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Photography: Intermediate Creative

You will have the opportunity to work on personalised projects and the tutor will provide feedback for technical and aesthetic improvements. You will also gain instruction in using manual mode, metering, histograms and flash, to deal with difficult lighting; as well as study the important elements of composition, colour and successful black & white photography. Slides will be shown on master photographers to assess how their work provides a source of inspiration. (You must already understand aperture, ISO and shutter speed.)

Please bring your camera, camera manual (or handbook equivalent eg “Dummies” edition of your camera’s model), memory card, fully charged battery, notebook and pen. Printed notes will be distributed.

Note: You must know the basics of operating your camera in both Aperture Priority & Shutter Speed Priority modes before enrolment.

Week 1

  • Introduce the structure of the course and discuss expected outcomes.
  • Examine and question 'what is creativity?'
  • Discuss each participant’s photographic areas of interest.
  • Explain the development of personalised weekly projects.
  • Controlling depth of field and perspective in your images.
  • Practical exercises in classroom or surrounding area.

Week 2

  • Review and feedback of participant’s work.
  • Selecting the correct meter mode for good exposure.
  • Using manual mode for complete control.
  • Translating your camera’s histogram.
  • Utilising exposure and depth of field bracketing for detail.
  • Study and discuss slides on composition and creative photography.
  • Practical exercises in classroom or surrounding area.

Week 3

  • Review and feedback of participant’s work.
  • Discuss printing and presentation of work.
  • Understanding the important elements for successful B&W photography.
  • Study and discuss slides on master photographers for inspiration.
  • Creative practical in Hyde Park, weather permitting.

Week 4

  • Review and feedback of participant’s project.
  • Understanding RGB and colour modes.
  • Experimenting with colour theory for strengthening impact and spatial depth.
  • Important information on street photography, copyright and competitions.
  • Using flash naturally for indoors & outdoors.
  • Practical exercises in classroom or surrounding area.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the conceptual aspects to developing a series of work.
  2. Learn technical and creative skills to improve work.
  3. Increase their ability to aesthetically review their own work.
  4. Understand how to operate their camera on manual mode.
  5. Gain an insight into the importance of metering.
  6. Identify how to read histograms.
  7. Operate their flash for a natural result.
  8. Assess and correct for difficult lighting conditions.
  9. Appreciate the importance of both individual research and group discussion for broadening photographic knowledge.