Last Wednesday I attended the first session of a 10 week Advanced Photography course in Birmingham at David Rann’s Fotofilia Studio. ‘Why choose advanced?’ I hear you ask. Good question. I suppose the answer is that I am much less concerned with the equipment and more interested in the ideas behind the picture.

Luckily this is exactly what the course is about. There is much less emphasis on the equipment and more on the thought process behind the creation of the image.

For our first project we have to produce a series of pictures based on a theme. Currently I am trying to decide which of the themes to adopt – and then I’ll have to work out what photos to take.

So it’s not a case of wandering around hoping to spot a good photo. It’s all about planning & preparation in advance of creating the photos. A more methodical and deliberate approach. See – I’ve leant something already!