Get Off Auto: Practical Photography For Beginners At The Footprint

Creative Learning |
16th September 2019

16 Sep – 25 Nov | 2 – 4 pm | Tutor Eric Pye | £126 (9 weeks)

New to digital photography and want to develop your skills? An exciting mix of theory, demonstrations and assignments will help you to master the controls of your camera.

Important Information
Please note there are no classes on the following dates:
Autumn term: 21 to 25 October; 11 to 13 October & 11 to 17 November

What will the course or workshop cover and how will it be taught?

By the end of the course, you will have received and practised the basics of digital photography. You will learn the controls of your camera, the basics of metering and exposure control together with techniques to aid composition.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need a digital camera, its instruction manual (a physical copy or access to a digital copy), memory card, clothes suitable for going outside and some means of making notes. A tripod may be helpful for some of the sessions but is by no means a necessity.

Are there any additional costs?

There is the option of printing of 3 images for approximately £10, payable directly to the tutor. The tutor will discuss this with students.

Location and Access

This course takes place at Footprint, St Catherine’s Woodland, Windermere, a National Trust property. Participants do not need to be National Trust members to attend. Please visit the following link for more information about this unique eco building, the first straw bale building in Cumbria

There is a small car park and free parking is available while on the course but do consider car sharing or public transport: to get here


Footprint Building, Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1NH

The aim is to be outside for some of the sessions so please be prepared for this.
We will be walking around Footprint and this will include uphill sections and uneven paths, which may be difficult for those with limited mobility. Please contact the Brewery to discuss any concerns about mobility.

Tea and coffee is provided.

Please contact the Creative Learning Team on 01539 722833 Ext 273/275 if you wish to discuss any specific needs or email

About the tutor 

Eric is a photographer who likes to combine his love of the outdoors with a desire to produce something creative. He likes to try and convey something about the places in his images and does this with traditional landscape shots as well as more abstract ideas using camera movement and multiple exposures. As well as creating his own images, Eric now puts his years as a school teacher to good use teaching photography to groups, individuals and here at the Brewery. You can find out more about him and his work at or on Facebook as Eric Pye Photography.

Eric pye


16th September 2019

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