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Welcome to Photography Options Taster Session

Did you know? 

The First Photo of a Person Was Accidental In 1828, Louis Daguerre took the first photo that captured a human being. His intention was to take a photo of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris. The man in his photo was standing in the street, getting his shoes polished. Since the exposure lasted for seven minutes, the man also got captured.

We hope you enjoy the taster session!

FAQs 

Do I need to buy my own camera? 

No, and any homework can be achieved using a phone or on the computer. The advantages of having your own camera is that you can continue developing some of the technical work at home.  

 

I've never used an SLR camera before, can I still pick GCSE Photography? 

You will be taught how to use a SLR camera and during lessons you will be using a SLR camera. 

 

Will I have to do many photoshoots in my own time? 

There is an expectation, like all subjects, where you will need to complete work at home. At some points of the course, you will want to take photos during the weekends, this may be because you are going to a specific location or taking photos of the family.  

 

Do I need to be good at drawing?  

Photography students use sketching as a tool to create wireframe drawings and plan images they might want to photograph. You do not have to be ‘brilliant at drawing’ in order to do this, the focus is on planning the shots you want to take not the quality of your drawing. 

 

Do I need to know how to use the computer for editing? 

You will be doing your work on computer. Most of your planning, annotation and evaluations are done on Powerpoint. These are normally printed off and placed into an A3 folder. You will be using editing software to develop your photographs. We use Photoshop and photopea, when you are not on your photoshoots, you will be using a computer.

 

What careers focus on Photography? 

• Commercial photographer • Fashion photographer • Filmmaker • Fine art photographer • Forensic photographer • Industrial photographer • Medical photographer • Nature photographer • Photographic illustrator • Photographic technician • Teacher • Photojournalist • Picture editor • Researcher • Social photographer  • Sports photographer• Animation • Commercial photography • Creative and editorial photography • Digital media • Fashion photography • Film and television• Film and visual culture • Forensic photography • Graphics with photography • Medical photography • Visual communication 

 

Who do I need to ask for more information? 

Email Mrs Swift – em@westgate.slough.sch.uk   

Ms Mistry – nmi@westgate.slough.sch.uk