PRIZE-winning photographer, Brian Smith, is gearing up to help develop the photographers of tomorrow on a new full-time photography course at Forth Valley College.
Brian from Tullibody – who won first prize in a recent Stirling Council photography competition, snapped up top prize in the Nominet Trust Street Galleries competition (2012) and was the only Scottish finalist in this year’s VELUX Lovers of Light competition, which attracted 15,000 entries including his own breathtaking image of the Firth of Forth – hopes more would-be photographers consider applying to the new HND Photography course, so he can pass on his expert knowledge.
Brian, who is also an Art and Graphic Design lecturer at the college’s Stirling Campus, said: “Photography is an excellent creative discipline to master in this day and age of social and digital media and one that could lead to a very rewarding career for those who are keen to learn.
“I look forward to sharing my knowledge with a new generation of photographers from the Forth Valley area, especially as this is one of the most photogenic areas of Scotland.
“Most of the success I have had in worldwide competitions recently has been from pictures I have taken in the Forth Valley and I am very proud of these images.
“The students who come onto this excellent course certainly won’t have far to go to build up a high standard portfolio of photographs, that’s for sure!”
This exciting new programme will enable learners to develop all of the skills needed to kick-start a career in photography. They will learn many of the theoretical and practical skills of using camera equipment as well as the post-processing and digital editing techniques needed to begin working towards a successful career in photography, or in a related area across the creative industries.
Based at College’s inspirational new Stirling campus, with a stunning riverside setting, students will have all of the guidance, and inspiration, they need to learn photography and image manipulation techniques for the digital age. In addition to honing technique, those who land a place will be expected to enhance their theoretical and contextual understanding of photography and presentation skills, as well as creating a portfolio of work across social, corporate, and documentary photography and photo journalism.
For more information on the HND Photography visit the website on www.forthvalley.ac.uk or call 0845 634 4444.
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