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Photography workshop

The Photography workshop will inspire you to start seeing the world in a different light, from the eyes of the camera. Start to capture the world around you, what you do, the journeys you make and the interests you have. Young people are very familiar with terms such as image, identity and first impressions. How is that achieved? How is it embellished and imprinted into our mind. An image can speak a thousand words and the power and importance of the photograph can never be under estimated. Photography is here to stay and the recent advancements of digital have made it even more accessible to all, to share both on the printed page and on the internet.

The workshops can take place on one day, or several, and are aimed at people who need an introduction to photography. Alternatively on longer workshops (spread over several sessions) people can be given simple introductory photographic assignments and bring the work back into class. Photography subject can be anything the person wants and practical and creative discussions can take place over what is good and bad about the images. There will also be opportunities to take photographs during the session under supervision and with technical and creative help on hand from the tutor. Notes will be given out on the more technical aspects and guidance on composition, use of light, choice of subject etc.

Emphasis can be on either:

  • Film based photography
  • Darkroom processing and printing of black and white photography
  • Digital photography and camera equipment
  • Photography for the internet using film or digital based cameras

The Photography workshop leaders

Our workshop leaders have first class honours degrees, built a library of over 25,000 images and photographed products, lifestyle, people, portraits, architecture, close-ups, in fact just about anything and everything.

Some have worked for clients such as Armani, Boss Models, The Scotsman Newspaper and Vidal Sassoon. They have had various photographic exhibitions and worked on photo shoots in New York, Paris and LA.

Scheme of work

Principal purpose:

  • To engage an interest in photography or to improve existing ability and take better pictures.

Benefits include:

  • Encouraging and enabling their creativity to be seen by the wider community
  • Introducing them to a potential vocation by learning a new skill
  • Getting the most from a camera
  • Getting images from a camera to a PC and potentially the internet
  • Compiling a set of images concerning an interest or some other ability/skill

Highlights of the workshop:

  • Learning what makes a good image and building on that to take some excellent photos of your own
  • Taking control over the camera and subject

All participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the difference between poor and excellence in photography
  • Encouraged to think, what are the most important aspects of a good image
  • Find out what depth of field is, how to best use it, and how aperture controls it
  • Learn how to use PhotoShop - image editing software (on courses with access to PCs or Apple Macs)
  • Find out what shutter speed is and how to achieve motion or freeze an image
  • How to process black and white film (darkroom workshop only)
  • How to print black and white photos from negatives (darkroom workshop only)
  • Learn about pixels (size of an image) and how to get the most when using Photoshop to print an image or save it for the web
  • How to use the light to good effect
  • Basic tutorial on studio based lighting and using flash use and techniques

Evidence of participation

Many youth schemes require evidence of learners' participation and achievements in wider learning projects to contribute to the young person's file or CV. Top Dog can support this by providing a Top Dog Certificate of Achievement.


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