Creative photography projects
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VY648
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be supported in developing an independent, creative photographic project. You may already be working on ideas that would benefit from being developed further, or you may want to begin from scratch. We'll look at the theory behind different photographic styles and approaches, and experiment with a range of planning, editing, printing and presentation methods. The emphasis will be on content, creative ideas, experimentation and achievement using appropriate formats of presentation.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Understanding photography: a broad set of visual and experimental practices with specific goals
- Discussing traditional and more experimental photographic practices from fine art photography to documentary styles
- Testing and developing creative ideas through a sequence or series of photographs
- Exploring the relationship of photography to other visual fields from painting, to installation art, and cinema
- An overview of creative approaches in portraiture, landscape and still life photography
- Practical and creative aspects of presenting and sequencing your work
- Planning for specific outcomes, from an exhibition to a self-published book
- Professional printing labs and showcasing platforms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- plan and develop creative ideas informed by knowledge of various strands of photography
- produce a series of photographs on a topic of your choice
- think of photography through a range of visual languages and genres
- experiment with printing, types of inkjet papers and scale
- explore a variety of editing and sequencing or storytelling methods
- print and present your work for exhibition purposes
- prepare your digital photographs for print or web output
- apply the basics of colour management.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course, so it's recommended that students will already have undertaken a beginners’ photography (stage 2) course or equivalent, or have some experience in photography with a thorough grounding in the technical functions of your camera.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to undertake simple measurements and calculations.
We will be using Apple Mac computers on this course; if you have little experience in using Macs we offer short courses on Apple Macs for beginners and Apple Macs for experienced PC users.
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, individual supervision, group critiques and hand-outs.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera to the classes, and a small notebook and pen if you wish. City Lit has a range of Digital SLR cameras, tripods 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?
City Lit offer a whole range of specialised photographic courses and others with a fine art orientation. Browse the photography section of the City Lit prospectus or check the website for inspiration.
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.