What is the course about?
Getting to know your camera and using it in a technically competent and visually interesting way, from knowing the right buttons to press, to composing a photograph creatively. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, photo composition, lighting, and indoor/outdoor work. An inspiring introduction to photography as a form of creative self-expression anyone can learn.
What will we cover?
The basic mechanics of photography, including but not limited to:
- choice of camera
- exposure and taking light readings
- shutter speed settings and movement
- apertures (f-stops) and depth of field
- composition and lighting
- creative approaches to photographing different subjects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- produce photographs demonstrating some technical and theoretical understanding
- produce visually interesting photographs
- have a better understanding of the manual functions on your camera
- identify and use different sources of light i.e. daylight and artificial light.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You don't need any previous knowledge to join this course; it's for complete beginners or anyone needing a technical refresher. You will need to have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings). Most students will have a digital SLR or bridge camera, but 35mm film cameras are equally welcome.
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 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?
A mixture of lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, discussions and project work, involving some individual tutoring and group work. You will 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 working camera (either digital or film) which has manual settings for aperture and shutter speed. If you do not have a camera you will be supplied with a digital SLR for use in the class. 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). The City Lit has a selection of tripods and lenses (Nikon and Canon) which may be used during the hours of the class.
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?
If you've been inspired why not take the next step up to our 'Improving your photography' course, choose a specialism (people, landscape, performance, wildlife, close up, food, documentary etc) or enrol on the intensive 'City Lit photography' foundation course.