Introduction To Photography (Online)

Online courses occur as a live session for 1.5 hours each week, during which time you will interact with your tutor, classmates and course content using in-built audio and video chat, instant messaging and the virtual work display area.

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The course is suitable for both beginners and those who have a basic understanding of photography who wish to have greater creative control over their equipment and at the same time develop their appreciation of the medium. During the course there will be informal slide lectures that introduce both the creative and technical possibilities of your camera as you learn how to use the various settings and functions by responding to a set of briefs, and these will be supplemented by lectures on historical and contemporary artwork, which explore the aesthetics of photography...

Taught by: Chris Ould, Jet.

Description

The course is suitable for both beginners and those who have a basic understanding of photography who wish to have greater creative control over their equipment and at the same time develop their appreciation of the medium. During the course there will be informal slide lectures that introduce both the creative and technical possibilities of your camera as you learn how to use the various settings and functions by responding to a set of briefs, and these will be supplemented by lectures on historical and contemporary artwork, which explore the aesthetics of photography. Topics such as basic camera operation, composition, creative use of shutter speed and aperture, plus exposure and how to use a flash will help you develop your picture making skills, while a series of assignments set at the end of each session will offer you the chance to put these into practice by exploring some popular themes in your own time. At the start of the next session you will be able to present some of your photos from the assignment for a brief review and feedback from the tutors and the group. Finally, the course concludes with an informal group critique of everyone's work that offers you the chance to think about how you might progress when the course finishes.

Note: This course is best suited to students with an SLR or digital SLR cameras and advanced 'compacts' with manual controls.

Course Schedule - 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week

Week 1:
Introduction to the Digital Camera
Assignment 1

Week 2:
Review of Work
Discussion on Composition
Assignment 2

Week 3:
Review of Work
Discussion on Creative Camera Controls
Assignment 3

Week 4:
Review of Work
Discussion on Exposure, Flash & Filters
Assignment 4

Week 5:
Review of Work
Lecture on Photographing People
Assignment 5

Week 6:
Review of Work
Lecture on Street Photography & The City
Assignment 6

Week 7:
Review of Work.
Lecture on Photo Essays and Series.
Assignments 7

Week 8:
Group Discussion & Review

Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.  To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london

Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session. 
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/short-courses/short-courses-online/frequently-asked-questions/



Tutor information

Chris Ould is an artist and experienced tutor who has worked within the photography department at Central St. Martin’s College for over 15 years. Since graduating from the MA Fine Art programme in 1999, he has continued to make his own work and has taught across a broad range of short courses, BA and Post-Graduate programmes, as well as public and private institutions. He have also worked as a Freelance Lecturer, delivering talks and workshops that address photo-editing skills within the digital print arena to several fashion retouching companies, and has been a reviewer on several books on photography.

View his website now: http://chrisouldarchive.com/


Jet studied at Glasgow School of Art. Assisted various artists and photographers including Wolfgang Tillmans and Rankin. Shoots commercially for editorial and design companies. Exhibits in group shows and one solo show at 1,0000mph project space. Currently working for Central St.Martins photography department.

Materials

Please bring to the first session:

  • An SLR or digital SLR cameras or and advanced 'compact' digital camera with manual controls)
  • The ability to upload images from your camera to your computer (e.g. USB cable or SD cards and card reader)
  • You must be familiar with were the controls are on your camera - There is little standardisation in modern cameras so subsequently there can be no escape from reading the instruction manual!

Details for booking

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