What is the course about?
This course aims to increase your confidence taking candid photographs of people in public environments. The method that characterises street photography involves documenting contemporary urban life in a spontaneous and naturalistic way with no interaction between photographer and subjects. Every session will involve shooting on location in some of the most vibrant and dynamic areas of London. The strong practical basis will be complemented by group discussions and editing sessions. You will be encouraged to develop critical and visual awareness as well as an understanding of photography as a means of communication. During the course you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the course blog and participate in online forums.
What previous students liked about the course: .
“The ability to select and focus on themes, plus the discussions linking noted photographers with social/economic history.”
“it has been very enjoyable and the class size was just right. A very good mix of theory and practice.”
“The different locations photographed and the handouts.”
“Awesome teacher (Davy Jones). Very knowledgeable and I created more than I could have expected.”
“The week of intensive photography focused tightly on street and urban aspects of this art form.”
What will we cover?
This course will help Students to gain confidence photographing in a street environment.
Working on daily assignments Students will be taught how to photograph street life in a natural and unobtrusive way. Every daily assignment will be accompanied by an historical and contemporary overview of Street Photography. Students will learn how to evaluate, edit and present their photographs. By exploring alternative approaches to street photography, Students will be encouraged to develop their own visual language. As part of the course Students will learn about legal and ethical considerations when photographing in public spaces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Have a better understanding of the evolution of street photography in the last 100 years
Feel more confident about taking candid photographs of people in public
Have developed your own photographic technique
Show evidence of developing observational skills and quicker reflexes
Have a better understanding of the legal framework for taking photographs in public.
What students have achieved on their course:.
“Useful understanding of history and theory of both street photography and of how it sits with, reflects and informs the observers world view.” BV
“gained confidence and the wish to go further in learning. I did well and see potential to go further.” DM
“Nailed it!” PFL
“I have improved my creativity, technical and personal skills in photographic practice.” LR
“Greater interest, enthusiasm and focus.” ML
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at people confident with the use of a DSLR or an advanced digital compact camera. Ideally suited to those with some experience in people photography, the course is also appropriate for people with an interest in reportage and documentary photography, even if they have no prior experience in the genre.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group 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 by a series of talks, handouts, demonstrations and practical exercises. You are encouraged to practice in your own time to embed the skills and information covered on the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera and possibly a notebook. The City Lit has digital SLRs and tripods which you are welcome to borrow during the hours of the course.
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. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. 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?
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