FPP RPS
Providing UK's Leading Photography Courses
1064 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6DS

Our courses are intended for the keen photographer who is looking to develop their photography skills into a profitable business. All our courses are very practical and therefore will involve a lot of picture taking, enabling you to create your own portfolio.

As a City & Guilds accredited centre, all our course include a City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma, up to an Ofqual level 3 qualification.

FPP is also an ELCAS approved learning provider and some of our courses qualify for ELCAS funding (Approved training provider for the UK Armed Forces) Working from two fully equipped studios all our staff are vastly experienced and formally trained and qualified. All staff hold at least their LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society)

5 day Portrait and Wedding Photography Course £895.00
(Mon-Fri) City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma

Practical portrait photography sessions in the studio using a variety of models, including males, females and children/babies, will focus on familiarity with studio equipment (including home/mobile studios) and lighting. We will teach you how to set-up the studio lights for different looks (including high and low key), measure the flash correctly and pose and direct your models.

The wedding seminar covers the whole aspect of wedding photography, from obtaining bookings through to producing the final album. In addition to the theory there will also be shoots with models on location at a local beauty spot, at home, in a church and in the studio. We will also cover technical difficulties you may encounter while photographing the intimate portraits of the bride and groom as well as how to set-up and pose the group photographs.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • To Gain a City & Guilds workshop diploma in Portrait and Wedding Photography
  • To give you the experience and confidence to become a successful professional portrait and Wedding photographer
  • To gain practical experience in directing and undertaking a portrait shoot
  • To gain practical experience in directing and undertaking a wedding shoot
  • For you to create a strong portfolio that you can use for advertising and to show to potential clients

Optional Extra Evening courses (Not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses)

We run three evening courses that are run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Evenings 5:30-7:00. These are an optional extra offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course and are not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

Bump and Baby £40.00 5:30-7:00

This course is an optional extra course offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course. It covers the genre of Bump and Baby photography which is not included in those courses.

It is not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

This is a very popular studio sitting and can be very profitable. Some of our students are apprehensive and unsure how to approach this genre of photography, but understand that it’s very in vogue at the moment and offers a great earning potential. We will teach you various lighting techniques and how to pose and light a new-born baby

Bikini/Page 3 and low key classical figure £40.00 5:30-7:00

This course is an optional extra course offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course. It covers the genre of glamour photography which is not included in those courses.

It is not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

We are often requested for a more glamorous type of portfolio and also with our make-over shoots some clients want to include this. Some of our students are apprehensive and unsure how to approach this genre of photography, but understand that it’s something they may be asked for. The course also covers the legal and ethical aspects of glamour photography.

Product Photography £40.00 5:30-7:00

This course is an optional extra course offered to those attending our 3 day Portrait, 5 day Wedding and Portrait, 10 day advanced or 15 day course. It covers the genre of product photography which is not included in those courses.

It is not eligible for, or part of any Elcas funded courses.

With most companies now having websites, product photography is an ever growing market. We will teach you how to set- up the studio lights for different looks and how to cost jobs to include image release certificates.

The main objectives of the course are;

  • To gain a City & Guilds accredited diploma in portrait and wedding photography
  • To give you the experience and confidence to become a successful professional portrait and wedding photographer
  • To gain experience in directing and undertaking wedding and portrait shoots.
  • For you to create a strong commercial portfolio to use for advertising and to show to potential clients

 

Monday

Refreshment will be served throughout each day

During the week we will cover the day to day running of our studio, including advertising, costs, pricing, working from commercial premises and mobile set-ups.

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 5.00
  • Welcome and personal introductions
  • Course objectives
  • Studio tour and induction of studio equipment
  • Instruction on using a flash meter and measuring exposures correctly
  • Traditional portrait shoot
  • Understanding Lighting ratios and traditional lighting set-ups using multiple flash heads.
  • Using techniques learnt from the mornings session i.e. main light, fill light, hair light and back light
  • Introduction to Photoshop:
  • Cropping and bordering
  • Correcting exposures and levels
  • Removing blemishes
  • Converting an image to B/W
  • Wrinkle decrease and teeth whitening
  • Converting an image to BW keeping some colour
  • 3 and 9 image montages

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Monday
9am-10am

Introduction, health and safety brief. Registration with city and guilds and course outline

 

Complete City & Guilds enrolment forms and FPP Health and Safety form

 

Course handouts

Monday 10am-11am

Using a light meter and understanding exposure settings

Powerpoint presentation

Practial demonstration

To use a light meter and understand the relationship between: Time, Aperture and ISO

Written test

Practical observation

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Light meter

Monday 11am-12.30pm

Studio flash head controls and attachments

Traditional portrait shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set-up a studio flash head and change the attachments and power settings

Take a traditionally lit portrait using four studio flash-heads

To understand lighting ratios

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Monday 1pm-4pm

Photoshop and understanding the principles of preparing an image ready for social media
(307 section 3)

Step by step demonstration

Questions and answers

To adjust images using editing software

Practical observation

Practical test (Wednesday PM)

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Computer and editing software

Monday 4pm-5pm

Understanding the principles of social media for marketing and the advantages and disadvantages.
(307, section 4 & 5)

Questions and answers

Powerpoint presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Feedback through questioning

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint presentation

Tuesday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 3.00

Contemporary portrait shoot

  • Instruction on how to set up the studio for a high key shoot

Model Make-over (Using high key set-up)

  • One of our most popular packages is a make-over and model shoot (this is not just for potential models) this is also sold as a gift voucher. It involves a professional makeover and a model shoot with three changes of clothes.

A continuation of the model make-over shoot with formal wear, e.g. A Cocktail Dress.

PM 2.30 - 5.00

Couple/engagement shoot

Instructions and shoot on how to pose a couple for either an engagement /couple shoot. This will also demonstrate how we would pose a couple if we were photographing a function.



Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Tuesday- 9.00am-1:00pm

 

Contemporary make-over shoot

 

PowerPoint presentation

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up a high key studio and do a contemporary makeover/fashion shoot

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

PowerPoint presentation

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Tuesday 1:30pm-4:00pm

Couples/Engagement Shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio for high key and undertake a contemporary couples shoot

Set up the studio for low key and undertake a classical couples shoot

Give direction to the models

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm

Child jumping shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio for high key and photograph a child jumping

Give direction to the model

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Model

Wednesday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 3.00
  • Baby/Mother & baby shoot (high key)
  • Photoshop: Creating a 22 x 22 inch 9 image montage using images taken from the morning shoot
PM 1.30-5.00

Photoshop:

  • Create portfolio to show to clients
  • Creating a 22 x 22 inch 9 image montage using images taken from the course
  • Creating a 12 x 32 inch montage using images taken from the jumping shoot

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Wednesday- 9am-12.30pm

Contemporary and Classical baby/child shoot

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Set up the studio for high key

Set up the studio using classical lighting ratios and various studio head attachments

Do a studio shoot for a baby/child using both set-ups

Give direction to the mother and child

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Course handouts

Studio and studio equipment

Models

Wednesday 1pm-3pm

Creating a portfolio to show to clients using images from the course

Observing

Questions and answers

Edit the mornings shoot and select the best nine images that will work together to create two montages of images from Tuesday child jumping shoot, and Wednesday mornings shoot

Practical observation

Practical test

Course handouts

Computers and editing software

Wednesday 3pm-5pm

Understand different social networking sites, their audience demographics.
Understand why someone might not use social media and how the content design and attention span of the user can make an effect.
(307, section 6, 7 & 8)

Observing

Questions and answers

PowerPoint Presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Practical observation

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Thursday

AM 9.00 - 12.30 PM 1.30 - 4.30
Weddings
  • Equipment
  • Starting a photography business
  • Wedding coverage
  • Planning the day
  • Over coming technical and weather difficulties
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride at home
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and groom at beauty spot
  • We also bring in an extra bride here
  • All images are shot both traditionally and contemporary

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Thursday-
9am-12.30pm

Location shoot of the Bride and Groom and a separate bride

High key portrait of the bride at home

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Photograph and direct the Bride and Groom and a separate bride at a local beauty spot

Use camera, camera flash other accessories correctly

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Set up a high key shoot at home without studio lighting

Undertake a bride at home portrait shoot

Give direction to the bride

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Model

Course handouts

Window and net curtain

Thursday 1pm-3.30pm

Theory on Wedding photography

Lecturing

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Feedback through questioning

Course handouts

Thursday 3:30pm-5pm

To learn about the types of content we can access through social media and what type of devices we have for mobile.
(307, section 9)

Observing

Questions and answers

PowerPoint Presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Practical observation

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

Internet & computer

Friday

AM 9.00 - 1.30 PM 1.30- 4.30
Weddings
  • Professional associations
  • Advertising
  • How to deal with enquiries
  • Meeting prospective clients
  • Presenting quotes
  • Presenting results
  • Costing and profits
  • Bookkeeping and accounting
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride at home (different model from Thursday)
Practical Photographic Session
  • Bride and Groom at the church
  • How to set-up and pose the group photographs
  • All images are shot both traditionally and contemporary

Time Table

Day & Time

Subject

Tutor activity

Learner Activity

Assessment of learning

Resources

Friday 9am-12.30pm

Location shoot of the Bride and Groom at a church

Practical demonstration

Questions and answers

Photograph and direct the Bride and Groom in a church

How to photograph in a church using flash and not using flash

Use and understand the correct white balance

Safely upload captured images onto the computer

Practical Observation

Informal assessment of image capture

Camera equipment and accessories

Models

Course handouts

Church

Friday
 1pm-2.30pm

Theory on Wedding photography continued

Lecturing

Questions and answers

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Feedback through questioning

Course handouts

Friday 2.30pm-5pm

To understand what location aware applications are

To understand how metadata works
(307, section 10 &11)

Questions and answers

 

PowerPoint Presentation

Listening, observing, note taking, asking questions

Practical observation

Questions and answers

Course handouts

PowerPoint Presentation

5 day Portrait and Wedding Photography Course £895.00
(Mon-Fri) City & Guilds accredited Workshop Diploma

On completion of the course you will gain a Studio Portrait and Wedding Photography City & guilds accredited workshop diploma (as shown opposite) and have hands on experience of Studio Portraiture and wedding photography, including obtaining bookings, directing and posing subjects and producing the final images for clients.

You will also leave with an extensive portfolio of all the images you have taken on the course that you can use for your own advertising and marketing and to show to potential clients.

This will give you the experience and confidence you need to start out on your own, or seek employment within this field.

All our courses are aimed at the keen amateur to the improving professional. No formal entry qualifications are required to attend this course, only an interest for photography, willingness to learn and lots of enthusiasm.

Once booked onto a course we will send you some pre-course notes to help bring you up to speed. On the First day of your course you will be given your course packs that contain all the course notes.

For the course you will need a digital SLR with a small zoom lens, a flash unit for your camera, AA batteries and a laptop. However any equipment you do not have will be lent to you free of charge.

Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Does the cost for the photography course include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?

The cost of the photography course covers all that you will need, including lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The only extra cost will be for accommodation if required (see above).

Do I need to have some experience in photography before I can come on a course?

You do not need to have any commercial experience; however it would benefit you if you have a good basic understanding of your camera and exposures when taking photographs.

What do I need to bring with me to the course?

Your camera equipment including; camera, small zoom lens, flash unit and memory cards, laptop and card reader (all are available during the courses to borrow if required).

Is there any back-up to help me after the course?

Once you have attended the course we offer continuous support with no restriction on time scale. You are always welcome to email, call or visit us.

What is the dress code?

There is no formal dress code. We advise you to bring something warm and weatherproof for when we will be shooting on location.

Will I need any transportation?

Transportation will be available if you do not have your own.

What use of the images taken on the course will I have?

All images taken on the course can be used for promotional purposes i.e. websites, brochures, portfolio’s.

What food and refreshments are included?

Lunch and all refreshments, including snacks and hot and cold drinks will be provided throughout the day.

What is the maximum number of students on each course?

All courses are limited to six students with up to three full-time members of staff. Digital Manipulation courses are limited to 10 students

Terms of Business

  • A non-returnable deposit of £100 is required when booking with the balance to be paid on the first day of the seminar. Failure to give four weeks' notice of cancellation of seminar will require full payment still to be paid
  • Courses booked less than four weeks before the course start date- Full payment required when booking, no cancellations or refunds will be given
  • Bookings from outside the UK- Full payment required when booking, no cancellations or refunds will be given
  • Payment is required in full when booking private seminars
  • All major credit cards are accepted

5 Day Portrait & Wedding Course Dates:

6th - 10th November
27th November - 1st December
18th - 22nd December

15th – 19th January 2018
5th – 9th February 2018
26th February – 2nd March 2018
19th – 23rd March 2018
9th – 13th April 2018
30th April – 4th May 2018
21st – 25th May 2018
4th – 8th June 2018
25th – 29th June 2018
16th – 20th July 2018
6th – 10th August 2018
3rd – 7th September 2018
24th – 28th September 2018
15th – 19th October 2018
5th – 9th November 2018
26th – 30th November 2018
17th – 21st December 2018