Photography (201) - Creative Camera Skills Intermediate

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Course description

Digital camera skills creative skills class in Sydney.

Mastered the basics? Ready to move on and make your images really attract some attention and praise? Then you’re ready for the next level of our beginners camera program. Creative camera skills takes you past the first levels of comprehension in photogrpahy and begins to teach you about photographic languages, the techniques and skills required to master composition and light to create images with real impact. This course opens your world to new creative opportunities beyond the point and shoot, you will become more deliberate and more considered with your choices when approaching a shot. Using a mix of creative techniques, practical assignments and feedback from your tutor and fellow students, by the end of this course you will understand how to use light and composition effectively helping you understand the concepts of colour, light, contrast, balance, rhythm, movement, and the elements of design.

Study the work of leading photographers by observing and practising their styles, techniques and creative approach. Please note students will need to have completed Photography 101 or an equivalent course to enrol, special consideration can be given to students who feel they meet the requirements, please see outcomes of Photography 101 course.

Course content
  • During this course the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Due to the variable nature of Adult Education classes, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.
  • Design Principles: contrast, balance, visual weight, harmony, unity, variety, repetition, rhythm, movement, emphasis, gradation and 3D Form
  • Design Elements: line, dynamic diagonals, curves, shape, triangle, pattern, texture, colour, value, positive and negative space
  • Design Considerations: scale, proportion, proportion-based systems, rule of thirds, rule of odds and contextualising backgrounds
  • Image capture processes: camera positioning, shoot angle, point of view, framing, edge of frame, simplification, cropping, counterpoint, juxtaposition, silhouette, tilted angle, zoom framing
  • Light: quality of light, hardness and softness, source characteristics, time of day, diffusion, angle of light, translucency
  • Lighting: natural and artificial light, light modification, light positioning – back light, rim light, hair light – window light, directional lighting, food lighting, product lighting \
Course content
  • Design Principles: contrast, balance, visual weight, harmony, unity, variety, repetition, rhythm, movement, emphasis, gradation and 3D Form
  • Design Elements: line, dynamic diagonals, curves, shape, triangle, pattern, texture, colour, value, positive and negative space
  • Design Considerations: scale, proportion, proportion-based systems, rule of thirds, rule of odds and contextualising backgrounds
  • Image capture processes: camera positioning, shoot angle, point of view, framing, edge of frame, simplification, cropping, counterpoint, juxtaposition, silhouette, tilted angle, zoom framing
  • Photographer processes: visualisation, approach and behaviours, post-production editing and cropping, image transformations
Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of creativity and imagination in the composition of photographs
  • Analyse images for creative use of visual design elements and principles
  • Understand the role of human visual perception in photographic composition
  • Make effective creative decisions which balance technical, creative & practical choices
  • Apply the fundamentals of natural and artificial lighting to produce quality images
  • Understand the use of line, shape, colour, movement, repititon, texture scale & value in the composition of photographic images
  • Understand cropping, framing, simplification, counterpoint, juxtaposition in the composition of photographic images
Other information
  • For the practical shoots you will need to bring your own camera, lenses, batteries and tripods. The safety and security of your equipment when on the street is your responsibility

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Course testimonials:

  • Anna said: Overall the course helped me to look at my world differently. It brought my photography skills to a whole new level. It would be great if there was a formal certificate IV course to take my skills even further. In regards to areas of improvement, the booklet was poorly written and unorganised. The PowerPoint notes were excellent and the booklet should be consistent with these notes in more in-depth. It felt like the course was a little short and could be longer. The room was very stuffy and not sound proof so the sound of the courses next door was very loud and distracting at times. On one of the nights, there was smell of cigarette smoke through the airconditioning system.