Due to demand I have put together a photography course which I am planning to run locally to start in the next few weeks. The course is aimed at beginner level and was conceived as a result of a couple of friends who expressed and interest in learning how to take better photographs, but who are not familiar with the basics of how a camera works and the majority of functions of the camera. The course has been built on the back of a course I have provided to businesses who have a camera they use for taking photographs of products, or at events, who are wanting to ensure better results, with a better understanding of the camera.
The course is aimed at anyone looking to learn about the ‘fundamentals of photography’, ‘how to use the functions of your camera’, and the art of taking better photographs’. The course is therefore structured so that for the initial weeks we look at the technical aspects of using a camera to obtain a better photograph, looking at focusing, the lens aperture, shutter speed, and film speed (ISO rating) and how they relate to each other and the effects of changing each of these settings. We will look at aperture priority mode, shutter priority mode, and full manual mode. The course will investigate the rules (or guidelines) of composition to help capture a more pleasing structured image. We will then look at lighting, and explore taking photographs in different lighting situations, also looking at artificial lighting, and the white balance settings depending on the colour temperature and type of lighting available.
There will be various pieces of work that I plan to set for the class each week so that the other members of the class can review and comment on each others results the following week. The pieces of work will be themed to encourage the class to be creative in the subjects they take, allowing members to interpret any set work in their own way.
If this course proves successful then I may consider putting together an advanced course at a later date. My reasoning for holding a course to start imminently is due to the light evenings there is the possibility of take photographs outside during class time. Also class members are more likely to photograph during the summer when they go on holiday so will hopefully put into practice what they have learned, and if a more advanced course was to run then class members can bring the photographs they have taken during the summer.
The course has fully illustrated course notes, with example photographs used to help people understand about what is being taught. A laptop with projector will be available during class time to be used to show photographs and examples, and class members can show their photographs via this method as opposed to printing out photographs if they do not have the time or facilities to do so.
If the more advanced course was to run later in the year then this will probably look at the history of photography, looking at famous photographers work, investigate different cameras used throughout the life of photography, how photography was conceived, how photography has changed, where it is going and how it is changing. It will possibly also look at the more technical aspects of photography and the use of artificial light, and creative use of artificial light.
The course is likely to start the second week in June probably on a Monday evening, and I realistically require a minimum of eight people.