The course is suitable for both beginners and those who have a basic understanding of photography who wish to have greater creative control over their equipment and at the same time develop their appreciation of the medium. During the course there will be informal lectures and workshops introducing both the creative and technical possibilities of your camera as you learn how to use the various settings and functions by responding to a set of projects. These will be supplemented by lecture slides on historical and contemporary artwork which explore the aesthetics of photography.
Topics such as basic camera operation, composition, creative use of shutter speed and aperture, plus exposure and how to use a flash will help you develop your picture making skills, while a series of assignments set at the end of each session will offer you the chance to put these into practice by exploring some popular themes in your own time. Each session will also devote a certain amount of time to working on your images using Photoshop, and allow you to discuss your work with the tutor on a 1 to 1 basis.
You will be taken through the selection process, introduced to basic editing procedures for both colour and B&W, and generally learn how to enhance your images before preparing them for output. Finally, the course concludes with an informal group critique of everyone’s work that offers you the chance to get some feedback and think about how you might progress when the course finishes.
You will be required to bring your own digital camera for this course.
This programme is designed to be accessible to a wide range of learners, from those wishing to explore a creative subject to those already working on a freelance basis, looking to up skill.
This course requires you to be a minimum of 18 years old, be eligible to study in the UK and have a good level of English.