Improvers Photography Course

Held in Kilkenny this course is for any photography enthusiast with any digital camera. This course takes you from your current level of technical knowledge and opens up to you the simple yet magical mystery of the technical and creative.

Overview of The Improvers Photography Course

Week 1. How much Control?

There are many different cameras and vastly many more differences in photographers. This session explores the ability of your camera, determines how much control each of our cameras can manage and to what level of control each photographer is comfortable with.

Week 2. Focusing your Skills.

Whatever camera you own it has the ability of focusing on whats important and leaving the rest of the scene more subtle. This can be achieved through the camera but it’s also about knowing the techniques. This session explores what’s known as ‘Aperture’ and how the camera uses this function to control how much light goes on the sensor and how aperture helps your creativity.


Week 3.  Controlling the Speed.

All cameras have the ability to take a picture slowly or quickly. This session takes us onto the next step to really getting pleasure out of this wonderful hobby or pastime of photography by learning when and how to use the amazing variety of speeds for creativity and precision.

Week 4. Completing The Magic.

Whether or not you are looking for complete control yourself or you still need a little help from your camera this session guides you into understanding the final steps of the technical magic and mystery of photography.

Week 5. Getting the Light Right.

Sometimes we seem to do everything right technically with our cameras and yet still we find our photos are not what we expect. This session helps us to understand about the unexpected magic of ‘light’. How much can we the photographer get skilled in recognizing how the light, or lack of it, will affect our shots and what if anything we can do to improve and enhance our photography at this moment.

Week 6. Field Trip with Theme or Competition.

A field trip with opportunity of learning through challenge. Each participant decides what level of challenge they would like to participate in whether it’s to be given a random theme, compete against others or simply enjoy taking night shots with guidance.

Week 7. Composition.

Most of us are versed in the basics of composing a photo especially if we’ve done a beginners course. This subject however can still elude the best of us. This session seeks to help each participant to learn to look at a subject or scene in a new way and to look out for opportunities in everyday life that cry out to be captured.

Week 8. The Art of Photography.

Photography is an art and we should see it as such. This session shows how to use the camera to create art as opposed to recording reality. We also look at the various opportunities that digital media presents to us to create something tangibly artistic from our work.

The Improvers Photography course  runs on Monday nights usually Autumn and New Year terms from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It runs for 8 weeks and is held at St  Patricks Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny.

The fee for the course is €160 which is payable in full by cash or cheque on the first session. There is also a facility to pay online by Pay Pal or credit card for those who would prefer that option at:

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