Digital Photography is a unique undergraduate course that focuses specifically on the use of digital technologies within the photographic industry. In order to enhance your time on this course and fully prepare you for the workplace, you can expect to undertake a range of different activities to complement the more structured lectures and seminars. As this blog demonstrates, this might include studio and gallery visits, visits from guest speakers as well as opportunities for entering photography competitions and exhibitions. Here’s a look back at some of the things that have been happening on this course in recent months.
Digital Photography students recently undertook a visit to Fletcher Fernie Studios in Manchester. Fletcher Fernie (FF) specialises in food photography and have contracts with food manufacturers, packaging and design agencies across the UK. Thanks to Julie Fletcher of FF Photography, students were able to enjoy a wonderful session playing with some very expensive equipment including a Hasselblad medium format camera - an adapted and purpose built bellow lens camera with a digital back for large format and high resolution studio work. As this blog from one of our students suggests, this was an invaluable opportunity for students to gain tips and tricks on how to successfully execute a professional food photography session and put into practice what was being demonstrated.
Visiting speakers are an important part of our connection to industry and contemporary photography within the UK. Here are a few pictures from some recent visits from guest speakers.
Karen Harvey from Shutter Hub photography network recently gave a talk to students on a range of work by their members, as well as opportunities for exhibiting and networking. Here you can see Karen giving this talk in the North West Media Centre on the Warrington Campus.
Another recent speaker included Tim Wallace, an award winning and internationally acclaimed car photographer. For those of you who like your cars, Tim’s clients have included some of the most iconic brands in the automotive industry, from Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes and Morgan to Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari. His accolades include ‘International Commercial Advertising Photographer of the Year' and 'Car Photographer of the Year'. So, as you can imagine, he certainly knows a thing or two about how to capture a good shot!
We were also pleased to welcome back Helen Hann, one of our recent graduates who talked to students about her career to date since graduating.
On our Digital Photography course, you’ll also have the opportunity to exhibit your work on campus – perfect for showcasing your latest camerawork. If you decide to visit us at one of our forthcoming Applicant Days, ensure you take a look at our students’ work currently being exhibited in the Garden Restaurant and Coffee Bar on the Warrington Campus.
A curatorial group, comprised of students and Digital Photography staff, regularly meet to set competitions, view submissions, and arrange exhibition of work. The next project is set to be installed in the Broomhead Library on the Warrington Campus.
Each year the Department also puts on a media showcase where students’ work is displayed. The opening night of the last showcase attracted more than 150 people, including students and their families, lecturers and industry guests.
Client based projects and industry experience
As part of your second year portfolio, you’ll have the opportunity to work directly to a client brief. This involves a local business, charity or organisation setting a real brief for their business needs, and being able to develop and respond to this brief. Recent clients have included Liverpool Museums; Homeless Forum, Chester; Chilli Gourmets; and The Land Trust.
One current project involved producing a short film for The Land Trust, a UK agency partly funded by the Big Lottery. You can watch the video produced by our students below.
Another recent project included working for a homeless charity in Chester, where students worked directly with homeless clients to produce images to do with identity and positive futures. You can see some of the results from this photo shoot below.
© Tom Caldwell
© Rosie Lansbury
The Hot Room
If you’ve applied for our Digital Photography degree, you might also be interested in knowing more about The Hot Room. The Hot Room is based at the Warrington Campus and produces media based work such as DVD films, photography and sound for clients and local businesses. It’s an on-campus enterprise where you can gain further industry experience and get paid! This gives you another opportunity to add to your portfolio of work and stand out in the graduate jobs market.
Want to know more?
If you’re keen to find out more, there are plenty of opportunities to visit us. If you have already applied and have received an offer, it is highly recommended that you visit us on an Applicant Day.
You can also find out more about the Department of Media by viewing the latest news online. If you’re keen to get in touch, you can by emailing the Programme Leader for the Digital Photography course, Lynne Connolly, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Lynne on Twitter @Lynne_Connolly