College launches course devoted to iPhone photography

By Judith Burns
Education reporter, BBC News

image captionIsle of Wight beach taken on iPhone and treated with Snapseed and Filterstorm apps

A college is planning a new evening course entirely devoted to taking better photographs on an iPhone.

The course, in 'iPhoneography' at London's Kensington and Chelsea College, is thought to be a UK first.

The college says many iPhone owners struggle to use the camera properly.

Students will create images using the iPhone camera and a range of apps. Tutor Richard Gray said: "All you need is a passion for photography and a creative mind."

Students are required to have their own iPhone to do the course which will begin next month.

"With the right apps and skills, the iPhone can be a powerful creative tool," said Mr Gray.

"It is a great levelling force within photography. No longer do you need expensive or complex equipment to produce great images," he added.

'Revolutionising photography'

Mr Gray plans to teach the basic rules of composition, colour and light but he will also include a wide range of editing skills including blending, collage and cloning.

The course will also look at the burgeoning array of photography apps and techniques available to iPhone users and will introduce students to the online iPhoneography community.

Mr Gray, himself a professional photographer, told BBC News: "The iPhone is revolutionising photography. It allows you to take a photograph and then process it and and post it online while you are on the bus on your way home."

The course may in future be extended top include other android phones with good cameras.

The course is already creating a buzz among iPhone users, with a free workshop hosted by Mr Gray planned at the Apple Store in London's Regent Street.

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