We offer workshops, discussions, screenings and lectures on all things film. These cover a diverse range of genres and delve into cinema from all corners of the world; from much loved classics to emerging talents. All our courses are accessible and suitable for all levels of experience and knowledge.

Most of our courses take place in our studio and all are run by experienced teachers and professionals.

We will also be relaunching our online selection of discussions and lectures again soon; that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

If you have any questions about any of our courses or clubs please get in touch via: [email protected]

Upcoming courses

PAUSE: Intermediate DSLR Photography

Practical  4 week course in digital photography.
4 Wednesday evenings 19:00 – 20:30:
9 March, 16 March 23 March 30 March

Cost: £60

If you know your aperture from your nose and that ISO isn’t something you’ll find on a tax invoice then this Intermediate Photography Course is for you.

Led by Kate Swanson, a fully qualified teacher and working photographer, this course is aimed at those who know how to operate their camera in manual mode. A perfect choice for those having taken Kate’s popular Introduction to Digital Photography and are looking to take your photography to the next level. This course explores more advanced digital camera settings and compositional techniques to allow you to take your photography to the next level.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

A quick refresher of the exposure triangle 
Conquering Exposure and understanding light
Overview of the photographers toolkit 
Exposure compensation 
Metering systems 
Focus 
File types 
Master shooting in low level lighting conditions 
How to read and use the histogram 
Principles of what makes an image successful 
Compositional techniques

There will be opportunities to ask questions, as well as lots of practical exercises to take home.

YOU WILL NEED YOUR OWN DSLR CAMERA. Please email [email protected] with the make and model number if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.

Feedback from Kate’s last Depot Course:

“Just a note to say loved the course, the content, delivery, pace was perfect for me AND I can’t believe I can use full manual after only 3 sessions and have a renewed interest in taking pictures.

PAUSE: Introduction To Digital Photography

Practical  4 week course in digital photography.
4 Wednesday evenings 19:00 – 20:30:
19 January, 26 January, 2 February, 9 February

Cost: £60

Whether you are a beginner or want to improve your skills, this four week course will leave you confident taking images you are proud to share. Led by Kate Swanson, a qualified teacher and working photographer, who will fully guide you through operating your digital camera as well as understanding the fundamentals of photography; using films for creative inspiration along the way. 

There will be opportunities to ask questions, as well as lots of practical exercises to take home. 

YOU WILL NEED YOUR OWN DSLR CAMERA. Please email [email protected] with the make and model number if you are unsure if your camera is suitable.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

Aperture, Shutter Speed & ISO 

Manual vs Autofocus + focal points.

Compositional techniques

White Balance.

Techniques such as panning, zoom burst, painting with light.

The digital workflow (capture, organise, edit and share).

Equipment, including different lenses.

Feedback from Kate’s last Depot Course:

“Excellent photography course that covered a lot of content without being complicated or overwhelming. Highly recommended.” Anne-Marie

“This is just a quick email to say thank you for the excellent course that you ran at the Depot over the last four weeks. Although I’ve got quite a lot of equipment and have been taking photos for many years, the course was great in making me stand back and take the time to re-think my approach. I picked up a lot of useful ideas and new approaches to my photography.” Dave

Classic films and friendly discussion.
One Thursday afternoon a month, 11:00.

Cost: £10 for film and post film discussion

A welcome return to our friendly book to film club. Each month we screen a classic film based on a novel with an informal discussion afterwards. Whether you’ve read the novel recently, many years ago or not at all; all are welcome. 

Screenings are held on a Thursday morning each month. Post film discussions will take place in our studio and will be led by our very own bookworm and film buff, Rory Bines-Morris.

We start up our new year with Alfred Hitchcock’s haunting, Rebecca (1940) on 27 January followed by a courtroom drama that remains as gripping and relevant as it did 60 years ago, To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), on 24 February.

 

Wilma’s Documentary Club

Documentary films and discussion.
One Thursday afternoon a month, 13:00.

Cost: £10 for film and post film discussion.

Wilma will be back in February with a new season of documentaries and discussion exploring the subject of ageing.