Free Photography Course for Carers

by | May 21, 2020 | Carer Learning

We’re inviting carers to take part in our exciting Photographer in Residence project. You will be able to explore your caring role and share your experiences of caring through a camera lens. Photography is a powerful and creative medium that can convey caring experiences and the day-to-day life of caring for someone.  

The course includes three sessions, is free and offers the opportunity to learn about photography and build photography skills, working with local photographer John Cole.   

The workshops could help you prepare a submission to the National Portrait Gallery’s project called Hold Still. Spearheaded by The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, Hold Still, a portrait of our nation in 2020, is a community project to create a unique photographic portrait which captures the spirit, mood, hopes, fears and feelings of the nation as we continue to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak. Further details of this project can be found here.  

Photographs taken by carers will also be featured in two exhibitions in the two largest hospitals in East Sussex, The Conquest, Hastings and District General Hospital, Eastbourne in spring/summer 2021.  

The project will amplify the voice of local carers, sharing their caring role with the public while having the chance to meet new people and try something new.  

We are working with arts, education and events organisation, 18 Hours, to run the course who have a strong understanding of caring. 

When and Where

Please note that these workshops will all take place through the online platform Zoom.

The course starts on Saturday 30th May 2020, then two further workshops on Saturday 6th June and Saturday 13th June 2020.

Each workshop will run from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm. 

During the three workshops you’ll learn some simple photo processing and editing as well as composition, lighting and other technical aspects to photography. 

Cameras: if you have your own bridge/SLR camera, please feel free to use it for your photos. Don’t worry if you don’t; for these workshops a reasonable mobile phone camera should do the trick. 

Here’s a rough guide to the course and each session: 

Workshop 1

  • Introduction to the project and overview of the three workshops
  • Photography practice – taking photos in your own surroundings.You’llhave about an hour to have a break, take some photos, select your best and then send to John for the next part of the workshop. 
  • Back online – reviewing your photos
  • Briefing for ‘at home’ task: photos to take before next workshop

Workshop 2

  • Review of your photos
  • Learning about editing, simple processing and thinking about submission for the exhibition
  • Briefing for this weeks’ ‘at home‘ task

Workshop 3 

  • Review and discussion of your photos
  • Selection and editing – choosing the best three photos
  • Discussion on the exhibition and preparation for final submission

Places are limited, so if you are interested in attending, please email Cally at, or call 01323 738390.  

Priority will be given to young adult carers and working adult carers who book to attend the course.  

We do hope that you will take the opportunity to get involved with the course to gain photography skills, share your voice and have some creative fun. 

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