Improve Your Photography (Online)

Do you have the basics in photography but feel you would like to produce more interesting images? Producing work that is truly one's own and developing a personal aesthetic is an on-going process for any photographer. The aim of this course is to encourage you to pinpoint the unique elements in your work and develop them further...

Taught by: Chris Ould.

Description

Do you have the basics in photography but feel you would like to produce more interesting images? Producing work that is truly one's own and developing a personal aesthetic is an on-going process for any photographer. The aim of this course is to encourage you to pinpoint the unique elements in your work and develop them further.

Using a series of projects, your tutor and professional photographer Chris Ould will guide you to explore your aesthetic and technical abilities whilst helping to foster a greater critical awareness of the medium itself through contribution and participation. 

Together, you will look at essential photography principles, techniques and picture making skills employed by a range of photographers throughout the medium’s history, as well as join in meaningful debates on what makes good art and what is relevant to your practice. 

Every week, you will be investigating different photography styles, acting as starting point for the assignment projects. The review and feedback from the group each subsequent week are intended to help you come to terms with the intricate aspects of editing and sequencing images as you set about building a coherent body of work, ultimately furthering your practice in the right direction.

Topics covered:

  • Brief historical context for each topic covered
  • Critical review or artistic approach
  • Documentary tradition: making the ordinary extraordinary 
  • Narrative portrait: revealing the individual 
  • Life on the streets: intuitive urban photography 
  • Loaded landscape / cityscape: sensing the place
  • Photo essay: the art of storytelling
  • Self-portrait: the investigation of the self

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course you will have a clearer understanding of the direction for your work and practice. You will also be able to critic current and past photography work, while confidently talking about your work in relation to your practice and contemporaries. You will also obtain a better grounding in the various areas of photography and expand your practice to include new photographic styles.

Who should attend:

Amateur and professional photographer who feel their work is lacking substance, direction or simply motivation.

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

Week 1
Introduction to the course
Introduction of students work

Week 2
The Documentary Tradition: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary 
Assignment 1

Week 3
Review of Work
The Narrative Portrait: Revealing the Individual 
Assignment 2

Week 4
Review of Work
Life On The Streets: Intuitive Urban Photography 
Assignment 3

Week 5
Review of Work
The Loaded Landscape / Cityscape: Sensing The Place
Assignment 4

Week 6
Review of Work
The Photo Essay: The Art of Storytelling
Assignment 5

Week 7
Review of Work
Self-Portrait: The Investigation of The Self
Assignment 6

Week 8
Group Discussion & Final 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/


Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:
  • Previous examples of your work on USB / CD / Prints (max 12)
  • Notepad and pen

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
31/01/2017 - 21/03/2017Tuesday10:00 - 11:308 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket
18/04/2017 - 06/06/2017Tuesday17:00 - 18:308 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket