I’ve always had an interest in photography and after diving into the world of Instagram and the blogging world (as an avid reader of photography blogs for a few years now) I decided to dedicate some time and funds into going back to college to really learn the basics.
I wanted 2017 to be about growing some new skills and tapping into my creative side again. For the past 4 years I’ve completed accountancy qualifications in line with my 9-5 job as a Management Accountant. I love maths and spreadsheets (shh don’t tell anyone!) but for many many years before my finance career got more serious I would spend my spare time on more creative projects and I quite miss it.
The course I start next week is a qualified course and assessment is through a portfolio of written and photographic evidence. It is a beginners course. Some friends have asked why I’ve just not made the most of all the free information on the internet and self-taught myself the skills I’m after but for me I learn best when being taught in a classroom situation. Plus I actually get a recognised qualification from it.
We will learn the following through the completion of assessments, critical review of images, discussion of photographic techniques and practical exercises:
- How to fully use the controls and functions of our camera
- Edit our images using the latest version of Photoshop
- How to use a range of camera accessories through practical exercises
We will complete a final visual project and written evaluation of working methods.
Full breakdown of units included:
- Use the camera and accessories to create images.
- Identify the use of camera controls.
- Identify a range of recording media used in either film cameras or digital cameras.
- Select appropriate lenses and camera positions for a range of subjects.
- Demonstrate the use of equipment and accessories.
- Outline basic visual language and composition.
- Produce a range of exploratory photographs.
- Follow Health & Safety procedures.
- Understand and apply image production skills
- Demonstrate processing of film/downloading an image from digital camera
- Select suitable images for printing/presentation
- Demonstrate processing procedures needed to produce prints/images
I’m really excited to start next week and I plan to do follow-up posts on what I learn each week and pass on any helpful information to all of you!
Wish me luck 🙂