Centre for Continuing Education

Photography Course: Mastering Creative Photography

Photography. Focus your creativity.

Develop the tools and techniques needed to be able to identify, capture and create great photographic opportunities from a wide range of situations. The skills you take away from this course will support your photographic creativity in any familiar domestic environment, to more exotic locations that you might discover, for example, on a business trip or on holiday.

Learning how to operate a camera is one thing. Learning how to use your camera creatively is an entirely different process. Translating any scene, be it landscape, portrait, architecture or still life, into something special, something visually different, requires a range of very specific skills.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify potential image-making opportunities in a range of situations
  • know how to capture that image-making opportunity without experiencing technical shortcomings
  • separate what is acceptable and what is not, in terms of identifying a strong image over one that has less potential
  • categorise your image results – social, business, illustrative or commercial
  • create strong content by applying selective post-processing techniques
  • identify if your creativity can be extended into the commercial sphere – consider submission for print, web or stock libraries.

Content

This course covers the following topics:

  • the history of photography
  • the development of photographic technology, from Henry Fox Talbot’s first permanent image recorded in 1835, to the high-tech modernism of current day imaging equipment
  • an overview of photographers identified as having developed a notable photographic style
  • a look at the photographic categories available to the modern photographer, with examples from the world of architecture, documentary, fashion, advertising, wedding, portraiture and natural history
  • brief technical overview of the photographic process – lens use, aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, file formats and creative application
  • brief technical overview of the video shooting process
  • setting up a camera: file formats, frame rate, resolution, stabilisation, lens choice, focussing, metering and colour control
  • field trip(s) (locations TBA).

As an extra feature of this class, students will all receive online critiques of their three field trip assignments from the tutor via vimeo.com.

Intended audience

Anyone with a general interest in photography.

Prerequisites

You should have a reasonably good understanding of the technical functions of your camera, plus a good understanding of either Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom (or similar) and a video editing application like Premiere Elements or Adobe Premiere Pro (if you want to shift into video).

Suited to those who have attended the Photography Essentials Course.

Materials

Please bring the following items to class:

  • DSLR, or interchangeable lens camera
  • lenses
  • tripod
  • spare batteries for camera
  • spare memory cards
  • USB.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Free, expert advice
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion