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West Dean College is situated at the heart of the 6,400-acre West Dean Estate, set amongst the stunning landscape of the South Downs National Park.
With its large country house style, it offers a creative educational environment, enabling you to escape the pressures of daily life and to learn new skills in an informal, relaxed atmosphere within a spectacular setting.
Courses normally last between one to five days and can be either non-residential or residential.
The award-winning West Dean Gardens and landscaped parkland ensure that you are surrounded by a remarkable setting and range of locations and artefacts which many of the tutors use as inspiration for project work.
In addition to courses celebrating the creative taking and manipulation of photographs, the College offers over 700 short courses each year covering a vast range of subjects from pottery, mosaic making and learning basic sewing techniques, through to woodworking, sculpture, metalworking and creative writing. From just £42, you can come and explore new subjects and ideas, develop skills and make practical and beautiful things.
An added benefit is that if you book online in full you get a 5% discount off the brochure price. www.westdean.org.uk/college 01243 811301
Freelance photography for journalism
LW2770 £296 NEW
Explore the skills and knowledge you need to take photos to sell to newspapers, magazines websites, photo libraries, and other niche markets. Gain the skills and confidence to pitch photo ideas, meet a brief, write captions and prepare digital images for publication. For experienced users of DSLR cameras and Photoshop.
Creative digital photography
Learn to exploit the potential of your digital camera and produce original images, as you download them into Adobe Photoshop and explore the editing and enhancement facilities offered.
Photoshop for Fine Art – digital collage
June 29–July 1
Using Adobe Photoshop learn the key functions and techniques for combining multiple digital images into a single digital collage, thus creating your own experimental space where reality touches the imagination.
Photographing people and places
July 28–August 3
SS2887 £619 (incl all dinners) NEW SUMMER SCHOOL
Get the most out of your camera, composing pictures through the lens rather than using image manipulation. Explore different techniques to reveal the ‘individual’ in your portraits and to capture the essential essence of locations. Gather insights into working with a model and how to use windows and reflected light to get the most from your sitter. Get to know your camera settings and understand how to produce a digital portfolio of colour and/or black and white prints.
Creative Photoshop – pattern for surface decoration
SS2893 £659 (incl all dinners) NEW SUMMER SCHOOL
Learn to use Adobe Photoshop in an intuitive and inventive way to produce patterns and motifs for surface decoration. The course will see a creative mix of developing your Photoshop skills with photography and scanned source materials, to making finished objects. Designs can be incorporated onto wood, glass and fabric (using Lazertran products) and ceramics (printed ceramic decals) during the course. Experience of using Photoshop is essential.
An introduction to digital image manipulation
Learn the fundamentals of retouching, montage and image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop as you gain experience in working with filters, layers, masks, paths and tools, using your own digital image files.
Explore ways of framing images, considering light, subject and background while photographing on location and tackle portraits without studio lighting. Suitable for digital, SLR and compact cameras.
Creative digital imaging – beyond the basics
August 31–September 2
Expand your existing knowledge of digital photography further and learn to use Adobe Photoshop software productively as you study the development of images from their conception through to completion.
Digital wildlife photography
Learn and practise the principles of good wildlife photography on location, including a bird of prey centre, with your digital SLR camera. The tutor guides you through the basic rules of taking sharp, well-composed and correctly exposed photographs, reviewing the essential printing and editing process and how to achieve the best results using Photoshop Elements.
The camera as a sketchbook – a course for painters
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Digital photography – coasts and landscape
Achieve dynamic images of coasts and landscapes as you photograph on location and use Adobe Photoshop as a correction and creative tool in picture editing. Improve your photographic techniques, recording in colour or black and white, and learn about equipment, lighting and weather conditions, lighting paper, inks, settings and digital printing as you explore the potential of the software.
Digital photography – changing colours, autumn gardens
LW3064 £288 NEW
Focus on composition, lighting and getting it right ‘in camera’ to make the most of the rich red, orange, yellow and brown colours of autumn flowers and seed heads. Take plant portraits and abstract details of patterns and textures at West Dean and another Sussex garden.
Gaining control of your digital SLR camera
Explore the features of your digital SLR and maximise the quality of the images you capture, as the issues of various file formats, white balance, resolution, exposure techniques and depth of field are demystified.
Using Photoshop creatively in surface decoration and design
October 29–November 1
Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to create surface decoration or designs based on drawings, photographs and scans of textures and found or made objects. Build on your skills as you explore techniques such as brushing, cutting, colouring, making repeat patterns and the use of filters.
FILM AND ANIMATION
Make character animation
Make your own animated film using the frame by frame technique employed by stop-motion animators. You can either work on your own or in a group – please bring a stills digital camera.
Filming techniques and production – an introduction
WE3052 £196 NEW
Learn the basics of filming techniques, writing a treatment, making a shot list, preparing a storyboard, then adding sound. You will study examples of films before moving to your own filming and editing.
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