Colour, Form and Composition – Constructing Images for Photographers

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  • 12th May 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Spend a day with local commercial and fine art photographer Richard Jeffery exploring ways to be more creative with your photography.
Richard will work with you in the morning to help you develop your composition and creativity, pulling in ideas from architectural, portrait, abstract and landscape photography.  The emphasis will be on finding and creating strong compositions rather than technical skills, although some camera tuition will occur naturally if needed.
After lunch, the afternoon is spent reviewing and critiquing the group’s images, and exploring how your ideas might be further developed through Photoshop or Lightroom or similar software.  If you aren’t convinced of the benefit of simple edits to your images in software this part in itself should be an eye opener, exploring different aspect ratios and crops that suit your image, black and white conversions, etc.  You also have the opportunity to bring some 10 – 20 of your images on a memory stick for Richard’s feedback.
This course is aimed at an intermediate level: you will be comfortable using your camera but feel your images lack punch and interest, but could suit a keen compact camera user as much as a DSLR.
 Bring a camera, your favourite lenses, maybe a tripod – and come dressed for a day spent partly outside, partly in. We will work in and around Sandy Hill Studios – stout footwear would be a good idea.  Tea and coffee provided, but you will need to bring something for lunch – or can walk into the village (5 mins) for a sandwich.  We might even end up in the village to make images anyway…
Maximum 4 students – minimum of 2, although more than happy to run this on a 1:1 basis either at Sandy Hill or elsewhere – ask for a 1:1 price.


Sandy Hill Lane, Corfe Castle, BH20 5JF


Sandy Hill Studios is  a community of some 20 artists including painters, potters, metal workers, sculptors, graphic artists, jewellers and photographers.

One studio is currently held open as a teaching venue, and is available for booking.

Approaching Corfe from Wareham on A351, take the first left after the Studland turning, just before the road climbs to the village square.  Go under the railway bridge and turn immediately right along the track leading to the workshops and gallery – look out for the signs.   Coming from Swanage, the turning will be on your right at the bottom of the hill as you drop down from the village square.  We have limited parking at the gallery for customers.  On foot, the easiest access is over the footbridge at Corfe Castle station.