Portraits and people photography course

Course Dates: 17/02/20 - 23/03/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Discover the secrets of successful portraiture, from the studio-lit portrait to street and documentary photography, or those special moments for the family album. Gain confidence in photographing people through practical work indoors and out, teaching you invaluable skills in lighting, composition and poses, to produce a beautiful portrait portfolio.


What is the course about?

The course covers many of the practical aspects of photographic portraiture. You will be introduced to differing approaches to photographing people - from the studio-lit portrait, to street and documentary photography, to capturing fleeting personal moments for the family album. You'll get to grips with lighting, composition and the pose in various contexts, through practical work indoor and outdoors. You will learn to analyse professional photographs as well as your own work, and translate your ideas into visual compositions.

What will we cover?

Using camera manual settings to achieve more effective results
- Lighting in the studio and on location, and natural lighting in photo reportage and documentary
- How to relax your subject and deal with strangers in the street
- Informal portraiture and social photography
- Considering how meaning is achieved and what a portrait can say in different contexts
- How composition and editing affect what you are saying
- Producing a mini portraiture project in your own time.

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

- present a varied selection of photographs of people, applying a variety of camera settings and lighting conditions
- photograph people with confidence and communicate with them appropriately in formal and informal situations
- produce portraits in a creative and expressive manner
- apply camera settings and lighting choices that are fit to purpose.

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

Ideal for those who have completed our 'Beginner's photography: stage 1' course. For those who haven't you are welcome but will need to understand ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR, bridge or film 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).
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions in English, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information. You should be happy using numbers and be able to undertake simple measurements and calculations.

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

The emphasis will be on practical work during and outside the class. We will look at and discuss photographs, and give and receive feedback on your own work and others’. There will be discussions, group work and individual mini-projects. While demonstrations and illustrated lectures will guide, advise and teach you, you will benefit from a positive group dynamic where you can share your images and ideas in a supportive environment.

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

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. 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 offers a whole range of creative and practical photography courses, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the full list to get inspired.


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It's a good programme
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Definitely go for it.
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Review by Sabrina / (Posted on 17/12/2019)
Excellent opportunity to use and explore photographic equipment for photography and learn how best to use ambient light to capture people
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Review by LondonDweller / (Posted on 17/12/2019)
Good hands-on practical course
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Tutor Biographies
Armelle Skatulski

I am a fine art photographer and lecturer who has worked for leading arts institutions such as the Whitechapel Gallery (London), the Gallery of Photography (Dublin), the National College of Art & Design of Ireland, and more recently as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art. I am committed to the Lifelong Learning sector through my work with organizations such as CityLit as well as through outreach projects. I am a graduate of the School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) and the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College (London). I am presently a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art for which I was granted a TECHNE doctoral scholarship by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: VY961

Please choose a course date 

Mon, eve, 17 Feb - 23 Mar '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £140.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? visualarts@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

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