Capture your passion for photography and develop your skills on one of our photography courses.

Photography techniques and technology has vastly developed since its beginnings. The word photography means ‘drawing with light’ and originally comes from the greek words for ‘light’ and ‘drawing’.

Some photographers even today still prefer to use traditional techniques like dark room development. Photography has become a lot more digital and accessible. More of us are becoming aspiring photographers with our smartphones in hand.

Coastal scene taken on a Field Studies Council photography course
Marloes Sands looking north-west – by John Archer-Thomson

Traditional techniques involve photographs taken on film being processed in a dark room. Prints can then be made from the negatives and so photographers can be creative here. They develop the negatives by exposing them to light on light-sensitive silver halide paper. This process can create a variety of different prints. If the photographer plays with light exposure, they will get a different result.

Modern photography techniques are a little less complicated and can be known as digital photography. This relies on the photographer capturing an image by taking a few things into consideration. From perspective, composition, subject and light. Photographers will use a digital camera, smart phone, or a DSLR (a digital single-lens reflex camera). Images thereafter can be altered in photo editing suites to create the perfect finished print.

The natural world and the scenic British landscape can be a fantastic source of inspiration for photographers. So capturing the different seasons, nature and wildlife, can all be done through the camera lens. Sign up to one of our photography courses to begin, or continue, your photography journey.

Develop your Skills on a Field Studies Council Photography Course.

Meet our expert tutors and they help fine tune your eye for detail and teach you the skills to catch that winning photo. Our photography courses offer you the chance to learn so many different skills and photography techniques. Our tutors are there to guide you so you can get the most from your time with us.

From beginners, to the more advanced, our field centres are in some of the most picturesque parts of the country. You can take inspiration from the beautiful natural surroundings and local wildlife.

Lady taking a photograph on one of the Field Studies Council photography courses.
by Rob Ward

The various photography courses we offer range from day courses to longer weekends and even week long holidays.

These photography courses do feature some studio time, but getting outdoors in the natural landscape can have a whole host of benefits. Boost your creativity and well-being with us and enjoy relaxing whilst learning something new.

They are more than just a learning experience. They are a chance to meet like-minded people and a chance to unwind from everyday life. You can experience the UK’s glorious countryside, a relaxing backdrop to your time away.

Courses studying photography techniques take place at two of our most inspiring locations. Flatford Mill in Suffolk and Slapton Ley in Devon.