Restage paintings using photography

Course Dates: 06/05/21 - 03/06/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
Learn key skills in how to apply simple lighting techniques that create evocative and dramatic fine art photographs of people and still life inspired by the paintings of Caravaggio and the Dutch masterpieces from the 17th and 18th century. Combine art and photography with this workshop that focuses on the re-staging of iconic paintings in photographic form.
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Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £95.00

Course Code: VY554

Thu, day, 06 May - 03 Jun '21

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this practical photography workshop you will learn how to use studio lighting, composition, and props to recreate the drama and atmosphere of painted masterpieces. As well as learning about framing, colour, shadows and a range of photographic techniques you will learn about directing a shoot and creating a strong narrative element within your image.

What will we cover?

- Simple studio lighting techniques
- Composition according to colour, texture and shadows
- Light quality and light direction in studio flash photography
- The still life, narrative, and symbols
- Art directing people using props
- Using manual exposure in studio flash.

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

- Apply manual exposure settings in studio lighting
- Compose according to colour relationships, texture, and shadows
- Experiment with light quality and light direction using studio flash
- Explore narrative and symbolic characteristics of the still life
- Direct people and use props effectively.
- Use existing paintings as source to compose and art direct photographs.

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

This is an intermediate course . You will be expected to have knowledge of the manual exposure controls of the camera.
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 activities and discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

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

You will be taught using a range of techniques including demonstrations, practical exercises that are group-based, group and individual assistance and hand-outs. Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in the Photography studio.

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

You will be required to bring objects and props in order to create your compositions. You will be informed of what to bring prior to the class after enrolment.

Please bring your camera (if you have one) to the classes and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. The City Lit has a range of Digital SLR cameras, tripods, speedlights (flash guns) and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. 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 download a PDF of all the Photography courses on offer, view a calendar and see a virtual tour at:, search on the web site or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.

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.