Photography & Film

Composition and Aesthetics for Digital Photography Beginners

From: £80.00

wed 16 nov 2022

10:00 – 16:00

On this one day course your Tutors, Ricky Nolan and Alan Bennington, will guide you through the photographic principles that lead to good composition and effective aesthetics.

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Description

This one day course will start with an introductory talk from the tutors, guiding you through the principles that lead to good composition and effective aesthetics, followed by group discussion based on a range of examples.  The morning will be spent shooting images on your own camera with support and guidance from the tutors at all times. In the afternoon session you will be using our Apple Mac Digital Suite to transfer and review your images so that further advice can be given for improvement.

The weather conditions on the day will determine the proportion of indoor and outdoor practical photography activities.  Although these sessions are structured for your benefit, they are nonetheless very informal and we will aim to fully address any questions you may have throughout the day.

This course is suitable for beginners and all activities will be tutor supported throughout.

About the Day

Composition and Aesthetics will run from 10am until 4pm and includes refreshments throughout the day including fresh coffee, teas and a light lunch.

Essential Information

No materials are required, but participants should bring either a DSLR camera or a Digital Compact Camera with memory cards.

The workshop takes place in the Ground Floor Drawing Room. There is a flight of stairs from the main entrance with a stair lift. Some of the afternoon session will take place in the Digital Suite on the second floor accessed by a flight of stairs. There is no lift access to this upper floor.

Please note our cancellation policy.

Your Tutor

Your Tutor

Alan Bennington

A photographer since 1977, Alan studied photography at Teesside College of Art in Middlesbrough and after qualifying he worked for a number of commercial photographers in the North East of England, Manchester and Hereford before setting up his own operation. This Newcastle based studio grew into one of the most in demand commercial photographers in the UK with a wealth significant roster of major manufacturing companies as long term clients. Add to this the advertising and fashion markets that Alan was working with and we can recognise an all round commercial photographer operating at the top of their game. 

In the mid ‘noughties’ Alan decided on a change of direction, lifestyle and location and applied for a lecturing post at Dumfries & Galloway College. His significant background and experience became a great asset to the college and he took the lead on the HND programme at the college developing new approaches to a strong programme that benefitted many up and coming photographers in the region and beyond.

Retiring from the college in 2018, Alan continues to work on his own self-directed projects.

Alan is a member of the AMO3BA Illustration & Photography Collective.

Your Tutor

Ricky Nolan

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A photographer since 1978, Ricky was educated at Wallace Hall Academy, Closeburn and moved to Middlebrough to study Interior Design with Fine Art & Graphic Design. While undertaking these studies he found that he enjoyed the creativity afforded by the photography components on the course and subsequently studied photography for a further four years in Newcastle and in Leeds.

On qualifying his first professional job was anything but creative, working for Cleveland Constabulary in evidential photography in their Scientific Aids Department. This did however provide a strong technical grounding in a number of specialist forms of film based photography and processes which would prove beneficial to future employment.

From this technical grounding and returning to Scotland, Ricky then worked in photographic laboratory management and training in Glasgow before taking up a Senior Photographer post with the Scottish Office working in video production, editing, multi-media and television for 4 years before being invited by Dumfries & Galloway College to deliver photography as a service to their fine art and newly established graphic design programmes. Living in Lochmaben this seemed an ideal opportunity and Ricky subsequently developed and ran a new set of photography courses to HND level that received numerous best practice evaluations by reviewers. He also retained a significant folio of private practice.

Ricky subsequently headed up George Street School of Art in Dumfries and the Creative Industries Section.

As a curriculum manager and curriculum designer he developed a host of innovative programmes for the college as he was keen to see interdisciplinary activities in the creative arts. He left in 2017 so that he could focus on his own photographic work.

Ricky is a member of the AMO3BA Illustration & Photography Collective and a Shambellie House Trustee. He will tell you that just as importantly, he is the bass player with local bands Six Hands and Eight Hands.

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