Photography, space and architecture

Course Dates: 03/10/24 - 31/10/24
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Kean Street Photography Studio
Capture the architecture of London, from ancient churches to modern buildings in this introduction to architectural photography. Learn about the history and development of this specialist genre then venture onto the streets and spaces of London to put your theory into practice, identifying architectural styles and experimenting with different lenses, composition, processing and editing.
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Photography, space and architecture
  • Course Code: VY375
  • Dates: 03/10/24 - 31/10/24
  • Time: 14:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Thu, Daytime
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
  • Location: Kean Street Photography Studio
  • Tutor: Michael Harding

Course Code: VY375

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Thu, day, 03 Oct - 31 Oct '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This fascinating course will introduce you to the fine art of architectural photography, giving you hands-on experience on location and in the studio of the equipment and processing involved, as well as an understanding of the history and development of the genre and its impact on our perceptions of the built environment. Exploring nearby London (involving walking up to 5km) we will develop your ability to recognise architectural styles, identify the optimum angles to capture and the best time of day to do it, then guide you through the editing and processing of your images in the studio.

What will we cover?

- History and styles of architecture and architectural photography
- Specialist lenses, equipment requirements
- Composition
- Optimum time of day for architectural photography
- Working safely on the street and your rights to shoot in public.

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

- identify differing architectural styles of building in London
- recognise the optimum time to photograph a particular aspect of a building
- select the right choice of lens for the type of structure you are photographing
- download and process images using suitable imaging software
- understand usage of colour balance and perspective correction tools
- demonstrate safe and considerate working practice in a public space
- understand your legal right to photograph buildings from a public place.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Ideal for those who have completed our 'Beginners Photography course, or for anyone with a basic understanding of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR or bridge camera (i.e. not a point-and-shoot camera). You must have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to
change the aperture and shutter speed settings).
Students should be computer-literate at a basic level. Please note that you will be using Apple Mac computers, although all the software used on this course is cross-platform. If you have never used a computer before, you might benefit from our course ‘An introduction to Apple computers’ that runs each term.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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 London. The photography studio uses a computer projector for presentations and viewing of images. Each student will have their own Apple Mac computer to work on. Students may want to continue working outside of class to build a portfolio of images. 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. See below for the instructions on how to log on. Google classroom log in help.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your camera (if you have one) to the classes and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. City Lit has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. We are unable to lend out equipment between the taught sessions of the course. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to).

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. Browse the website to get inspired.

Michael Harding Tutor Website

Michael Harding was born in Canada, where he studied cinema and photography at Concordia University, Montréal, before moving to the UK. Since then, he has created striking images of architecture, art, people and landscapes for international blue-chip clients for their use in editorial, advertising and corporate applications. Michael’s work has won many industry awards, notably being selected in the Eleventh Association of Photographers Awards and further receiving a Merit Award in the Seventeenth Association of Photographers Awards. His work was selected for a Highly Commended Award in the Deutsche Bauzeitung “Visions in Architecture” European Architectural Photography prize. His work has been exhibited in both the United Kingdom and Canada. Michael has been Chairman, as well as President, of the Association of Photographers (AOP). The AOP is Europe’s most established organisation for professional photographers, working to ensure greater recognition for all professional photographers, as well as working to positively influence legislators in the UK and Europe for the benefit of all photographers.

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.