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Smart Phone Photography for potters and ceramic artists with David Hempenstall



Sunday 2 June 2024


10.00am to 2.00pm


David Hempenstall


Canberra Potters Gallery


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Are you a potter or ceramic artist looking to elevate your craft through stunning photography? We've got just the course for you!

We are delighted to be offering this course in collaboration with PhotoAccess Canberra

Duration: 4 hours 

Course Outline:

Learn about smart phone photography for

  • Portfolios, gallery applications, and social media
  • Tips for creating consistency in your portfolio.
  • Understanding the importance of storytelling through photos

Equipment and Gear

  • Your fully charged smart phone plus charger

Basic Photography Principles for using your smart phone 

  • Understanding composition, framing, and perspective
  • Simple lighting techniques for artwork
  • Choosing the right backgrounds and settings
  • Focusing and depth of field

Smart phone basics Basics 

  • Hands-on practice with iphone settings
  • Smartphone camera tips and tricks
  • Group photo session with participant’s artwork as subjects

Digital Darkroom Basics 

  • Introduction to simple photo editing software and apps
  • Cropping and resizing
  • Adjusting exposure, contrast, and colour balance
  • Enhancing details and sharpness

Practical Exercise: Editing Your Photos 

  • Participants edit their own photos using simple editing apps (provide recommendations)
  • Tips for enhancing the appearance of their artwork.

Photographing for Different Purposes

  • Portfolios, gallery applications, and social media
  • Tips for creating consistency in your portfolio.
  • Understanding the importance of storytelling through photos

Social Media and Online Presence

  • Brief introduction to using social media platforms for artists.
  • The dos and don'ts of sharing artwork online
  • Why building an online presence with great photos of your work is important


David Hempenstall is a documentary photographer who, for most of his career, has explored the broad outskirts of personal and cultural memory, autonomy, archive and the aftermath of conflict. He has also developed a strong commissioned practice, focused particularly on places of memory and interpreting collections within cultural institutions and archives.

From 2005 to 2007, David documented the discovery, exhumation and analysis of victims in mass graves in Iraq. These photographs were used as evidence in the trials of a number of prominent Ba'athists such as Saddam Hussein and Ali Husan Al-Majid during the Anfal trial in the Iraqi High Tribunal. On leaving Iraq he embarked on an on-going, personally driven effort to photograph in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  In this undertaking, he examines the multi-generational links of family and the possible emergence of a new nation state in the Pacific.


At the forefront of contemporary photography, film, video, and media arts, photo access stands as the region’s photographic hub. We champion photographic experimentation and discovery through a variety of channels, including diverse exhibitions, workshops, community events, and engaging discursive and artistic projects.

Established in 1984 as an artist-run initiative, photo access has deep roots in grassroots arts activism, and flourishes as an integral part of our local community. The founding artists envisioned photo access as a space for fostering creativity and learning within an inclusive community setting. Situated on the sacred lands of Ngunnawal people, on Kamberri/Canberra soil, we proudly manage the Manuka Arts Centre.

In the midst of a transformative era in image culture, photo access aims to preserve analogue skills whilst cultivating an understanding of the omnipresent photographic image in the digital age. Through our public programs, we facilitate national and international discussions on visual literacy and contemporary practices.

The Future: photo access is delighted to be one of six pioneering organisations transitioning to a new world-class arts precinct in Kingston, Canberra in 2026-27. Our new purpose-built home will quadruple our current space, featuring darkrooms, studios, a larger gallery, and providing access to artists’ accommodation. Please join us as we continue to evolve and expand our commitment to the art of photography and its dynamic role in our ever-changing world.

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Intermediate. Some experience or completion of an Introduction to Clay Course