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Cameras for photography

Photography - Beyond Auto Settings

Day of week:
St Faiths Adult Education Centre, Maidstone
Mixed Level
13:30 - 15:30
6 weeks

Are you confident using your camera but would like to move beyond the automatic settings? Have you ever wanted to understand and use more manual settings to take better images? This course could be for you.

This is a course to learn how to use aperture, shutter speed and ISO adjustments to improve your photography. This course will cover manual and semi automatic camera modes and how they can be used creatively to take better images. Learners will be taken step by step through the operations of their specific camera and asked to complete creative tasks to improve their photography. Topics will include: using the aperture to affect the depth of field; focussing techniques to keep your subject sharp; using shutter speed to affect motion blur; selecting ISO for different available light; and understanding the exposure triangle to get a good exposure.

At the end of the course students will be able to
Control their camera’s aperture, shutter speed and ISO
Create images using manual camera modes
Adjust exposure for different lighting situations
Recognise how aperture, shutter speed and ISO camera settings affect images

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Timothy Leek

Timothy Leek runs workshops with schools, youth centres and community groups that encourage and explore creativity through photography.
Workshops have included studio photography, digital photography, shooting on location, stop motion animation, video and portraiture. These workshops not only cover technical aspects of photography but also explore the creative side and the performative nature of the medium.
Timothy has regularly worked in collaboration with other visual artists, musicians and performance artists. He is also a part of ANIMATE ARTS COMPANY LTD a community arts company that produces and runs art workshops and projects for schools and the community.

View all courses taught by Timothy Leek here

How will I be taught?

We will use a practical, hands-on approach with tutor input. We want you to enjoy learning with us.
The tutor will give one to one feedback and advice.

What do I need to bring with me?

A Single Lens Reflex (SLR) digital/manual camera with various lenses and accessories. A tripod, film if needed, notebook and pen. Please don't purchase any books or new equipment until you have consulted with the tutor. You will have to pay the cost of outside processing.

What can I do next?

This course is a good introduction for many of our other photography courses. Please ask or go to

What do I need to join the course

It is open to owners of digital cameras who would like to improve their photography.

Getting to your course

Find us

St Faiths Adult Education Centre
St Faiths Street
ME14 1LH

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code MAI/122482/M/LC.