CityCo has teamed up with Northern Quarter based Manchester Photographic, the biggest photography school in Britain, to run a series of waterways-themed photography courses this summer.
Led by expert tutors, the Urban Canal photography course will take photographers on a canal-side trail from Piccadilly Basin to Castlefield, and will run from May through to July.
The 3-hour sessions will run Tuesday and Sunday (AM & PM) 9am -12pm & 1pm -4pm. Click here to view calendar of dates and times available
The course is designed to encourage people to learn new photographic skills through shooting some of Manchester’s industrial heritage, magnificent architecture, wildlife, bridges, locks and railways. People will be able to capture this ever changing backdrop and be part of documenting Manchester’s rich history along the Rochdale Canal in Manchester city centre.
Working within a group, students will learn about exposure and shutter speeds, distance and focus length, how to identify and use the natural surroundings and everyday objects to enhance the overall shot, add interest and drama.
Open City Campaign – Competition
As part of CityCo’s Open City campaign, a photography competition will run in tandem with the course. This is being run in partnership with CityCo, Manchester Photographic, Fuji and Hahnemuhle.
The best images from the course will be judged by leading photographers with a Manchester connection including Andy Fallon, Ian Tilton and Mike Rampton.
The 40 finalists will have the opportunity to have their work exhibited in Manchester Photographic’s new Dale Street gallery from Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 August 2012, and the photographs will be printed on top quality Hahnemuhle fine art paper to be presented to the finalists.
The top ten will have their names attached to the projected images and will also win a 2 hour master class Fuji Experience with Andy Fallon.
The over-all winner will also receive the ultimate travel companion a 16-megapixel, Fuji F600 camera worth £320 as well as seeing their image displayed in the gallery as a 1 × 1.5 meter image print.
The finalists will also have their images projected onto a giant outdoor screen in the Piccadilly Basin on 22 and 23 August, during an evening celebration as part of The Canal Festival 2012. The festival will be celebrated in Manchester city centre for the first time this summer.
Entry is free for attendees of the Urban Canal photography course. Up to four images can be submitted person and there is a £5 administration fee per image for those who have not attended the course.
Photographs must be taken of the waterways between Piccadilly basin and Castlefield.
Why we’re excited
Vaughan Allen, chief executive of CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company said: “This exciting collaboration marks the start of the second phase of our Open City initiative. We want to inspire lots more people to get out and about to take photographs of our wonderful city from a canal-side perspective and celebrate the waterways which is one of the city’s greatest assets. This is part of a month-long celebration of the waterways this summer, with a range of activities taking place in Piccadilly Basin.”
Andrew Hill, Director of Manchester Photographic said: “The waterways are rich in industrial history. The magnificent architecture, canal infrastructure, reflections and shadows lend themselves beautiful to photography, making the scenes a pleasure to document. A canal walk can throw up a striking image at every turn, and the course will give students necessary skills to create stunning photographs. This is the first time we’ve run a course themed entirely on the urban waterways and we have a feeling it will be very popular.”
Who can attend and how to book
The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in photography and who wants to capture scenes along Manchester’s urban waterways. The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and any type of digital camera can be used from a camera phone to a DSLR.
Aspects of the course will take place outside so suitable clothing and sensible footwear should be worn.
Manchester Photographic Gallery, School and Studio
6 Tariff Street, Manchester, M1 2FF
Payment can be made here (half way down the page)
To book at a specially reduced price of £25 per person (usual price £65), ‘CityCo offer’ must be quoted on booking.