Environmental Portraiture: 4 Week Photography Short Course

  • 2-4.30pm each week
  • Loughborough University
  • £20
  • Booking required
  • Students and staff
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Booking information

Booking required

Contact information

LU Arts
01509 222948
Workshop, Tuition

Refine your artistic and technical photography skills with hands-on sessions and a final online showcase on the LU Arts website.

***This course is only available to Loughborough University students and staff***

Join fine art photographer Dean Leivers for an engaging 4 week photography course focusing on the photography style ‘environmental portraiture’. The course covers everything from project planning to image creation on campus, with technical assistance available. Don't miss this chance to refine your photography skills with an experienced artist and educator.

Your final work will be showcased online on the LU Arts website.

Please note that you cannot sign up for individual sessions. Please check the dates and times for each week before you go ahead and book.

You will need to bring your own camera with you to each session. Smart phone cameras will not be suitable. 

If you missed the session you can still book a place (subject to availability) up until 12pm on Wednesday 15 November. The price will remain at £20.


Location information for the course will be sent to you upon purchasing of your ticket. If you have any specific accessibility needs then please let us know via the booking form or email us at LUArts@lboro.ac.uk in advance of booking and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Course information

Session 1 (Wed 8 Nov) - Introduction session

Dean will present examples of his own practice and project work alongside current research examples showing the work of contemporary photographers working in the style of ‘Environmental Portraiture’.

You’ll be invited to consider elements of best practice when undertaking your own projects taking into account areas such as image permissions alongside technical considerations.

Session 2 (Wed 15 Nov) - Practical session

You will have the space to finish developing your own project plan. There will also be time to start creating images, with help on hand from Dean if you require technical assistance with your camera or lighting equipment.

Session 3 (Wed 22 Nov) - Practical session

The bulk of this session will be given over to image creation on or around campus. We will end the session by selecting your strongest images so far and taking part in a group critique. This will help you further refine your selections and consider improvements to your projects overall, which can be done outside of the session before week four.

Session 4 (Wed 29 Nov) - Editing/processing session.

In the final session you will edit and process your final selection of images using imaging software. Dean will help you consider the sequencing of images, the artist statement, your options for display and how this may influence the editing process.

About the course leader

Dean Leivers is an East Midlands based fine art photographer/creative practitioner. After gaining an undergraduate Photography degree at University College Falmouth in 2008 he has worked extensively as a freelance artist and educator. He is motivated to investigate his surroundings through photography. Current practice/research interests are portraiture, landscape and the way that these photographic styles can be utilised to unpick and document communities.

Dean is currently currently delivering large scale collaborative project work, primarily in schools, leading analogue photography workshops which utilise mindfulness techniques and approaches that are part of larger programmes of mindfulness activities aimed at young people between the ages of 3-18.

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