Our Favourite Photgraphs

Emi: This is my favourite photo as it was taken during a road trip back to University, by myself. I love the use of the natural lighting, the lamp which almost imitates the sun, the silhouette of the trees and the transition of colour on the scenery.
Kairo’s: Nai Palm, Hiatus Kayote - London
Deborah: This is one of my favourite pictures because of the contrast of light and dark. I took this photo in Shoreditch, London of my boyfriend walking up the stairs. I think my photography style involves playing with shadows and colours and this photo illustrates that. Also the fact that we don’t know where the staircase leads to is another mystery.

Interview with Abbie Trayler-Smith [Deborah & Kairo]

Roles Required as a Photographer

Experience needed [Daisy]

No necessary formal qualifications - however creativity and technical ability is essential - can gain these type of skills at university / college - which the majority of professional photographers have done.

Qualifications for University - for example Coventry.

5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C including English Language, or equivalents.

A - Levels: BBB - possible including art, media or photography OR BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - DDM in Media

Experience needed: Professional Experience preferred in the majority of workplace.

What the Industry Involves [Raluca]

How to Become a Photographer [Deborah]

The History of Photography [Shannon]

Different Categories of Photography [Emi]

Famous Photographers [Savannah]

David Lachapelle
Annie Leibovitz
Richard Avedon
Testimonials of Aspiring Photographers [Emi]

Helen Field - Gloucestershire: Life is too short to sit back on your laurels!

"Having spent all my life dabbling with photography I thought it was about time to turn my passion into a skill. Having not studied for a very long time, I was nervous about taking the plunge and leaping back into the world of research, learning and assignments. But I needn't have worried at all! The Photography Institute Course provides you with all the tools, encouragement and support that you need.The modules are well structured and produced in such an order that you will utilise the skills learnt from your previous assignment in the next.Help is always at hand from your tutor and/or the on-line support team, for those odd times when you are suffering from a dose of brain-strain! As a result of this course I now have an in-depth knowledge. I have set up a studio, am building my website and most importantly have the confidence to get out there and promote my work. I would urge anyone with a keen interest in photography to enrol in this course. Your current level of photographic skill is irrelevant, as long as you have the hunger to learn, you will not look back!"

Don Jordan: London

"I was a 'happy snapper' novice Photographer but was frustrated with the limitations of my compact 'point and shoot' camera. The main beef was always missing in that special moment because the shutter refresh speed was just too slow, so I invested in my first DSLR and started experimenting. I loved the fast response I got from the DSLR and it instantly improved my photos but it didn't take long before I wanted to get more from my camera and my images. The Photography Institute course was given to me as an early Christmas present and was received with great enthusiasm as I had previously read about the course and it's great reviews. I wanted to learn how to be a better Photographer, and as I now had a DSLR, I was ready to roll! From that moment on I knew I didn't want to shoot in AUTO ever again. I wanted to take full control of my camera and my photos. This is a well-structured course designed for the Photographer that wants to unleash the real potential of his/her camera, and work at their own pace. From the outset and the constructive critique from my tutor, paired with the valuable information provided from the modules, I knew that the course was right for me. By the time I reached module 3 I was totally hooked, by the time I got to module 11, I had the confidence I needed to take on my first job, as a freelance Photographer."

Simon Sealey: Surrey

"What can I say? I have been on a voyage of discovery since the day I downloaded the PI prospectus. As I read the prospectus content I realised that I had to enrol on this course. All the way through this course, as I completed the modules I had questions that needed answering and they were answered quickly and efficiently. When I needed assistance from my tutor and the student support team, they were always there with accurate, prompt and concise answers. The assignment marking was speedy, fair and to the point and the tutors comments were very helpful and always steering me in the right direction. For anyone thinking about enrolling on this course I would say, 'don't think about it, just do it'. Even if you do not want to pursue a career in photography, only you will know how much pleasure you get when you take a picture and from the time you look through the viewfinder to seeing the final image, you know everything that happens between these two points and why, this is what separates you from the rest. There will be them who know and those who think they know. Which one do you want to be?"

Testimonial source: http://www.thephotographyinstitute.co.uk/testimonials

Quotes from famous photographers

“Photography is the story I fail to put into words.” — Destin Sparks
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” — Ansel Adams
“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” — Anonymous
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” — Dorothea Lange
“I don’t trust words. I trust pictures.” — Gilles Peress


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