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The history of photography
As a resident in the 'Venice of the North', you might find yourself wishing to improve or start learning about photography. There are many reasons someone might want to take a photography class: to learn how to create a beautiful photo, to learn new photographic skills (viewfinder, photo lens, dark room, depth of field, manual mode and automatic mode, shutter speed, iris, adjust the brightness, framing or composition with natural or artificial light), to become a professional photographer or simply to discover an exciting creative art.
The history of photography has its origins in the late 1830s, when Nicéphore Nièpce (1765-1833), a French engineer, invented the heliographic process.
Overwhelmed by insurmountable financial debts, the engineer managed, in 1816, to obtain his first significant result- a negative print, photographed from his window- but the experiment was not fully successful as it was impossible for him to freeze the negative and the photo blackened after it was printed.
Around 1825, N. Nièpce made another successful print, this time of still life. It is in 1827 that N. Nièpce realized the first real photograph of history: View from the Window at Le Gras, taken from his house in Saône-et-Loire in France.
His process was to spread bitumen from Judea on a silver plate after a lapse of several days. In 1832, they managed to reduce the exposure time to one day by developing a permanent process to burn images, by using distilled lavender oil residue.
After the death of N. Nièpce, L. Daguerre invented, in 1838, the daguerreotype, which had a development process allowing an exposure time of only thirty minutes.
A series of inventions and technological improvements followed (H. Bayard, F. Talbot, J. Herschell, H. Fizeau, etc.), all the way to the works of the Auguste and Louis Lumière brothers leading to the invention of the autochrome and colour photography at the beginning of the 20th century.
Throughout the 20th century, the evolution in photography was dazzling: the invention of Leica, photo printing on paper, the Polaroid (silver photography), and digital photography, which emerged thanks to the computer age, and substitutes the pixel for a physio-chemical processes.
That's a good question! Why learn the art of photography in the second city of the UK?
Knowing the basics of photography is a fundamental part of taking successful photos. And what's more, it's an accessible art: some photo framing skills, knowing how to choose and adjust your digital camera or your SLR camera, will be enough of the basics to start having fun.
Another perk includes learning how to use photo editing software, such as Photoshop, to progress even further and create better photographs.
First of all, Birmingham is a great choice because it is a vibrant and historic city with plenty of distinctive neighbourhoods, natural parks and urban areas to take photos of. For example, there's Cannon Hill Park and Lickey Hills Country Park, both top-rated parks, and Brindleyplace, a neighbourhood filled with some of the city's most glamorous restaurants and bars all accompanied by beautiful canal-side views, not to mention the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and countless other potential photograph locations.
The West Midlands region offers many great urban and nature scenes to indulge in and learn about photographic art.
Among all the artistic hobbies, photography is one that allows the most practical exercises, can be self-taught and is almost free.
Indeed, just go out and explore the city with your camera, observe and capture the world around you by following the light and the best angles and frames.
In effect, it is a bit of a sociological or journalistic art: you try to observe your subject's without judgment and then transcribe an image of reality.
Birmingham offers the opportunity to do photojournalism, street photography, night photography (requires more technical photographic knowledge), cityscape photography and portrait photography.
It's an exciting art that allows you to immortalize a memorable moment, to play with the light (more or less sharpness, optimize the white balance, create a soft focus, etc.), and work on oneself while liberating your creativity and sensitivity.
Finally, with advanced courses, an amateur photographer, who might have started out on their smartphone, will quickly feel the need to update their photographic equipment and invest in a new digital SLR or film camera to go farther with their creations.
The advantage is that even if you become a freelance photographer, there is always something to specialize in and give you the feeling that you are always learning something new: landscape photos, fashion photos, studio, wedding, culinary, animal, urban, night-time, family, nature photos, etc.
As you gain even more experience, why not offer to beginners one-to-one photography lessons yourself? Or sell your photos, create a photo book, enter photographic competitions or create your own photo exhibition?
The opportunities are numerous (if you are a good photographer) and there are infinite photographic possibilities!
How to become a photographer in Birmingham and especially where can you take classes if you want to learn how to take a good photo?
The estimated population of Birmingham, as of 2017, was over a million people-approximately 1,137,100 people.
This constitutes a potential high availability of talented private teachers. Many providers offer their classes and private lessons at varying prices and training options.
Here are some organizations, websites and platforms, where you might be able to find a photography teacher in Birmingham:
And of course, let's talk now about our own private photography classes: taking a photography training with one of our teachers on Superprof. They offer personalized and supportive training for each student.
In Birmingham, we only list the best photo teachers available who give excellence to their students.
From the introductory course to deepening the technical aspects of photography, perhaps the passion of being a professional photographer will ignite in you!
What exactly can you learn in class?
When you want to acquire more acuity and precision in your photographic skills, there are tons of different things to do to improve yourself.
For example, in your house, you can transform your living room into a photo studio and do image processing with on all your photos just to see what special effects you can create. You can also invite subjects over to your photography studio and practice your portraits.
Get out into the garden as well, to learn about macro photography: taking pictures of flowers, plants and insects is as much formative as it is fun.
At a beginner level, you will also have to become familiar with photography vocabulary: focal point, pinhole, focus, shutter, ISO sensor, long exposure, macro shot, reflector, backlight, autofocus, etc.
These are the basics of photography, which you will be able to progress in, with just a few lessons. From then on, you will be able to deepen your skills by practising an urban photo series, going out in the streets of Birmingham to photograph the buildings, the streets, monuments, water, the people around or the trees...
The main thing is to give free rein to your imagination! Mastering all the technical skills will come with time.
You can continue to learn and progress at all skill levels.
But then, if you've reached a professional level, the skills you've learned and artistic sense you have can then become a springboard for a professional job, perhaps one which you've been dreaming of for a long time.
Many writers stop writing because they fail to get published. Becoming a professional photographer is certainly difficult, but it is all the same easier than some other art forms we have seen; to become known in photography seems easier than in literature for example.
Why not try to teach lessons yourself one day?
Other artistic practices are also possible with digital devices: in addition to taking photos, you can also shoot and take videos.
Photographers know it well now: the lines between a photo and a video are more and more flexible in this digital era.
On Superprof Birmingham, our teachers are experienced and will travel to your home. But it is possible, of course, to also meet outside at a terrace in the city, in a downtown neighbourhood, in urban areas or nature parks.
It's even possible to take photos in this first half an hour and then return home for the 2md part of the private lesson, to transfer the images you've taken and learn about digital retouching.
Having taken different courses will help you explore the different settings of the camera, the different kinds of photos, like black and white photography, and how to get the feeling for the perfect light or shot.
So what criteria should you consider when choosing a teacher? First check their hourly rate, teaching experience, location and target audience. Then ask the teacher's speciality (wedding photos, landscape, urban, portraits, etc.) based on your personal goals and ambitions.
Unfortunately, there is no miracle recipe for choosing a teacher... the essential thing is to try it out and "test" a first class to see if their personality and teaching style is a good fit!
Ok everyone, to your cameras!
The cost of photography courses in Birmingham is around £20.
Tutoring rates will vary depending on:
97% of Superprof private teachers give the first class for free. This is a good opportunity to discuss your reasons for taking photography lessons and outline what you hope to gain from your sessions.
Unsurprisingly, taking pictures is a favourite pastime for many people but not many people take the time to learn the art of photography. Learning how to take pictures allows you to capture special moments in your life with beautiful photographs that you can keep with you forever.
Photography is also a great artistic expression. Whether you prefer taking photos of landscapes, friends, special occasions, or animals, you are sure to find a subject medium that takes your fancy.
Sign up for private photography courses and learn how to take photographs with the help of a competent private tutor.
You simply just have to select your tutor and book your photography classes from home or at an outside location
A messaging system allows you to communicate with your tutor to organise your photography lessons whether you want to learn from the comfort of your home or take online classes
Use the search engine to find your photography teacher from among 10 private tutors in Birmingham.
There are currently 10 tutors available to give photography classes in Birmingham and the suburban areas.
You can refer to their tutoring advert and contact the photography teacher that suits to your needs.
From a sample of 1 scores, pupils rated their photography teachers an average of 5.0 out of 5.
A customer service representative from the Superprof team will be on hand to find a solution (by phone or e-mail during weekdays) if you have any questions about your course.