Michael Dean

Hi I'm Michael, I live and work in Leeds, West Yorkshire, I have two grown up children and have been self-employed for the last 30 years. My interest in photography began around 17 years ago when I bought my first digital camera.

In the early days of my photographic journey I began to teach myself photography through reading magazines and using the camera, I also began to teach myself how to use CorelDraw and Photoshop to manipulate my images.

After starting to teach computer programming at a local college in 2002 I was offered the chance to teach a Digital Imaging class, which whilst primarily being about using image manipulation software the people who came also wanted to know how to take better photographs and use their cameras.

This ignited my interest and passion for photography and with the purchase of a Fujifilm FinePix S7000 bridge camera, I then started reading more books and I enlisted the help of the college's photography tutor to quickly master the fundamentals of the camera and photographic techniques. Then in 2007 I decided it was time to formalise my learning and so I enrolled on a level 2 photography course, I upgraded my camera to the Canon 40D and after completing the course in 2008, I began to teach photography.

A year later I enrolled on a 2 year Foundation Degree in Digital Photography at Batley School of Art, which I completed in 2011 and then in 2012 I achieved a BA(Hons) in Photography, during this time I once again upgraded my camera and now I use the Canon 5D MkII.

Alongside the academic qualifications I have achieved in photography I am an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC and Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop CC, I also achieved the professional status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills in 2012.

In 2013 I become a qualified member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) having been awarded my Licentiateship and I am a member of the Institute for Learning.

I continue to lecture in Photography and Photoshop as well as continuing with my own personal photography projects and commissioned work.




Licentiateship (LBIPP)

Awarded by the British Institute of Professional Photography


BIPP Yorkshire Region 2013 Print Competition

Merit Award

Illustrative Category

BA (Hons) 2:1


2012 - Batley School of Art / Leeds Metropolitan University

Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS)


2012 - Institute for Learning

Foundation Degree

Digital Photography

2011 - Batley School of Art / Leeds Metropolitan University

BIPP Yorkshire Region 2011 Print Competition

Merit Award

Student Category

Certificate in Education

Post-Compulsory Sector

2006 - University of Huddersfield

Industrial Heritage

Photographic Exhibition

Leeds Industrial Museum
Armley Mills

25th August - 2nd October 2012
Private View 28th September

Industrial Heritage Exhibition Poster

Chapter 9

Free Range

The Old Truman Brewery
91 - 95 Brick Lane

5th - 9th July 2012

Chapter 9 Exhibition Poster

Forgotten Past

288 Years of History

Batley School of Art
Birkdale Road

29th February 2012

Forgotten Past Exhibition Poster


Photographic Exhibition

The Photography Gallery
Dean Clough Mills

14th - 29th May 2011
Private View 21th May

Enigma Exhibition Poster


A Collaboration of Photography

Stairway Gallery
West Yorkshire Print Workshop

8th - 24th June 2010
Private View 11th June

Six Exhibition Poster
Anchor on a boat in the Marina

Michael Dean BA(Hons) Cert. Ed. LBIPP MSET QTLS
Adobe Certified Expert Photoshop Adobe Certified Instructor Photoshop
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