London Photography: gardens in the city

Course Dates: 23/04/21 - 07/05/21
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio
On this practical course discover some of London’s urban gardens and explore their photographic potential from close ups of plants to their context in an urban landscape.
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Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £60.00

Course Code: VY405

Fri, day, 23 Apr - 07 May '21

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

On this practical course you will discover some of London’s hidden urban gardens and explore their photographic potential. Whether focusing on the close ups of flowers and nature to garden design and its urban context you will learn how to enhance the composition, colour and drama of your image through the use of framing, light, depth of field, exposure and shutter speed.

What will we cover?

- An awareness of effective garden photography
- A range of composition techniques and their effects
- Using Exposure, depth of field and shutter speed to enhance your shot
- Get the most from natural light. Understand the effect of direction and movement of light
- Using Flash to increase colour saturation.

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

- demonstrate a critical awareness of effective garden photography
- identify how different composition enhances the drama and meaning of a photograph
- Use exposure, depth of field and shutter speed to enhance your shot
- maximise the benefits of natural light. Understand the effect of direction and movement of light
- Use Flash to boost colour in an image.

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

This is a beginners’ course but is also useful for photographers who would like to revise the use of the manual controls on their camera.

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

You will be taught using a range of techniques including workshops, short lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, group and individual assistance and hand-outs.

Please note: The first session of this course will be taught in the photography studio at City Lit and the subsequent 4 sessions will be taught on location at different Gardens within 30 mins travelling time from City Lit. Locations will include the newly designed gardens at Kings Cross and the Barbican. Timetable and location of visits will be confirmed after enrolment and closer to the date of course.

Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Animation, Cartooning, Digital arts, Film, Graphics, Illustration, Photography and Web design.

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

Please bring your own DSLR camera with you to the course. You are also advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring a waterproof coat and comfortable clothes.
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.
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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.