This course is ideal for anybody that has enthusiasm for documentary photography with a desire to tell a story through a more focused series of narrative images taken during the time of Covid-19 Lockdown.
Classes will be taught online using the teaching and learning programme MS Teams. There are many advantages to learning in an online environment including the opportunity to use exciting tools for presentation and feedback. Sections of the class are recorded so you can return to them later. Gain instant support and answers to questions via forums, one to one tutor and peer support. Access an archive of course materials and resources to help you with projects and assignments. Get a generous discount on Adobe CC Software and a free Microsoft Office account with Email, MS Teams, Office Apps and much more!
This course is accessible to all students that feel inspired to take photographs to record these unprecedented times of the Covid-19 Lockdown and social distancing, and now wish to take their documentary photography skills further. You will develop the ability to photograph a coherent series of images to express a narrative content. The series can include observations that are widely interpreted, from portraiture, cityscapes and to narrative still life. Students will explore what makes a potentially good photographic project whilst improving their practice and learning the processes and skills to investigate an idea, take pictures, reflect, take more pictures and then edit for the most effective dramatic combinations and sequencing of photographs to tell the story. This is a great course if you aspire to create a Photobook or simply take your photography to the next level. This course could assist with portfolio-building to apply for higher education.
Class format and activities
The class will be taught online at a specific course time each week. You will learn via a mix of presentation, active learning exercises, assignments, demonstrations, hand-outs, step-by-step instructions, working as a class, in small break out pairs and group discussion. One-to-one tuition will be given to help develop ideas and skills.
Manageable Homework will be assigned between and during classes to help you progress. The classes are informal and allow for question and answer sessions, technical advice and support depending on your needs. You will receive assessment and feedback on your progress. All course material will be instantly accessible via the learning platform and select parts of the lessons will be recorded so that you may return to them later. Learners will be encouraged to use the class forums to engage with each other during the class and to support each other with project work.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
A keen interest in the subject is key to your success and the ability to attend the sessions regularly in order to get the most out of the course. As part of the course you will be asked to read material, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. It would be beneficial to your studies if you possess essential software for use at home.
It would be helpful if you have some familiarity with computers and know how to use standard menus and commands. As part of the course you will be asked to read tutorials, take notes, listen to instructions and discuss related topics, therefore students should have a reasonable level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English. You may wish to revise and practise at home to reinforce what you have learned during the lesson. Information about computers and relevant software will be provided by the tutor.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
By the end of the course you will be able to
• Use online video conferencing to receive instructions, show work, download material and take part in discussions
• Improve your documentary photography skills and techniques, in response to a personal project shot during Covid-19 Lockdown
• Gain compositional skills to produce interesting compelling images
• Be able to tell a story with a series of photographic images, demonstrating both good photographic and editing skills, exploring the narrative of images.
• Identify the key elements of photojournalism
• Learn photo-editing skills to enhance your images.
What you will need
To get the most from your learning you should have your own camera and lenses. Your camera preferably should allow you access to manual controls. It would be helpful for you to have a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end. It would be helpful for you to have a pen and notepad, as you may wish to take notes. Also recommended is a storage device such as USB Memory stick (minimum 8GB) or mini-hard drive. This is for storage of media during the course and of your work at the end.
Group Learning Software
• MS Teams (Easily downloadable as part of your free Office 365 account when you enrol)
• A modern Mac or PC computer no older than 4 years, with a built-in camera (or plug-in webcam) and microphone
•Up to Date Mac OS (2017 or later) see HERE for more information on requirements
• Adobe CC Software appropriate to the course (As a student of Morley College you are entitled to a discount on Adobe CC Software)