Developing photography skills
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Kean Street Photography Studio
Course Code: VY419
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course is an ideal follow-up to our Beginner's photograph course, or for anyone with a basic technical grounding. As well as revising and refreshing existing knowledge, you will learn new, 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?
- Revision of manual functions of the camera.
- Exploring themes and different styles of photographs.
- Experimenting with exposure readings.
- Use of different lenses.
- Looking at lighting and the use of shadow.
- Image composition.
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 relatively 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 (including flash) and shadows to enhance your 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, individual and group 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.
The course also uses Google Classroom (an online teaching resource) for you to share comments with your class, download course material and upload images for group crits.
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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. The City Lit has a range of cameras, tripods, lenses, speed lights and studio lighting (if appropriate to the course) that you are welcome to borrow during the taught hours of the class. We are unable to lend out equipment between taught sessions. If you are using a film camera you will need to pay for up to five 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).
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 on the web site to get inspired.
Rachel is an award-winning professional photographer and film maker. She has displayed her work in various parts in the UK, France and the US. She has a first class degree in Wildlife and Environmental Photography and an MA in Wildlife Documentary Production. She teaches a variety of photography courses, workshops and one-to-ones to both adults and children. At City Lit she currently teaches Beginners Photography, Creative Nature Photography, Mindful Photography and Creative Wildlife Photography in London Parks. Rachel produces personal photography projects, sometimes in collaboration, e.g. with the Royal Air Force on a project about the women who took part in the Battle of the Atlantic. This was displayed in central Liverpool and the docks during the commemorations. Rachel fosters a warm and empathic environment in her class so that students feel supported by each other and are encouraged to explore their creativity with an emphasis on skills development, wellbeing benefits and having fun!
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.