Sunday 16th May 2021. Bath, Somerset
Course location: In the centre of the city of Bath, Somerset
Times: 10am to 5pm
Price: £95 per person
Note this course is on a Sunday.
The beautiful and historic city of Bath is an urban photographer’s dream, with so much wonderful Georgian/neoclassical architecture spread right across the city and of course especially concentrated right in the city centre and along the banks of the River Avon.
We will spend the day photographing in the city centre, shooting not only the famous views, but also any little cameos/details that strike us on the day. The main emphasis will be architectural photography, but as seen in the context of travel, and some of the photography will also consider street photography techniques.
What I’ll be teaching
The course will aim to teach the following skills:
● How to spot potential image compositions among the urban clutter of streets and buildings, picking out vignettes and views that capture the best of the city’s architectural features and street scenes, mostly details and snippets rather than wide-ranging views;
● How to control and make use of the balance between shutter speed and lens aperture to gain the best exposure, and to control depth of field (ie the amount of the image that is sharply in focus);
● How to use some of the camera’s most important features, such as semi-manual modes, in particular shutter-priority and aperture-priority, in order to help you to get away from ‘auto-everything’, as well as the ISO settings, image histogram and exposure compensation;
● Executing the image, using positioning, perspective, focus control, use of light, and lens focal length to create simple, strong compositions.
Participants should have at least an understanding of what shutter speed and lens aperture mean, plus a knowledge of how to operate their own camera in order to get at least basic images. Beyond this, the main requirements are enthusiasm, an open mind and a readiness to learn!
Note: Since we’ll be working outdoors, what we are able to do during the day is very weather-dependent. Weather conditions may make it necessary to vary the itinerary.