Demystify the settings of your DSLR on this one-day intensive workshop with the support of photographer & experienced educator Alicia Bruce.

About this Event
Demystify the settings of your DSLR on this one-day intensive workshop with the support of photographer and experienced educator Alicia Bruce.  Teas coffees and tasty treats will be provided during the day.

Over the course of the day you will learn how to get better quality photographs and move away from the automatic settings.

We will cover:


Shutter Speed



Focal Length



and much more.

Our base for the day with be the wonderful Tribe Porty (subject to change depending on distancing rules) just 5 minutes walk from Portobello Beach.

About the tutor

Alicia Bruce has 20 years of photographic experience and over 10 years teaching experience and a teaching qualification. She is currently Teaching Fellow in Photography at the University of Edinburgh. She also teaches popular photography weekends at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow.

Alicia has exhibited and published her photography internationally winning several awards, including the Royal Scottish Academy Morton Award. Her work is held in several public and private collections, including National Galleries of Scotland. Recent commissions include Zero Tolerance’s ‘Violence Unseen’, ‘209 Women’ at the UK Parliament, ‘Our World Heritage’ for Edinburgh World Heritage. Her teaching page is:

About Portobello

Portobello is Edinburgh's seaside suburb with a thriving, dynamic community, beach and promenade and ever-changing sea and skyscape. It is 20 minutes by bus from the city centre.

Who is the course suitable for?

This course is suitable for absolute beginners, enthusiasts and experienced practitioners moving from analogue to digital.

What to bring?

Participants should bring a DSLR camera with batteries charged and a cleared memory card, a notebook and pen. Dress for the changeable weather in Edinburgh in April. You are likely to be on the beach.

All students will be provided with a workshop schedule and some introductory learning resources, a map, local information.


NOTE: The course will move to live online teaching via Zoom or fully outdoor learning depending on lockdown rules for October 2020 but ideally we'll proceed as normal. Distancing as per Scottish Government guidance for October 2020 will be followed.

It is expected that all participants shall follow the most up to date distancing advice and procedures at all times.

Release of liability.

Everyone taking part in this Portobello Photography School activity does so at their own risk. The host assumes no responsibility for anyone attending this event. The host will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss occurring as a result of any event or in connection with travel to such event, however caused. By signing up to the event or attending the participant agrees to these terms and conditions.

Any participant displaying symptoms of Covid-19 at the time of the event should not attend unless we are working online instead of in person.

Participants consent to receive medical treatment that may be deemed advisable in the event of injury, accident, and/or illness during this event.

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Portobello Photography School

  • Venue

    Tribe Porty and Portobello Beach

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    Tribe Porty, Windsor Place, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AJ, UK

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