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Photography for 16 to 18 Year Olds Short Course

Course description

Whether you have experience of photography or a complete beginner this course will guide you through the basics of 35mm film photography. If you are considering a future in photography, using photography in your practice or looking to improve your technique then this course will help you to get the most out of your camera and build that all-important portfolio. Specifically designed for young learners the course will be fun and informative, and will consist of a step-by-step guide on how to improve your skills and present your images to their best.

During the course you will work on location, taking exciting and unusual images and developing them to a portfolio standard. You will use a traditional film camera in order to learn how to alter your camera settings according to light, speed and the different effects you want to create. You will work to a brief set by the tutors that will enable you to practice all of the techniques that are covered during the week.

You will get the chance to use a darkroom in order to develop your own film and images. The emphasis is on creating exciting, new images using light and shade and the chemical processes available through traditional photography.

At the end of the course, you will have gained the knowledge of how photography is taught at degree course level, with the confidence to go out and build your portfolio independently. The skills you learn will provide with you with a solid foundation in photography common to both film and digital formats.

Course Outcomes

  • How to research a photography project
  • The ability to use to use camera settings to create different effects
  • Basic composition
  • How to process and print black and white film
  • How to present and talk about your work within a group

Level: This course assumes that you are a beginner with no previous training in photography and darkroom skills.

Entry requirements: No previous knowledge is required

Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • Research
  • Camera handling and technical explanations of a 35mm film camera
  • Image Composition and Editing
  • Developing black and white film
  • Developing images using traditional chemicals and light in the darkroom
  • Group critique and presentation


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Please bring a film camera with you to the first session. This can be:
    • Fully Manual camera with a separate light meter
    • Semi-Automatic camera (light meter incorporated)
    • Automatic camera with a manual setting

The College has a limited number of 35mm SLR's that you will be able to use, but please be prepared to share. If you are unsure of what to bring, but you can wait for the first session, the tutor can give you advice.

Meet the Tutor:

This photography for teenagers course will help you to get the most out of your camera and build a portfolio. The course is fun and informative, will consist of a step-by-step guide on how to improve your skills and present your images to their best.

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