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MONDAY evening

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Beginner Digital Photography

Taking pictures but struggling to understand why you’re not getting what you want? Your owner’s manual reads like a foreign textbook?

Learn photographic terminology which will give meaning to terms such as
– shutter speed
– aperture
– white balance
– depth of field
– focal length
– jpeg and raw files, resolution
– and more…

With definitions understood, the course moves around each of these technical terms and employs practical exercises to explore the successful use of them. At the end of 4 weeks (or 4 sessions) you will know where to find and how to use your camera’s settings for creative effect. And you will have a collection of your own short photography projects to prove it!

Location: Week 1 & 4 at our Covent Garden location; Weeks 2 & 3 will have us heading out together to nearby locations and possibly, depending on the group, we may decide together to meet for one of the week elsewhere, at a different central London location near to easily accessible tubes, based on common interests.

Level: Beginner

Maximum class size: 6

Mondays (& see Tuesdays, here below), 7-9pm (4 evenings) £235

16, 23, 30 Oct, 6 Nov
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20, 27 Nov, 4, 11 Dec
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See also:
Beginner Digital Photography – SLR Photography: From Foundation to Practice
Saturdays, 10am-1pm (10 weeks – Saturday mornings) £585 for 3 courses rolled into one!
7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov – Break week – Sat 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec.
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InDesign: Build your own book, create your own magazine

This course includes training in Adobe InDesign skills for the layout of images, viewing the creative sense of space, choice of font and why, how images work together and how text can change the message of a photograph. Additional points covered include:

  • Some examples and layouts
  • Binding (basic types, better methods)
  • How to place important elements in the gutter and how this affects your images
  • Double-page spreads & margins
  • The grid
  • Finished layout and elements on the page
  • Typography & fonts
  • Colour (RGB versus CMYK)

You will get a buzz from the excitement of seeing your vision take on a tangible form!

Who is this course for:
Perfect for anyone presenting exam work, pitching to colleges, producing a product you can hold in your hands rather than only view online, and more.

Location: at our Covent Garden studio.

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Max. group size:4

Mondays, 7-9pm (4 evenings) £235 (plus any books, magazines, postcards or similar printing costs you may decide to produce based on the designs built in the course)
18, 25 Sept, 2, 9 Oct
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20, 27 Nov, 4, 11 Dec
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TUESDAY evening

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Beginner Digital Photography

See course description under Monday here above.

Tuesdays (& see Mondays), 7-9pm (4 evenings) £235
17, 24, 31 Oct, 7 Nov
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21, 28 Nov, 5, 12 Dec
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See also:
Beginner Digital Photography – SLR Photography: From Foundation to Practice
Saturdays, 10am-1pm (10 weeks – Saturday mornings) £585 for 3 courses rolled into one!
7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov – Break week – Sat 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec.
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TUESDAY evening

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Documentary Photography and Photojournalism

Have you got what it takes to be a reporter? Photographers today need to have a wide range of skills, and as reporters they may also shoot a vast array of topics and locations, without specializing in just one thing: “You have to be an all-rounder!”

This course exposes you to some of the areas you may need to be expert in:

  • how to anticipate a story
  • planning and development
  • pitching your story or imagery to get it published, as images and sometimes with words, in print or online.

A brief introduction with our journalist Hanna to guide you in writing accompanying text sets the course in motion. How do you put into words what you see? Refining your practical reportage skills will see you out on the streets, guided by Giorgia.
And we also hope to be visiting an editing suite of a newspaper or magazine to give you insight into the process of reporting through to print (and going online).

Participants will be guided through a set of briefs aimed at understanding the process of creating a photo story. Over the course students will learn about the photo essay, single image and option of story with images – all valid in establishing a clear visual narrative for reporting.

You will gain from

  • spotting and seeing others’ photographic opportunities
  • storyboard preparation
  • non-intrusive documentary and winning the subject’s trust
  • photographing the actual shoot
  • editing and presenting to be published.

This course is an exciting introduction to visual storytelling. Photojournalist and tutor, Giorgia Tobiolo, comes with not only professional skills as a photographer but also picture editing (selection) experience with Magnum Photos – which means she knows what makes an image stand out enough to be selected!

Who is this for?

This is an excellent course for those considering being a journalist, and/or if you are interested in photojournalism, media and communications. You will benefit from the exposure to both the material working with a photojournalist and understanding the complete process from start to publish!

Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Max class size: 6

Tuesdays, 7-9pm (4 evenings) £235
19, 26 Sept, 3, 10 Oct
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21, 28 Nov, 5, 12 Dec
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WEDNESDAY evening

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Photoshop: Photography and Post-production

This evening course is a practical introduction to the image post-production software, Adobe Photoshop, and is aimed at photographers and business users alike (employees, sole proprietors, entrepreneurs and business start-ups), anyone in charge of visual content for the multiple media channels of their business or for their own purposes. It is a common misconception amongst new image content providers that if a image is lacking quality in the camera it is unusable further up the workflow chain – website, print, email newsletter, blog. However many images can be greatly improved or enhanced through often quick processing methods saving you both time and money.

This course focuses on the following foundation techniques to get your images looking sharp and media ready:

  • Image retouching
  • Image enhancements
  • Understanding resizing for various outputs
  • Colour correction
  • Background change
  • Objects removed
  • Image manipulation
  • White background
  • GIF making
  • Image restoration
  • Perspective corrections for interior design and real estate

Most importantly this course will have you evaluating your images with a discerning eye for potential, making for smarter judgements when selecting and working with images. This knowledge can make the difference in efficient use of time, knowing how to photograph smarter and adding real visual value to what you present (or when to hire in, reshoot, etc.).

Students will also be introduced to building products such as collages, greeting cards, posters and preparing images for email, web and blog.

Computers provided or bring your own laptop if you prefer. Bring your own images on a USB stick for practice.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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Maximum course size: 5

Wednesdays, 7-9pm (4 evenings) £235

NEW DATES: 27 Sept, 4, 11, 18 Oct
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22, 29 Nov, 6, 13 Dec
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WEDNESDAY evening

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Lightroom Image Editing and Organisation: Photography and Post-Production

This course ties in with our Photoshop course, running in Autumn 2017 both before (Sept) and after (Nov-Dec) this Lightroom course. Do both these courses with us and you are all set to organise, store, edit and present your work to the world!

Lightroom is the photographer’s go-to software for organisation, management, storage, and certain edits or in some case all edits. From here you can also very easily produce books, websites and more.
Without this we would be lost! Thank you, Adobe!

Your file management takes on an easy categorisation, by setting up projects, sorting these by name, date or however you need – which will be discussed and each student will be guided appropriately for their particular requirement. Never again will you get stuck searching for your images, if you use our simple tips!

We also look at tagging, colour coding, flagging and rating. These give you the ability to “filter” and view only your best images, or only the ones you have selected to include in your book, upload to your website, only the images from a certain place/date, etc.

Lightroom has simple tools within its Develop workspace, for basic and enhanced/advanced edting of your images. It’s actually a lot eaiser than people think! And we often hear:
“This is such great software! It really makes sense!”

We look at what you need to get right on camera in an introductory discussion about camera techniques where relevant, but what with Lightroom you can rescue!
For example:

  • exposure
  • altering colours / temperature
  • removing dust or other
  • dodging and burning (brightening / darkening only certain areas to bring out important parts of your images)
  • perspective correction
  • cropping – to remove parts or reframe

and lots more.

You will also be shown how to ‘export’ images for email and the web – a really quick way to resize your images.

You can also use Lightroom to set up a slideshow at the click on a button. No more Powerpoint needed. Time it for speed, choose your background/ colour, add a logo – again all at the click of a button.

And when you have all your images ready, also at the click of a button, Lightroom will build you a book! You can shuffle pages, realign, shrink, enlarge – customise exactly as you want. Click and send to Blurb to produce! Easy!

And if you join us for Photoshop – we will look briefly in this course too at how Lightroom can open images directly into Photoshop, you make more advanced edits, and save back into your Lightroom Library or Catalogue – all from one brilliant programme! Lightroom.

Discover how good you are and how good you can be!! We love seeing delighted and amazed faces when we show you how you can make so much more of your photography!

Computers provided or bring your own laptop if you prefer. Bring your own images and discover how good you can be!

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Maximum course size: 5

Wednesdays, 7-9pm (4 evenings), £235

18, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov
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THURSDAY evening

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Studio Lighting Workshop: Introduction to Flash and Studio Photography

Learning to bring light into a photograph is a natural ‘next step’ for any blossoming photographer, but one often met with anxiety and resistance. Flash tends to toss a wild card into the basic knowledge of exposure and as a result many photographers shy away from using it except in the most extreme of circumstances.

This course introduces learners to the benefits of added light through explanation and practical. We start with the premise that ‘flash does not need to be used only when a space is too dark’.

From here you will be introduced to:

  • understanding the principles of added light
  • learning the ‘voice of light’
  • ‘reading’ and measuring the light

as essential keys to the creative photography process.

We build on this knowledge, adding step by step to the tools at your fingertips.
For your additional light sources you will:

  • start by using simple light enhancers or ‘modifiers’ to manipulate the available light, such as reflective bounce panels
  • understand how to adjust the quality of light
  • learn to manipulate your on-camera flash
  • add auxiliary (external) flash, as a first step, in-studio

and discover how to tweak the light to perfection, concluding in preparation and shooting of a studio portrait.

Practical exercises bring theory into practice, preparing your move into the studio, to explore lighting a portrait with a single studio flash.

This is an excellent foundation course, to grow your knowledge in our more advanced studio courses running mid-spring/early summer. We highly recommend beginning your studio lighting journey here!

Level: Beginners Plus – Intermediate/Advanced

Location: at our Covent Garden location.

Max. class size: 6

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Thursdays, 6:30-9pm (4 sessions) £325
21, 28 Sept, 5, 12 Oct
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19, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov
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23, 30 Nov, 7, 14 Dec
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THURSDAY evening

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iMovie Film Editing

Level: Beginners -Beginners Plus

Location: at our Covent Garden location.

Everyone has shot video these days, even if it’s just on your phone.
Turn your collections of film clips from mobile phones to DSLR cameras into a short, that friends will actually want to watch!

Now is the time to get creative and learn to create slick and fun transitions between clips, add effects and lots more.

Join us to turn your film footage into something you can actually share, whether online on YouTube, Vimeo or on your own website. You will see how your movie begins to shape as you give it form through the editing process and build your clips into a tangible storyline. By adding titles, sound or music you will learn to add the finishing touches.

With clear step-by-step guidance in a fun and friendly environment, the process from raw footage to completed film (as much as time allows and depending on how ambitious you are!) will have you up and running for producing some exciting new projects.

We also look at the Mac set up and organisation and navigation around files within the Finder environment, setting up of Libaries on external harddrives to save you space and keep your work safe, as well as invaluable shortcuts to add speed to your process.

Course requirements:
To ensure that your course is as educational and runs as efficiently as possible, we request if you are bringing your own laptop that you have footage either on an external harddrive, USB stick, etc. to import in the first session (e.g. .mov, .mp4 files, etc.).
Due to the varying transfer speeds of different cameras and cables (USB, Firewire 400, Firewire 800, thunderbolt, etc.) this can be extremely time consuming and we strongly recommend you do this before the course. Please contact us if you need guidance before attending.
Be as selective with your footage as possible. You will only need to select about 10 minutes of footage for use in this course.

Software version: iMovie 10.0.9, 10.1.4, etc. Please let us know what version of iMovie you are on and what Mac Operating System you have.

Maximum course size: 5

Thursdays, 7-9pm (4 evenings) £235
21, 28 Sept, 5, 12 Oct
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23, 30 Nov, 7, 14 Dec
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THURSDAY evening

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Premiere Pro Film Editing workshop

Learn to edit film footage using Adobe Premiere Pro: Creating external libraries, importing, exporting, backing up, layout, tools, shortcuts, transitions, titles. And lots more.

We also look at the use of cameras and how to improve your camera skills – which become evident when you analyse what you have shot whilst editing! From focus, to cutaways, to leaving margins for transitions, use of light, etc.

Full description to follow.

Gain clear guidance with fun learning and give yourself a new skill to build on in 2017!

Location: at our Covent Garden studio.

Use your own laptop with the software already installed or use ours. Please let us know in advance.

Max. group size: 5

Thursdays, 7-9pm (4 evenings), £235
19, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov
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For custom-built training at dates and times to suit you, whether for groups or individual training, at work or for private use, please contact us.