Digital Photography: Improvers
What you will learn
Ideal for students who have completed the Beginners level. This course is for who already have some knowledge of digital photography and know how to use their camera. You will further explore what makes a 'good' photograph; through mastering exposure, focusing, composition and image editing. You will work on regular projects, set to challenge and test your skills. Feedback on your work will be given in class. 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
- Improve your technical photography skills
- Selectively use Street photography skills and techniques in response to different locations visited, people and actions seen
- Understand and practice composition skills to produce interesting images
- Learn photo-editing skills to enhance your images
- Develop your ability to capture specific aspects of cultural landscape within Urban spaces, following own subjective feelings and perspectives
- Learn to shoot both single images and series of images
Class format and activities
Teaching is both in groups and on an individual, one-to-one basis, with technical advice and support depending on your needs. The tutor will give presentations and lead group discussions tailored around developing creative ideas along side technical know how. The course will include some practical hands-on class tasks, plus, students working on their own individual personal projects. Ideally students will take photographs as weekly assignments between sessions, reflecting what we had spoke about in class and bring them in the following week for group critique and assistance with editing, and use of Adobe Lightroom.
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.
Ideally, you have already gained a basic understanding of the use of exposure, apertures and shutter speeds, depth of field, lenses, and composition, 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. A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course is desirable. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. This course can be taken alongside with any of our digital design, film and photography courses and will help you to gain the confidence you need when working with cameras and film making equipment. The best thing to bring with you is energy, enthusiasm and commitment!
What you need to know before you enrol
During the course we may be going out to take photographs outside on location. A reasonable level of fitness will be required for walking and carrying equipment such as tripods. The studio also contains Apple MacBooks for uploading and working with images. It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with Macintosh computers and know how to use standard menus and commands. However this is not an essential requirement as these skills can be picked up during the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes and discuss related topics. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor.
What you will need for your class
To get the most from your learning it would be helpful to have your own camera and lens. Your camera should allow you access to manual controls. We have a number of college cameras and other photography equipment for use in class time only. It would be helpful for you to bring a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. If you are using software on your course 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