What is the course about?
This intermediate level course will give students a thorough grounding in appreciating different architectural styles and how best to capture them on camera. As well as looking at particular architects' work, we'll guide you practically through judging the best time of day to photograph, what angle to take a shot from, what lens to use, and how to work safely and legally when out and about (with tips on situations like dealing with security guards when photographing from public space). Two of the sessions will take place on location in the City of London, as well as sessions in the studio learning to edit and process your images.
What previous students liked most about this course: “Tutor’s expertise and encouraging manner. Practice on site – not all theory or viewing familiar images!”
“The onsite photography sessions. Explaining what to look for on site and to use in practice. Also the review at the end helped massively.”
“Taking a new look at what I thought was familiar. The experience/ expertise of the tutor (Grant).”
What will we cover?
- Optimum time of day for photography
- Angle of view and choice of lens
- Overview of a particular architect’s work in the City
- Working safely and legally in public.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify differing architectural styles of building in the City of London
- recognise the optimum time to photograph a particular aspect of a building
- demonstrate correct choice of lens to convey the scale and detail of the building
- demonstrate safe and considerate working practice in a public space
- understand your legal right to photograph buildings from a public place
- download and process images using Photoshop
- understand usage of colour balance and perspective correction tools.
What previous students have achieved on this course: “Greater awareness of London architecture. Learnt about perspective correction DM.
“Greater focus on framing a building for content and/ or emphasis and how to deal with security staff! JH
“Learnt about perspective correction via Photoshop. Reminded of power of ‘negative space’ in composition” JM
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate level class. You should be able to operate the manual functions of your camera, and have an interest in architecture and the built environment. You need to be computer literate at a basic level and have control of the functions of your camera. Please note that we will be using Apple Macs, not PCs, although all the software used on this course is cross-platform. If you have never used a computer before, you might find our course ‘An introduction to Apple computers’ useful - these run each term.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A structured programme of lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises at locations in the City and back at the studio. Each student will have their own computer to work on at the studio. Students may want to continue working outside of class to build their portfolio.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to bring some images on a CD or memory stick for discussion. You will also need a digital camera and a notebook and pen as you are encouraged to take notes. City Lit has cameras you may borrow during lesson time if you cannot supply your own.
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?
City Lit runs over 70 different photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and using software packages. You might also be interested in our range of architecture courses studying all sorts of themes of the London cityscape. Browse the City Lit website or prospectus to get inspired.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details