What is the course about?
This highly-focused course presents an opportunity to develop a specific practical documentary or photojournalism project. It is ideal for students who have completed the 'Documentary and photojournalism' course (code VY600), or for anyone who would like to research and develop a photography project in some depth. You will receive practical and professional expert guidance from a working photographer on the various stages of your work in order to improve your photographic technique, presentation skills and artistic confidence. There will be weekly critiques and feedback sessions, and we'll also cover aspects such as marketing, and any ethical dimensions to your work.
What will we cover?
- Researching and structuring a picture story
- Developing composition, technique and style
- Developing ideas through pictures
- Picture editing
- Using words and captions
- Pitching your story and marketing your work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- research and structure a picture story
- recognise the importance of composition and technique
- produce a set of pictures with a coherent theme or topic
- pitch a story and market your work
- demonstrate an understanding of ethics
- recognise the importance of editing
- demonstrate an ability to be more objective and critical of your own work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course ideal for those who have completed the 'Documentary and Photojournalism' course (code VY600) or equivalent, or anyone who would like to research and develop a photography project in some depth. You will need some working knowledge of a manual camera, ideally understanding ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR, bridge or film camera (i.e. not a point-and-shoot camera).
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. 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?
This challenging course will include seminars, group discussion, and weekly tutor and peer feedback. Students will be encouraged to bring in photographic work on a weekly basis for discussion and critique.
Please note we will be using Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera to the classes, and you may wish to bring a notebook, pen and a memory stick. City Lit has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class.
The City Lit photography studio (at Kean St) is an annex and not part of the main building; there is no reception, so please do not arrive more then 5 minutes before the start time of your class, and do try the door before ringing the bell.
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. 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?
If you have found this course interesting you may want to consider other City Lit courses on creative projects, fine art photography, or exhibiting your work. City Lit also runs a huge range of courses on all aspects of photography, from wildlife or wedding photography to darkroom workshops. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.