Weekend Workshop

Digital SLR Camera Training

9 December 2017 - 10 December 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Tine Bek / Erin Busswood

If you're only using your camera on automatic you're missing out on the real art of photography. This weekend course is about learning to use your digital SLR camera with confidence and skill. Explore aperture, shutter speed and megapixels through to white balance, ISO ratings, histograms and much more! With a blend of technical tuition, demonstration, practical assignments and group discussion, you will discover how to unlock your camera's full potential and take better pictures.

If you don’t have a digital SLR we can often provide one for you - please let us know at time of booking to confirm. You can also use your interchangeable or fixed lens system, mirrorless or rangefinder camera on this course.
Bridge cameras without interchangeable lenses can be used too, but please note that they may not allow the full range of camera controls.

Computer experience is beneficial.

Course Outline

Digital SLR cameras - Throughout this two day course, we will discuss, demonstrate and explore all of the features of your Digital SLR camera from the ground up, so that you will gain the confidence you need when using your Digital SLR camera

DAY ONE: Features of your Digital SLR camera  

Part one: Areas covered include aperture, shutter speed and megapixels through to white balance, ISO ratings, histograms and all the rest. There will be time to ask questions and demonstrate the advantages of each feature, getting to grips with the “how’s” and “why’s” 
 
Part two: After a one hour lunch break, we will put into practise all the features that have been discussed and demonstrated in part one on a walk around town with your cameras. In the late afternoon we will come back to the gallery, learn a little about methods of downloading and viewing photographs, and explore some basic Photoshop tools.
 
DAY TWO: Exercises, Assignments and Review
 
Part one:  Question time. There will be a few formal exercises set up to practise on and time to discuss the elements learned in day one. We will also discuss in more detail the more compositional aspects of photography, and prepare for the afternoons’ assignment.
 
Part two:  After the one hour lunch break, in groups, you will carry out your assignments outside the gallery and be given a time to return with your completed assignments. Assignment presentations, troubleshooting and review. The last half of part two will involve editing and viewing the photographs, open discussions and asking any final questions.

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£175.00
concession: 
£155.00

An Introduction to the Platinum/Palladium Print

18 November 2017 - 19 November 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11.00 - 17.00
Tutor: 
Brittonie Fletcher

Photography's birth is typically understood as being in the mid-19th Century and while the term "photography" was coined then, experimentation with optical devices, as well as photochemical properties and reactions has been explored for centuries. 

While digital media's popularity has surpassed mass use of chemical photography (now thought of as "alternative photography") there has been a strong movement to re-embrace these printing practices. This course will introduce you to a beautiful printing process which gained popularity around the turn of the 20th century. 

We will begin with one pre-prepared negative*  and delve into the rich tonal range and process of the Pt/PD print and explore the benefits of marrying contemporary digital technology with this fantastic analogue process. 

The course will: 

  • Include a short history of the process 
  • Guide you through the steps involved in chemical preparation 
  • Enable you to walk in the footsteps of Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Watkins or F. Holland Day 
  • Guide you in negative preparation, making a negative perfect for the process. 
  • Provide you with comprehensive instructions so that you can make your own prints on your own.

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers wanting to brush up on skills and learn some new tricks. It is also an exciting weekend introduction to Alternative Processes and will provide excellent structure for future exploration and enable you to work confidently on your own creative projects. 

*  Please note: One negative will be prepared for you in advance of the course. Please email a single image file at least 1 week in advance of the course start date. Image file should be 300dpi resolution and approximately 2000 pixels on its longest side. Please email if you have any questions or would prefer to have sample images provided for you. Sample negatives and photogram material will be provided to work with if you do not have your own images.
On Day Two we will create a negative - please bring some images which you might like to work with on a USB or hard drive.

Course Outline 

Day 1: 

  • Summary overview of the processes 
  • Explanation of all equipment and chemistry 
  • Relevant chemical Health and Safety 
  • Discussion of different papers and materials 
  • Discussion on environment 
  • Preparing solutions 
  • Chemistry application 
  • Exposing & developing 

Day 2: 

  • Creating the digital negative 
  • Correct mediums for digital negatives 
  • Discussion of Negative density 
  • Preparing the file 
  • Printing 
Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£165.00
concession: 
£145.00

An Introduction to Contemporary Salt Printing

7 October 2017 - 8 October 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Brittonie Fletcher

Photography's birth is typically understood as being in the mid-19th Century and while the term "photography" was coined then, experimentation with optical devices, as well as photochemical properties and reactions has been explored for centuries. 

While digital media's popularity has surpassed mass use of chemical photography (now thought of as "alternative photography") there has been a strong movement to re-embrace these printing practices. 

Salt printing is one of the earliest photographic techniques still widely practiced today and we will explore how this historic method of printmaking is still relevant for the contemporary photographer.

This course is suitable for beginners and experienced photographers wanting to brush up on skills and learn some new tricks. It is also a perfect weekend introduction to Alternative Processes and will provide excellent structure for future exploration and enable you to work confidently on your own creative projects. 

The course will:

  • Include a short history of the process 
  • Guide you through the steps involved in chemical preparation
  • Enable you to walk in the footsteps of Henry Fox Talbot (credited as the father of photography on paper and negatives) and Julia Margaret Cameron (one of the most notable photographers of the 19th century) to make your own salt prints!
  • Guide you in negative preparation for making a negative perfect for the process.
  • Provide you with comprehensive instructions so that you can make your own prints at home.
Please Note: Sample negatives and photogram material will be provided to work with if you do not have your own.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Summary overview of the process
  • Explanation of all equipment and chemistry
  • Relevant chemical Health and Safety
  • Discussion of different papers and materials 
  • Paper ‘sizing’
  • Paper Negatives
  • Preparing solutions
  • Chemistry application 
  • Exposing & developing

Day 2:  

  • Creating the digital negative
  • Correct mediums for digital negatives
  • Discussion of Negative density
  • Preparing the file
  • Printing
Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£165.00
concession: 
£145.00
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Darkroom Photography: Intro to Colour Photography

25 November 2017 - 26 November 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11.00 - 17.00
Tutor: 
Caroline Douglas

This course will introduce you to the beautiful world of colour analogue photography. Taking as a starting point the work of contemporary photographic artists working with colour, we will discuss and explore theory as well as developing core skills essential for the capture and printing of your own colour images.

You will learn how to correctly expose colour negative film and learn more about the characteristics of different types of film and the effects that they can have on an image. Within Stills’ darkrooms you will learn how to process your colour film by hand and print high quality analogue C-Type prints.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Learned more about colour theory and have a knowledge of contemporary artists working with colour photography
  • Learned to process your own colour film
  • Experimented with a variety of specialised darkroom printing techniques 
  • Printed contact sheets and a collection of colour photographs
  • Feel confident in a colour darkroom using specialist equipment
Course Outline

Day 1: 

Morning - Colour Theory, Inspiration and Refresher for SLR Camera Controls

During the morning we will be looking at contemporary photographers and artists that have used colour to inform their practice in specific ways. We will look at the ways in which colour revolutionized the artworld and vernacular photography. We will also look at basic colour theory, exploring which colours compliment each other and why. We will also refresh basic camera controls, load cameras and head out to the streets to shoot a roll of film.

Aims of morning session:

  • to have more of an understanding of the history of colour photography and its impact on contemporary photographers and artists.
  • to understand basic colour theory
  • to feel confident with your SLR camera

Afternoon - Colour Film Processing

During this session, you will learn how to hand process your colour film. We will discuss the loading of the tank and the preparation of the machine to ensure correct processing temperature. We will look at different film types, why you may want to use them and the range of effects that can be produced. 

   Aims of afternoon session:

  • to learn how to process your own colour film
  • to be familiar with all the equipment used in colour film processing
  • to cut and store your negatives correctly
  • to discuss and compare different film types and their effects

Day 2

Morning - Introducing the Colour Darkroom and Contact Sheets

You will be introduced to Stills’ colour darkooms and become familiarized with the range of equipment you will be using. You will be taught how to set up your darkroom for printing, how the colour print processor works and how to print a contact sheet for viewing your negatives.

Aim of morning session:

  • to feel comfortable using a colour darkroom
  • to know how to use all the equipment correctly
  • to make a colour analogue contact sheet

Afternoon - Printing

In the afternoon you will be expected to make a series of final C-Type prints. You will be shown techniques to improve your printing skills and produce the images you desire. This last session will allow you time to print with some one-to-one attention. We will discuss some printing techniques to help you get the most from your negatives. We will also have time at the end of the day to look back on all the work produced over the course and discuss it in relation to theory we learnt at the beginning.

Aims of afternoon session:

  • to be confident in the colour darkroom
  • to produce high quality C-Type prints

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£165.00
concession: 
£145.00
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Photographic Image Editing (with Adobe Photoshop CC)

2 December 2017 - 3 December 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00

Adobe Photoshop is the ultimate tool for editing photographic images for professionals and non-professionals alike. It is the industry-standard package for photographers, picture editors, web designers, visual artists and designers.

For many users its power and versatility can be overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to start and when to stop.

This two-day course is geared towards both beginners and intermediate users of Adobe Photoshop who want a confidence-building overview of the programme and a methodical and logical approach to the vast array of tools it offers.

It is relaxed and informal, but squeezes a lot into the two days, giving participants the knowledge and the confidence to make more effective and informed choices. The aim is to cover the basic principles and tools of photographic image-editing. These tools, techniques and principles are common to many image-editing programmes and are transferrable to applications such as Photoshop Elements, Aperture, Lightroom, GIMP, and other image editors.

Picture files will be provided for you to work with, or you can bring selection of your own. If you work in RAW, please also bring JPEGs on a memory stick, external hard drive or cloud storage such as Dropbox. 

Course Outline

Day 1: Introduction and discussion of participants’ Photoshop experience followed by an introduction to the Mac workspace, the Photoshop workspace and the Bridge. We will use Bridge to browse, preview and open files. We will look at some of the technical issues of handling picture files such as file types, sizes, digital tonal levels and colour channels – it’s dry stuff but helps avoid tears at a later date. Once the technicalities are out of the way we start correcting images using the crop, clone, colour and tone techniques. We will be developing techniques for non-destructive editing, and will start to use layers to protect the image from damage.

In the afternoon, we will look more closely at two tools – the curves and the levels adjustment layers, which between them can fulfil most of your editing requirements. We will also begin to look at techniques for localised tonal control by using a layer mask.

Day 2: We will recap a little, before continuing to work with layer masks and brushes to selectively correct and enhance images. To further control our effects we will start to use selection tools. This leads into using selections to combine images and make composites. 

If time and pace allows, we often cover monochrome conversions, noise reduction, lens correction, sharpening and RAW file editing, with the hidden powers of Adobe Camera Raw. 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£155.00
concession: 
£135.00
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Sound Recording and Editing for Artists & Filmmakers

4 November 2017 - 5 November 2017
10 HOURS
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
11:00 - 17:00
Tutor: 
Gavin Fort

Employing a mix of practical exercises and critical reflection, this introductory weekend course provides an overview of fundamental techniques for recording and editing voice, location and foley sounds for film and art installations using industry standard software and popular, high quality microphones and portable recording devices including recording direct to camera.

Topics include properties of sound, microphone selection and placement, gain structure,  effective planning, boom operation, noise limiting and reduction, sound editing, sound dynamics, sound processing and spatial effects, editing sound to picture. Computer experience is required.

Course Outline

Microphone Selection - Why and when to use.
Applications, characteristics, limitations
Mic type - Dynamic, Condenser, Lavalier, Shotgun, Boundary, Stereo, Binaural
Polar Patterns -Omni, Cardoid, Attenuated, Others

Practical Microphone Placement and Technique
Critical distance, Proximity effect, Shielding, simple acoustic treatments, filtering
Lavalier Mic - Positioning, preventing distortion & rustles
Booming - Positioning, preventing mic bumps
Stereo Mics - Phase issues

Editing Techniques (fades, looping)
Building a mix
Basic sound processing, noise reduction and dynamics (channel strips, EQ and compression)
Insert effects (modulation, filtering, distortion!!!!)
Send effects (delay, reverb)
Automation (of volume, panning etc)
Bussing (sending signals to multiple fx)
Mastering effects (limiting)
Exporting and file types

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

 

Waged: 
£145.00
concession: 
£125.00
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