What is the course about?
This is a practical course on the core skills required to become a photographer's assistant. You will learn a range of techniques and processes including setting up lights, capturing, managing, retouching and processing images as well as efficiently dealing with the paperwork involved.
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our City Lit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance..
What will we cover?
- Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Capture One software
- Lighting - flash, speedlights, tungsten (hotlights), LED and fluorescent (cold lights)
- Colour-management across the whole process from image capture to output
- File handling and automating tasks in Photoshop
- Retouching of images
- Business paperwork.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use tethered capture (transfer images to a computer during shooting) using Adobe Lightroom and Capture One software
- set up studio lighting and speedlights (off camera portable flash) for a variety of situations
- capture and output images using a colour-managed workflow
- batch-process images for web and print using the most common industry software packages.
You will learn in a relaxed environment with a small group of up to 8 people.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course and NOT suitable for beginners. You will be expected to have complete control of the manual controls of your camera, a good knowledge of computers and a basic knowledge of image manipulation programs e.g. Photoshop or Lightroom.
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 discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be 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 a series of slide presentations, demonstrations, lectures and multiple practical exercises. Please note we will be working on Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your manual camera to the classes; you may also wish to bring a notebook and pen. City Lit has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which are available to you during the hours of the class. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Macs, but not written to). CDs/DVDs are available.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Hopefully this course will set you off into a career in professional photography, but if you're itching to learn more about the subject City Lit run over 70 different photography courses in everything from wildlife and fashion photography to darkroom processing and running a photography business. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.