This fully practical, hands-on course is for teachers of A Level Digital Photography who want to feel more comfortable with their digital SLR camera and with using Photoshop.

Explore a vast array of technical strategies, resources and materials leaving with over 6GBs worth of material.

You will need to bring a digital camera, tripod and card reader to take part in the day’s activities.


  • Learn how to use shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings to improve your photography
  • Learn how to set up Photoshop and apply basic techniques to manipulate your images
  • Explore the potential of Photoshop to enhance your course
  • Develop your ability to be highly creative with Photoshop
  • Learn a range of techniques, skills and strategies to produce high quality work in Digital Photography
  • Leave with fresh strategies to challenge and inspire your students


COURSE DATES London Friday 09 November 2018
London Friday 15 February 2019
  • Teachers of Art or Photography A-Level who would like to feel more confident using digital cameras and Photoshop.
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues



10.00 - 10.30am: Introduction to using your digital camera

  • Run through of camera functions and options
  • Explore shutter speed, aperture and ISO

10.30 - 11.00am: Practical session 1: Camera techniques

  • Carry out practical tasks to develop understanding of camera functions that students will be required to do

11.00 - 11.20am: Discussion: coffee break


11.20 - 12.00pm: Continue Practical session 1: Camera techniques

  • Controlling focus
  • Complete and review tasks
  • Making chemigrams: exploring alternative ways of making a photographic image

12.00 - 1.00pm: Practical session 2: Introduction to basic Photoshop techniques and tools

  • Setting up your workspace – levels, curves, histograms
  • Introduction to adjustment layers and layer masks
  • Selection tools

1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 - 3.00pm: Practical session 3: Photoshop creativity: starting to explore…

  • Multi Me, Split channels
  • 3D Imaging, Using a Clipping Mask

3.00 - 3.30pm: How to achieve those vital high marks

  • Ensure the very best A Level projects to generate the best results
  • Exemplary ideas for outcome pieces
  • Image analyses

Neil Shirreff

Neil taught A-Level Photography for 8 years at Godalming College in an Art Department that consistently achieved outstanding results. He has also taught at foundation and degree level and he currently balances commercial and fine art interests with teaching A Level Photography at City and Islington Sixth Form College in London. He exhibits his personal work regularly and last year exhibited at Photo London at Somerset House.

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