Softbox Photography | Courses & training

Grab your camera - lift your skills to the next level!

WANT to find out more about your camera, take your photography to the next level, enjoy regular photographic challenges to keep your creative energy on top form, meet like-minded people in a friendly, supportive atmosphere?

Then courses at The Core Theatre, Solihull and Centre of England Arts could be for you.


Light 52, The Core, Solihull

THE Light 52 courses at The Core, Solihull,  take you step-by-step from the basics of camera control through to photographic genres and different styles. They are a mix of theory and practice, with plenty of practical projects and picture reviews.

The format of the sessions is usually reviewing group pictures, undertaking a practical activity (depending on time), looking at new techniques and approaches and being set a project.

There are three 10-week blocks (Levels 1, 2 and 3) during the year. The course is suitable for beginners, or enthusiasts who have some experience with a camera, but who are keen to refresh their skills, improve their photos and mix with like-minded people in an enjoyable, relaxing environment.

Level 1 looks at the basics, Level 2 introduces different genres and Level 3 explores style and further aspects of photography.

The Level 2 course is currently running (April - July, 2017).

An exhibition is also usually staged at the end of Level 3, enabling members to showcase their work in public.

For further information, or to book, contact The Core booking office on 0121 704 6962 or course leader Richard Pearce on 07986 370 723.




          Patrick Farm Barns, Centre of England Arts

PHOTOGRAPHY at Patrick Barn Farms, Hampton-in-Arden - home of Centre of England Arts - originated as a follow-on to the Light 52 courses and assumes some prior photographic knowledge, even at a basic level. 

There are 10 two-hour sessions once a month over the year. These explore different genres or new techniques in more depth, through 'homework' assignments set between sessions. Images are then reviewed in the following class.

The sessions are relaxed, friendly and non-competitive. The idea is to enjoy photography and progress through mutual support, discussion and practice.

A requirement is enthusiasm for photography and a willingness to try things out, as we do explore aspects such as negative space, deliberate blurring, abstract images etc, which sometimes take people out of their comfort zone. The aim is to experience a range of different ways of picture-making and to stimulate creativity.

Course start dates to be posted shortly.