FPP RPS
Providing UK's Leading Photography Courses
1064 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6DS

Our courses are intended for the keen photographer who is looking to develop their photography skills into a profitable business. All our courses are very practical and therefore will involve a lot of picture taking, enabling you to create your own portfolio.

As a City & Guilds accredited centre, all our course include a City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma, up to an Ofqual level 3 qualification.

On completion of the courses, all students are welcome to spend two weeks work experience with us in our studios. This will involve the day to day running of a commercial studio, helping with shoots, editing, printing and dealing with customers.

FPP is also an ELCAS approved learning provider and some of our courses qualify for ELCAS funding (Approved training provider for the UK Armed Forces) Working from two fully equipped studios all our staff are vastly experienced and formally trained and qualified. All staff hold at least their LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society)

This course will train and prepare you for working and freelancing in commercial photography and creative industries. As well as covering the syllabus for ABC Awards level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries) the course is also an accredited programme by City & Guilds.

Through out the three weeks we will teach and prepare you for employment and freelancing in the creative industry of Photography.

Practical portrait photography sessions in the studio using a variety of models, including males, females and children/babies, will focus on familiarity with studio equipment (including home/mobile studios) and lighting. We will teach you how to set-up studio lights for different looks (including high and low key), measure the flash correctly and pose and direct your models.

During your second week you will cover more advanced skills including, flash and blur, low- key romantic, off camera flash, using various attachment to camera flash out on location, urban style portraits and still life.

The wedding seminar covers the whole aspect of wedding photography, from obtaining bookings through to producing the final album. In addition to the theory there will also be shoots with models on location at a local beauty spot, at home, in a church and in the studio. We will also cover technical difficulties you may encounter while photographing the intimate portraits of the bride and groom as well as how to set-up and pose the group photographs.

During the third week we will cover a variety of editing software, Professional Workflow and a selection of professional techniques used to improve and manipulate images.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • To Gain an ABC Level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries) Ofqual 500/8794/0
  • To Gain hands on experience in working in the creative industry of Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Advanced Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Digital Manipulation
  • To learn advanced techniques in the studio & on location lighting
  • To gain experience in a variety of professional editing software including; Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, Portrait Professional and Zenfolio
  • For you to create a strong commercial portfolio to use for advertising and to show to potential clients and employers

On completion of the courses, all students are welcome to spent two weeks work experience with us in our studios. This will involve the day to day running of a commercial studio, helping with shoots, editing, printing and dealing with customers.


Optional Extra Evening courses (Not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses)

We run three evening courses that are run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 5:30-7:00. These are an optional extra offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course and are not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

Bump and Baby £40.00 5:30-7:00

This course is an optional extra course offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course. It covers the genre of Bump and Baby photography which is not included in those courses.

It is not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

This is a very popular studio sitting and can be very profitable. Some of our students are apprehensive and unsure how to approach this genre of photography, but understand that it’s very in vogue at the moment and offers a great earning potential. We will teach you various lighting techniques and how to pose and light a new-born baby

Bikini/Page 3 and low key classical figure £40.00 5:30-7:00

This course is an optional extra course offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course. It covers the genre of glamour photography which is not included in those courses.

It is not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

We are often requested for a more glamorous type of portfolio and also with our make-over shoots some clients want to include this. Some of our students are apprehensive and unsure how to approach this genre of photography, but understand that it’s something they may be asked for. The course also covers the legal and ethical aspects of glamour photography.

Product Photography £40.00 5:30-7:00

This course is an optional extra course offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course. It covers the genre of product photography which is not included in those courses.

It is not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

With most companies now having websites, product photography is an ever growing market. We will teach you how to set- up the studio lights for different looks and how to cost jobs to include image release certificates.

This course will train and prepare you for working and freelancing in commercial photography and creative industries. As well as covering the syllabus for ABC Awards level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries) the course is also an accredited programme by City & Guilds.

Through out the three weeks we will teach and prepare you for employment and freelancing in the creative industry of Photography.

Practical portrait photography sessions in the studio using a variety of models, including males, females and children/babies, will focus on familiarity with studio equipment (including home/mobile studios) and lighting. We will teach you how to set-up studio lights for different looks (including high and low key), measure the flash correctly and pose and direct your models.

During your second week you will cover more advanced skills including, flash and blur, low- key romantic, off camera flash, using various attachment to camera flash out on location, urban style portraits and still life.

The wedding seminar covers the whole aspect of wedding photography, from obtaining bookings through to producing the final album. In addition to the theory there will also be shoots with models on location at a local beauty spot, at home, in a church and in the studio. We will also cover technical difficulties you may encounter while photographing the intimate portraits of the bride and groom as well as how to set-up and pose the group photographs.

During the third week we will cover a variety of editing software, Professional Workflow and a selection of professional techniques used to improve and manipulate images.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • To Gain an ABC Level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries) Ofqual 500/8794/0
  • To Gain hands on experience in working in the creative industry of Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Advanced Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Digital Manipulation
  • To learn advanced techniques in the studio & on location lighting
  • To gain experience in a variety of professional editing software including; Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, Portrait Professional and Zenfolio
  • For you to create a strong commercial portfolio to use for advertising and to show to potential clients and employers

On completion of the courses, all students are welcome to spent two weeks work experience with us in our studios. This will involve the day to day running of a commercial studio, helping with shoots, editing, printing and dealing with customers.

Monday Week 1

Refreshment will be served throughout each day.

AM 9.00 12.30 PM 2.00 - 5.00
  • Welcome and personal introductions
  • Course objectives
  • Studio tour and induction of studio equipment
  • Instruction on using a flash meter and measuring exposures correctly

Traditional portrait shoot

  • Understanding Lighting ratios and traditional lighting set-ups using multiple flash heads
  • Using techniques learnt from the mornings session i.e. main light, fill light, hair light and back light

Introduction to Photoshop:

  • Cropping and bordering
  • Correcting exposures and levels
  • Removing blemishes
  • Converting an image to B/W
  • Wrinkle decrease and teeth whitening
  • Converting an image to BW keeping some colour
  • 3 and 9 image montages
PM continued

Timetable

Refreshment will be served throughout the day

During the week we will cover the day to day running of our studio, including advertising, costs, pricing, working from commercial premises and mobile set-ups.

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Monday
9am-10am

Course introduction and outline, health and safety brief.

Introduction to Level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries)

PowerPoint presentation

Questions and answers

Complete enrolment forms and FPP Health and Safety form
To understand the aim of the unit and to be aware of the skills required for the end assessment.

Written handouts

Questions and answers

Course handouts

Monday 10am-11am

Using a light meter and understanding exposure settings

PowerPoint presentation

Practical demonstration

To use a light meter and understand the relationship between: Time, Aperture and ISO

Written test

Practical observation

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Light meter

Monday 11am-12.30pm

Studio flash head controls and attachments

Traditional portrait shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set-up a studio flash head and change the attachments and power settings

Take a traditionally lit portrait using four studio flash-heads

To understand lighting ratios

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Monday 1pm-3.30pm

Photoshop and understanding the principles of preparing an image ready for social media

Step by step demonstration

Questions and answers

To adjust images using editing software

Practical observation

Practical test (Wednesday PM)

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Computer and editing software

Monday 3.30pm-5pm

Marketing your business using social media marketing and the advantages and disadvantages of using social media.

Questions and answers

Powerpoint presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Understanding the principles of social media for marketing and the advantages and disadvantages.

Feedback through questioning

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint presentation

Tuesday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 3.00

Contemporary portrait shoot

  • Instruction on how to set up the studio for a high key shoot

Model Make-over (Using high key set-up)

  • One of our most popular packages is a make-over and model shoot (this is not just for potential models) this is also sold as a gift voucher. It involves a professional makeover and a model shoot with three changes of clothes.

A continuation of the model make-over shoot with formal wear, e.g. A Cocktail Dress.

PM 2.30 - 5.00

Couple/engagement shoot

Instructions and shoot on how to pose a couple for either an engagement /couple shoot. This will also demonstrate how we would pose a couple if we were photographing a function.



Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Tuesday- 9.00am-1:00pm

 

Contemporary make-over shoot

 

PowerPoint presentation

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up a high key studio and do a contemporary makeover/fashion shoot

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Tuesday 1:30pm-4:00pm

Couples/Engagement Shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio for high key and undertake a contemporary couples shoot

Set up the studio for low key and undertake a classical couples shoot

Give direction to the models

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm

Child jumping shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio for high key and photograph a child jumping

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Wednesday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 3.00
  • Baby/Mother & baby shoot (high key)
  • Photoshop: Creating a 22 x 22 inch 9 image montage using images taken from the morning shoot
PM 1.30-5.00

Photoshop:

  • Create portfolio to show to clients
  • Creating a 22 x 22 inch 9 image montage using images taken from the course
  • Creating a 12 x 32 inch montage using images taken from the jumping shoot

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Wednesday- 9am-12.30pm

Contemporary and Classical baby/child shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio for high key

Set up the studio using classical lighting ratios and various studio head attachments

Do a studio shoot for a baby/child using both set-ups

Give direction to the mother and child

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Models

Wednesday 1pm-3pm

Creating a portfolio to show to clients and to use on social media using images from the course

Observing

Questions and answers

To practise and experiment with all the digital manipulation skills learned so far.

To create a strong portfolio to show clients

Practical observation

Practical test

Course handouts

Computers and editing software

Wednesday 3pm-5pm

Understanding and identifying different social media sites and the audience demographics specific for your business

 

Observing

Questions and answers

PowerPoint Presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Understand different social networking sites, their audience demographics.
Understand why someone might not use social media and how the content design and attention span of the user can make an effect.

Practical observation

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Thursday Week 1

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 4.30
Weddings
  • Equipment
  • Starting a photography business
  • Wedding coverage
  • Planning the day
  • Over coming technical and weather difficulties
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride at home
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and groom at beauty spot
  • Seperate second bride

All images are shot both traditionally and contemporary

Time Table

Refreshment will be served throughout the day

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Thursday-
9am-12.30pm

Location shoot of the Bride and Groom and a separate bride

High key portrait of the bride at home

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Photograph and direct the Bride and Groom and a separate bride at a local beauty spot

Use camera, camera flash other accessories correctly

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Set up a high key shoot at home without studio lighting

Undertake a bride at home portrait shoot

Give direction to the bride

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Model

Course handouts

Window and net curtain

Thursday 1pm-5.00pm

Theory on  running a Wedding photography business and promoting, marketing and advertising strategies to make it successful

Social media, website, SEO, blogs, Instagram etc.

Lecturing

Questions and answers

 

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Understanding the different advertising strategies to make a business successful

Feedback through questioning

 

Questions and answers

Course handouts

Friday Week 1

AM 9.00 - 10.00 PM 1.30 - 4.30

Lecture on image and portfolio construction and presentation

10.00 - 12.30 Weddings Continued
  • Professional associations
  • Advertising
  • How to deal with enquiries
  • Meeting prospective clients
  • Presenting quotes
  • Presenting results
  • Costing and profits
  • Bookkeeping and accounting
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and Groom at the church
  • How to set-up and pose the group photographs
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and Bridesmaid at home (different model from Thursday)
  • Students will be given an individual tutorial to assess their progress on aims and objectives as laid out in Wednesday's tutorial.

All images are shot both traditionally and contemporary

Time Table

Refreshment will be served throughout the day

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Friday
 9am-10.00am

Theory on Wedding photography continued

Lecturing

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Feedback through questioning

Course handouts

Friday
 10.00am-12.30pm

Location shoot of the Bride and Groom at a church

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Photograph and direct the Bride and Groom in a church

How to photograph in a church using flash and not using flash

Use and understand the correct white balance

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Models

Course handouts

Church

Friday 1.00pm-5pm

Theory on the ways your business can distribute and access content on a device.

Theory on location aware applications and metadata.

Questions and answers

 

PowerPoint Presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

To learn about the types of content we can access through social media and what type of devices we have for mobile.
To understand what location aware applications are
To understand how metadata works

Practical observation

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Personal Development Period 1
(Recommended 40 hours)

We recommend a four week personal development period (this can be shorter or longer depending on the student’s ability) for students to practice and develop the skills they learnt on week 1 including:

  • Using a light meter and shooting on manual
  • Using fill-in flash both on and off the camera
  • Using a reflector
  • Difference perspectives
  • Selecting appropriate location

Students should be creating images that are technically correct and pleasing to the clients and can be used towards their course portfolio.

Support and feedback will be given to the students during this period by telephone, email or face to face.

Monday Week 2

AM 9.00 - 1.00 PM 1.00 - 5.00
  • Coffee and introductions
  • lecture and critique on enhancing and building a portfolio.

Practical Photographic Session

On location portrait shoot at an urban style location with a model and equipment including:

  • Light meter
  • Flash gun
  • Reflector
  • Diffuser
  • Neutral density filters


Refreshment will be served throughout the day

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Monday 9am-11.30am

Theory on the different analytics tools to monitor your business performance on social media, and how hashtags work.

Questions and answers

 

PowerPoint Presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions
To understand how to use the different analytics on the different social media sites and to understand and learn what a hashtag is and why it is used.

Practical observation

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Monday- 11.30am-12.30pm

Learning and understanding about on location equipment including off camera flash

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Practical set up of equipment

Feedback through questioning

Observation

Course handouts

Camera equipment and accessories

 

Monday 1pm-5pm

On location portrait shoot at an urban style location and shoot editing

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Undertake an urban style portrait using various techniques and identify which techniques best suit subject and location

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Model

Course handouts

Computers and editing software

 

Tuesday (Week 2)

Refreshment will be served throughout the day

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

AM 9.00 - 1.00 PM 1.00 - 5.00
  • Work through and identify images that are suitable or work-in-progress towards a portfolio from Monday PM's shoot

Practical Photographic Session

  • Studio shoot using traditional lighting set-ups using multiple flash heads.

Equipment including:

  • Studio heads
  • Barn doors
  • Snoot
  • Honeycombs
  • Reflectors
  • Soft box

Practical Photographic Session

On location portrait shoot at a local beauty spot with a model and equipment including:

  • Light meter
  • Flash gun
  • Reflector
  • Diffuser
  • Neutral density filters

Refreshment will be served throughout the day.

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Tuesday
9.30a.m-12.30p.m

On location portrait shoot at a local  beauty spot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Create a portrait at a beauty spot using the various techniques and identify which techniques best suit subject and location

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Model

Course handouts

 

Tuesday
 1pm-3.30pm

Bump studio shoot

PowerPoint presentation

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio using multiple light heads and various studio head attachments

To create low key and high key shots of a bump shoot

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Tuesday
3.30pm-5.00pm

Editing images using Photoshop to create your Portfolio

Observing

Questions and answers

To practise and experiment with all the digital manipulation skills learned so far.

To create a strong portfolio to show clients

Practical observation

Practical test

Course handouts

Computers and editing software

Wednesday (Week 2)

AM 9.00 - 1.00 PM 1.00 - 5.00
  • Work through and identify images that are suitable or work-in-progress towards a portfolio from Tuesday PM's shoot
  • Class room lectures on the Portfolio Criteria, including examples of passed and failed panels.

Practical Photographic Session

Studio shoot using directional lighting to create a low key romance effect.

Equipment including:

  • Studio heads
  • Barn doors
  • Snoot
  • Honeycombs
  • Reflectors

Refreshment will be served throughout the day.

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Wednesday 9.30-12.30

A low key 1950s Hollywood romantic shoot.
i.e. Audrey Hepburn/ Marilyn Monroe

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Create an image sympathetic to the 1950s Hollywood genre i.e. Audrey Hepburn/ Marilyn Monroe with directional lighting.

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Model

Course handouts

Studio and boudoir furniture

Wednesday 1pm-4.00pm

Theory and practical on how blogging works and to create a blog site for your business using WIX

Presentation

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

To understand how a blog works and look at some examples of other people’s blogs.

To create a blog and distribute a blog post via email.

Feedback through questioning

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Wednesday
4.00pm-5.30pm

Debrief

Presentation

Questions and answers

 

Feedback through learning

 

 

 

Thursday (Week 2)

AM 9.00 - 1.00 PM 1.00 - 5.00
  • Work through and identify images that are suitable or work-in-progress towards a portfolio from Wednesday PM's shoot

Practical Photographic Session

Studio shoot using flash and blur technique using the combination of long exposure with ambient light and flash during the same exposure to create an image that shows movement and a static subject.

Equipment including:

  • Studio heads
  • Barn doors
  • Tripod
  • Colour correction filters

Practical Photographic Session

On location urban style portrait shoot with a model and equipment including:

  • Light meter
  • Flash gun
  • Reflector
  • Diffuser
  • Neutral density filters

Refreshment will be served throughout the day.

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Thursday 9am-12.30pm

Theory

Setting up studio equipment

Studio shoot using flash and blur technique

PowerPoint presentation

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio using two light heads and various studio head attachments

 

Create images using flash and blur technique

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Thursday 1pm-2:30pm

Demonstration of using a home studio kit

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up home studio kit to take a portrait of a class

Practical Observation

Camera equipment and accessories

 

Thursday
2:30pm-5pm

Class room lectures on the Portfolio Criteria including examples of passed and failed panels for LRPS

Lecture

Group critique

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Feedback through questioning

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

 

Friday (Week 2)

AM 9.00 - 1.00 PM 1.00 - 4.00

Practical Photographic Session

A still life studio shoot using various lighting techniques and backdrops. Exploring the use of shallow depth of field.

  • A lecture and critique on work-in-progress images taken through out the week
  • To understand and identify images that are suitable for a portfolio
  • An open session to discuss and critique each others work

DE-BRIEF

Refreshment will be served throughout the day.

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Friday
 9:00am-12.30am

Still life studio shoot, using various lighting techniques and backdrops. Exploring the use of shallow depth of field.

PowerPoint presentation

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio using two light heads and various studio head attachments

 

Create still life images

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Flowers and props

Friday
 1:00pm-4:00pm

Re-cap on everything learnt

Discussion

 

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

To re-cap and understand everything learnt for the social media course.

Feedback through questions

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Friday
4:00pm-5:00pm

Debrief

 

 

 

 

Personal Development Period 2
(Recommended minimum 40 hours)

Students are required to produce two portfolios, each with a minimum of 10 images.

Also required is a written account to support the portfolio.

The portfolio can be a combination of images taken on week 1 and 2, as well as images taken during their development periods.

At least 5 of the images must be from the personal development periods.

Support and feedback will be given to the students during this period by telephone, email or face to face.

An open door policy is applied so that any students that require further guidance can attend week 2 completely or partly as often as required.

Because each student has different abilities and personal commitments there is no time limit for the student to complete their final portfolios.

Monday (Week 3)

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 5.00
  • Welcome and personal introductions
  • Course objectives
  • Understanding different file formats
  • Different methods of acquiring images.
  • Converting files to different formats
  • Professional file management
  • Reviewing and selecting Images for Manipulation
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Using Adjustment layers to improve an image
  • Resizing and Cropping an image using various techniques

Refreshment will be served throughout the day.

Tuition and guidance is given, however it is important that the students create their own work.

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Monday
9:00am – 9:30am

Introduction to course

Presentation

To understand the aim of the course and to be aware of the skills required for end assessment.

Listening

Group Discussion

- PowerPoint presentation
- Course handouts
- Computer and Projector

Monday
9:30am – 10:00am

Understanding different file formats

Power Point Presentation

Questions and answers

To be able to identify different file formats and understand their appropriate uses.

 

Practical observation

- PowerPoint Presentation
- Course handouts
- Computer and Projector

Monday
10:00am – 10:30am

Professional file management

Questions and answers

To have an understanding on professional file management process.

Practical observation

- PowerPoint presentation

Monday
10:30am – 12:30pm

Reviewing and selecting Images for Manipulation.

Practical demonstration Questions and answers

To identify and select images ready for editing

Practical observation

 

- PowerPoint presentation
- Course handouts
- Computer and Projector
- Computer software – Adobe Lightroom or Bridge

Monday
1:00pm-5.00pm

Camera RAW
Workshop
(Enhancing, creating pre-sets)

Practical demonstration

Question and answers

To be able to use Camera RAW to adjust and enhance an image.
To be able to create a Pre-set action in Camera RAW which you can then apply to other photographs.

Practical
Observation

 

- Course hand-outs
- Computer and Projector
- Computer Software – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge

Tuesday (Week 3)

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 5.00
  • Editing image using Portrait Professional
  • Retouching and resizing image in Photoshop
  • Photo Manipulation Ethics
  • Editing in Camera Raw Workshop (Including: Sharpening, HSL, Split Toning & Black and White Conversion

Tuesday Timetable

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Tuesday
9:00am – 10:30am

Photo Manipulation Ethics and working to a brief

PowerPoint Presentation
Questions and answers.

To understand the ethical implications of photo manipulation and how it affects professional working.

Listening

Group Discussion

- Computer and projector
- Course handouts

Tuesday
10:30am – 11:00am

Adobe Photoshop Workshop

(Resizing an image using Adobe Photoshop)

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to manipulate a photograph using cropping, image sizes and transformation tools to size an image.

Practical Observation

- Course hand-outs
-  Computer and Projector
Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Tuesday
11:00am – 11:30am

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(Retouching and sharpening an image using Adobe Photoshop)

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to manipulate a photograph using touch up tools to enhance an subject and sharpening an image to improve the image quality.

Practical Observation

Course hand-outs
-  Computer and Projector
Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Tuesday
11:30am – 12:30pm

Portrait Professional Workshop

Practical demonstration
Questions and answers

To be able to use the portrait profession software effectively to manipulate the image.

Practical Observation

- Course handouts
- Computer and projector
- Computer software – portrait professional

Tuesday
1:00pm-2:30pm

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(Adjustment Layers-masks)

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to enhance a photograph using adjustment layers to manipulate the image, looking at a non- damaging form

Practical Observation

Course handouts
- Computer and projector
- Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Tuesday
2:30pm-5:00pm

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(Jumping montage & Nine image montage)

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To understand and be able to create different style montage using different cutting tools and different style of manipulating a images and combine images (layers).

Practical Observation

Course handouts

- Computer and projector

Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday (Week 3)

AM 9.00 - 12.00 PM 1.30 - 5.00
  • How to Capture images for HDR
  • Creating a HDR Composite in Photoshop
  • Creating a HDR Composite in Photomatix
  • Creating a Panorama in Photoshop
  • Using Photoshop to create a Text and Image Composite
  • Using Photoshop to create a Decoupage Image
  • Using Photoshop to create a Vector Graphic and Image Composite

Wednesday Timetable

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Wednesday
9:00am- 10:00am

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(How to create an actions using Adobe Photoshop)

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to create an Action and use the Batch Processor to edit a shoot.

Practical Observation

Course hand-outs
-Computer and Projector
-Computer Software– Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday
10:00am- 11:00pm

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(Converting file formats and how to apply actions using batch processing) 

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to create an Action and use the Batch Processor to edit a shoot.
To be able to convert file formats using Batch processor.

Practical Observation

Course hand-outs
-Computer and Projector
-Computer Software – Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday
11:00am- 12:00pm

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(combining images-layers, blending options, text- including how to make a watermark using Adobe Photoshop)

Practical
Demonstration

Questions and Answers

To understand and be able to manipulate an image using text, watermarks and combining images (layers) to create a more complex manipulated image.

Practical Observation

-Course hand-outs
-Computer and Projector
-Computer Software - Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday
12:00pm-12:30pm

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(How to create a contact sheet)

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to create a contact sheet ready for clients to preview images.

Practical Observation

- Course hand-outs
-  Computer and Projector
Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday
1:00pm- 2:00pm

Adobe Photoshop Workshop
(How to create a decoupage image with selection tools, adjustment layers and masks

Practical
Demonstration

Questions and Answers

To be able to adjust part of an image using selection tools.
To understand and be able to manipulate an image using layers to create a more complex manipulated image.

Practical Observation

Course hand-outs
-  Computer and Projector
Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday
2:00pm-2:30pm

Zenfolio

Practical
Demonstration

Questions and Answers

To understand and be able to upload images onto Zenfolio and to understand why we use Zenfolio for a Client gallery.

Practical Observation

Course hand-outs
-  Computer and Projector
Computer software – Adobe Photoshop

Wednesday
2:30pm- 5:00pm

Practice Session- To produce a finished portfolio using Photoshop

Questions and answers

To practise and experiment with all the skills learned so far.
To be able to implement a variety of editing techniques to manipulate a selection of images using batch processing in Photoshop.

Practical Observation

 

- Course hand-outs
- Computer software-  Adobe Photoshop

Thursday (Week 3)

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 5.00
  • Understanding professional printing and colour management
  • Preparing images for Print
  • Creating a Slideshow using ProShow
  • Creating a Photobook using Blurb Booksmart.
  • Free Practise Session

Thursday Timetable

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Thursday
9:00am – 12:30am

HDR and Panorama Photo Creation Workshop
(Preparation for photo shoot)

 

Questions and answers

To understand how to prepare for creation of a HDR and Panoramic Image through the camera

        Listening

 Group Discussion

Practical photo shoot

- Course hand-outs
- Drawing/ demonstration white board
-Camera and tripod

Thursday
1:00pm -2:30pm

HDR and Panorama Photo Creation Workshop
(Using Adobe Photoshop)

Practical demonstration

Questions and Answers

To understand how to create a HDR and Panoramic image using the appropriate software

Practical Observation

Homework Assignment

 

-Course hand-outs
-Computer and Projector
-Computer Software

Thursday
2:30pm -3:30pm

Creating a Photobook Workshop

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To be able to create a photobook ready for print.

Practical Observation

 

- Course hand-outs
- Computer and projectors
- Computer software

Thursday
3:30pm – 5:00pm

Preparing two images for print

Questions and answers

To prepare two images ready for professional printing
Including editing and re-sizing and file format.

Practical Observation

- Computer Software
 -Photoshop

Friday (Week 3)

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 5.00
  • Recap of course
  • Portfolio and Written Account Breakdown
  • One-to-one Tutorials
  • Free Practise Session
  • Discussion of Portfolios and Written Accounts

Friday Timetable

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Friday
 9.00am -10.00am

Recapping of course aspects.

Lecturing

 

Questions and answers

To have an understanding of all skills covered on the course. Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Feedback through questioning

- Course hand-outs
- Computer and projector
- Reference books

Friday
 10.00am -10.30am

Professional Printing and Colour Management

 

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

To understand the process of colour management and the process of preparing an image suitable for professional printing.

Listening

Group Discussion

 

- Course hand-outs
- Computer and projector

Friday
10.30am -12:30am

Continued from Thursday afternoon- To print the images you prepared

Lecturing

Practical demonstration- students participation

Questions and answers

To use and print an image using a professional printer.

Practical Observation

- Computer Software
 -Photoshop
- Printer

Friday
 1.00am -2.30pm

Mini Brief- Independent work

One to One Tutorials

Lecturing

Questions and answers

Tutorials

To be able to organise and select images for editing, to edit a portfolio using batch processing and to edit 2 images and prepare them for professional printing.
To receive feedback and set training plan.

Feedback through questioning

Tutorial Feedback

- Course hand-outs
- Computer and projector
- Reference books

Friday
2:30pm – 5:00pm

Reviewing of Work and analysis of editing

Lecturing

Group discussion

Questions and answers

To be able to review their own work and assess the editing techniques.
To be able to identify appropriate editing that is sympathetic to the brief.

Feedback through questioning and group discussion

Tutorial Feedback

- Course hand-outs
- Computer and projector.

Fifteen Day Course- working and freelancing in the creative industry of Commercial Photography (portrait, weddings and digital manipulation)

(Mon-Fri for 3 weeks) Level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries) and three City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diplomas

On completion of the course:

  • To Gain an ABC Level 3 Award in Visual Art (Employment and Freelancing in Creative Industries) Ofqual 500/8794/0
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Advanced Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To Gain a City & Guilds accredited workshop diploma in Digital Manipulation

All our courses are aimed at the keen amateur to the improving professional. No formal entry qualifications are required to attend this course, only an interest for photography, willingness to learn and lots of enthusiasm.

Once booked onto a course we will send you some pre-course notes to help bring you up to speed. On the First day of your course you will be given your course packs that contain all the course notes.

For the course you will need a digital SLR with a small zoom lens, a flash unit for your camera, AA batteries and a laptop. However any equipment you do not have will be lent to you free of charge.

Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Does the cost for the photography course include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?

The cost of the photography course covers all that you will need, including lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The only extra cost will be for accommodation if required (see above).

Do I need to have some experience in photography before I can come on a course?

You do not need to have any commercial experience; however it would benefit you if you have a good basic understanding of your camera and exposures when taking photographs.

What do I need to bring with me to the course?

Your camera equipment including; camera, small zoom lens, flash unit and memory cards, laptop and card reader (all are available during the courses to borrow if required).

Is there any back-up to help me after the course?

Once you have attended the course we offer continuous support with no restriction on time scale. You are always welcome to email, call or visit us.

What is the dress code?

There is no formal dress code. We advise you to bring something warm and weatherproof for when we will be shooting on location.

Will I need any transportation?

Transportation will be available if you do not have your own.

What use of the images taken on the course will I have?

All images taken on the course can be used for promotional purposes i.e. websites, brochures, portfolio’s.

What food and refreshments are included?

Lunch and all refreshments, including snacks and hot and cold drinks will be provided throughout the day.

What is the maximum number of students on each course?

All courses are limited to six students with up to three full-time members of staff. Digital Manipulation courses are limited to 10 students

Terms of Business

  • A non-returnable deposit of £100 is required when booking with the balance to be paid on the first day of the seminar. Failure to give four weeks' notice of cancellation of seminar will require full payment still to be paid
  • Courses booked less than four weeks before the course start date- Full payment required when booking, no cancellations or refunds will be given
  • Bookings from outside the UK- Full payment required when booking, no cancellations or refunds will be given
  • Payment is required in full when booking private seminars
  • All major credit cards are accepted

15 Day Advanced Portrait, Wedding & Digital Manipulation Course Dates 2017/2018:

All 3 weeks can be done consecutively, however we recommend a 4 week personal development period between week 1 and week 2, but this is not compulsory and can be longer or shorter. A personal development period is not necessary between weeks 2 and 3, but again this can be done if required.

Week 1

6th - 10th Novemebre
27th November- 1st December 2017
18th - 22nd December

Week 2

13th - 17th November
4th-8th December 2017

Week 3

20th - 24th November
11th-15th December 2017

Week 1:
15th – 19th January 2018
5th – 9th February 2018
26th February – 2nd March 2018
19th – 23rd March 2018
9th – 13th April 2018
30th April – 4th May 2018
21st – 25th May 2018
4th – 8th June 2018
25th – 29th June 2018
16th – 20th July 2018
6th – 10th August 2018
3rd – 7th September 2018
24th – 28th September 2018
15th – 19th October 2018
5th – 9th November 2018
26th – 30th November 2018
17th – 21st December 2018

Week 2:
22nd – 26th January 2018
12th – 16th February 2018
5th – 9th March 2018
16th – 20th April 2018
7th – 11th May 2018
11th – 15th June 2018
2nd – 6th July 2018
23rd – 27th July 2018
13th – 17th August 2018
10th – 14th September 2018
1st – 5th October 2018
22nd – 26th October 2018
12th – 16th November 2018
3rd – 7th December 2018

Week 3:
29th January – 2nd February 2018
19th – 23rd February 2018
12th – 16th March 2018
23rd – 27th April 2018
14th – 18th May 2018
18th – 22nd June 2018
9th – 13th July 2018
30th July – 3rd August 2018
20th – 24th August 2018
17th – 21st September 2018
8th – 12th October 2018
29th October – 2nd November 2018
19th – 23rd November 2018
10th – 14th December 2018