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The Photography Course

The Photography Course

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Chris Ould, Guy Paterson, Jet


Do you have the basics in photography but really feel you would like to get to grips with some of the technical and aesthetic issues of the medium? This intense two-week course will offer a range of projects for you to explore both on and off site, and includes optional visits to exhibitions.

During the first week of the course you will focus on getting the fundamentals right; there will be technical sessions on the use of film and digital SLRs, as well as larger format cameras, in order to develop an awareness of the essential principles, techniques and picture making skills applicable to both digital and traditional media. Each workshop will be supplemented by a slideshow lecture on historical and contemporary artwork that explore a range of creative approaches, and form the basis for the various assignments and accompanying feedback that will help foster a greater critical awareness.

During the second week of the course you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and experiment further by using the studio, B&W darkroom or digital facilities. This will include a portrait shoot in the studio and an introduction to traditional and alternative printing processes, such as liquid emulsion and pinhole cameras. Finally, the course concludes with an informal review of everyone's work that offers you the chance to get some valuable feedback and think about how you might progress.

Topics will include:

  • Controlling exposure
  • Lighting on location
  • Composition and creative camera control
  • Film development and B&W printing
  • Studio lighting and portraiture
  • Digital editing workflow and ink-jet printing 
  • Alternative print processes

Note: You need to have a digital camera. The College has a few film cameras that you may be able to borrow for the fist week of the course. If you are not sure of what to buy, you can wait until the first session, when the tutor can give advice on what to buy.

Level: Some experience required

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Chris Ould is an artist and experienced tutor who has worked within the photography department at Central Saint Martins 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 has 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.

Guy Paterson is an artist that specialises in photography and printmaking. He studied fine art at Central Saint Martins. He has work in the public domain and regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally. If you wish to find out more about his work and examples of work done on this course in the past visit Guy's website at

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 Saint Martins photography department.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Your camera (either a 35mm film SLR, digital SLR or advanced compact with manual control)
  • Instruction manual (if you still have it)
  • Notepad and pen.

IMPORTANT - Adobe ID Login for Short Course Students

Students will need to create an account with Adobe (unless you already have one) in order to access the Adobe suite at the college – instructions are included below. You will need to use a personal email address to create this. If you already have an account with Adobe, please make sure you bring your login details with you on the first day of the course.

Please note:

  • Creating an Adobe account is free.
  • The software will only be accessible when logged into a UAL networked computer
  • The same account can be used outside of the University, but software will only be accessible through a personal paid subscription that students will need to set up independently
  • You can still create an account on the day but doing this beforehand will save time and avoid delays to the start of the class.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID/ subscription you can use this on your short course rather than setting up a new account.

To create an account students will need to:

  1. Go to Adobe Sign in page.
  2. Select ‘Create an account’
  3. Enter your details and select ‘Create account’

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