I enroll on my photography course this week!!

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Andrew McCall, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Hi Folks,

    I have found out that I enroll on my photography course this week - I
    am looking forward to to, but I have been out of formal education for
    about 5 years so I am also pretty nervous!

    I haven't seen the course content yet, its official title is "Open A
    Unit in Photography". What would people here expect me to find on this
    course? Any guesses at what sort of stuff would I cover? Do you
    think I would have assignments? I know any answer would be a wild
    guess (unless you teach or have done the exact same course) and every
    course is different so I suppose I mean to ask, if you went to college
    to learn photography what and how did your course go?

    Thanks,

    Andrew McCall
     
    Andrew McCall, Jan 13, 2004
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  2. I did EMFEC levels 1,2 & 3 about 5 or 6 years back.
    Level one was all B&W. Lots of time in the darkroom. A little bit of time in
    studios. 'Assignments' every week and two portfolios to produce for
    assesment by the end of the course (plus just one essay!).
    Level two was all colour (print & slide). Lots of time in the colour
    darkrooms. Assignments every week. More studio. More portfolios for grading.
    Oh, and a bit more classroom theory (but not much).
    Level three was all sorts - the most interesting section for me. Portfolio
    building, MF/LF usage, B&W toning & Photoshop was all good. A little bit of
    business practice & law. More portfolio's to put together for assesment at
    the end (of course).
    All three sections were well worthwhile. Mixing with other aspiring
    photographers and making new friends is worthwhile. Even though the future
    is totally digital darkroom experience is worthwhile - your expectation and
    'eye' for print quality will be honed immensely. Being 'forced' to shoot a
    specific 'assignment' every week is worthwhile - Your photo 'brain' gets
    real creative. I can't really find anything negative to say about the whole
    experience.
    I hope you really enjoy it all as much as I did
     
    Simon Stanmore, Jan 13, 2004
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  3. Andrew McCall

    Alan Browne Guest

    Hi Andrew,

    I remebember that course well. The first evening is a bit of a ball
    breaker:

    It begins with an evening of top runway fashion models in sexy,
    revealing bathing suits and lingerie. They lend you two F5's with
    80-200 f/2.8 and 400 f/2.8 with Pocket Wizards controlling an installed
    total of 10,000 W-s of fast cycle flashes (pre-set to ISO 100 f/8 on
    stage). You have to shoot 100 rolls of Astia and Provia film w/o
    staining your pants in three hours. That's an average of one frame
    every three seconds for three hours.

    Don't worry. You'll been assigned a cute, perky and fun loving, yet
    fully competent female assistant who will keep your cameras loaded and
    ready for you.
    The film is developed on the spot (runners pick up your film every ten
    minutes during the shoot and take it to the mobile lab) and after the
    runway show your entire shoot is projected while you cuddle up with your
    favourite runway model (now relaxing in lingerie, of course) to review
    the shots. Your assistant's friend, Marie-France, is a maseuse and she
    gives you a great rubdown meanwhile. (Socializing, while not offically
    part of the course, with the models afterwards stills stands out to me
    as the best way to wind down afterwards. Real Simpatico)

    The model, your assistant and her girlfriend Marie-France, drive you
    home afterwards and are just too pumped up, and of course accept your
    invitation for "a night cap and who knows".

    After you get over this first tedious assignment, the course becomes
    really interesting. I think the idea of the first course is to weed out
    the "wannabes" from the serious talent. The second course is "Portraits
    of Distinguished Elders in our Community." And you spend a week at the
    retirement home doing research prior to shooting. This is really where
    I think you'll *find yourself* as a photographer.

    Laetia, Elle and Claudia and I still correspond, but it's so hard
    getting together these days... I missed Claudia in Milan last week,
    waved at each other in the boarding area; Laetia was here in Montreal
    when I was in Milan. Haven't heard from Elle since we ski'd in
    Switzerland just before X-mas.... it's tough.

    Cheers,
    Alan.

    For the humor impaired: let it go, 'kay?
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 13, 2004
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  4. Andrew McCall

    Bandicoot Guest

    Sheesh, they only gave you the one assistant?



    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jan 14, 2004
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  5. Wasn't that the course taught by TP?
     
    William Graham, Jan 14, 2004
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  6. Andrew McCall

    Alan Browne Guest

    Well, he took the course. Went through two average *weeks* of film in
    one shoot. Gave him a stats breather, though.
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 14, 2004
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  7. Andrew McCall

    Alan Browne Guest


    Hey, it's an introductory course, you want more assistants, bring your own!
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 14, 2004
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  8. Andrew McCall

    Bandicoot Guest

    Fair enough ;-)


    Peter
     
    Bandicoot, Jan 14, 2004
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