Being A Creative Photographer
Term I: 8 March to 12 April, 2017
Wednesday evenings 6.30pm - 9.00pm
8 March, 15 March, 22 March, 2 April, 9 April, 12 April.
Being a creative photographer is much more than saying ‘yes or no’ to presets, filters and recipes. Innovation, or the making more of something already known, can only come, by definition, from already knowing what it is that you need to know. Photography extends this ‘problem’ because in photography you need to know something about everything in order to know ‘anything at all’. Such is the interwoven and intricate nature of photography, its practice and culpabilities. Creative photography is all about knowing what is possible, learning to do it yourself, and then playing with that knowledge.
This six week short course, team-taught by Les and Andrey Walkling, is dedicated to insightful and expressive photographic practice. We meet for two and a half hours each Wednesday evening, beginning where our Knowing and Loving your Camera short course concluded. That is, we only assume a basic under- standing of your camera, it’s controls and capabilities. We then help you to further develop and refine your photographic skills, insights, and their application across four genres of photography. These sessions are interspersed with reviews devoted to the encouraging support of your work, where we pride ourselves on the level of individual attention provided. Topics include:
Session 1: Photographing the Natural World:
This sessions looks at contemporary landscape photography, natural history photography, and the photograph as a document
Session 2: Portrait Photography:
This session focuses on portrait compositions, posing, lighting, and staging strategies, environmental portraiture, and the photograph as a diary.
Session 3: Reviews:
This session revolves around the supportive and encouraging review of your work, combining production techniques and workflows with philosophical and historical reflections on photography.
Session 4: The Photography of Inhabited Places:
This session investigates travel and lifestyle photography, event photography, reportage, and the photograph as a witness.
Session 5: Photographing the Built-Environment:
This session explores architectural photography, including its objects and spaces, and the photograph as a spatial narrative.
Session 6: Reviews:
This session brings it all together, reviewing and showcasing your work, along with related examples from the history of photography, before concluding with a discussion of what comes next.
Detailed class notes, video tutorials and references are provided along with practical exercises.