Creative Photography and Portfolio Development
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About this course

The course is aimed at any local photographer who is competent at creating interesting images and knows how to use their camera but would like a clearer direction on how to take their photography forward - for example as a commercial photographer, serious amateur or photographic artist.

Though a series of seminars, lectures, assignments and critical assessments, the course will give you freedom to find your own style and direction in photography and consolidate your technical and artistic understanding of what makes a good photograph. At the end of the year you will have built up an ‘applied’ knowledge of photographic production and post production and created your own portfolio of images. You will also exhibit your work at an end of year show.

What will I learn?

On completion, you should be able to:

• Produce a portfolio of images
• Contribute to an end of year show/exhibition
• Have a better understanding of digital workflow and colour management

The three blocks of 10 sessions will cover:

1. Production - Image taking and existing knowledge:

i. Composition and interpretation
ii. Workflow and organisation
iii. Using colour balance creatively
iv. Understanding why raw data is important
v. Studio work using continuous lighting
vi. Using your light meter
vii. Exploring 'dynamic range' and exposure control
viii. Shooting film
ix. Black and White processing and printing (Introduction)
x. Using multiple speedlights
xi. Shooting for a purpose or to a brief

2. Post Production and contextualising your work:

i. Review of workflow and organisation
ii. Lightroom - setup and using raw data
iii. Photoshop - set up and using raw data
iv. Trouble shooting images
v. Cutting out, cloning and retouching using a Wacom tablet
vi. Advanced Photoshop - sharing 'tips and tricks'
vii. Studying the work of other photographers
viii. Homage to ....?
ix. Digital printing and colour control
x. Using Studio Flash - Portraiture
xi. Using Studio Flash - Still Life

3. Presentation skills and Portfolio development:

i. Business and commercial development - selling you and your images
ii. Picture agencies blogs and websites
iii. Exhibition Theme
iv. Personal Targets
v. RPS - Typical Panels (outside lecturer)
vi. Presentation - fit for purpose - exhibition or commercial audiences or higher education
vii. Printing your exhibition

Entry requirements

An informal interview with the tutor, Peter Dawes, is required. Please note that for terms 2 and 3 of this course, you have to have completed the previous terms.

This course is suitable for students who:

  • Wish to study a creative ‘ leisure’ based advanced photography course
  • Have sound/strong knowledge of photography and photographic image making
  • Want to prepare for an exhibition or commercial portfolio
  • Want to develop their existing skills and knowledge of photography and develop a personalised style to image taking, processing and printing
  • Want to understand the contextual and historical routes of important photographic movements
  • Want to develop their understanding of photography as an art form
  • Want to bypass formal or academic based course work and strive toward a kite mark qualification. For example A - Level photography or The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) - Licentiateship and Associateship panels
  • Want to prepare for a higher education qualification in photography but have been out of academic study for a while
  • Adult students who have a strong understanding of their camera and some knowledge of Photoshop as a post production digital darkroom
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

You should bring with you

  • Your Camera and your imagination
  • Digital Photographic Paper (A4 or A3)
  • Your enthusiasm and imagination

Note: Each 10 week block of learning will be assessed through class work assignments ‘homework' tasks and group based critical reviews.

Each 10 week block will allow for individual tutorials based on the main theme of each block and there will be an opportunity for students to prepare a commercial photographic folio.

  • Interview Required
    An interview is required for this course.

What could I do next?

You can enrol on the next term of this course to continue to develop your portfolio, or any of the other creative courses offered here at Wiltshire College, such as sewing and dressmaking, upholstery, photography, printmaking, creative writing, interior design and much more!