Day One
Morning Session
  • Welcome to the course, tour of our facilities and equipment
  • Introduction to photographic equipment both past, present and future

Afternoon Session
  • Exploring different applications for professional photography: covering Portraiture, Weddings & Commercial Photography
  • Explaining different digital formats that professional photographers work in, Tiffs, JPegs, Raws and DNG's and the advantages of each

Day Two
Morning Session
  • A practical shooting day on environmental portraiture, portraiture shot outdoors and in clients homes is without doubt the most popular and prevalent style of professional portraiture at the moment. The mornings session is spent with a model so you can master different types of light, posing and photographic techniques

Afternoon Session - Into the studio for the afternoon session and looking at studio portraiture
  • How to use a lightmeter to measure lights
  • How to operate and set up studio flasheads including different attachments such as umbrellas, softboxes, snoots and reflectors.
  • How to use different lighting set ups using up to 4 lights to give you both high key and low key portraits. Your tutor will lead you step by step and you will have practical hands on time to try all the techniques as well as shooting the different portrait styles with a model by the end of this session.

Day Three
Morning Session - Wedding Photography
  • A second practical shooting day but this time at a local Country House Hotel with a bride, looking at photographic techniques used during the wedding day. Including techniques such as:
  • Lighting, both available daylight and flash
  • Posing and composition
  • Off camera flash
  • Balancing flash and ambient light

Late Afternoon Session - The theory of weddings
  • What shots to take at weddings, including a full running order
  • Planning your wedding shoot and how to organise timings for the day.
  • What products to offer and how top present them to your clients

Day Four
Morning Session - Commercial Photography
  • Our third and final second practical shooting day for week 1, this time we are back in the studio to look at commercial photography. A discipline that is often overlooked by aspiring photographers, looking at:
  • Tabletop photography ,referred to as pack shot photography
  • How to plan. implement and structure a commercial shoot, what lighting and equipment are needed
  • How to set up a table top set including looking at props
  • Interpreting the clients brief and meeting expectations

Afternoon Session - A practical brief
  • We will give you as part of a small group a live brief for a website company to photograph products for a pack shot ( ie a cut out shot of the product that can float on the webpage) and a table top set which shows the product in its usual or a creative environment. You can select from a selection of props and objects that we will provide to complete this task.

Day Five
Morning Session - Digital Workflow
  • Our final day for week 1, We look at how to get started with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop:
  • Adobe Lightroom, regarded as the program of choice by social photographers, we look at how to import archive and manipulate your images to get you started with Lightroom. We look at Lightroom in greater detail in week 2.
  • Adobe Photoshop, we cover the basics of how to use Layers, Content Aware and Cloning again before covering this topic in greater detail in week 2

Afternoon Session - Review of the week and setting personal learning:
  • In the group we look at what we have covered and discuss your strengths during the week and areas for you to concentrate on before week 2.
  • We also agree a Personal Project for you to complete before returning for week 2, this can be as simple as an environmental family portrait session or an architectural shot of a building. We would encourage you to choose a project that you are enthused about after experimenting with the three different types of photography we have covered in week 1

Day Six
Morning Session
  • Welcome back to the 2nd week of the course, Review of your personal project
  • Introduction to How to Review or Crit your own photography work, we teach you a structured way to asses your current and future work

Afternoon Session
  • A group crit and discussion of everyone's personal project photographs

Day Seven and Eight
Morning & Afternoon Sessions
  • You can choose between three different briefs to research, implement and execute a working live brief to produce photographs in either Portraiture, Wedding or Commercial Photography

Your tutors will be on hand to guide you through any difficulties you may encounter and give advice on how to improve your photographs. The objective of these two days of practical photography is to evolve your particular chosen field within photography, you can choose two briefs which can be both the same discipline or two completely different disciplines. You will need to evidence your research and planning of the brief as well producing and printing your finished images.

Day Nine
Morning Session - Adobe Lightroom
  • A second practical hands on day looking at Adobe Lightroom and including techniques such as:
  • How to use the Print tab & Slideshow tab in a professional application
  • Exporting and file management
  • Using watermarks and copyrighting images
  • Lightroom and Photoshop compatability and combined workflow

Afternoon Session - Adobe Photoshop
  • What Photoshop is better at than Lightroom
  • How to combine text and images to produce graphics ready artwork for print or websites.
  • A practical brief to complete a web page for the images you shot on day seven and eight, combining text, inset images and background layers in one image.

Day Ten
Morning Session - Complete your Portfolio
  • The last day of the on site training is spent completing your portfolio in preparation for assessment, your portfolio will include:
  • Evidence of planning and implementation of your projects
  • Your images together with metadata such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc
  • Any theory work that has been undertaken and your personal observations and conclusions
  • Evidence of your Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop work

Afternoon Session - Self Assesment
  • A group review of your finished photographic images
  • A discussion on what to complete once the course has finished to achieve the BTEC certificate.

You have as much time as you wish to complete your portfolio of evidence and images to return to us to submit for your BTEC qualification. You can have as much support via telephone or email as you wish or need in order to ensure that you have every opportunity to submit your best work.