Make Your Photos Pop!

Archived course

This course comprises five half-day sessions. There are two offerings this year, running in the mornings of the week commencing 11 July. Bookings can be made through the Marlborough College Summer School website .


Fed up with taking boring photographs and instead want to wow your friends and family with pictures that have pizzazz? Then this course is for you.

Whether you take pictures using a digital SLR, a small point’n’shoot camera or just your phone, there are techniques and processes you can use to make your images stand out. This course will give you the lowdown on these techniques, including photo composition guidelines, editing tips and info about camera settings. The emphasis will be more on picture creation than detailed technical discussion.

Please see the course notes for important information about the course.

Course notes

Is my camera suitable for this course?

Any camera is suitable, including phones and tablets (Android or iOS).


The primary goal of this course is to show students the techniques that photographers use to make their images stand out from the crowd and to give them the opportunity to try them out for themselves.

Each day, we’ll discuss one or more techniques and then have the opportunity to put them into practice. We’ll take a look at the results and the group will have a chance to examine each other’s work to evaluate what you’ve learned. Hints and tips for improvement will be provided as appropriate.

As well as photographic techniques, we’ll also take a look at post-processing – ways to improve your pictures further using editing software on your phone, tablet or computer.

Please ask via the summer school office or the Contact Form if you have any further questions.

Equipment to bring

Students should bring along their own digital camera, tablet or phone (including its charger) and the cable for connecting to a computer.