02 June 2015
TG089 Digital photography: creating and sharing better images
Have you noticed that the RPS and the Open University have brought back their Digital Photography online course? I did, and quickly signed up. It’s planned to be on twice a year and this, the first one, has an official start date of 6th June –It’s not too late to sign up and join me! An online course is a new experience for me and I’ll be sharing it with you over the coming weeks.
It is divided up into 10 weekly sessions preceded by a Welcome Course Guide which I will start with this week. I promise I am not on the staff or paid in any way to promote it, but going by my short experience so far, I should be, as so far it seems amazing. The Course Guide introduces you to how things work and gets you started on the various forums where you can ask technical questions and start discussions. One forum is called The Café where we can have a virtual coffee (someone had a g&t at home in Singapore) and simply introduce ourselves and chat. Lessons will contain a mix of online reading material, several weekly assignments and also videos to watch on editing, mainly using Lightroom. This seems a wonderful mix.
However what I like most is, core to the whole learning process, their belief that we improve our photography best through looking at images and making and receiving helpful comments. This we do through uploading to OpenStudio, the photo sharing platform. One of the course aims is to “teach you how to critically evaluate your own and others’ work in the spirit of continuous technical and artistic improvement”. So we will be taught how to look at images and make constructive suggestions which will help us to look more critically at our own images too.
Each week we can upload a maximum of 10 images into OpenStudio, a mix of homework and any other image, new or old, that we would like to share and receive feedback on. To start off we have been invited to share 10 ‘icebreaker’ images. It is clear that many of my fellow students are not beginners; some very inspiring images have been put up as well as thoughtful, positive comments. It’s going to be really interesting to see how our images and comments develop over the next few weeks.
Today’s image above is one of my ‘icebreaker’ ones taken recently on a trip to Blackpool. Thank you fellow students Richard and Harry for your very kind comments!
Image © Ilya Fisher