Photography portfolio: developing personal projects

Course Dates: 19/11/21 - 03/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
Tutors: 
This is a blended learning course in distinct blocks. You can enrol for a single project or for the term by enrolling on all three courses (VY111A, B & C).
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £79.00

Course Code: VY111C

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Fri, eve, 19 Nov - 03 Dec '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This is a higher level blended learning course in shooting photography projects, requiring intensive commitment and self set goals. You will be guided through the process of starting and shaping a photography project, receiving and giving peer image criticism throughout. You will be expected to finish your project independently with the online support of your peers using Google classroom.

This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

Course A - A documentary approach to photography: 24/09/21 - 08/10/21
We will discuss the key elements of documentary photography and look at different visual approaches within the genre. We will focus on photo-essay as a form of storytelling and explore both historical and contemporary references. Shoot and edit a documentary photography project of your own.

Course B - The Urban Landscape: 22/10/21 - 05/11/21
This course will identify techniques and vantage points to photograph London's urban landscape. The first session will introduce you to best practice for working safely and recognising the optimum viewpoints for the citiscape. We'll take in the view from Waterloo Bridge and locate the optimum position for photographing the City. Shoot and edit an urban landscape project of your own.

Course C - People photography: 19/11/21 - 03/12/21
For this part of your portfolio, you will explore environmental portraiture and environmental portraiture for business. The project will challenge your observational skills and help develop the ability to capture people in their work and social environment. Shoot and edit a people photography project of your own.

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

- Design, set up and work on a self led photography project
- Give and receive constructive verbal image criticism
- Use an online learning environment (Google classroom) to give and receive constructive written image criticism
- Proficiently upload prepared images
- Begin to produce portfolio quality images.

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

This is not a course for beginners.This is a course for intermediate and higher level learners. You should be technically proficient with your camera and wish to use it to produce photography projects of high technical quality. (The course is pitched at the level of a follow on course from the City Lit photography course - a 120 hour taught course.).

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

This is a blended learning course. In week one you will attend a face to face lesson in the studio with your tutor and meet your class. Week two requires self led project shooting and interaction with your class without tutor input using Google classroom and Zoom. Week three is a tutor led feedback and crit session on Zoom. If you have enrolled on the other blocks, the procedure repeats after a weeks break. Each block is led by a tutor who specialises in the discipline. Due to the nature of the interactive crits, you will be required to keep your internet camera on for the online parts of the course.

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

You will need access to the photography equipment required for your project(s) and a computer with a stable internet connection. The computer needs to be equiped with speakers, a microphone and camera.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You will be expected to continue to shoot and develop at least one of your projects into a portfolio.

Matthew Ward Tutor Website

Matthew started teaching at the City Lit in 2005. He has worked in darkrooms, Av production, artwork reproduction, photography assisting, studio management and freelance commercial photography. He has shots cars for Chrysler, posters for the National Theatre and dolls for the Queen. To date he has been commissioned to illustrate over 150 books, shooting across the World. He has shot commercially on 10x8, 5x4, medium format, 35mm, DSLRs, digital backs, specialist panoramic cameras and the occasional shoe box (for pin-hole). Matthew has a degree in photography and a post graduate diploma in digital colour imaging.

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.