Photography workshop: composition and theory

Course Dates: 23/03/20 - 06/04/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

The art of great photography lies in mastering the relationship between foreground and background. Learn to use the principles that Gestalt analysis affords to delve into your unconscious and create more potent images. This course will feature a mix of lectures, hands on picture taking and constructive criticism of your results.


What is the course about?

The Gestalt theory of visual perception was developed in the 1920s and helps us understand how people organize visual elements into groups when certain principles are applied. This is a series of classes exploring Gestalt theory and analysis and its practical application to photography. This course will feature a mix of lectures, hands on picture taking and constructive criticism of your results.

What will we cover?

- The general principles of photographic composition
- Framing and cropping
- Gestalt analysis and theory
- The significance of light and shade in photographs
- The relationship and importance of colour in your images
- How to apply Gestalt theories to create stronger image.

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

- Recognise principles of Gestalt theory as it relates to photography
- Confidently apply these principles to taking photographs
- Use colour, light and shade to make your images more powerful
- Capture shapes, lines, patterns, and textures creatively
- Control semi-automatic and manual exposure confidently.

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

This is an intermediate course. You will be expected to have a knowledge and control of the basic manual functions of the camera including aperture, shutter speeds and ISO or have undertaken a beginner’s course (stage 1) in

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

During shoots on location, you will be given guidance that can inform your photographic decisions. You will be taught using a range of techniques including demonstrations, group and individual assistance and hand-outs.

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

Please bring your camera (if you have one) to the classes. You may wish to bring a notebook and pen. 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?

The City lit has over seventy different practical and theoretical photography courses.
You can search on the web site at or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
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.


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Tutor Biographies
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.

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Course Code: VY381

Mon, day, 23 Mar - 06 Apr '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £87.00
Concession: £66.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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