There are periods where you will work as a team in a group environment but you will also get to enjoy the time where you will edit your photos via Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom in class. Mr. Blom will be there every step of the way to support and guide you and also gives you the freedom to express yourself through your own unique photography style. Mr. Blom himself has years of photography experience and has an editorial, fashion, and conceptual lecturing style. You will be well prepared in class before taking photos. Through a demo shoot, your lecturer will demonstrate certain photography elements and styles and you will get the chance to watch and learn and ask questions. From there you will do a test shoot and then, finally, you will take the photos that will be critiqued by your lecturer. First-year students get to work in conjunction with the make-up students where body painting is applied to models and photos are taken. This is the first introduction to nude photography. There are a few laughs here and there but through a guided process you will learn how to professionally take photos that tell a story. Apart from theory and practical work you will also prepare for an amazing exhibition that counts towards your practical examination mark.Students are given different responsibilities that form part of their tasks for the exhibition – from organizing a guest speaker or centerpiece as well as planning the decor and music, you will definitely feel like you are part of creating this special event. The fun doesn’t stop here. What you learn in class prepares you for the end of year exhibition. What is really great is that you will learn how to create a visual diary where you will plan your photo shoot. You will also set up a timetable that will contain your schedule where you will for instance plan the days where you will source your model, do location scouting, choose your wardrobe, do your test shoot, do the actual shoot and when you are going to print your photos. You will also learn how to create a mood board and scamps (basic ideas of what you will be photographing). Then there is rationale where you will develop your concept through a step by step explanation of what you are planning to do. You will do some research on other artists that inspire you and you will also create a mind map where you will list all the things that you need in order to have a successful photo shoot. From there you will print smaller photos of the actual photos you took. This is called mock-up printing where you will check your color, exposure and photo quality.
The final product gets printed and then mounted to a board and a frame is added. Second-year photography students learn about media and large format shooting as well as how to use infrared photography, create a time-lapse and short video clips. You will also have to hand in a portfolio that has to be visually appealing and demonstrates your knowledge and skills. This portfolio gets handed into your lecturer who gives you important and honest feedback. All in all, you will develop the skills needed to have a successful career in the photography industry. Mr. Blom has had many students give amazing feedback on how far their studies have taken them and some of these students have their own businesses and studios or ended up working as professional photographers for well-known magazines and newspapers. As a photography student, each day will be unique and exciting and will prepare you for a life where every photo captured definitely is worth a thousand words!