Developing photography skills: intermediate
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
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Course Code: VY356
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is an ideal follow-up to our 'Beginner's photography course, or for anyone with a basic technical grounding. As well as revising and refreshing existing knowledge, you will learn new, slightly more advanced skills - from exposure use to selecting the right lens - and practise how to apply them across different themes and styles of photography.
What will we cover?
- Exploring themes and different styles of photographs.
- Experimenting with exposure readings.
- Photographing silhouettes and extreme backlighting.
- Use of different lenses.
- Looking at lighting and the use of shadow.
- Revision of manual functions of the camera.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use the shutter speed and aperture controls (f-stops) on your camera effectively
- expose images correctly in challenging situations, and use exposure as part of the creative process
- create silhouette images and deal with backlit situations
- know what type of lens to choose
- use light and shadows to create images.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for those who have completed our 'Photography for beginners' course - but you can join us without having done so, as long as you understand ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and know how to change these on your digital SLR or 35mm film camera (not a point-and-shoot camera). You will need to have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings).
You'll need to 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 happy using numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In a supportive group environment, through demonstrations, illustrated lectures, practical exercises and individual assistance. You will regularly receive and be invited to contribute to positive critical feedback on your own and each other's photographs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a notebook, a digital or 35mm film SLR camera with whatever lenses you have. If you do not have a camera you will be provided with one for use during the class. If you are using a film camera you will need to pay for up to three rolls of film, together with processing and printing - you can use colour or black and white. (Please note we do not sell or process film at City Lit). You will need to pay for any prints made outside of the class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your interest in photography further through a range of creative and practical photography courses at City Lit, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the full list to get inspired.
Ed Gregory is a multi-talented Entrepreneur and photographer. As the owner of iGROOVER photography and Picturesnap photography, Ed has over 28 years of experience in Hair and Beauty, Fashion, commercial photography, as well as family portraiture, events, and high-end wedding photography. Each of the businesses covers different aspects of this portfolio. He is an expert in shooting in Natural light, Mixed-light, and studio lighting and holds full professional qualifications with the MPA, BIPP, and the Guild of photographers. Ed's photographic and award-winning retouching and image-making have received accreditations and awards by all of the above national and international governing bodies mentioned. Teaching and Learning are a massive part of Ed's Life, and he feels it's essential to pass on knowledge. His background in education started in 1998, delivering HNC photography to London Students. Joining the CityLit team was a natural progression that has allowed him to give back some of the fantastic knowledge and experience he has accumulated over his long career. Software expertice in retouching using - Photoshop - Lightroom - Creative Cloud
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.