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Photography for beginners

Course Dates: 10/02/22 - 31/03/22
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
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On this beginners course in photography, uncover what half the buttons on your camera actually do and discover how to use them properly to get beautiful, well taken photographs. Gain useful technical knowledge and get creative guidance in easy-to-understand language. An ideal first step for anyone interested in photography.

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Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £247.00 Concession £188.00

Course Code: VY418

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Thu, day, 10 Feb - 31 Mar '22

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

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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, composition, light and indoor/outdoor photography. 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
- Apertures (f-stops) and depth of field
- Lenses
- Composition and light
- Creative approaches to photographing different subjects.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Use the manual functions of your camera
- Explain the terminology surrounding photography
- Identify and use different sources of light eg. daylight and artificial light.
- Create visually interesting photographs.

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 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 talks, demonstrations, group and individual practical exercises, discussions and project work, involving some individual tutoring. You will receive and be invited to contribute to positive critical feedback on your own and each other's photographs. To get the most from this course, you should take time to practice between lessons.

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.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We offer a range of subject focus photography courses and specialist workshops. For a full list of courses available and on offer, please visit our website.

Laura Vuoma Tutor Website

Laura is a photographer, picture editor and photography tutor. She holds an MA in art photograpy and has over ten years of editorial experience from a range of roles. Laura currently works as a freelance photographer and picture editor, specializing in portraiture, travel and documentary photography. Her passion is visual storytelling - making images work together to create a meaningful narrative. Before moving to London Laura worked as a university lecturer in Finland, teaching photojournalism. For the last five years Laura has taught digital photography, lighting, image editing and documentary storytelling to adults from all backgrounds and levels. Her style of teaching has been described as clear, inspiring and approachable. "I think holding a camera is a super power. It makes you see the world from a different angle and pay attention to the smallest details. Learning the technical aspects of photography is really important, but it can be done in a fun and creative way."

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.