What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to the craft of composing beautiful photographs and exploring colour controls creatively. We'll look at shapes, lines, colours, lighting, framing, the rule of thirds and simple camera controls to improve your results.
What previous students liked most about this course: .
“ Excellent. I learned lots of things about use of colour, texture, form and how to look better to make more interesting pictures.”
“Expertise of tutor (Armelle). Well planned sessions. Content delivered appropriately.”
“I likes the conceptual flavour given to learning photographic technique.”
“Attention to the detail of composition and all its elements - often glossed over in other courses.”
“Armelle is great - would definitely enrol on a course with her again. She was easy to understand and her love of photography and art is catching. Thanks.”
What will we cover?
- Framing and cropping
- Understanding and applying the ‘Rule of Thirds’
- Light direction and light quality
- Exploring shapes, lines, patterns, textures, and juxtaposition
- Explore colour, black and white, and shadows
- Semi-automatic and manual exposure controls.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use simple framing and cropping techniques creatively
- apply the 'rule of thirds' to produce balanced compositions
- explore light direction and light quality to emphasise physical characteristics of the scene
- capture shapes, lines, patterns, and textures creatively
- explore colour, black and white, and shadows creatively
- Control semi-automatic and manual exposure confidently.
What previous students have achieved on this course: .
“ I discovered a lot of new photographers and now understand photography.”
“Lots of suggestions for future research.”
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is ideal for people with some experience of photography; having some background knowledge of basic photographic technique is useful but not essential. Basic written English skills and an interest in photography are more important.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussion. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through workshops, short presentations, demonstrations, practical exercises, and hand outs. Please note we'll be working on Apple Mac computers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your camera (if you have one), and you may wish to bring a notebook and pen. Build has a range of digital SLR cameras, tripods and lenses which you are welcome to use during the hours of the class. It would be useful to bring a memory stick (or portable hard drive – please note PC-formatted hard drives can be read by Apple Mac computers, but not written to).
The Build photography studio (on Kean St) is an annex and not part of the main building; there is no reception, so please do not arrive more then 5 minutes before the start time of your class and do try the door before ringing the bell.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, Build students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build has a wide range of courses covering practical and creative elements of photography, from wildlife or fashion photography, to starting your own photography business. Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details