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SUMMARY OVERVIEW

Study photography with an experienced private tutor. Your classes, which will be tailored to your individual needs, include practical teaching, analysis of your work, theory and history. Buenos Aires is a photographer's dream! Many neighbourhoods have their own unique flair, such as the brightly painted houses of La Boca or beautiful Belgrano.

You can also combine your Photography placement with a Spanish Course.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
Private Lessons: From 1 week to 4 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
University Course: Minimum 4 weeks.
Start Dates:
All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 17.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Course fees
  • Accommodation
  • Food: Breakfast only.
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Pick-up from and return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you), daily transport to and from your project, lunch and dinner.
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in languages or studying abroad.

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COURSE CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Your well known and experienced private teacher has studied extensively in New York and Argentina, and has been teaching photography for many years. Courses start from 1 week to 4 weeks and consist of 6 hours per week (three two hour lessons) - they will be individually tailored to your level of expertise.

You'll have some lessons on location throughout Buenos Aires (in Museums, at private exhibitions, the botanical gardens, etc.) so this is a great opportunity to explore this incredible city whilst learning to take better photos. You'll also be given assignments and will need to investigate the city by yourself to photograph landscapes, characters or objects according to the guidelines given.

Students of any age can participate - all you need to display is an enthusiasm for photography and the desire to learn. Your teacher is fluent in English as well as Spanish, so lessons can be held in whichever language you would prefer.
Lessons don't have set start and finish dates so are very flexible.
You can also take a 2-week or 4-week beginner course back to back if you would like, as the concepts learnt will become more complex. Private lessons are great if you are a complete beginner and want to spend time learning at your own pace. This is also a great option if you want to combine Photography lessons with another programme, such as Teaching or Spanish lessons. If you do want to combine lessons, please contact us for details.

BEGINNER LEVEL COURSE

This course aims to teach the principal technical aspects of photography and at the same time to introduce the narrative concept of a group of images. The objective is to show photography mainly as a tool of expressing yourself, allowing the photographer to conceive and tell stories through images. The student will be encouraged to experiment, investigate and follow his/her instinct in order to create his/her own images and identify the relation between images and concepts.

With regard to the technique, the objective is to learn and dominate the student’s own camera (analogical or digital), understanding its virtues and defects to obtain the wanted results. The course covers the basic operation of the reflex or compact cameras (35 mm) and includes:

  • Diaphragm. Field depth. Distinguished focuses. Shutter speed (movement registers. Frozen image)
  • Light measure, exposition. Diaphragm-Speed relation
  • Lenses. Different uses and applications. Field depth. Lighting.
  • Different kind of films, sensitivity. Grain-sensitivity relation

Theory lessons are orientated to analyze and edit the work done in the atelier. Exhibit of international and local artists’ work is shown to provide practical background of what is said and a historical revision of photography. Students are free to work in any camera format (reflex or compact; analogical or digital).

ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE

Developing a personal vision as a photographer is both challenging and rewarding. By reviewing other photographers work, completing class assignments, and participating in critiques, the student will be encouraged to expand his/her understanding of photography. Discussions and critiques will focus on finding the best means for communicating a set of ideas photographically developing his/her powers of observation and photographic techniques.

The contact sheet or small print will form a structure for seeing by mapping the evolution of perception through the course. Although the primary concern will be thematic and aesthetic, the course will cover technical weaknesses such as film choice, exposure, flash versus available light, camera placement, camera/subject motion, use of space, frame edges, selective focus, etc.

Slide shows and/or book reviews will provide an overview of the history of photography as well as references for further exploration.

NOTES

  • Students are free to work in any camera format
  • Discussions will also focus on editing, sequencing, and presentation.
  • You need to see your photographs not as a collection of many pictures, but as a body of work.
  • Prerequisite: Principles of Black-and-White and Color Photography, or portfolio review (15 pictures on a cd)

If you want to pack in a lot of learning instead of having a relaxed placement, you can combine your photography course with another placement such as Spanish or teaching. Your schedule for the courses given above will allow time for studying and also time for sightseeing and absorbing the experience of being in the Argentina culture.

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ACCOMMODATION

You'll live a hostel situated in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Buenos Aires. You're very conveniently located for exploring the cityand frequenting the endless supply of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby.

You'll share a dorm room and have access to kitchen facilities. The hostel has a common area where you can relax and watch TV or DVD’s and there is also a piano and a ping pong table and a small roof terrace with chairs to enjoy the sunshine.

Wi-Fi:: The accommodation has Wi-Fi and a couple of computers.

FOOD:
Breakfast is included, but you'll need to budget for all other meals. This arrangement is to give you the flexibility to sample the great Argentinean food. Right on the door step of the hostel there are many cafes and restaurants with great priced menus just waiting for you….the choice is yours!

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MORE INFORMATION

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires is one of the most exciting cities in Latin America. Tango was born here, restaurants serve all manner of world cuisines, bars play the latest music, cafés spill on to the streets and nightclubs allow dancing throughout the night. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication and has a surprisingly European feel about it. BA is reminiscent of Paris and its tree-lined avenues and frequent plazas have a beguiling, faded elegance.

Downtown, the Plaza de Mayo is the traditional focus of activity. Nearby Avenida 9 de Julio is popularly known as the world's widest thoroughfare and, with its nine lanes of traffic, is truly a pedestrian's nightmare! Avenida Santa Fe is the most fashionable shopping area.

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