Creative nature and landscape photography
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
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Course Code: VY998
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will explore nature and environmental photography. Teaching, discussions and practical exercises will take place in the classroom and in the field. The work of published photographers and artists will be examined and critiqued to help inform students own work. Students will be supported in a group and on a personal level to create images with impact, whilst developing their own visual style and a personal project.
This is a theoretical and practical course. Knowledge of your own camera functions is required, but this course will help you to use them more effectively, developing your understanding of different depths of field, the use of natural light and composition to help you develop a story within your images.
Please note that no editing will be taught on this course although you will be required to print off images between lessons.
What will we cover?
- the principles, concepts and practice of nature and environmental photography and the issues informing it:
- how to develop a creative, interpretive and critical approach to your photography and that of other photographers and artists;
- how to develop a personal photographic project and to tell a story;
- photographic skills for your particular level of ability;
- develop a greater understanding of your equipment and how it can be used to best effect;.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand and apply creative interpretations to your nature and environmental photography
- start to develop your own creative style
- understand how to use your photographic equipment to take photographs that tell a story
- produce a creative small photographic project which reflects your own style and enhanced abilities.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for those with some practical experience of photography who would like to develop their DSLR skills. DSLR cameras will be made available for use on this course.
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 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?
A mixture of talks, demonstrations, group and individual practical shooting outdoors, discussions and project work, involving some individual tutoring. You will receive and be invited to contribute to positive critical feedback on your own and each other's photographs. To get the most from this course, you should take time to practice between lessons.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a camera, notebook, pen and a scrapbook (A3) in which you will be able to develop projects.
Students will be encouraged to do research and keep a learning journal/ scrap book and bring images for discussion – either their own or some they have found by other photographic artists. The scrap-book/log book can be utilised for further research throughout the course and after the course has ended.
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 or request a printed prospectus from the City Lit home page.
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Rachel is an award-winning professional photographer and film maker. She has displayed her work in various parts in the UK, France and the US. She has a first class degree in Wildlife and Environmental Photography and an MA in Wildlife Documentary Production. She teaches a variety of photography courses, workshops and one-to-ones to both adults and children. At City Lit she currently teaches Beginners Photography, Creative Nature Photography, Mindful Photography and Creative Wildlife Photography in London Parks. Rachel produces personal photography projects, sometimes in collaboration, e.g. with the Royal Air Force on a project about the women who took part in the Battle of the Atlantic. This was displayed in central Liverpool and the docks during the commemorations. Rachel fosters a warm and empathic environment in her class so that students feel supported by each other and are encouraged to explore their creativity with an emphasis on skills development, wellbeing benefits and having fun!
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.