Photo Time – Bath Spa University

Photo Time

Short course

    Due to Covid-19, we're sorry to announce that we will not be running any short courses or workshops during the 2020-21 academic year.

    Learn the basics of photography and gain an understanding of the elements that make up a good photograph on this five-week evening class.

    • Discover the basics of camera equipment, settings, and composure including depth of field and lighting.
    • Learn from Bath-based freelance photographer, designer and publisher Lucy Jane Saunders.
    • This short course runs on Wednesday evenings for five successive weeks at our Locksbrook campus in central Bath.

    This five-week course covers the foundations of good photography, from understanding equipment to putting the basics into practice. 

    We'll focus on aperture, shutter speed and ISO, before learning about composing an image and the elements that make up a good photograph. You'll also learn how to transition from automatic to manual settings on a digital SLR camera. 

    Workshop time and dates:

    • Wednesday evenings 6pm-7:30pm
    • Starts 22 April 2020 and runs for five sessions

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    What you'll do

    Week one

    We'll look at digital photographic equipment such as lenses and cameras, and their uses within the different photographic fields. We'll also learn where things are on a digital SLR. 

    Week two

    We'll learn how to use aperture and shutter speed, in theory and in practice, as we put this into action in the classroom.

    Week three

    We'll learn how to use ISO and white balance, and put this into action within the classroom.

    Week four

    We'll explore what makes a good photograph and how the basics can be put into practice, i.e. depth of field, a moving subject, and low lighting. We'll also look at how to compose and construct a photograph.

    Week five

    This is your opportunity to put everything we've done so far into practice, and summarise what you've learned.


    The course will take place at Locksbrook Campus in central Bath.


    The fee for this programme is £120 for all five sessions.

    What to bring

    You should bring your own SLR camera, which you can work on during the classes.

    You can bring your own lunch, or eat at Café Sion. Light refreshments are provided.

    About your tutor

    Lucy Saunders is a British freelance photographer and designer based in Bath. Having initially trained in Photography at Bath Spa University, Lucy gradated with a First Class honours degree and has a wealth of other talents within book production and publishing.

    In 2017 Lucy started her own magazine and business, Flourish, and launched volume one, A Snippet of Asia, in March 2018. Flourish has since thrived, winning the Young Creative Award at the 2018 Creative Bath Awards.

    Working in print publishing, Lucy has a broad range of editorial and commercial experience in both photography and design. The key focus of her work is travel and lifestyle. Her other documentary work, Boots, Tracks & Biscuits, was also shortlisted in the 2017 Unveil’d Photobook Awards, exhibited at Borough Road Gallery in London. Her documentary photography work can also be found in Rankin’s latest book, This is Britain.


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