Brighton Photography Course – Intermediate


My courses were due to run between March -June. Due to the unpredictable nature of the situation, any long-form courses not already started will be postponed until it is clear what is happening.

With luck, I'll be up and running again over the Summer and hopefully back to classroom-based courses in September.

If you have any queries, please feel free to drop me line here

Bill Black

Intermediate 6-week Course - £120

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Now you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to broaden your photography experience.

This course is designed to allow you to explore different photography ‘Specialisms’ that you would not easily be able to experience on your own, all in a controlled environment under the guidance of an experienced photographer and instructor.

There are also two ‘Digital Darkroom’ lessons, introducing you to Photoshop, Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw and explaining their place in relation to each other. You do not need to own the software to partake in this course.

This intermediate course is designed for you to learn the workflow to take your photography from pre-production, through a full shoot, to post-production and output for print or web.

Full dates are at the end of this listing.

The Specialisms are:

  • Using off-camera flash, studio lighting and portraiture;
  • Night-time photography
  • Macro photography

Each Specialism is broken into 3 parts:

  1. An introduction and explanation of the Specialism;
  2. The controlled ‘live shoot’;
  3. Using the Digital Darkroom.


1: An introduction to the Specialism.

You will be introduced to the camera techniques and shooting practices required for the specific Specialism. This will involve PowerPoint examples, discussion and hands-on practice in the classroom (or in the field with night-time shooting) prior to the live shoot to ensure you understand the concepts involved in the Specialism and know how to use your camera in the best way to capture the shoot.

2: Live shoot

A ‘live shoot’ will be set up for you to utilise those skills in a real-world environment. You will experience photographing ‘clients’ in a studio environment, head out for external, night-time shooting capturing light trails and ‘light painting’ along with exploring a fascinating variety of macro photography.

These live shoots take place in or around the school. Teaching in a school allows access to a photography studio and large areas where we can create these events on site while also allowing us full control over them.

This provides you with an unprecedented learning environment for practicing new photographic skills.

3: Digital Darkroom sessions

Each Specialism requires different skills in the darkroom and two of the six lessons are based in the school’s computer lab with access to a computer preloaded with all the software required for the course. You do not need to own the software to partake in this course.

The first hour of these Digital Darkroom sessions will see us work on a photo together, to introduce you to the editing concepts involved in post-production. The second hour you will work on your own photos from the previous session(s) under my supervision.


You will be required to have some kit available for the macro session towards the end of the course. You may find that you already have a macro facility on one of your lenses.

If not, you will need to purchase a set of extension tubes for your camera. These typically retail at around £20-25. You can get further clarification in the earlier lessons.


You must have a full understanding and control of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. You must be able to take photographs on fully manual mode.

You must have experience of using the above creatively to control how your image looks.

You must be familiar with your camera’s menus and settings.

You will need a tripod and obviously a camera with full manual operation.

A cable release is recommended but not essential.

If you have any questions, please email me at

For more details, go to my website at


Apart from the night shoot, all classes are held at Brighton Girls school between 7-9pm on Tuesdays.


5th – Classroom

12th – Studio portraiture shoot

19th – Digital Darkroom session 1 (Editing portraits)

26th – Outside Night shoot


2nd – Classroom Macro shoot

9th – Digital darkroom session 2 (Editing night-time and macro shots)

Intermediate student photos

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