City Lit Photography projects
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
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What is the course about?
Using a wide range of both traditional and digital techniques you will explore commercial and experimental approaches to photography in our fully equipped photographic studios. You will work through a series of projects and industry software sessions facilitated by a team of experts in the field. You will gain skills in traditional and digital capture, editing software & techniques, studio & on location lighting, history, and genres including street photography, portraiture, architecture, still life and commercial practice.
Our professional studio is equipped with a full studio lighting suite, Apple Mac computers, scanners, high quality A2 digital printers and professional software - Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture 1 and PtGui (panorama stitching software).
What will we cover?
- Manual camera skills and exposure control
- Lighting techniques including studio lighting
- Digital image manipulation and editing
- Project development and creative ideas
- Exploring genres: including street/documentary; photographing people; landscape and panoramic photography
- Traditional techniques including pinhole photography
- History of photography
- Digital and silver based printing
- Creating print and web portfolios.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce photographs to a high level of technical proficiency
- Confidently apply exposure settings and lighting techniques
- Digitally manipulate and retouch images
- Apply relevant photographic techniques to realise creative ideas
- Create projects exploring different genres of photography (e.g. landscape, people etc.)
- Produce a diverse portfolio of high-quality photographs.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners to photography, though it is an intensive course requiring students to demonstrate a high level of commitment throughout.
In addition to class attendance, you will be expected to have time management skills and be able to work independently in conducting research, practising skills and developing projects using online resources and undertake practical tasks independently outside class-time.
You should have a basic knowledge and competence in using computers, including creating, saving and retrieving files. You will be encouraged to have an online presence and can gain support for this on web courses offered throughout the term.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through workshops, short lectures, handouts, practical exercises, individual assistance, group critiques, and online resources. The course puts equal emphasis on technical skills and ideas-based thinking. You will need to allow about 6 hours per week for practice and study in addition to the taught hours.
You will be expected to develop photographic projects and assignments independently outside the course, and will be encouraged to maintain a web presence of your images for informal critiques.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You must have access to a camera that allows full manual control (e.g. any digital SLR camera). If you intend to use film be prepared for the substantial film and processing costs, although the course will actually emphasise digital techniques as film is now primarily the domain of art photography. City Lit has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. You will need a high-capacity memory stick or a portable hard drive for the course – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Macs, but not written to.
You will be using some computer software on this course. You will be supplied with a full Adobe Creative Cloud license with access to Photoshop and Lightroom for the duration of the course.
If you wish to buy your own copy to work at home, you might be eligible for a discount from Adobe: adobe.com/uk/creativecloud/buy/students
An alternative, cheaper image editing software is Affinity Photo.
Need art supplies? Our partner London Graphic Centre has everything you need from pencil to printing services, at 15% off.
To get an LGC discount card, students will need to show proof/ confirmation of enrolment of them being a student at City Lit. You can apply for our card in-store or by simply emailing email@example.com with a scan or photo of relevant confirmation
The student discount does not apply to products that are already discounted or on offer. More information can be found here- https://www.londongraphics.co.uk/student-discounts/.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit has a wide range of practical and theoretical photography courses however, one natural extension would be to progress onto Documentary photography.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.