Tobias James

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Previous Courses

Here is a selection of photography courses in Sussex that I have previously run. I am really proud to have been providing courses with Acres Adult Community College in Uckfield for the last 8 years, and PACA Community College in Brighton for the last five years.

I am now also running courses privately at the Kings Weald Community center Burgess Hill and Heene Community Center in Worthing, with plans to develop some courses in Lewes for 2024. 

Please use the form at the bottom of the page to enquire about current courses. New photography courses in Sussex will begin in April!

Image by student Blanaid

Digital Photography for Beginner's Part 1

This course is aimed at DSLR and mirrorless camera users. Over the course you will learn a range of important camera techniques as well as core compositional rules to add creativity and variety to your photography. You will also undertake fun and creative class assignments with plenty of hands on learning, with the added opportunity for a couple of lessons on location to practise your skills in the field! Some home assignments will also be set and you will be supported in developing a folio of creative images over the duration of the course.

You will learn:

  • How to use the camera in program mode.
  • How to use the TV/S mode to create fantastic motion effects.
  • How to use the Av/A mode to control depth of field for creative image making.

The above image was made during my beginners course by student Jackie.

Digital Photography for Beginner's Part 2

This course is aimed at DSLR and mirrorless camera users, ideally those that have completed part one of the course but newcomers are welcome and full technical support will be given. Over the course you will learn a range of important camera techniques as well as core compositional rules to add creativity and variety to your photography. You will also undertake fun and creative class assignments with plenty of hands on learning, with the added opportunity for a couple of lessons on location to practise your skills in the field! Some home assignments will also be set and you will be supported in developing a folio of creative images over the duration of the course.

You will learn: 

  • How to use the camera in manual mode, and when.
  • How to use the exposure triangle
  • How to use different types of metering.

The above image is a response to the depth of field challenge by student Maryna

Digital Photography for Beginner's Part 3

This course is aimed at DSLR and mirrorless camera users, ideally those that have completed part one and two of the course but newcomers are welcome and full technical support will be given. 

this course focuses on fine tuning the techniques used on previous courses and focusing on composition. No matter how much money you spend on a camera, there will never be a composition button!

You will learn:

  • How to apply the rule of thirds
  • How to apply compositional rules such as leading lines, Frame within Frame, composing with colour and tones, etc.
  • You will also learn how some of the great photographers of the 20th century used composition to make such arresting images.

The above image was made during my photography and the filmic course  by student Kevin.

Creative Photography: photography and the Filmic

This is one of my favourite courses to teach, and cobines my love of cinema and photography. During the course you will learn techniques developed in cinema to compose you images, such as the dutch tilt. You will learn the art of composing in a 16:9 aspect ratio as well as how to colour grade your images. But most creative of all we will look at how we can create narratives and stories within out photography. Either in the single frame or in our photographs as a series. A really fun and creative approach to photography using a unique approach.

This photography course is in Sussex. And available online!

 

The above image is a response to the light and exposure  challenge by student Joycee HG

Creative Photography Understanding Light

Understanding light is a key factor in creating a successful image. It determines not only brightness and darkness, but also tone, mood, and atmosphere and has an extraordinary power to create emotions in a photo. Learn how the settings on your camera can be used to control and manipulate light correctly in order to get the best colour, depth and meaning into your photographs.

The techniques you will learn during the course are related to the topic of light, but students can also expect to develop a technical understanding of their camera as the course progresses.

This photography course is in Sussex.

The above image copyright Marcus Schaefer

Creative Photography: Understanding Line, Shape and Form

Understandinbg how line, shape and form infuences our photography can make for some new ways of thinking about composition and picture making. This course is ideal for keen photographers seeking some new creative direction and finding themselves bored of the usiual compositional suspects such as the rule of thirds and leading lines.A great opportunity to experiment with different ways of picture making and adding some new photographic tools to your arsenal!

For more information on my current courses please follow the link.

Please complete the form opposite to register interest in any of my courses. I look forward to hearing from you.

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