Creative in-camera techniques – digital photography with Roy Matthews

Ref: SWE31629

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About this course

Explore alternative techniques available to the photographer which can be achieved at the point of taking the photograph and with little or no post processing/editing required. Extend your repertoire and express your personal creativity.

Course Description

An understanding of the potential of what can be created in-camera greatly increases the photographer’s personal repertoire and ability to express their personal creativity. Through presentation and practical demonstration, a series of techniques will be covered over the weekend using the West Dean House, College and Gardens as our location.

The course will also cover an introduction to using Adobe Lightroom as an editing tool and conclude with a group critique of the images shot during the weekend.

Techniques covered:

• Motion blur/long exposures - tripod and hand-held

• Panning/Zoom blur

• Light drawing/painting

• Abstraction, macro and reflections

• Multiple exposure

• HDR (high dynamic range)

• Panoramas

• Focus stacking

• Defocus


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera and all the lenses you have, ideally covering from wide angle to telephoto. Camera instruction manual (if available).
  • Any lens filters you have, e.g. a circular polarizer, would be useful but is not essential
  • A tripod – essential
  • Fully charged and spare camera batteries – and charger
  • Camera memory cards
  • Camera to computer USB leads
  • Cable release or remote (can also use self-timer on camera if you do not have these)
  • USB memory stick to save your images
  • Be prepared to work outdoors so bring appropriate clothing, including waterproofs and suitable waterproof footwear
  • Pen and paper
  • Bring a note of your own Adobe ID login. If you don’t already have one, please register for a free account at prior to the course, and remember to bring the details with you.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • USB Memory sticks

Additional information

It is essential that you have computer skills for this course. Familiarity with Adobe Lightroom software would also be an advantage. The course is for up to eight participants. You will be allocated a PC in the College's digital computer suite.


Roy Matthews

Roy has been a commercial photographer since the mid 1980's having started his career as a studio assistant before becoming freelance in the early 1990's. He has worked in many different genres including studio, reportage, architectural, portraiture, editorial and sport. Always keen to pursue his personal work as a balance to the commercial world he has been widely published and has exhibited in many locations over the years.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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