City Lit photography projects
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Photography Studio
The City Lit photography projects course offers both knowledge and practical experience within photography, exploring its various contexts and genres. You will get to grips with your camera, explore different photographic techniques and gain new skills using industry equipment and software. Working through a series of creative projects you will start developing your own ideas and finish the course with an extensive portfolio of photographic work.
Course Code: VY844
Available start dates
Duration: 20 sessions (over 26 weeks)
What is the course about?
Using a wide range of techniques you will explore commercial and experimental approaches to photography in our fully equipped photographic studios, facilitated by a team of experts in the field.
At first, you will get to know your camera and learn how to use it in a technically competent and visually interesting way. You will gain skills in digital and traditional capture, learn about composition, exposure and lighting, and explore different genres including street photography, portraiture and studio lighting.
As the course progresses, you will deepen your understanding of visual storytelling, commercial practice and creative briefs. You will continue to improve your skills in digital image capture while exploring specialist genres such as architecture and panoramic photography. You will learn about project development, experiment with digital printing and start building a photographic portfolio of your work.
Our professional studio is equipped with a full studio lighting suite, Apple Mac computers, scanners, high quality A2 digital printers and professional software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture 1 and PtGui.
What will we cover?
- Manual camera skills including aperture, shutter speed and ISO
- Light metering and exposure control
- Digital image capture, traditional processes and image editing
- Framing, composition and colour
- Light sources, including daylight, flash and studio lighting
- Generating creative ideas, project development, editing and sequencing
- Copyright and business practice
- Showcasing, including print and online portfolios.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce photographs to a good level of technical proficiency
- Confidently apply exposure settings and lighting techniques
- Demonstrate an understanding of traditional and digital processes
- Use composition and colour to create visually interesting imagery
- Apply relevant photographic techniques to realise creative ideas
- Plan, develop and edit project work exploring different genres of photography
- Process, edit and print digital image files
- 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 or those wishing to further expand their skills through a series of creative photography projects. There is no prerequisite with regards to your perceived ability, but that you arrive with willingness, curiosity and a high level of commitment.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be led by a course leader and course tutor team who are all professional photographers within various fields. You will be taught through workshops, short lectures and practical exercise. Individual assistance will be provided throughout the course alongside group presentations and critiques.
The City Lit photography projects course puts equal emphasis on technical skills and ideas-based thinking and you will be expected to develop photographic projects and assignments independently outside the course. You will be encouraged to maintain a web presence of your images for informal critiques.
You will also have access to Google classroom as our designated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will be able to access hand-outs, briefs and collaborate with peers outside of course hours.
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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). The course will emphasise digital techniques. If you intend to use film, you should be prepared for the substantial film and processing costs. At City Lit, you will have access to a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. We cannot lend equipment between classes.
We advise all students to have a notebook (A5) to support the recording of information and ideas.
When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud
Please see the link below:
- You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format email@example.com)
- You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account.
- When your course finishes and you no longer have access to your student email, the software will continue to function on the installed machine for the remainder of the annual subscription.
- At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.
- The Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and technical support is extremely limited as a result.
- It is recommended that you do not use the online storage available on Adobe accounts as access to your work is subject to the continuation of your subscription.
- Adobe sales can be contacted on 0800-028-0148.
Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements.
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 or the new Photography Projects: developing studio practice. For more details around this course and others, please visit our website.
Laura is a photographer, picture editor and photography tutor. She holds an MA in art photograpy and has over ten years of editorial experience from a range of roles. Laura currently works as a freelance photographer and picture editor, specializing in portraiture, travel and documentary photography. Her passion is visual storytelling - making images work together to create a meaningful narrative. Before moving to London Laura worked as a university lecturer in Finland, teaching photojournalism. For the last five years Laura has taught digital photography, lighting, image editing and documentary storytelling to adults from all backgrounds and levels. Her style of teaching has been described as clear, inspiring and approachable. "I think holding a camera is a super power. It makes you see the world from a different angle and pay attention to the smallest details. Learning the technical aspects of photography is really important, but it can be done in a fun and creative way."
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.