A practical unit, solely concerned with the production of studio work. Working in groups, you will produce high quality images using studio lighting and explore the creative possibilities of this kind of work. Some experience of studio work (say from an introductory course) would be an advantage, although not essential. You will be working with studio flash systems within our studio, and using medium format cameras. You will also learn how to create studio quality lighting on location.
What does the course lead to?
This course is a single BTEC unit from the BTEC Diploma in Photography. Although you can complete this unit on its own, it is more beneficial if you combine it with other units from the Diploma. The completion of 2 units enables you to get an Award in Photography, 4 units enables you to get a Certificate, 5 gains the full Diploma. Students from previous courses have gone on to work in Photography or study at a higher level.
Where will I study?
This unit will be at the Hortensia centre.
What are the facilities and equipment like?
The college has a studio with studio flash lighting (at the Hortensia Centre), a portable studio kit which includes backgrounds, a traditional wet darkroom (at the Wornington Centre) and a digital darkroom with scanners and archival printers (at the Hortensia Centre).
How much should I study outside class?
Research and location shoots will all need to be done outside class time, you will need to be able to do this. At level 3, there is a greater emphasis on independent study, so you will need to be self motivated.
Are any course materials online?
Handouts, briefs and additional research links are available via the student intranet.
What books and equipment do I need?
You need to own your own camera which can be either film or digital. It can be an SLR or a Rangefinder camera in 35mm or medium format. You will not be able to do this course with a compact camera. You may need an adaptor to allow the connection of studio flash to your camera.
What do I need on my first day?
Notebook and pen, you also should bring your camera in particularly if you are unsure as to whether you will be able to use it connected to studio flash.