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You and your DSLR Photography Courses

Tutors: Eva Kalpadaki / Francesca Moore
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start dates:  
Wednesday evening 09 May 2018 (Francesca)
Tuesday afternoon 05 June 2018 (Eva)

  • Spark your imagination and learn how to use your camera off auto.
  • Are you really getting the best out of your digital camera? Need some Creative input? Are you interested in exploring seminal photographers?

  • This digital photography course equips you with a working knowledge of the capabilities of your camera and the confidence to put that knowledge into practice. 
  • Learn how to envisage a photograph before you take it and then achieve exactly that result in-camera.

What does this course cover?

In eight weeks you will learn how to control and combine different camera functions including: ISO, metering and exposure, aperture and shutter speed, depth of field, white balance, metering modes, focus points and focus lock.

Creative and technical possibilities of digital photography are explored within a supportive environment, enabling you to acquire the skills to become a confident photographer. Between classes you will be encouraged to complete fun tasks to embed your new knowledge and expand your appreciation of all aspects of photography. You will leave this course feeling confident in using your camera on manual mode and full of inspiration.

Suitable for all levels. You will need a digital camera with manual functions (see below for guidance).

Photo credits (below)  Natasha Lythgoe | Brighton photographer

About the tutors

Eva Kalpadaki was born in Greece. After she was awarded a Greek State Foundation scholarship she moved to UK to complete a PhD in Arts and Communication at UCA. She is a qualified teacher holding a PGCE teaching certificate from the University of Brighton. She is currently working as a fine art photographer and photography tutor. In her artistic practice she is not using the photographic medium to produce a record and a document of the world, which is what we usually expect to see in a photograph. She is using it to question the nature of photography and to cause a tension in what we are looking at. She is playing between representation and abstraction. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2008 exhibition among numerous solo and group shows. www.playingandreality.co.uk

Twitter: @abstractionista


Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/eva_kalpadaki/


Francesca Moore Photographer

Francesca Moore is a documentary photographer whose personal work stems from interests in people and the environment. With a formalised and methodological approach, she draws on her scientific background to portray humanitarian, social and environmental issues. Past projects investigate the effect of EU legislation on traditional Romanian subsistence farmers at the point of Romania joining the EU, and a meditative exploration of the Camino, a pilgrimage walk to the town of Santiago, in the Northwest of Spain.

Moore’s Arts Council England funded project, Bhopal: Facing 30, portrays the site of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster today, and the people who continue to be affected thirty years on. A book was published to commemorate the disaster’s thirtieth anniversary and the photographs were exhibited nationally and internationally and shortlisted and exhibited for Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014. The project received Special Commendations for the Nick Reeves award for Arts and the Environment in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts.

Moore is currently Artist In Residence at The University of Derby developing her Coming To Light series of Joseph Wright inspired photographic portraits, initially produced during a Format Photography Festival 2015 commission. Where Wright’s paintings, produced during the emerging industrial revolution, would depict the most prominent members of society at that time, she will be photographing the un-sung heroes of Derby’s green, sustainable, initiatives; A juxtaposition of the past and the present, capturing Derbyshire’s most prominent people for its future.

With Brighton based arts collective, Dialectica, Moore produced a new body of personal work under the theme of identity for a Brighton Fringe Festival exhibition, May 2016. Where Moore’s work usually falls within the parameters of environmental arts, she will be exploring the inspiration for her work and her interests through an introspective investigation into the secret life of her grandmother, and the maternal line of her family – through letters, documents, objects, an expansive archive of formal family photographs and a freedom of information request.

Moore is a press accredited member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), and the London Photographer’s Branch Equality Officer, and combines her personal work with a passion for the performing arts. This has seen her photographing live stage shows, festivals and events for over ten years. In this time she has been shooting at intimate venues and major stage events editorially and with the production of limited edition fine art prints.

Additionally, Moore will be teaching photography to 15-17 years olds as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a social enterprise scheme that engages young people with people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life within their local communities; with the aim to teach new skills, connect communities and build trust.





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Camera Guidelines

  1. Ideally, buy an SLR (digital if you want digital, film if you want film). SLRs are best if you want to really explore, or even just experiment with photography. There are non-SLR compact digital cameras nowadays that take very good quality pictures but certain key features are limited and therefore limit the photographers capacity to be more creative. Having said that many ex-students have completed the course with a compact and been very happy to continue using their compact cameras.

  2. Canon and Nikon are the safest bets. Not because they are necessarily better, but because they are the biggest companies and therefore have a much wider range of lenses, accessories and equipment on the market (this is particularly true if you are interested in exploring the second-hand market).

  3. Try some out in a shop. The most important things are whether you like it, and whether the way it works makes sense. I personally find the menu system in Canon cameras to be extremely user friendly. All the digital SLR manufacturers - Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, etc - make cameras that produce very good pictures and, to be honest, all have pretty similar features. Most important is whether you like how it feels in your hand, it's not too heavy or fiddly and if the menu system etc seems to make sense. So go to a shop and ask to play around with a few, and pick the one that 'feels' best (and you can afford!). If you really like the Sony, get the Sony. Photography isn't as much fun if you don't like your camera.