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Visual Skills School

Objectives

The goals and functions of Visual Skills School as a private tertiary institution are unique. The school follows a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving, development of creativity and applied knowledge, drawing from appropriate art disciplines (photography, design and fine arts) to cultivate a wider skills application in the visual media industry.

Our Vision

VSS’s vision is to constantly strive to  improve study material through research, experiments and creative exercises to empower students in an environment conducive to learning and creativity.

The theoretical foundations of each subject are taught in-depth as a basis from where practical application is to follow. Accordingly, theory and practice are considered to be interdependent aspects in the development of a student for the workplace.


To mobilize the inherent creativity in students, VSS’s philosophy is to embrace the dynamic nature of the visual media industry by exploring different genres and art media. All VSS lecturers constantly update course material to allow for new developments in the realm of photography, visual communication and business, as well as for technological and scientific advances.

Registration 2011

Registration closes 15 January 2011 for the diploma course in photography & visual arts which commences on 19 January 2011, as well as the first short courses, ie basic photography, advanced photography and digital graphic design which commences on 17 January 2011.


Basic Courses run quarterly and registrations are accepted throughout the year.

Day courses such as macro photography, flash photography, portrait photography, darkroom and digital workflow (Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop) are available on enquiry.

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Cape Town School of Photography Exhibition 9 December

 

Cape Town School of Photography would like to invite you our year end student exhibition and the celebration of a launch into our full time teaching and learning programme starting January 2011

Cape Town School of Photography hosts both full-time and a variety of part-time introductory and advanced photographic courses, tailored to address the needs of both film and digital camera enthusiasts.

Classes are small, for personalised training and particular emphasis is placed on individual participation and group interaction. Most of our courses run for the duration of between eight and ten weeks as either morning or evening sessions. We also offer short intensive courses, one-on-one personalised sessions and weekend workshops.

This year Cape Town School of Photography will be nine years old. Since our humble beginnings in 2001 we have burst at the seams of our previous premises and can now look forward to growing into our new space at 62 Roeland Street.

In the interest of establishing a photographic community and providing students with the opportunity to further develop their photographic skill and knowledge, we launched the Friends of Cape Town School of Photography (FOCTSP) in 2009.

 

Date: 09 December 2010
Time: 18h00 – 20h00
Dress: Elegant

Contact details:

Tel: 021 465 2152
Email: info@ctsp.co.za
Website: http://www.ctsp.co.za/

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dlphoto Photography Course

MODULE 1: CAMERAS AND LENSES

•    Introduction to the different types of SLR cameras and their uses
•    Small, medium and large camera formats
•    The SLR in depth
•    Different camera functions and their uses
•    What is the best camera to use
•    Introducing different types of lenses and their uses
•    Focal length explained
•    What is a normal lens
•    Lens Faults – Aberrations and distortion
•    The telephoto lens
•    What does MACRO mean
•    Different types of specialty lenses
•    Extension rings and their uses
•    Filters
•    How to care for your lenses and camera body
•    How to pick the right lens for the job

MODULE 2: SHUTTER, APERTURE AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP

•    Shutter stop and? F/stop explained
•    The aperture / shutter speed relationship
•    Depth of field explained
•    Sharpness
•    What happens to the performance of the lens at various f/ stops
•    Working with depth of field
•    View cameras and the digital sensor
•    How to select the correct aperture & shutter speed for the job
•    Why use Aperture Priority
•    Shutter Priority or Program Mode
•    How to put it all together

MODULE 3: EXPOSURE AND METERING

•    In-camera light meters
•    What do light meters measure
•    Different methods of metering.
•    ISO and exposure compensation control.
•    What is ISO and what does it do
•    Metering colours
•    Practical exposure methods.
•    Same time same weather exposure
•    Bracketing

MODULE 4: LIGHT AND COLOUR

•    Colour Temperature – white balance settings
•    Using a colour temperature metre
•    RGB for printing quality
•    Photographic filters
•    Useful filters for digital photography
•    Colour filtering for specific purposes
•    Shadows and Highlights
•    Black and white and other effects

MODULE 5: LIGHTING – DAYLIGHT AND ARTIFICIAL

•    Lighting is everything
•    The sun
•    Colour
•    The quality of light
•    How to soften harsh light out of doors
•    Lighting people and other small moveable objects outdoors
•    Filling the shadows in full sunlight
•    Backlighting
•    Lighting objects
•    How to achieve the daylight look inside using flash
•    Bounce light
•    Methods for portrait lighting
•    Lighting men and women

MODULE 6: HOW TO TAKE BETTER PHOTOS

•    A mental shooting checklist
•    What is important in the shot
•    What am I trying to achieve
•    Near enough is not good enough
•    Think like a lens
•    Making a portfolio
•    How to develop a style of your own

MODULE 7: EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE

•    SLR, medium format and large format
•    What camera should I buy
•    Do I buy or rent
•    How many and which lenses do I need
•    Can I use my old film lenses with digital cameras
•    Where is the technology going
•    Lighting equipment
•    What do I really need
•    Which brand should I buy
•    Portability
•    Second hand gear
•    Computers and monitors overview
•    The storage solution
•    The computer tablet
•    Photoshop CS3

MODULE 8: RETOUCHING, RESOLUTION AND PRINTING

•    Photoshop basic overview
•    Resolution and required dpi Working in
•    Colour channels explained
•    File formats Raw, Tiff, Jpg and Psd evaluated and explained
•    Useful retouching tools
•    Using Adjustment settings
•    Levels and Curves
•    Less is usually more
•    Do your prints look like the file on screen -?calibration

MODULE 9: THE STUDIO

•    How big a studio do I need
•    Is daylight really necessary
•    What colour do I paint the studio
•    Poly boards and reflector and skrims an essential tool.
•    Can I work from home
•    The floor and ceiling height
•    List of essential stuff
•    Parking a must
•    Hiring your studio

MODULE 10: HOW TO CONSTRUCT A PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO

•    Look at other photographers work
•    Look at the portfolios of stylists to get ideas
•    Talk to photo agents
•    Think about your presentation
•    Business cards and website as marketing tools

MODULE 11: PHOTO AGENTS, PICTURE AGENCIES AND HOW TO GET WORK

•    How to find a photo agent
•    How photo agents work
•    The photographer / agent relationship
•    Fees and charges
•    Be totally prepared for your interview, you only get one chance
•    Photo libraries and picture agencies in a nutshell
•    Fees and charges
•    The copyright issue
•    How to submit images
•    Going it alone
•    Befriend the art buyer

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The Photography Institute Promotion

Become a Freelance Photographer or Start an Exciting New Hobby!

The “Professional Photography Course” is provided online, via the Internet. You study at home, in your own time, at your own pace.

Online diploma course in photography.
New cutting-edge photography course.
Contributions from leading photographers.
24 Hour student support.
Duration 24 weeks, or at your own pace.
Flexible payment options.
7 Day money back guarantee.

Testimonial

“I recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their skills. The Photography Institute has a very professional and helpful team, and will contribute to your career or passion!” – Darlene Melville, Mossel Bay.

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Fast Forward Photography Courses and Promotion

FastForward offers a range of short photography courses in Cape Town, to equip aspiring photographers with sound technical know-how & to explore your latent creativity.

Fast Forward is offering a customized Photoshop course at a discounted rate to all students who have completed the Basic or Extended Basic Photography Course.

Discount tokens on a 3 day (mornings only) Basic or Advanced Photoshop course is also available for students after completion of a Fast Forward Course.

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