Develop your photography skills on The Copper Coast with this weekend workshop. As well as structured training at The Art Hand you will take part in practical assignments in scenic locations under the guidance of professional photographer, George Munday.
This course will help you to take better pictures by improving your technical knowledge. It is important to understand the basic fundamentals of photography and to be able to operate your camera. For this reason George has designed an intensive introduction to the course with a printed handout. This covers items such as Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Depth of Field, Focus, Histograms and Exposure. Once your technical confidence has been established you will be able to step out of your comfort zone and open your mind to all kinds of new possibilities.
George encourages participants to take fewer pictures but to think more about taking them. He emphasises the benefits of using your camera in Manual Mode and in a Raw Format which will ultimately give you the greatest control. Discussions on Structure and Composition will take place throughout the course and there will be practical demonstrations of Photo Editing using Photoshop to show you how to present your best work in the best possible way.
This course has been designed to cater for people of all abilities from novice upwards. Even professionals will have the opportunity to reconsider many of the core elements of photography in a creative, collaborative and experimental environment. It’s also suitable for artists who would like to use photograph as a tool of their trade.
George has a great ability to communicate in a simple and clear way. Although the course will be intensive and challenging participants will be able to work at their own pace. It will be a small group so there will be plenty of individual attention. Although everyone is given the same assignments you will be amazed at the wide variety of individual styles that will emerge. Some people like to capture detail, light and texture. Others prefer to photograph people or landscapes. George also explores the concept of Minimal Photography with some of the tasks.
The images you capture during the course will be a permanent record of your creative development. On the final day a selection of photographs taken during the course will be displayed and discussed by the group.
What to bring; Participants are required to bring a DSLR, digital single lens reflex camera, memory cards, camera batteries, battery charger and a USB lead to connect to our computers. Apart from that it’s up to you to bring whatever other equipment you have, lenses if you have them and a tripod, bring a laptop if you like. Please don’t be put off if you don’t have lots of equipment, it’s not paramount. George also would like participants to bring along 10 to 12 digital photographs on a disc or memory stick. You will show these images to the group and it gives George a chance to see some of your work to date. Oh and don’t forget your rain gear!
We look forward to welcoming you to The Art Hand. Arrival and Registration is on Thursday 6th September at 7.00 pm, and the course runs for three full days from Friday morning at 9am until 5pm on Sunday 9th 2012.
The Cost for this course is €295 which includes your evening meal on Friday and Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Accommodation is not included but can be arranged nearby. Numbers are limited so booking is essential.
For more information about your stay please read the Info page.
About George Munday; George has an impressive photography background, graduating from the Birmingham College of Photography to become a photo-journalist in the UK. After this he spent eleven years in advertising and commercial photography, then ten years running Ireland’s leading stock photography agency.
He moved to the Copper Coast in 2003 to escape urban life and to focus on his personal photography projects. George has been running digital photography workshops for over six years from his home, but now takes up the position as the official photography tutor at The Art Hand.
Here is a slideshow of show of George Munday’s Photography;
For a closer look we have put a photo album of these images together HERE.
A new book featuring George Munday’s dramatic work will be launched shortly.