Art of Photography

Ref: C3677286

This course is a practical course aimed at people wanting to improve their photography. By studying how painters work we can discover the rules of composition, the use of light, colour, and framing. We will also look at the traditions of portraiture and landscape and by learning fundamental rules we can comply or move away from them. We will look at historical paintings and the work of early photographers, as well as the greatest photographers of the 19th and 20th Centuries. It will also explore how lens technology helped renaissance artists, and how different lenses create different properties that we can use to effect. We will look at colour and how the advent of colour photography allowed artists to understand colour from a scientific point of view. We will look at different formats of photography and compare old film formats to current digital use. This will be a practical guide rather than a purely historical guide, with the aim of learning to see like a painter.

Course aim

The course looks at the fascinating relationship between photography and painting, to help you learn from art to improve your photography. It will be a practical course to help you recreate technically, photography you admire.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Create better photographs in all lighting conditions, using any camera, including a phone cam.
  • Show an understanding of the traditions of composition, colour and lighting.
  • Demonstrate ways to overcome the problems of light and limitations of lenses to take better exposures.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • After giving underpinning knowledge in class I will give out exercises to do in your own time with any camera you have to consolidate the theory.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring your camera to class - this could be a phone or tablet cam

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Youtube has many camera tutorials available - just tap in your specific make of camera with the type of model eg: Canon 600D or Samsung Galaxy 7 phonecam.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Art of Photography

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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