Contemporary Portrait Photography: Studio & Location: Saturday Short

When and Where

12 May 2018 - 26 May 2018 (15 hours, 3 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Estelle Vincent
Course code

What you will learn

Learn a range of photographic portraiture styles and techniques. Boost your portfolio by working with studio and natural available light, improve your technical camera skills and learn tips to communicate and pose your subject both in the studio and on location with a published editorial portrait photographer. If you are not entitled to a reduced fee but are finding it difficult to pay for your course in one go, we can offer a Staged Payment Agreement to split the costs into three payments if your course(s) costs £200 or more. Please talk to a member of enrolment staff about how your payments would be structured. You are liable for all payments under this agreement, even if you stop attending your class.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Produce a variety of different photographic portrait styles
  • Choose different lens focal lengths and aperture for different styles of portraits.
  • Frame the subject to create strong compositions
  • Direct posture, gesture, and expression: how to relax and connect with your subject.
  • Understand aspects of portrait lighting, studio equipment and accessories, setting and background

Class format and activities

• Tutor Demonstrations & Student Practice Step-by-step
• Tutor and student presentations
• Practical Assignments (alone, in pairs and group work) observed and assisted by tutor
• Set Individual mini homework projects
• Whole group Critique/Feedback, facilitated by tutor on your own work and that of others
• Group discussions
• Quizzes – mix of visual annotation and written/multi choice to check your own learning

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Ideally, you have already gained a basic understanding of exposure, apertures and shutter speeds, but an interest in photography is a good starting point. You should also be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, handouts and for health and safety information, and any group discussions. Please note all students will need to bring their own digital SLR camera.

What you need to know before you enrol

There will be some lightweight photography equipment to handle and carry. There will be practical work during and outside the class. Some Homework will be set and is an integral part of making progress on the course.

What you will need for your class

• Your own Digital SLR camera and the instruction manual
• Notepad and pen, a folder to keep lecture notes and handouts
• Camera, charged battery, clean empty flash card

The recommended textbook to read for the course is:
Photography: The New Basics
It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess the software for use at home. As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software. Your tutor can advise you on how to apply for this

What you can do next

We offer a wide range of courses in Photography running at beginner, intermediate and advanced stages. Turn your passion into a qualification with our accredited City and Guilds Photography courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3. A range of portfolio and specialist-subject courses include
Urban Photography workshops, Photojournalism and Editorial Photography, Documentary Photography, Still Life and Product Photography, Contemporary Portrait and Fashion Photography. Learn to post-produce and manage your photographs with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop classes. To help get your work noticed we also offer Website Building and Blogging courses using Word press.
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