London photography: bridges in the city
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
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Course Code: VY980
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Out and about on location with an expert photographer, you will learn to apply the camera settings relevant to architectural photography, to creatively document the architecture of bridges, from both design and historical perspectives. You will explore the importance of sun behaviour, light direction, and choosing the right lenses and accessories, as well as practising essential techniques such as controlling depth of field.
What will we cover?
- Photographing architectural and design features of bridges
- Photographing heritage sites in context
- Accessories relevant to architectural photography
- Exploring camera settings relevant to architectural photography
- Using ambient light sources: natural and artificial
- Photographic rights and responsibilities when photographing in public spaces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- choose appropriate lenses and other accessories for your photography
- control depth of field through aperture settings
- demonstrate use of relevant camera settings for intended effects
- identify the technical demands of architectural photography
- understand your rights to take photographs in public
- photograph design features of bridges efficiently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course. It is recommended that students will already have undertaken the 'Beginners Photography: Stage 1' course or equivalent, or have a good understanding of the manual functions on their camera. As most of this course takes place off-site you will need to be able to walk an average of 1.5 km (1 mile) per session. Some locations may not be wheelchair accessible.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstrations, practical exercises, hand-outs, and work on location around London. The first session will start at City Lit's photography studio at 9 Kean Street.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera (if you have one) to the classes, and a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes. 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 we work on Apple Macs - 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 runs over 70 different photography courses, from wedding and wildlife photography to darkroom processing and using software packages. You might also be interested in our range of architecture courses studying all sorts of themes of the London cityscape. Browse the City Lit website or prospectus to get inspired.
Grant Smith is an Australian born photographer, residing in London, with an extensive knowledge of London’s architecture. He has photographed the construction of the O2, the Gherkin, Terminal 5, the Scalpel and the new roof garden in the City, 10 Fenchurch Avenue. His work is used in magazines, periodicals and journals and websites. It is often featured in architectural monographs, books about particular projects and corporate brochures. He has contributed photographs to several books devoted to London's architecture. He is a passionate defender of the public realm as a free public space. He has been teaching at City Lit for nearly 10 years and enjoys watching the progress of students as they continue to awaken their visual awareness of their environment. City Lit provides a nurturing learning environment for students of all abilities and experience and we are fortunate to have a well equipped photographic studio. Smith also runs photo tours of the City, as well as taking on photography commissions for architects, developers and engineers.
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.