Intermediate Photography Course
Tutor: Francesca Moore
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start date: 27 April 2017
Gain a better understanding of what motivates you, deepen your existing skills and discover your own photographic approach.
This course investigates various essentials including composition, how to notice and make the most of lighting including a demo of DIY studio lighting, advanced exposure and histograms. Practical projects are completed in-class alongside an exploration of seminal photographers and contemporary photographic practice.
You will learn various techniques including ideas generation and self reflective practices, interview techniques and artist statements - all aimed at exploring how best to develop your work and discover your own unique way of photographing. Assignments are reviewed and positively critiqued, and the final week of the course is set aside for 1:1 tutorials. Most terms include a presentation from a visiting lecturer/photographer.
To book on this course it is essential that you can use your DSLR or SLR on manual mode - in particular the aperture, shutter speed and ISO functions.
All photographs by Francesca Moore
About the tutor
Francesca Moore Photographer
Francesca Moore is a documentary photographer whose personal work stems from interests in people and the environment. With a formalised and methodological approach, she draws on her scientific background to portray humanitarian, social and environmental issues. Past projects investigate the effect of EU legislation on traditional Romanian subsistence farmers at the point of Romania joining the EU, and a meditative exploration of the Camino, a pilgrimage walk to the town of Santiago, in the Northwest of Spain.
Moore’s Arts Council England funded project, Bhopal: Facing 30, portrays the site of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster today, and the people who continue to be affected thirty years on. A book was published to commemorate the disaster’s thirtieth anniversary and the photographs were exhibited nationally and internationally and shortlisted and exhibited for Environmental Photographer of the Year 2014. The project received Special Commendations for the Nick Reeves award for Arts and the Environment in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of environmental arts.
Moore is currently Artist In Residence at The University of Derby developing her Coming To Light series of Joseph Wright inspired photographic portraits, initially produced during a Format Photography Festival 2015 commission. Where Wright’s paintings, produced during the emerging industrial revolution, would depict the most prominent members of society at that time, she will be photographing the un-sung heroes of Derby’s green, sustainable, initiatives; A juxtaposition of the past and the present, capturing Derbyshire’s most prominent people for its future.
With Brighton based arts collective, Dialectica, Moore produced a new body of personal work under the theme of identity for a Brighton Fringe Festival exhibition, May 2016. Where Moore’s work usually falls within the parameters of environmental arts, she will be exploring the inspiration for her work and her interests through an introspective investigation into the secret life of her grandmother, and the maternal line of her family – through letters, documents, objects, an expansive archive of formal family photographs and a freedom of information request.
Moore is a press accredited member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), and the London Photographer’s Branch Equality Officer, and combines her personal work with a passion for the performing arts. This has seen her photographing live stage shows, festivals and events for over ten years. In this time she has been shooting at intimate venues and major stage events editorially and with the production of limited edition fine art prints.
Additionally, Moore will be teaching photography to 15-17 years olds as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a social enterprise scheme that engages young people with people of all ages, ethnicities and walks of life within their local communities; with the aim to teach new skills, connect communities and build trust.
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Ideally, buy an SLR (digital if you want digital, film if you want film). SLRs are best if you want to really explore, or even just experiment with photography. There are non-SLR compact digital cameras nowadays that take very good quality pictures but certain key features are limited and therefore limit the photographers capacity to be more creative. Having said that many ex-students have completed the course with a compact and been very happy to continue using their compact cameras.
Canon and Nikon are the safest bets. Not because they are necessarily better, but because they are the biggest companies and therefore have a much wider range of lenses, accessories and equipment on the market (this is particularly true if you are interested in exploring the second-hand market).
Try some out in a shop. The most important things are whether you like it, and whether the way it works makes sense. I personally find the menu system in Canon cameras to be extremely user friendly. All the digital SLR manufacturers - Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus, etc - make cameras that produce very good pictures and, to be honest, all have pretty similar features. Most important is whether you like how it feels in your hand, it's not too heavy or fiddly and if the menu system etc seems to make sense. So go to a shop and ask to play around with a few, and pick the one that 'feels' best (and you can afford!). If you really like the Sony, get the Sony. Photography isn't as much fun if you don't like your camera.