Photography: Practice and Theory (classroom)
“The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?” – Edward Weston
At a Glance
- Classroom course
- Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 10 weeks: January to March
- Tutor: Honey Salvadori
- Fees from £140 to £235
Photography: Practice and Theory is a practical photography course, delivered in the classroom at our South Kensington (London) campus, for people who want to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of photography. The course is aimed at all levels of experience, so if you've only just started taking photographs, or already have some knowledge of photography, this course will help you to develop your practice.
The course comprises a mixture of classroom lectures and photographic assignments with a professional photographer. The assignments are designed to give you practical experience of the technical instruction included in the lectures and also the working practices that will help you develop your overall photographic technique.
Whilst you are working on your assignments during the week, you will be able to receive one to one tuition via the Printspace Hub file sharing facility (instructions for signing up for this will be provided in the first session). You will then upload your finished assignments to the Photography: Practice and Theory Teams folder (or the course Facebook group) ready for a group tutorial in the following lecture session.
Our aim is that you will end the course with a portfolio of photographic images that can form the foundation of your ongoing individual photography practice.
You will need your own camera for the course (details of the equipment needed for the course can be found below). Photo-editing software will be available in the classroom. We can discuss your options for your own editing software (for at-home use) in the first session, however this is not a requirement for this classroom-based course.
This course will be taught face-to-face in the classrooms at our South Kensington Campus in London. To take part in the course you will need to be able to attend our South Kensington Campus each week on the day and time shown above.
These classes are not recorded
Successful completion of this course leads to the award of an Imperial College attendance certificate
Terms and conditions apply to all enrolments to this course. Please read them before enrolment
Weekly Programme (may be subject to some modification)
Week 1 - Introduction
This will be an introduction to the course in which we will discuss the technical and practical content of the course and what individuals hope to gain from the course. You will sign up to the course social media and will be given your first photography assignment after the lecture.
Week 2 - Understanding Your Camera 1
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This week we will focus on the technical development of cameras and how technology affects the visual representation of our world. We will look at the technology of digital cameras in detail. We will then look at the exposure triangle: Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and you will be given a practical task to gain experience of adapting your camera settings to different lighting conditions.
Week 3 - Understanding Your Camera 2
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This week will be the next step in understanding your cameras. In this lecture we will consider camera lenses and depth of field. We will look at the optics of camera lenses and how lenses work with aperture settings to produce depth of field. We will also consider how the choice of lenses affects the overall photograph. You will be given a practical task to help you explore the classroom teaching.
Week 4 - Portrait Photography
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This week we will consider the genre of Portraits. We will look at the work of several leading practitioners of portrait photography and we will analyse how they go about photographing their subjects. The practical assignment will then challenge you to consider the best technical solutions for portraiture and also to explore the dynamic between you and the people you are photographing.
Week 5 - Landscape Photography
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This week is focused on Landscape Photography (within your home and garden!). We will be considering a wide definition of landscape images and looking at the work of leading practitioners that have used the genre of landscape for creative innovation. We will also be considering the best technique for landscape and how composition is a fundamental element. You will be introduced to composition concepts and will then be asked to use these in a practical photography task.
Week 6 - Reportage
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. This week is about Reportage and how you can use reportage techniques to create a record of your home life and experiences. We will be discussing concepts that define reportage and considering how leading practitioners use this in their work. You will then be given a practical task that will challenge your observation and quick thinking!
Week 7 - Lighting
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures and video that you have produced during the week. This session will consider how photography can manipulate light by using flash and exposure settings and also photo-editing. We will look at how leading practitioners use these elements. You will then be given a practical task that explores the creative use of flash and exposure.
Week 8 - Visual Storytelling
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced during the week. In this session we will consider how photographs and video can be used to develop visual storytelling. We will consider how visual language works to create narrative and you will be given an assignment to explore the themes that you have been introduced to in the lecture.
Week 9 - Photowalk
This week we will be going out on a Photowalk to practice all that you have learned. Location to be confirmed.
Week 10 - Photography and the Law, and Final Showcase
We will begin the session with a group tutorial on the pictures that you have produced on our photowalk. In this session we will discuss copyright law and related media issues.
We will also prepare the final presentation of the work that you have done on the course.
Additional Reading and Equipment
There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text. However, if you are interested in reading more about the history of photography, you might enjoy:
- Graham Clarke, The Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)
For this course you will need a digital SLR camera. If you already have a digital SLR camera (which must have an option for manual settings) you are welcome to use that, but if not we recommend you purchase an entry level digital SLR (or DSLR) camera with manual controls.
Photo-editing software will be available in the classroom. We can discuss your options for your own editing software (for at-home use) in the first session, however this is not a requirement for this classroom-based course.
Please email the course tutor should you require further information on the equipment needed for this course.
After leaving Art School, Honey Salvadori began her career in editorial and commercial photography by working for several press offices, including the London Film Festival, and contributed to magazines including the Face and Time Out.
In the late 1980s she began working for Q magazine which led to a five year long phase of documenting bands on tour with her trademark satirical eye, including Bros, Joe Strummer and the Pogues, Texas (in Texas), the Beautiful South and L7 amongst many others. She also worked for Vox magazine, the Telegraph and Sunday Times magazine during this time.
Honey then went on to spend a decade as a photographer at Channel 4 and the BBC producing promotional photographs for series like the BBC’s Airport and Jailbirds and Channel 4’s Cutting Edge and the Girlie Show. At the same time she contributed documentary features to magazines including Elle, Marie Claire and Italian Moda.
Honey is represented in numerous collections, including the National Portrait Gallery.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|20||10||£235 (£11.75 p/h)
||£140 (£7 p/h)||£185 (£9.25 p/h)|
|All fee rates quoted are for the whole course. Part-payments are not possible. Equivalent to hourly rate is shown for comparison guidance only, it is not possible to pay pro-rata hourly rates.|
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Friends and Family Scheme
This course is eligible for the allowing Imperial College students and staff to share their discount with their friends and family.
Term Dates 2022-23
|Hours||Weeks||Spring term||Summer term||Summer School|
|20||10||Week commencing 16 January to week ending 25 March 2023*||n/a||n/a|
|*This is a 1-term course|
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