Free taster sessions for adult learners

Entrepreneurs, media professionals and creatives from across the county have attended the first in a range of free taster sessions to develop their photography and media skills, with more free sessions in a range of subjects planned throughout June.

Student learning how to use Photoshop during a free Photography Techniques Taster Session at Truro and Penwith College

Offered as part of the ESF-funded Access to Higher Level Skills project and delivered by Truro and Penwith College, sessions gave learners an insight into what it would be like to access or re-engage in study at a higher level (level 4 and above).

With sessions in Photographic Techniques, Visual and Graphic Techniques and Moving Image Techniques, attendees were given the opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art facilities that the College offers while gaining hands-on experience in the photographic studios, colour and black and white darkrooms and Mac editing suites. 

Lee Roberts, owner of The Little Gin Shack Limited, attended the Photographic Techniques Taster Session, where she used a range of traditional and digital processes to create studio portraits. Receiving additional hints and tips from the lecturer about product photography, Lee was impressed by the diversity of the session, she said: “I found the session fascinating and really enjoyed using the large format camera and developing the photographs. Of particular use to my business was learning about Photoshop and using lighting to enhance the photography of products for use on my website and social media.”

Similarly, the Visual and Graphic Techniques session provided attendees with skills that could be transferred to the workplace as participants were taught the principles and practices of graphic design.

Student posing in one of the photography studios at Truro and Penwith College during a free Photography Techniques Taster Session.

Suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds, sessions even attracted those already working within the industry, proving that there is always room to grow and expand your knowledge. Esther Ledder, Marketing Coach and Digital Developer, attended the Moving Image Techniques Taster Session, Esther commented: “Part of my role includes training and mentoring a talented cohort of Digital Marketing Apprentices across a wide variety of sectors, so keeping up to date and increasing my knowledge of using Premiere Pro and editing videos was extremely valuable. As video has the highest engagement across social media platforms this is an essential part of digital marketing, and something that I had wanted to learn more about on a practical level.”  

With a background in Marketing and Events, Media and Photography lecturer Britt Duff has helped to tailor these taster sessions to provide a practical and enjoyable experience for all who attend. She said: “Photography is a big part of our everyday lives and is becoming increasingly necessary in the workplace. From website content to social media marketing and from designing printed materials to email newsletters, it’s important that your photographs are a professional representation of your brand.”

If you’re interested in accessing the free Access to Higher Level Skills taster sessions with Truro and Penwith College, click here to find out more and secure your place.