the Royal Photographic Society and is a member of their Distinctions Assessment Panel.

He has a BA (Hons) in photography from the University of Lincoln, a BA in Graphic Design from Teesside University, and an MA in Visual Communication from the University of Hertfordshire. He is currently researching the design of photographic communities at PhD level.

What will participants ideally need?

Ideally, participants will need some form of camera, which could be a DSLR, Mirrorless, Rangefinder, Bridge Camera or Mobile Phone. Access to Adobe Lightroom is preferable but other software can also be used.

What is the cost of the course?

The full price of the course is £45

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