We were really delighted to run a bespoke course this month, for 13 college students all the way from Hvam Upper Secondary School near Olso, Norway. The students were aged 18 – 19 and in their third and final year of a vocational education programme in media and communication.
The school wanted a 2 day course that included both theory and practice, and that contained either individual or small group practical assignments that would be possible for the teachers to value.
The students already had a basic knowledge in photography and the levels of skill and understanding of camera techniques varied within the group. So our challenge was to design a course that covered beginner to intermediate camera handling, creativity, observation, composition and practical assignments.
What we delivered was a 2 day course, taught by our tutor and professional photographer Jon Mortimer, who delivers our DSLR Courses, One to One tuition and our new Portraiture Masterclass. Day 1 started with the students going over what they already knew about photography and their cameras. The tutor brought everyone up to scratch and up to the same level, ensuring each student was comfortable with ISO, aperture and shutter speed.
They then moved onto more intermediate areas such as exposure in depth, white balance, lenses, histograms and colour temperature. These topics are covered in our Intense Foundation of Digital Photography – Level 2 course.
This morning session was a mixture of theory based learning here in our classroom, and also some practical exercises inside and outdoors.
In the afternoon the students covered some basic lighting tuition, focusing on portraits. They constructed a small lighting set up in the classroom and practised taking portraits of each other.
The second day, focused on Street Photography and was mainly delivered on location. Starting at our studio where a couple of hours were spent learning about street photography and theory, they then took the tube and headed to Oxford Circus and around The Photographers Gallery to spend the rest of the day photographing and putting what they had learnt over the past 2 days into practice. Tutor Jon Mortimer was on hand throughout the day to answer questions and give help and advice.
Finally the students came back to our studio in Shoreditch to review and discuss their photographs taken on the street, round up everything they had learnt over the 2 days and had the opportunity to ask any questions they had.
The students had a variety of photographs to take back with them to Oslo demonstrating all of the different techniques and methods they had covered.
The course was a real success and the students went away with a great deal of knowledge and skills to apply to their media studies and their future careers as graphic designers, filmmakers and photographers!
If you would like a bespoke photography course, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! You can drop us a line on 020 7608 0000, or email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org