LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL ACTION: A hands-on photography and visual course

LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL ACTION: A hands-on photography and visual course

Lights, Camera, Social Action is a hands-on photography and visual course. It attracted a number of participants from South Africa for 2019.

The first part looks at how the visual language of photography can be used and how it has been used in history to represent ideas that have led to changing the way people think. By examining several case studies, participants unpack how an image can communicate ideas and influence public opinion.

In the second part of this course basic techniques for using photography to communicate ideas are explained. It also contains simple exercises to get participants taking pictures and practicing these techniques.

The last section includes a photography assignment. The focus of the assignment for 2019 is climate change, an issue that affects all of society. Although it is a complex subject it also is one that is happening around most people. The guidelines in the lesson will help with the assignment.

In sum, this course covers how to take better photographs, and how to use photographs strategically.