In July and September, 2021 URTU Learning organized two digital photography walks in South Wales. The aim of the sessions was to encourage participants to learn how to use and get the most from their digital cameras and mobile phones whilst being outdoors.

Mark Ireland is a driver at Wincanton Magor and one of the participants. Mark said: “The digital photography session was well-worth doing. It was a normal walk held on the outskirts of Cardiff, in one of the places we would normally go for a walk. The half-day session was delivered in a small group and we were lucky with the weather. The good thing is that you can bring any type of equipment with you, including your smartphone, you get to take photos and exercise at the same time.  The tutor talked us through all the controls on our cameras, and we could see the improvement to our photos afterward”.

Peter Hitchman, one of the tutors at Going Digital Photography, said: “We enjoy being outdoors and concentrating on composition and camera settings in order that everyone gets photos of a high standard which they are really pleased with. So on our recent walks at Tintern and Cardiff, we planned to have a relaxed time, looking carefully at the environment that we were in and allowing everyone to get involved in spotting photo opportunities of interest to them and then discuss the best position to be in and the best and most appropriate settings to be on in order to capture the desired image”.

The 3-hour courses are for all abilities and meeting in small groups allows the learners to spend quality time with everyone and to help them develop their digital skills in a relaxed environment. Once the basics are mastered there is an opening to move on to longer courses.

Photos supplied by Mark Ireland and Cheryl Dowd