Course overview

Photography is a way of seeing, and showing how you see the world around you. Smartphone photography has become increasingly popular. On average, people around the globe take over a trillion photos each year and according to research 92% of these photographs are taken with smartphones! This course will allow you to explore how to use your phone in a more creative way. Instead of taking just one photo of a subject you’re interested in, you will be encouraged to take 10, 20, or even 30 photographs then spend some time looking at your pictures to see which ones you like the best, and why. You will explore what makes an image stand out, looking for unique or unexpected angles, playing with composition to help you create illusions of depth and height. You will also discover how it feels to go out on shoots, visiting different location local to Weston-Super-Mare seafront. At the course’s conclusion, you will experiment with different post making methods, including photomontage, illustration, drawing and hand colouring on to photographs in order to help you produce a Photobook, using a series of images that tell a story about your experience of living in Weston - Super -Mare.

Course description

Over the years smartphone photography has become ever increasingly popular and we now have phones that can produce amazing images with better and better resolution. This means that they can easily match and often replace DSLR cameras. In the past Smartphones had fixed lenses and smaller sensors and this would lead to very poor outcomes, especially when working in low light conditions. However, recently things have changed, and it is now possible to shoot in RAW format and experiment with a variety of lenses, including wide-angle, standard and tele zoom.

If you are interested in learning more about your phone and how you could use it to help you create more innovative and exciting images, this course is for you! You will learn more about the rule of thirds and the theory behind the assistive grid. You will experiment with location work and how to capture a sense of place. The course will also explain the history of The Photobook and how to illustrate work as an individual photographer, exploring sequential images and ways to represent your own personal narrative based on your experience of living in Weston-Super-Mare.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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