A basic introduction to night photography and your photographic rights in public with Grant Smith. After a short theory session, students will walk up to Regents Place development, which features contemporary artworks and installations, as well as buildings by Wilkinson Eyre and Carmody Groake. This is a private estate managed by British Land that promotes accessibility and community involvement. However, it is probable that security will approach photographers and prohibit any photography. In the event of this prohibition, we will be able to take photographs from outside the estate on the public footpath.
What is the course about?
The course will provide a brief overview of night or low-light photography in urban areas. The second week will be a discussion on the problems associated with using the much promoted free access to these privately managed public spaces. Discussion will also centre on the images taken by students in the first week, along with a homework task on photographing a public area near where you live or work.
What can I expect to achieve? By the end of this course you should be able to:
Recognise public and private spaces and be familiar with your photographic rights in public.
Produce a visually interesting night photograph.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
These are introductory classes. Students should be familiar with manual controls on their camera and bring a tripod and a small torch. Warm comfortable clothing is essential.
Grant Smith Biography
Grant Smith is an internationally acclaimed architectural and construction photographer. Australian born, he has lived and worked in London since 1983 and has an extensive knowledge of London’s architecture. He has been involved in the organisation ‘I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist’, which has seen the repeal of section 44, so photographers can work without fear of being treated as suspicious agents. He has written articles on the subject and continues to campaign for photographers’ rights to shoot in public.