Photography portfolio projects: the urban landscape
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VY111B
Duration: 2 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a higher level blended learning course in shooting photography projects, requiring intensive commitment. You will be guided through starting a photography project, receiving and giving image criticism throughout.
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?
Block 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.
Block B - The Urban Landscape: 22/10/21 - 05/11/21
This block 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.
Block C - People photography: 19/11/21 - 03/12/21
For this part of your portfolio, you will be exploring 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.
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
- 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.You should be technically proficient with your camera and wish to use them to produce images of high technical quality. (The course is pitched at the level of a follow on course from the City Lit photography course which is 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 with your tutor and meet your calss. 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 signed up for the other blocks, the procedure repeats. Each block will be 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.
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, 120 Fenchurch Street. During the lockdown of 2020 he photographed Wren's churches in the deserted City streets. 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. Grant has been teaching at City Lit for over 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.