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This  is a 15 weeks exciting and varied photography course and qualification.

It is designed for those who wish to progress further following on from the UAL Level 2 Photography Award/Certificate. Come and refresh your skills on the fundamentals of camera control, with an introduction to both film and Digital Photography, 35mm, Medium and large Format camera usage. Enhanced Studio and Location lighting techniques including Rembrandt, Loop, Split, Clam Shell and Butterfly lighting (flashguns/studio)  and learn even more about workflow and Post-Production in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Delivered in a relaxed and friendly environment this course provides the key skills that are necessary in order to work confidently with an emphasis on technical understanding, allowing for creative potential to be released.

Participants of this course will leave with the confidence and competence to move onto a higher level with their picture making.

Who is the course for?

This course is ideally suited for those who already have a reasonable (Intermediate) level of photography skills with knowledge of basic Studio Photography techniques,  lighting and modifiers and those who have already completed UAL Level 2 Certificate, but this is not essential.  Great for those who wish to enhance their photographic education further.

How will the course be delivered?

The course will be delivered by 15 taught /practical  x 3 hours evenings classes.

On completion of both the 2 units within the UAL Level 3 Award, you may then progress and continue should you wish to the UAL Level 3 Certificate in which there are 2 further units to complete should you wish to continue and enhance your knowledge.

What will I study?

  • What will I study?

    In this 15 week course you will cover a brief Introduction to Photographic History, Portraiture, Still Life and Landscapes and complete 2 Units (Unit 6 is Compulsory with one other unit from a choice of 3) which may include areas such as, 

    Unit 6 - The Camera: Digital or Film

    In this unit you will you will be introduced to and cover,

    • Refresh on Exposure control and all camera functions E.g. ISO, F-Stops, Shutter Speeds, Modes and Lens Types, Angles of View
    • Refresh on Control Depth of Field /Movement within an image.
    • Refresh on Composition / Posing
    • Refresh on White Balance & Histograms.
    • Refresh on Controlling the light within an image using, Off Camera Flash and basic modifiers.
    • Shooting for HDR, Panning, Image Staking and Panoramic Images.
    • Using Filters.
    • Genres of Photography & Relevant Artists.

    Unit 7 – The Photographic Project – FMP Final Major Project (only Certificate Level only so not applicable for the 15 weeks AWARD Course )

    Plus any one of the one Units Listed below 8 to 10

    Unit 8 - Lighting in Photography (Studio and on Location)

    Unit 9 - Digital Imaging, Storage and Manipulation

    Unit 10 - Processing Film and Print.

Your Study Programme

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