Northern Ireland’s principal gallery of contemporary photography, Belfast Exposed, is hosting a series of training events aimed at helping you get the best from your camera.

They include the basics of your digital camera, documentary photography, and for those still working on film how to print from negatives.

On Saturday, November 14, Introduction to Your Digital Camera, is a practical, hands-on course designed both for beginners and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.
It includes an introduction to the camera’s manual controls, focusing on how to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO to correctly expose your photographs.

This course will also enable those attending to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.

Printing Your Negatives on November 17 is a course to teach advanced techniques to produce high quality prints from processed negatives. It is a hands-on session aimed at understanding the potential of black and white photographic printing. 

Learning will include the correct exposure and tonal range of prints, how to set the correct printing and split grades, how to pre-flash the paper, and an overview of the different papers available for printing.

Documentary Photography is aimed at intermediate level photographers. On December 5 the sessions follows a single topic or story in-depth over time, as opposed to photojournalism’s real-time coverage of breaking news and events.

By deepening understanding and emotional connection to stories, documentary photography can capture and sustain public attention, and mobilise people around pressing social and human rights issues.

The course will cover all areas of documentary photography, from its origins and working photographers to setting challenges for each participant to think about their photography and the development of their project.

Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, Belfast Exposed’s exhibitions, publications and photography projects with artists and local communities are usually accompanied by related talks, community events and discussions.

Other courses on offer in coming weeks include Studio Photography (November 14), Photoshop Basics (November 28) and Lightroom Basics (December 12).

All are delivered at Belfast Exposed, 25 Donegal Street, Belfast. For details and tickets go to